Wednesday, November 28, 2007

OK, so everybody who buys a hoodie... support the Sigma Iota Epsilon management honor society should meet out in front of Park and we'll all get our pictures taken and then we can put the photo up on the Park School website and in Second Life and on the blog....

but first you have to buy the hoodie.
This week.
In the lobby. They're taking orders.
Really. Like now. Today.

How about this: I will if you will.

(OK, so I will even if you won't...but it would be so much better if you would. And did. Wouldn't it? It would. Then I won't have to have my picture taken standing there all by myself....)

Mountains, adventure, culture and films...what's not to like?


Do you like mountains, adventure, culture and films?

Come to the annual Williamstown Mountain Film Festival on Saturday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Textor 101!

There will be movies incorporating both adventure and culture! There will also be raffles, door prizes, and info about adventure opportunities in the Ithaca area!

Suggested donation: $5

Sponsored by the Adventure Facilitators Club and the Adventure Learning Community of Terrace Eight.

For photos and film festival information:

BS Detectives, no ...kidding

Have you seen this show? It's so great. And there's this dean character in it that reminds me of....well, somebody else, I hope. But my office is looking pretty good, even in the dark, and who knew that Johanns has such a terrible fake German accent (I did)...

Check it out....the BS Detectives on demand on ICTV (and while you're at it, the whole fall line-up is worth watching. Every single show. No kidding.)

Monday, November 26, 2007

PAID internships? Did you say PAID?

Hey everybody,
Interested in radio? Interested in being paid by a major-market radio station next summer to intern in departments including News, Music, Marketing, Programming, Promotions, Sales, Audio Production, Engineering and Business.

The Park School is one of only 14 schools in the country identified by the Bayliss Foundation -- the radio industry's foundation -- as a "top radio school" at which interns are recruited every year.

Here's how it works:

You specify your preferred markets and interests, and the Bayliss Foundation works to match you up with a station. You enroll for one internship credit through the college, and when summer rolls around, you have a paid internship doing something you love -- in a major media market.

Last summer, for example, Park majors had Bayliss internships at two Clear Channel stations in NYC, at Post Radio in DC, and at Arbitron Inc.

Bayliss guidelines and application are at
Applications must be turned in by December 1 to internship coordinator Eloise Greene, who will forward them to the Foundation.

Let me say that one more time, just to be sure. Deadline is December 1. That's Saturday. That means you have to have your application in to Eloise on Friday (not Monday....).

Go for it!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Need a Lift? Parkies' film makes top 25 in national Apple Film Fest

Hey everybody,

You saw it. You responded. You voted. And thanks -- to you, and to the quality of the work -- a group of Parkies has proven yet again that we can compete (and win) against anybody, anywhere.

This time, it's the Apple Insomnia Film Festival.

You may recall that I blogged the event a few weeks ago, listing the five Park films in the competition and imploring you to get online and vote (for all of them...the rules allowed it).

This morning, I got an email from Drew Kalicki, one of a team of filmmakers that includes Greg Dunbar, Casey Dwyer, Tim Pfeffer and (captain) Kyle Kelley.

Out of 3,000 entries, their film, Need a Lift, ranked 15th! And that means it will be viewed and judged on Monday by a panel of professionals, including Terry George (Reservation Road, Hotel Rwanda, In the Name of the Father), Barry Sonnenfeld (Addams Family, Men in Black, Get Shorty, Lemony Snicket, Enchanted), Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, Imaginary Friends), James Mangold (Walk the Line, Heavy, Girl Interrupted), Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair, The Namesake), and Mary Harron (American Psycho), among others.

Winners receive a whole slate of special opportunities and prizes....including MacBook Pros (appropriately enough, here in the Park School), Final Cut pro, Shake, and Logic Studio....

And no matter what happens (though of course we expect that they'll win....) congrats to the team for making it to the top 25!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Hurrah! Nic's headed to Tucscon to hang out with the Times....

The Ithacan's online editor, Nic Barajas, has been accepted into this year's The New York Times Journalism Institute, which will take place January 2–13 at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

The Institute brings students together with writers, editors and designers and photographers from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Times Company Regional papers for 11 days of reporting, editing, designing and taking photographs as they cover real news events. Throughout the program, students have opportunities for
intense discussions with award-winning journalists on everything from the nuts and bolts of the everyday life of journalists to the larger issues of the profession.

Students selected to attend have all their expenses paid, including transportation, and also receive a stipend. The Institute is offered in collaboration with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Way to go, Nic.....

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Don't just be it. WEAR IT.

Now's your chance to show off your Parkie pride...right there, in blue and white, all snuggy and warm in time for winter.

The Sigma Iota Epsilon management honor society (which includes LOTS of our very own Parkies) is selling hoodies to raise money to support its activities.

Come on: Can you think of *anything* your parents would rather have for a holiday prezzie than a Park hoodie? And what about you? Don't you think they'd love to know that that's exactly what you're dreaming of (along with those visions of sugarplums, ipods, and iphones, etc.)?

Watch for the posters and order forms around campus in the coming weeks, and for the tables set up in the Park and Business schools, too.

I think we should all buy one and then take a picture of 1400 of us, standing in front of the school, with a big sign that says HO HO HO. We're Parkies and Proud of it.

Don't you?

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Knowledge Workers: That's YOU. Come and hear an expert talk about your future....

This just in from Professor Kati Lustyik:

An expert on the nature of workers in the media, information and knowledge industries will present a guest lecture Friday in Professor Lustyik's Mass Media Class.

John Sullivan is a contributor to a new book, "Knowledge Workers in the Information Society," and he will speak to students and be available to answer questions from 9 to 9:50 a.m. Friday in Park 281.

Here's some information on the book:

Knowledge Workers in the Information Society

Edited by Catherine McKercher and Vincent Mosco
Lexington Books, 360 pages, ISBN 0-7391-1780-7/978-0-7391-1780-4^DB/

Knowledge Workers in the Information Society addresses the changing
nature of work, workers, and their organizations in the media,
information, and knowledge industries. These knowledge workers
include journalists, broadcasters, librarians, filmmakers and
animators, government workers, and employees in the
telecommunications and high tech sectors. Technological change has
become relentless. Corporate concentration has created new pressures
to rationalize work and eliminate stages in the labor process.
Globalization and advances in telecommunications have made real the
prospect that knowledge work will follow manufacturing labor to parts
of the world with low wages, poor working conditions, and little
unionization. McKercher and Mosco bring together scholars from
numerous disciplines to examine knowledge workers from a genuinely
global perspective.

"At last, we have a book that gives knowledge workers back their
agency. With analytical clarity and shrewd judgment, McKercher and
Mosco have drawn together an impressive range of contributions from
around the world that illustrate vividly, in all their complexity,
the hard choices that knowledge workers make each day to balance
their urge to creativity with their need to scrape a living and
defend working conditions. This is essential reading for anyone who
wants to understand knowledge work as it is in the real world, as
opposed to the fantasies of policy gurus."—Ursula Huws, Analytica
Social and Economic Research

"This book focuses on the most neglected group in the literature on
our information-intensive economy: workers. After authoring several
articles on this topic themselves, McKercher and Mosco are to be
complimented for advancing this focus by bringing together authors in
Europe, North America, and Asia to address the conditions of the
diverse work force in the information economy: workers in journalism,
film, libraries, telecommunication, digital equipment factories and
call centers."—Bella Mody, University of Colorado

List of Contributors
Enda Brophy, Dean Colby, Wan-Wen Day, Greig de Peuter, Greg Downey,
Rob Duffy, Colin T. Fones-Wolf, Elizabeth A. Fones-Wolf, Gregor Gall,
Maris L. Hayashi, Helen Johnson, Jyotsna Kapur, Deepa Kumar,
Christopher R. Martin, Pere Masip, Catherine McKercher, Lisa
McLaughlin, Josep Lluis Mico, Vincent Mosco, Ian Nagy, Vanda Rideout,
Michelle Rodino-Colocino, Sid Shniad, Andrew Stevens, John L.
Sullivan, James F. Tracy, and Yuezhi Zhao

I know, I know, but you can't say it too many times....

So this is a multimedia presentation of how great we are:

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Prize Photos, Prize Moments

Erica Hendry was in DC last week and got to stop in to visit with White House Press Secretary Dana Perino....AND pick up a few awards for the Ithacan.

Don't you just love it when that happens?


First, I have to apologize to a whole bunch of you for not getting this up here earlier....I was out of town at our national advisory board meeting (more on that sometime soon), and then I was away on family stuff all weekend, and well....anyway, no excuses.
I'm SO PROUD to be able to tell you that we're still the best.
I know, I know, that's not a surprise. But it sure is nice to say it again.

Here's the scoop:

The Ithacan won the Online Pacemaker Award, presented by the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Advisers, for the second year IN A ROW at the National College Media Convention on October 30 in Washington, D.C. The award, presented for overall excellence in online media, is considered "the Pulitzer Prize of
collegiate journalism."

The paper was also recognized at the convention's Design Showcase. An Accent front ("Model Beheavior") was featured as an example of dynamic design, and the presenters identified the paper's Accentuate and Buzzer pages as their favorite examples of creative presentation from among all the papers they had seen.

Ithacan photographer Evan Falk (see the post about this below) took first place in the convention's on-site photo competition. He was competing against 58 photographers from other colleges attending the convention.

Ithacan editor in chief Erica Hendry and adviser Michael Serino got to head over to the White House for a press briefing, thanks to Serino's friend John Gizzi, Human Events' political editor. He introduced them to a lot of the White House press corps. and press secretary Dana Perino stood still long enough to pose for a picture with Erica (see above).

A group of alumni met with the Ithacan group for dinner, an opportunity for Erica and Anna Uhls to meet the rest of the D.C. alums (ah, networking....this is how it happens!) The group included four former editors in chief, two former managing editors and three former news editors, all now working in Washington.

Now that sounds like a trip to Washington....wonder why I didn't get to come along? (Oh well, next time....)

Parkie takes top prize....of course

(Way to go, Evan!)


An Ithaca College junior has earned first place for a photo taken during the national College Media convention October 25-27 in Washington, DC. Evan Falk, a television-radio major in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, also received an honorable mention for a second photograph.

The photo competition was sponsored by Associated College Press (ACP) and College
Media Advisers (CMA). The ACP/CMA conference attracted students from colleges across the U.S. and Canada, with 34 students talking part in the photo competition. The assignment was to make a portrait of a person, of D.C., or a certain object, or a color, etc.

Falk’s first-place prize was awarded for an image of a Viet Nam War veteran at the Arlington National Cemetery gravesite of another soldier who had saved his life.
The judges, from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, said they were impressed with the quality of the images in the competition, especially given the challenges of the rainy weather during the conference.

All three of the top images had people in them, emphasizing the photojournalism nature of the competition, the judges explained. They also noted how “good captions really made a difference,” particularly on the first-place image.

"You can assume certain things about a photo. The caption will clarify those assumptions," one judge said. Another judge commented, “(The caption) took a typical funeral shot and added some real meaning to the image."
Falk, who is from Westfield, NJ, studied photography with Janice Levy, associate professor in the Department of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts in Ithaca College’s Park School.

Levy commented, “I’m very proud of Evan’s achievements, especially in this demanding competition. I always encourage my students to get in close to their subjects because that effort yields powerful photographs, as evidenced by the judges’ comments.”

Falk’s honorable mention photo, also taken at Arlington National Cemetery, shows a husband and wife at the gravesite of a family member.
The award-winning images are available at the competition web site,