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, December 30, 2008

Anthony Congi is Now a Weekend Anchor

At Idaho's KDIK. Here's the official bio.

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Anthony comes to Idaho Falls as a reporter after spending his whole life in northern California. He grew up in the small mountain community of Dunsmuir, a town of around 2,000 people near Mt. Shasta. While growing up, Anthony was quite active in sports, lettering in football, basketball and baseball all four years of high school. Anthony started writing for the school newspaper as a freshman and his interest in journalism grew to a passion. As a senior, Anthony was presented the 2003 Bank of America National Academic Achievement Award for excellence in journalism.

After graduating, Anthony left his quiet town and headed for the big city life and attended the University of San Francisco. At USF, he wrote for the school paper and was the announcer at the sporting events for the Dons. Anthony also hosted a show and served as news and sports director, for KDNZ, an all student run radio station. Anthony spent two summers as a sports and news intern for KRCR-TV in Redding, CA. After graduating from USF in May of 2007 with a degree in Media Studies with an emphasis in journalism, Anthony returned to KRCR where he worked as an editor and fill-in news reporter until March 2008.

Though he misses his family and friends in California, he says everyone he's met in Idaho has been very kind and makes him feel right at home. "I'm very excited to report the news here in eastern Idaho and I'm looking forward to both the challenge of the job and meeting new people everyday." In his spare time, Anthony enjoys playing basketball and golf, reading, watching movies and cooking. He's also a huge sports fan and loves to watch his favorite Bay Area teams; the Giants, 49ers, Warriors and his beloved USF Dons.

Anthony is always looking for story ideas and loves hearing from viewers so feel free to drop him an email at anthonyc@kidk.com.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Jules and Joe Walters and a Candidate for the Class of 2026


a new baby...

John Joseph Walters
July 3, 2008
7 lbs. 6 oz.

We call him Jack.
Mr. Murphy is flattered.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A USF Education is a Practical Education



Here's Lia Steakley's new book! She says it paid for her wedding up there in Seattle.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

One of Our Busy Seniors

Hello all!

As many of you know, I've been dabbling in broadcast journalism and storytelling. I wanted to send you all two links. One is for University of San Francisco's youtube page for USFtv. I am a co-news director and at this link you will be able to see me anchor and report. The second link is to an online college network called palestra.net. I am interning for them and again you can see my stories at this site. Also, if you know high school students who want to know what is going on from a student's perspective at a variety of college campuses, please share the link with them! I hope you all can take a few minutes to enjoy some of my hard work :) Hope all is well and please bookmark these links so you can check back every once in a while and catch a glimpse of my work! The youtube page is updated every two weeks for news and palestra has one new story of mine per week. As for comments and critiques, I would love to hear your thoughts!!!



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408.355.5070

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

We Lose a Graduate


Fmr. CBS 5 Anchor Reporter Liz Gonzales Dies At 51

GREENBRAE (CBS 5) ― Former CBS 5 anchor and reporter, Liz Gonzales died Wednesday night at her home in Greenbrae. She was 51. Gonzales was diagnosed with colon cancer 10 weeks ago.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Gonzales received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of San Francisco. She landed her first job in journalism as a reporter trainee at KGTV in San Diego, in 1979. She met and married her husband, cameraman Bob Goldsborough, while working as a co-anchor at KOAT in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Big Pat Lagreid was *The King* of Campus Radio Back in the Day



I'm coming to the end of a three-year run with the Seattle Mariners Radio Network, because Fisher Broadcasting's contract as a rightsholder is expiring on Oct. 31 and going to KIRO-AM, owned by Bonneville. There's hope that I could land over there, but nothing is guaranteed. I've applied for some other things, but it's still early yet in the process. It could involve a relocation, but that's still TBD.

My hope would be to stay both in baseball and in Seattle, but I'm more committed to the former than the latter.

In the meantime, between job hunts I'm continuing to work on my two blogs - one of which I am going to be shopping as an audio feature to baseball broadcasts all around the country. I'm trying to shift my employee/entrepreneur balance a little bit, and I hope this will be a good part of that.

And the blogs are:


Baseball On My Brain - www.baseballonmybrain.com

and

The Baseball Book Review - www.baseballbookreview.com

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Friday, October 03, 2008

And One of Top Editors There is USF's Own Ryan Henry

Media Studies major Laura Plantholt writes at her blog.

You're looking at the newest intern for High Speed Productions, Inc.

HSP produces three magazines: Thrasher, Juxtapoz, and Slap. Today was my first day, and I spent the entire time transcribing an artist interview that will appear in Slap. I may be developing carpal tunnel syndrom. But I couldn't be happier.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

A Red State Update from Our Own Jessica Dryden-Cook


Pictures! Travels!! A wonderful blog!!

She writes:

I am working for American Greetings in Cleveland, OH as a Marketing and Brand Manager for Webshots and totally love this fall weather in the midwest.

We all love us some Bay Area, but there is a great and glittering world that lies beyond. Right ...?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

On the Trail of San Francisco Style

Our own Meghedi Nazarian, the online queen, has started a style blog called The Fashionphiles.

(She needs to come back to USF and check out some of the older faculty, who are a living museum of Sixties fashion.)

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Leah Hitchings Has Come Home. Yahoo! (Bad Joke)

I'm currently working as an editor for Yahoo! News in Sunnyvale, running their front page breaking news coverage. I've been at Yahoo! for a little over a year now, and I haven't tired of the foosball tables and free lattes yet.

Before working for Yahoo! News I was working as a news producer for The New York Times. I also worked on front page news coverage for them and worked specifically with their Business desk.

Fellow USF alumna Shadi Rahimi worked at the Times while I was there, so there might have been a bit more San Francisco-centric coverage on the site while we were around...Previous to the Times I wrote for McGraw-Hill Business Magazines, interned for CBS News' "Sunday Morning Show,” and worked as a writer for States News Service in Washington, DC. It’s great to be back in SF!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Our Forbes Intern

USF Media Studies own Jacqueline Williams has an internship at Forbes Magazine's Burlingame office -- which I did not know existed. Good work!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Beautiful Guy Has Beautiful Baby


USF's own Fred Blankenship, now at WSB-TV in Atlanta, welcomes FB4. That's a nice baby. But Fred was always the West Coast distributor for handsome.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Maria Dinzeo Has a Big Story for the Bay Guardian, Where She Interns

First the lead:

The largest taxicab company in San Francisco is trying to squeeze more money from its drivers, who say they're already being hit hard by increased gate fees and rising fuel costs.

Yellow Cab has ordered its drivers to prepay for the privilege of driving each month, amounting to thousands of dollars for full-time drivers. Compounding that financial hardship is the apparent intention of the company to use prepaid gate fees to change the employment status of its drivers from employees to independent contractors who are no longer entitled to unemployment insurance and workers' compensation coverage.

While local officials say Yellow Cab's new policy is illegal, they have little power to compel the company to abandon the plan, which was supposed to go into effect Aug. 15 but has now been moved to December under pressure from city officials and the United Taxicab Workers union. Drivers are also threatening to bring legal action to stop Yellow Cab, relying on a past ruling barring the company from requiring deposits from its drivers and misclassifying drivers as independent contractors.


And here's the link. I bet Maria would respond to questions about this story if we asked her nicely.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Here's Our New Alumni Survey

This is our first step toward creating alum directory. Here it is.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Our Person in Italy

Audrey Sherman writes:

I just got back from Italy (the journalism program) and thought you might be interested in what we were doing over there. It was an awesome experience. We basically each created a web page complete with an article, photos and short video. It really taught all of the skills that seem to be important with the evolution of journalism lately. Mine was about the Slow Food movement with a video demonstrating a how to make pasta through a local woman.
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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Our Person in London

Chloe Schildhause writes from one of our many mother countries:

I am just emailing to update you on my internships and such as promised. RK Magazine is the site I interned with in the spring. If you come across articles written by Joey Rosseau that's me as well.

This summer I interned with Vogue.co.uk in London - here is a link to some little blurbs I wrote for the website -

http://www.vogue.co.uk/search/default.aspx?Keywords=chloe+schildhause


Not much, but at least my name's on the page. It's silly, they had my write about makeup and perfume, neither of which I wear. Right now I am in London again interning with Dazed and Confused magazine.

Death of Investigative Reporting?

According to Ad Age, the Google CEO is concerned about the unlikelihood newspaper investigative reporting will "monetize."

Thursday, July 17, 2008

NYC, Here She Comes

USF's own Benice Atufunwa: accepted into grad school at NYU.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

George Sanchez Writes About His Cancer

My beloved cousin died of cancer she failed to promptly diagnose and, after diagnosis, vigorously treat.

So, thanks George. The story is called One Man's Cancer Journey.

It's a *multimedia* story, but my favorite bit is words, just words:

People always ask, "How did you know?" or "How did you find it?"
Well, I touched myself.

To be specific, I touched my right testicle. How do I explain? To be honest, I must have been getting ready to masturbate. I don't know. Picture me shrugging my shoulders.



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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Great Hyphen Dilemma

Jessica Dryden-Cook writes from Ohio to announce her engagement. But there is a problem:

I know the question on everyone's mind: Will I be Jessica Dryden-Cook-McKeown?

These are the things that keep me lying awake at night.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Good Wholesome Fun: Vote for Tiffany

Tiffany Maleshefski writes:

School may be out for summer, but that doesn't mean your favorite cheerleaders aren't already planning for our triumphant next senior year this fall! Are you jonesing for a little cheer? Did you miss our Cheerleader Smackdown? Well, here's a little taste to tide you over: http://www.cockts.com/dates/

In the meantime, we're asking for your help and support! The SF Bay Guardian is having their Best of the Bay readers poll, where you get to vote for your favorite Bay Area whatever category! If you have a moment, please click on the link below, go to page two and enter The Cock-Ts under "Best Burlesque Act". Tell your friends!

http://www.sfbg.com/bob/2008/ <http://www.sfbg.com/bob/2008/> <http://www.sfbg.com/bob/2008/>>

GS in LA

George Sanchez writes:


Hey Doc,


It's official. I just signed the offer letter and faxed it to the Los Angeles Daily News.


Beginning July 7th, I will cover the Los Angeles Unified School District for the LA Daily News, which is owned by Dean Singleton's MediaNews Group. I'll be starting in their Woodland Hills office and hope to get a desk in their city hall bureau. Though I'll be covering LAUSD, the second largest public school district in the country, my coverage will focus on LAUSD schools and programs in the San Fernando Valley. Of course I'll also cover LAUSD administration in downtown and will likely have to deal with LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.


My final piece for the Arizona Daily Star is scheduled to run the day before and is a first-hand account of having testicular cancer.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Congratulations, Franki!!!

Franki Fitterer, '99, writes:

I got a job at American University Washington College of Law as Director of Public Relations. I'm moving to DC!

And I said: Great job, and you will *do* a great job.

A Good Internship

Tiffany Maleshefski writes from Everywhere Magazine:

I have an intern under my wing at the new job. It's the first one I've ever had, and it's a nice thing to have. At this particular magazine, we don't relegate the interns to menial tasks. Instead, we make them load up on blog postings. It's a way to keep the blog flush with content and a way for them to be continuously churning out content.

In a way, *all* blogging is a kind of internship, an exercise in first-draft writing.

What do you think??

Friday, June 13, 2008

Building the USF Family

Which Juliana and Joe Walters are hard at work doing.

My Lord, when Juliana -- Juliana Acken she was back then and smart as a whip; the wine remembers! -- took reporting, it was in a classroom without computers, if I remember it right. But she has since mastered the means of production.





Top: Stanley Belly.

Middle: Madison, Kate and Susie.

Bottom: Juliana and Joe (still a damned handsome couple)

USF did good work back there last century.

And here's their company.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Sunny Lin Writes from Beijing

I have been working since I got here. I am a Project Manager for a fashion production house/agency. Our company specializes in putting together fashion shows, events and shop openings for luxurious brands. We pretty much do everything from conception to execution except for PR. I just started with my next project that is Marie Clare's charity auction and gala dinner. It's fun but I work all hours and weekends. I do enjoy it but definitely not a long term deal. I cant be doing 15hr shift on a daily basis which sometimes include weekends. It's way too much!!! But for the moment, I am enjoying it and it keeps me out of trouble!

Friday, June 06, 2008

It's Everywhere.com Magazine. One of the 'Small Team of Editors' is Our Own Tiffany Maleshefski

The images and short stories that fill these magazines are submitted by its readers. Folks post their photos to a Web site, the site's readers vote on the best ones, then a small team of editors assembles its top choices into the magazines. If their work is published, the photographers receive $100, plus a year's subscription. Even in this Twittering digital age in which tens of millions of self-publishers have created their own blogs, there is still enough of a thrill in being published in a bound print publication that the bi-monthly JPG has amassed an inventory of 500,000 images.

Writers get a hundred bucks, too. Tiffany is one of the 'word' editors, and she says she is encouraged to maintain the 'voice' of the writer, which I heartily approve.

Full story from the SF Chron here.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Where's Corinna Halloran?

From Back East, Corinna Halloran (J minor, '07) writes:

I am discovering my path. I want to write "non-fiction." I want to create. (Maybe I'll be a creative non-fiction writer). Now this may sound hokey, but I HAVE realized that fate does have A LOT to do with jobs. With the internship at the local weekly and with this photographer position I was at the right place at the right time. I don't know if this will discourage any future students but I think it's pretty exciting. I found the internship at the weekly, because I started talking to a photographer I saw at the beach.

I have another "job offer" with a local start up clothing company to photograph their line. The clothing company I hope to be involved with is a surf clothing line and I found out about it because the "CEO" has known me for a while but more importantly, knows I'm a photographer. So, again... it's all who you know and who sees you doing what you love.

Yes, I did graduate and yes, I am a waitress (as if it hasn't been done before) but I need money. And I am hell bent on not being a waitress after this summer... I'm working towards a "nugget"... so regardless of how nice the fast money is... I refuse to settle and "get comfortable." Continuing on the idea of the nugget/ getting out of waitressing... I am very interested in traveling and crewing on a boat... although someone recently said "that's the beginning of the end."... and I can drink with the journalists but drinking with sailors is a completely different ball game.... so we shall see.

AND THEN, putting my English degree to use, I'm very very interested in becoming TESOL certified. There is a program in Costa Rica that I'm going to apply for in the Fall.

So I have a lot of "plans," I want to try a lot, and I want to experience a lot. Most importantly, I want to be happy with what ever I end up doing. Regardless, I promise to keep you updated. Please please please have any students email me with any questions they have... It would be cool to help out

Corinna can be reached at: c.m.halloran@gmail.com

Where's Tiffany Maleshefski?

She's an editor at Everywhere.com. Romanesko links to the Chron, which explains.

San Francisco Chronicle

Mitchell Fox, who left Conde Nast to oversee 8020 Publishing, says it would cost his former employer millions to send photographers and writers around the world to produce magazines similar to what he's putting out now. The images and short stories that fill 8020's Everywhere travel magazine and JPG photo journal are submitted by readers.

Look Look at the Spring Class in Video Reporting

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Maria Dinzeo Covers Her First Press Conference for the Bay Guardian

With a rousing Bay Guardian lead and an AP quote in the second graf.

Blasting Lennar's land grab

By Maria Dinzeo
While we've already dubbed Lennar Corporation "the corporation that ate San Francisco," representatives from five Bay Area environmental organizations today held a press conference to blast the corporation for creating Prop. G to gobble up the rest of Bayview Hunter's Point and Candlestick Point.

Esselene Stancil, a resident of Bayview since the 1950's, says this is nothing new. Change is often promised, but it always falls short. "I have seen many changes in the Bayview, and this change is not for us. We have plenty of parks. What we need is to take care of the one's we have. They promise us houses, but there are no houses being built out there that people will be able to afford."



Here's the link.


Meghedi Nazarian *Associate Editor*

That's her latest promotion at FabSugar, part of the Sugar empire:

The Sugar Network comprises of 15 distinct lifestyle and entertainment sites covering topics that include celebrity, fashion, shopping, beauty, entertainment, food, health and more.



I'm a GeekSugar kind of guy myself, but I don't think I'm part of the demo.

For the rest of you: The Kate Moss Catwalk Competition.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Katie Crozier Is Off to the University of Minnesota at Duluth

Dear Katie,

Congratulations on being accepted to the Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) program for the Fall 2008 semester. The MAPL Review Committee enthusiastically recommended approval of your application. We hope you accept this invitation to participate in what we hope will be a unique educational opportunity.

This program sounds fascinating. Katie did much research before choosing it. We await reports!

Monday, May 19, 2008

News from Jonahlynn

Jonahlynn Sabado writes that she is:

writing press releases for a startup company in Fremont. On my own time I'm also doing freelance writing for Demand Media just to build up my writing skills/portfolio...

Soon after we graduated last year, my sister and I have been working on our own side projects producing slideshows for family events.... We're slowly trying to develop our own business... it makes me wish I had taken up film studies at USF.. but it's okay... I'm learning as I go along... :)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Toan Lam Update

Besides working full time at KRON and teaching at USF, another one of my dreams has come true... reporting for PBS! I've always wanted to report for educational TV, since I was a little snot-nosed boy watching Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street... 1-2-3-4-5-6-7...8-9-10!

My story won't air until July, however, there's a promo on the website... www.kvie.org just click on california heartland... stay tuned...
Thanks for watching...

Toan

Thursday, May 15, 2008

From Tiffany Maleshefski: I'm Making It Viral

Hi guys,

Most of you know that I am now an editor at a new travel magazine published in good ol' San Francisco. It's called Everywhere Magazine and you can learn more at www.everywheremag.com.

We are a user-generated magazine, which means, our content is written by our readers. Sweet, huh? This is where I need you.

As of this month, we are short on items for a department we call Grand Openings. As you've probably guessed, it highlights new museums, cultural centers, hotels, restaurants, etc. that have recently opened.

All we need from you is a pic and maybe 100 words of copy accompanying AND not only do you get your name in print, you get a $100. EASY MONEY!

So mull over those Flickr Photos, skim that Kodak Gallery, and show me what you got. We'd love something that's in the U.S.

Tiff
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Tiffany has shared a link with you. To view it or to reply to the message, follow this link:
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I Like the Way Pat Bhoolsuwan Describes This: 'My First Emmy'



Up there in Reno. But that look from the side!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Katie Crozier is Blogging Again

News and experiences. We anticipate some more good news she'll soon be sharing.

Monday, May 12, 2008

A Faculty Member is Honored

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A Congi Update

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Anthony comes to Idaho Falls as a reporter after spending his whole life in northern California. He grew up in the small mountain community of Dunsmuir, a town of around 2,000 people near Mt. Shasta. While growing up, Anthony was quite active in sports, lettering in football, basketball and baseball all four years of high school. Anthony started writing for the school newspaper as a freshman and his interest in journalism grew to a passion. As a senior, Anthony was presented the 2003 Bank of America National Academic Achievement Award for excellence in journalism.

After graduating, Anthony left his quiet town and headed for the big city life and attended the University of San Francisco. At USF, he wrote for the school paper and was the announcer at the sporting events for the Dons. Anthony also hosted a show and served as news and sports director, for KDNZ, an all student run radio station. Anthony spent two summers as a sports and news intern for KRCR-TV in Redding, CA. After graduating from USF in May of 2007 with a degree in Media Studies with an emphasis in journalism, Anthony returned to KRCR where he worked as an editor and fill-in news reporter until March 2008.

Though he misses his family and friends in California, he says everyone he's met in Idaho has been very kind and makes him feel right at home. "I'm very excited to report the news here in eastern Idaho and I'm looking forward to both the challenge of the job and meeting new people everyday." In his spare time, Anthony enjoys playing basketball and golf, reading, watching movies and cooking. He's also a huge sports fan and loves to watch his favorite Bay Area teams; the Giants, 49ers, Warriors and his beloved USF Dons.

Anthony is always looking for story ideas and loves hearing from viewers so feel free to drop him an email at anthonyc@kidk.com.

This is a good idea. I should do it for everyone. Point me at your information, and I'll do it sooner rather than later.

Most Recent Sighting of a Migratory 'Bird'

Sunny Lin is alive, well, married and living in Beijing. More information as it becomes available!

Monday, May 05, 2008

How a Young TV Reporter Does the Job

USF grad Anthony Congi -- whom we remember as T.C. -- is a reporter with KIDK-TV in Eastern Idaho. He has a blog where he links to some of his stories, explaining the how, why and why not.

Excellent stuff.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

An Alum Comes Home

Myra Sandoval has just been accepted in USF's MFA in Writing program.

Good job!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

laura plantholt interviews nancy pelosi

while most of my digital journalism students were busy interviewing professor tom lucas about USF's secret garden ...


... one student, laura plantholt, was in washington, dc interviewing nancy pelosi. right on laura!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Friday, March 28, 2008

Journalism Job: Online Community Manager based in our Miami, Florida

Online Community Manager

Knight Foundation is looking for a unique and special digital media talent. Does this describe you?

* A solid track record of creating and growing online communities

* Lives and breathes the blogosphere and practically lives on the Net

* An innate talent for creatively engaging and retaining people online

* Excels in innovative communications and technology

If yes, you may be just the type of individual we’re seeking to fill our Online Community Manager position, based in our Miami, Florida office, reporting to the Vice President of Communications.

Play a key role in creating a vibrant online community for Knight Foundation and shape it into the premier digital presence focused on journalism excellence, communities and systemic, transformational change. Help establish the foundation as the leading provocateur for community transformation in the digital age. This position serves as Knight’s eyes, ears and - in cooperation with other Knight staff - voice in the blogosphere. You will attract, facilitate and moderate user-generated content on all foundation web sites. Your goal will be to increase awareness about the foundation’s mission among bloggers and build and sustain engagement of Knight’s online community.

You will discover, edit and craft cutting edge, thought-provoking content on transformational change in communities and journalism. You’ll be responsible for convening online discussions and social networking activities that increase visibility for and support the foundation’s mission. You will play a leading role in the experimental foundation presence on virtual online communities. You’ll be the foundation’s point person for the needs, opportunities, trends and current digital, web and electronic media issues in the communications and philanthropy fields.

Knowledge of journalism and communications, especially digital media, is essential. You should have excellent writing skills and passion about social innovation, journalism and entrepreneurship. You should be a social network builder; be energetic, positive, and able to create an online presence with a recognizable tone and style; be viewed as a thought leader in the blogosphere. You must have an understanding of current web, computer and multimedia systems, techniques and processes at a level that gives you proficiency in creating and managing Web 2.0 content.

A bachelor’s degree in a related field and a minimum of two years of directly related work experience is required.

To apply, please send your resume, salary history and links to examples of your work to: careers@knightfoundation.org.

For more on the Knight Brothers’ foundation and transformational change, go to http://www.knightfoundation.org/

Knight Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Friday, March 07, 2008

A Nelson Toriano Update

It's official. my company was now bought out by a tv ad production company.

What this means for advertising is that people use our merged company to get sales by 1) targeted tv commercials and 2) online campaigns. It also means that media companies, in general, are moving toward being a single turnkey advertising agencies.
What this means for students, they better be ready to know the foundations of advertising (the pros and cons of print, radio, online, new media), and be ready to adapt real quick. Almost everything i had learned 2 months ago has changed! All the more reasons for students to develop a portfolio that shows a wide array of samples from classes.

Editor's note: Nelson was the acknowledged master of the informational interview.

Monday, February 25, 2008

T.C. Heads for Idaho

Anthony (T.C.) Congi writes:

So some of you have heard and some of you haven't but as of today it's official. In three weeks i'll be moving to Idaho Falls, Idaho and will be working as the weekday reporter for KIDK-TV, a CBS affiliate in eastern Idaho

Katie Crozier Has a Very Nice Internship

Thought you'd like to know I just got a paid internship with Lake Research Partners, a political consulting firm in Berkeley.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Official Jamie Starling Info

Jaime Starling Jaime is your connection (1st-degree)

Jaime Starling

National Accounts: Amazon at Consortium Book Sales & Distribution

Friday, February 01, 2008

The Creator of HBO's 'The Wire' Despairs of Newspaper Journalism

Same old story brightly said. Timidity, lack of imagination, profits-first quality-second adds up to a beast on the beach, gasping for air.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Jamie Starling = Mary Tyler Moore




Hello All,

Some of you already know, but if not, I have moved to Minneapolis! I am now the National Accounts Representative to Amazon for a book distributor. I live on the third floor of a mansion that is being remodeled, and until I buy a car, stand out in below-zero weather for the bus.

Attached is a photo taken by one of my coworkers on Saturday. That's his car dashboard. Obviously I stayed indoors for the entire weekend!

The Syllabus for David Silver's Digital Journalism Course

Here's the link. I'm planning to read along during the semester, since David has provided links to his readings, and his overview appears to be excellent.

Might be fun to "talk" about some of the readings here. We'll see if anyone takes the lead, and -- lead taken -- if anyone follows up.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Going Face to Facebook with James Tedford, Former Foghorn Editor

Going face-to-Facebook.

From Gawker, of All Places: Before My Time, Of Course

Old school odes

To The Golden Age Of The Press

Finaloldschool Things we miss about old-timey journalism: bourbon in every desk drawer, the sound of 400 Underwoods clacking away at the same time, teletype rolls cascading out into the hallway and the undivided attention of the American public. Things we don't miss? Alcoholic colleagues (Balk aside), carbon copy paper, the glass ceiling and mini-fridge-sized tape recorders. Would we go back to the golden age of newspapers, the days of afternoon editions, hearty circulation, fat expense accounts and the magic of the rewrite desk? Oh, probably, but we'd like to take our iPhones, if that's cool. With that, we announce the beginning of Old School Odes, in which we remember The Press The Way It Was.

For instance! Once upon a time in a faraway dead place called Life magazine in the 1940s, edit meetings were, well, much the way they are now. Dull meandering affairs where not a damn thing got done. One day, a young journalist named Scott Levitt, trapped in such a time-sucking summit, spoke up from the end of the table. "I have a report to make," he said. Then he pulled out a pistol and shot it into the ceiling. Corny, but effective, and of course, this being The Way It Was, everyone laughed.

At the risk of reinforcing the average j-schooler's distorted image of his future, we're inviting your own Old School Odes, which we'll post each Friday, because that is the day when we find ourselves wishing we were working next to Cary Grant instead of our server room, plucky though it is. We await your nostalgia.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Franki Fitterer ('99) Writes

Blog is great. I'm still working in the Marketing and Communications dept at California Western School of Law. It's fun, but at times I feel like I'm doing 20 things at once since our staff is small. I like the media relations the best and I work with our Innocence Project to get press on their cases. I'm editor of our alumni magazine too. Still loving San Diego..."