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Where USF faculty, students and graduates are invited to talk about journalism and its problems and opportunities. This blog is not affiliated with the University of San Francisco, nor is the university responsible for any of the opinions expressed herein -- though it is certainly responsible for the people who entertain those opinions, having educated them. They make us proud.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Amanda Van West Writes about Her UK Masters

I'd definitely recommend getting an advanced degree abroad! It took less than a year, and the degree is valid in the US. Yes, I'd say there's value in getting to experience the news culture here, in comparison to the US. One big difference that I found is that it's so much easier to get interviews in the US. Over here, many people don't give student journalists the time of then you have to work hard to think of creative solutions to fill in those gaps!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Michael Serazio: a Job, a Wife ...

Hope 2010 has started off auspiciously for you and all is well out in Cali! Just wanted to shoot you a quick note with some excellent news - landed a tenure-track assistant professor gig in Fairfield University's Department of Communication, starting this September (will be defending my dissertation this summer at Penn). Couldn't be more psyched about and grateful for this opportunity - great Jesuit school, friendly department, excellent location near NYC and the very great David Gudelunas was the search chair - all good things...

Oh, and I think I owed you a photo from the wedding in October; if still interested, a few snaps here:

Anthony Congi for a Good Cause

Hey guys,

Some of you have probably heard, for some this may be new, but I'm taking part in a Relay for Life event which benefits the American Cancer Society. "Dancing with the Idaho Falls Stars" is sure to make me look ridiculous, but it's for a great cause.

If you could help out the cause by donating any amount possible, I would greatly appreciate it.

Here's the link:

Thanks in advance,

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

One-Word Wit

with Anu Garg



noun: One who does useless work.

From Latin nihil (nothing).

"You may find yourself worrying that you're turning into a nihilarian."
Sian Prior; Ineffable; The Age (Melbourne, Australia); Dec 16, 2002.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Our Own James Tedford, Legendary Foghorn Editor

He's been working on his doctorate at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, while working as a course developer in their Distance Learning unit. He writes:

In case you haven’t heard already, Julie and I are moving to Bakersfield. Actually, she has already moved and, as usual, I am trying to catch up. She was hired three weeks ago by a non-profit group, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, that provides free legal services to the poor. Julie will be the attorney in charge of a new unit that serves victims of domestic violence. Before law school, Julie managed a battered women’s shelter; ever since, family law has been one of her top interests.

And it's the fulfillment of a dream for both of us. Since we started dating in 2001, we have intended to commit our lives to advocacy for the marginalized. Before we met, each of us had been convicted by the Bible’s preoccupation with justice for the poor and oppressed. Now we are at a point where, as a couple, we are prepared to take significant action.

And also at a point where I need to finish my dissertation.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Amanda Van West is Alive, Well, Blogging in the UK

Let's go visit. She says there will be pictures of her next to England's historical treasures.

(Day of the Dead at the British Museum. Who would have thunk?)

Friday, October 09, 2009

Our Own Anthony Congi

I was nominated for Rookie of the Year from the Idaho Press Club. The guy who won was more of a producer and editor who made these documentary type stories about skiing. So as far as reporters went, I guess I did the best. It was nice to be nominated.



1st Greg Schaefer – Plum-TV, Sun Valley
2nd Anthony Congi – KIDK Channel 3

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Our Own Niall Adler

Niall Adler, a 1998 media studies graduate, was hired in the Summer of 2009 as the assistant communications director at Stanford University after a brief stint working professional sports in Melbourne, Australia and eight years at Long Beach State. Adler will be the secondary media contact for the Cardinal football team and the primary contact for the national caliber baseball and swimming programs. Overall, Adler has worked with 75 professional athletes, including Major Leaguers Evan Longoria, Troy Tulowitzki and Jered Weaver, and worked at sporting events on four continents.