Monday, June 25, 2007

Straight to you from the Minor (but Amazing) Leagues...

This just in from Jack Dugan, a rising senior Television-Radio major and one of several Parkies interning with the Binghamton Mets, the double-AA affiliate os the New York Mets, this summer:

One of our class of '07 Parkie alums, Atlee McHeffey, is working for the Binghamton Mets this summer and has been producing a number of features for their brand new video scoreboard. Binghamton is actually the only Mets minor league affiliate with a video board at their stadium and has hired a number of Parkie interns to spearhead it. (Our reputation precedes us) Anyway, recently Atlee, produced, shot, and edited a segment for the video board which was nationally recognized at ballpark video of the week at Here is the link for the video: (scroll down to June 19th)

Another awesome achievement by a Parkie! Not long before we're called up to the majors.

Friday, June 22, 2007

What I did on my summer vacation....

From MTV and Letterman to the Colbert Report, Ogilvy & Mather, and SonyBMG, Parkies are having some pretty cool summer vacations.

Here's a partial list of internship sites where they're spending the summer:

Cone Inc.
Full Circle Studios
Burlington Free Press
Courier-Post newspaper
WEWS TV news
Clear Channel Colorado
Elmira Star Gazette
CNBC Donny Deutsch show
New England Patriots
Project Look Sharp
Ithaca Times
PRI Museum of Earth
IC Sustainability Office
WGAL TV news
NBC Print Advertising
WCCO TV news
NBC Universal sports
Fanatic Promotion
Ricochet Public Relations
Late Show w/Letterman
International Mgmt Group
Clear Channel radio
MTV Networks
Democracy Now
ABC Good Morning America
SonyBMG Epic Records
Fox Networks
Opie & Anthony radio show
SonyBMG Columbia Records
Lowe Worldwide
WLTW FM Clear Channel
News 12 Bronx
Colbert Report
CBS News
MTV Networks
Fox News Channel
NBC Universal corp comm
Millenium Bway Hotel
New Line Cinema
Ogilvy & Mather
WAXQ-FM Clear Channel
Arbitron Radio Ratings
Sportsnet New York
SEI Investments
Garrand Marketing
WMTW TV news
Princeton Packet
WROC TV news
Clear Channel radio
WHAM TV news
WHAM TV news
WRMM radio
Channel 4 San Diego - Cox
WRGB TV news
MSNBC Hardball
WSHM TV news
WSYR TV sports
The Acorn weekly
MapInfo location intel
Media Access Project
WTOP New Radio
New England Sports Net
New England Sports Net
Journal News
Working Films
News 12 Long Island
Worcester Tornadoes

"And I'm doing it Ithaca College"

It occurred to me this morning (during a conference call with members of the school's National Advisory Board) that many of you probably have not seen the video profiles produced last spring by some of your fellow Parkies (the folks at Park Production, including Matt Gogel and Ram Calley, among others).

The goal was to create content that really tells a story about student experiences in television in the Park School.

What do you think? Did we get it right?

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Something new to report...

I made a pretty self-absorbed mistake in my last entry.

I said there was nothing new to report.

I should have said there was nothing new to report about ME.

There are all kinds of new things going on in the Park School (of course) -- perhaps the most important of which is that Orientation for our incoming students started this week, and we have 60-plus first-year students on campus today, getting their schedules, meeting one another, and beginning their careers as Parkies. (Remember that? Remember how excited and nervous you were? It's SO FUN.)

We also spent three long and amazing days a few weeks ago kicking off the Knight Foundation Innovation Incubator Project. More than 1750 people and organizations applied for these Knight grants, designed to develop new ways of thinking about and producing community news and information. Of the 1750, only 25 got awards -- and Park was one of them. The project also involves six other colleges, and students are working together this summer to create brand new, original ideas and news products, which they'll present to the industry at the Online News Association conference in's really challenging, really frustrating, and really amazing. (And props to Brandy Hawley in Journalism for her unbelievable work on this project...)

We have hired Steve Ginsburg to be the LA Professional-in-Residence, which means that Steve will be working with us full-time over the next two years, to help develop opportunities for students and create new professional relationships for the center. Those of you who have had a chance to work with Steve know what an energetic, talented and dedicated teacher and professional he is; we're delighted to have him with us on a more permanent basis.

Construction started yesterday in the lobby. We're going to finish the renovation project we started last summer (well, almost: the floor won't be done until December, sigh). So when you get back, things around here will look pretty snazzy. Even more than usual.

Pete Johanns has been around all summer, gearing up to take on leadership in ICTV in the fall. And Eloise Green and I have been meeting to talk about new initiatives in our internship program (if you haven't taken the Sexual Harassment training workshop yet, you should DEFINITELY plan on doing that first week back in the fall....)

And it's only June 21. It's going to be a great summer....I will definitely keep you posted.

Happy Summer Solstice!


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

You may have noticed....

....that I've taken a break from blogging since the end of the semester -- not because I haven't missed you all (I have) but because it's been summer, I've been traveling a lot, and there hasn't been anything new to report. (Really.)

That's still the case, and it will continue to be the case (at least in terms of news about me) until mid-July.

If you haven't checked the Ithacan lately, you'll find a Q-and-A with me posted today, and yes, it's about the Berkeley job. It says what I've been saying for a month: I've agreed to be nominated, the Regents will decide in July, and if I do leave Ithaca, it won't happen until January. So I'll be here to welcome you back in the fall, no matter what else the future may bring.

And I'm looking forward to it (it's too quiet around here when you're gone...except it sure is easy to find a parking space!).

Hope you're having a wonderful, restful and productive summer.