Sunday, September 28, 2008


It's true, you know: There hasn't been a more important election in your lifetime. Maybe not even in mine.

And we ALL have an obligation to participate, to maintain the vitality and energy of our democracy by caring enough to exercise our Constitutional rights.

Here's what you'll need to do (and thanks to TVR Professor Mara Alper for putting this together):

-- Ithaca College web site:
This has all the info for registering in NY State and other states too. As students you are eligible to vote here in Tompkins County, NY State.

-- Check out Rock the Vote:
You can register to vote, no matter which state you live in.

-- If you want to register in person here in Tompkins County -- you just have to have lived here for one month to register:

Go to Tompkins County Board of Elections at 128 East Buffalo Street, Ithaca, New York 14850
Phone: 607-274-5522, Fax 607-274-5533
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm *

New York State deadlines: (check your own state for deadlines for absentee ballots if that is the route you take)
Oct 7 & 11 - Local Registration days.
Oct 10 - Last day to register and be eligible to vote in November 2008 General Election, and last day to submit party change. (Party change will take effect in 2009.)

October 28 - Last day to postmark application for absentee ballot.

Nov 3 - Last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot, last day to postmark ballot.

November 4 - General Election (polls open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

An amazing group of tomorrow's Parkies drops by to say hello...

OK, so it happened to be raining.

It does that around here this time of year (here and everywhere else on the Eastern Seaboard....).

But, as my 10-year-old daughter reminded me in response to my grousing about it: "The rain makes the light so beautiful in Ithaca. It's just as pretty as the sunshine."

And of course, she's right. Besides, the folks who crowded into the Park School auditorium on Saturday morning weren't as concerned about the weather as they were about the programs, opportunities and career options we offer.

It was the first of our fall Admissions events -- and I have to tell you, I just love it. There's nothing I'd rather do than stand up in front of a whole room full of high school seniors (and their loving and supportive parents) and talk about how great the Park School is.

Problem is, I only had 45 minutes - not nearly enough time to even hit the highlights. But I did my best, and with the help of Dr. Nancy Cornwell, chair of TVR, and Dr. Virginia Mansfield-Richardson, our exceptional associate dean, I think we managed to give them a sense of what it means to be a Parkie.

After I got done racing through everything from our new Gaming and Immersive Media degree program, to our free trip to France (don't forget to put your name in the hat tomorrow!), to our extraordinary alumni network, I reminded our audiences that, here in the Park School, we truly believe that if you can dream it, you can do it.

I walked past some of the Dean's Hosts who had arrived to take our families and students on a tour of the school (THANK YOU to all of you amazing Parkies!), and junior Jeff Tatanus grinned at me.

"Sound like a school you recognize?" I asked him.

"You're talking about all the things I've done since I got here!" he said.

Hey - I'm a journalist. It's nice to know that my conclusion that Park really is the best undergraduate school in the country is supported not just by the facts, but by the experience of the students who are living it - every single day.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

ICTV up for nine (NINE!) awards in the 2008 Collegiate Broadcasters National Student Production Awards!

It's a national competition among all college television stations and producers. It happens once a year. And this year, ICTV is a finalist in nine of the 11 categories. It'd be a little awkward to see one school wipe out the competition like that if it weren't so fabulous -- and it weren't us!

Here's the line-up: is a finalist for best Student Website (both TV and radio)

-The Race 2 is a finalist for Best General Entertainment Program

-B.S. Detectives is a finalist for Best Comedy

-The Race 2 is a finalist for Best Technical Production

-ICTV 24 Hour Marathon promo is a finalist for best promo.

-ICTV Sign-on is a finalist for best promo.

-Bombers Football is a finalist for Best Live Sports Production

-Sports Final is a finalist for Best Sportscast.

-The Race Reunion Special is a finalist for Best Special Broadcast

-Busking the Big Apple is a finalist for Best Documentary/Public Affairs

Congratulations to ICTV adviser and TVR Professor Peter Johanns, and his amazing crew of extraordinary television producers. We are so PROUD!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fashion ROCKS! (Just ask one of our alum.....)

Photo from

This just in from alum Lisa Boyers, who is the Merchandising and Promotion Manager for the Conde Nast Media Group in NYC:

Hi Everyone!
As most of you know, I’ve spent the past 6 months working on a major project with Chevy in conjunction with Fashion Rocks. Since you’ve all been so supportive through the craziness, thought you might be interested to see how it turned out!!

Log on to

for a shopping destination site where you can get special deals & offers on fall must-have items (thanks, Jen Hoppe for the amazing help here!) AND register to win a $2000 NYC shoe-shopping spree (in “Lisa-land” that’s like 2.5 pairs, but the rest of you can probably squeeze out a whole bunch more!).

Tune-in (or set your DVR) for THIS SATURDAY @ 7pm (6 central) on Style Network for a show (the 3rd in a series) I was honored to co-produce:
“Fashion Rocks: All Access Pass” - this is the exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Fashion Rocks – complete with an exclusive Justin Timberlake interview and Fergie dancing on the hood of a Chevy Camaro (plus a gratuitous cameo of yours truly!)

For those of you scattered around the country, the Shop, Rock & Roll mall tour is (probably) coming to a mall near you! Body Shop makeovers, goody bag giveaways, Guitar Hero and the Chevy Traverse will show you a good time :) Check out the “roll” section at for a complete schedule.

**There’s been a ton of support for this program in Fashion Rocks Magazine, on the show and in other Conde Nast titles. Look out for more in November & December issues of:
Vogue, Glamour, Vanity Fair, Lucky, Self, Allure, W, Domino & Condé Nast Traveler

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Former Parkie wins Emmys!

Parkie Nicole Muehlhausen (class of 2007) was nominated for four (COUNT 'EM: FOUR) regional 2008 Emmy awards in three categories. In her words:

"The best news of all: The National Television Academy announced their nominations last week for this year's Emmy's. I've been nominated 4 times! In three of the categories, no other station's submission even made it through the judging standards, so I've automatically won 3 so far. I would have never dreamed, while in class at Ithaca a little over two years ago that I'd be up for 4 Emmy's! Hopefully this is just the beginning of a fun and rewarding career!"

There doesn't seem to be any doubt about that! Congratulations, Nicole!

Think you can make the best scary movie?

Blood and Gorges Film Festival

Think you can make the best scary movie?

Then submit your film to the Third Annual Blood and Gorges Film Festival! This is a month long production-based competition, in which participants compete in making the scariest short film. Each submission will be screened October 27th in the Park Aud at the finish.

The contest is as much an open forum in the creation of short films as it is a celebration of Halloween. The movies can be straight up horror, experimental, comedy, documentary or any other genre!

Groups must write, shoot and edit their submissions to be handed in on or before October 24th on either mini-DV tape or as Quicktime file.

Each short film will be judged by the entire audience in terms of its effectiveness in the horror genre. The winners get a fun Halloween prize plus bragging rights.

To sign-up your group or for more information contact:
Tommy Strauss
Colleen Goodhue

Also, make sure to join the Facebook group for updates!!

Planning for fall break? You're invited to a Park party!

So the thrill of being back on campus (and it IS a thrill, right? I'm thrilled when you all come the feeling's mutual, right?) is probably sort of wearing off now that you've settled into the classes-homework-work routine, and you might even be looking ahead to fall break -- which isn't really all that much of a break but it seems like one on Thursday morning when you're getting up for class...

So as you do that, and you're thinking: What can I do in four days in the middle of October that I won't be able to do any other time in my whole life?

Nice as it would be to see the folks, going home isn't the only option.

This year, for the only time in your career here at Ithaca College (heck, for the only time in ANYBODY's career here at Ithaca College), you can attend the festivities of ICTV's 50th anniversary.

Yup, that's right: ICTV is 50. Middle-aged.

AND the oldest student-run television station in the country.

To mark that momentous occasion, Park has invited alumni back to campus from all over the country. And among the festivities will be a Saturday pre-football-game barbecue specifically designed to let you, our current Parkies, meet all of those former Parkies -- many of whom might turn out to be fabulous contacts for you all.

So mark your calendar: Saturday, October 18. And consider joining us.

And I'm picking up the tab, of course - free food AND great networking. Such a deal! (And we'll have more info next week about where you can pick up your free barbecue tickets -- so watch this space!)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

France? Free? For Parkies ONLY.....

It's that time of year again.

We're about to select the 20 students who will accompany a faculty member to France in May 2009, for a two-week (all expenses paid) tour of Dijon (and Paris) France.

Here's the deal:

The Park School has a partnership with the Burgundy Business School in Dijon, France. Under the terms of the agreement, a Burgundy student receives tuition assistance to study at the Park School; in exchange, a group of 20 Park students is invited to visit Dijon and Paris for two weeks at the end of May – all expenses paid except for airfare and whatever you want to spend on extra food and travel.

And if you truly can't afford the airfare, the dean's office will help. NOBODY should have to turn down this opportunity because of cost.

Here are the details:

-- The trip leaves New York the Monday following graduation. The length of the trip is approximately 2 weeks. Final dates and details TBA.
-- The group will fly from New York City to Paris. Participants will be responsible for paying their own round-trip airfare (again, if you're lucky enough to be picked, we'll find a way for you to go).
-- The Burgundy Business School will be responsible for all other expenses (except, of course, those listed above). They will pick you up at the airport in Paris, and take care of you for two whole weeks -- including lodging, food, transportation, and a full itinerary of events and activities.
-- The schedule will include museum tours, day trips, media visits, lectures and social events with international students studying at Burgundy.
-- The schedule also will include free time to explore Dijon, and surrounding areas OR travel to London, Amsterdam, Munich, etc. Your expenses on that kind of wider European excursion would be your responsibility, but your expenses if you stay in Dijon will be covered by the school.
-- The schedule will also include a visit to Paris. Burgundy will cover all of your expenses on that trip.
-- The group will be accompanied by a faculty member who will be coordinating the trip over the next seven months and during the two weeks you're in France.
-- The trip will be offered as a learning experience that DOES NOT require you to enroll for academic credit. We are doing everything we can to keep the costs as low as possible, and we are sensitive to the fact that many students cannot afford to buy a summer-school credit.

This year, we can take up to 20 students to France. You MUST be a full-time Park MAJOR to be eligible; Parkies who graduate in May 2009 can apply.

Obviously we expect many of you to applyl (why WOULDN'T you apply?). So here's what we're going to do:

Monday morning, Sept. 29, there will be forms in the rack OUTSIDE the Dean's office on the third floor of Park. Stop by, fill out the form, sign it, and hand it in to the Dean's Office reception.

One submission per student ONLY. Students who submit multiple forms will be disqualified (somebody tried that last year....doesn't work).

We'll be accepting forms until 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 1. No exceptions.

If you're studying abroad or in LA, you can email Gwen Benners in the Dean's Office, ( expressing your interest and providing her your name, address in Ithaca, telephone number, and class. That will "count" as your submission (we'll transfer the info to the form and put it in the box with the rest of the applications).

ALL students currently on campus in Ithaca must submit the paper form to the dean's office. If you're sick, you live downtown and can't make it to campus, you're working an internship and can't get to the dean's office, ask a friend to fill out the form for you. Sorry, no exceptions on this one; we're trying to be fair to everybody.

On Thursday, October 2, we'll review the forms, make sure we have all the information we need on each form, and put them all in a box.

We'll select 20 forms – lottery-style. By applying, you're committing to the trip, so please don't apply unless you're sure you can go.

And the winners will be off to France in May!

Isn't it SO FUN to be a Parkie?!

Truth And Consequence: Park Productions to screen new documentary


When: Friday, September 26, 2008 at 4:00pm

Where: Park Auditorium

Park Productions announces a screening of a new documentary about a controversial and important topic. It is an intolerable fact that some children are abused. And yet, false allegations of abuse have lead to tragic miscarriages of justice. One scientist has spent his career trying to answer the question many people wish he wouldn’t ask: should we believe the kids?

At Cornell University, renowned psychologist Stephen Ceci studies the accuracy of children’s courtroom testimony particularly in cases alleging physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. “Truth and Consequence” is a short (37 minute) documentary that focuses on Professor Ceci’s research and three court cases in which he testified as an expert witness.

Melissa M. Gattine

Friday, September 19, 2008

And yet again....Ithacan takes top honors (are we the best OR WHAT?!?)

The Ithacan has been named the number two nondaily student newspaper in the country for 2007 by the Society of Professional Journalists.

The paper was presented with the second-place National Mark of Excellence Award at SPJ's 2008 National Convention and Journalism Conference on September 5 in Atlanta. Erica R. Hendry '09, the paper's 2007-8 editor in chief and current special projects manager, accepted the award on behalf of the paper.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the largest organization of professional reporters and editors in the country. Each year SPJ presents the Mark of Excellence awards to recognize outstanding work among college and university newspapers.

The Ithacan was awarded the first-place Mark of Excellence Award for best nondaily newspaper in the Northeast region (SPJ Region 1) in April, and then went on to compete against 11 other regional winners in the national competition. George Washington University's GW Hatchet ended up taking the top prize.


The Ithacan has been named a Pacemaker finalist and the Ithacan Online has been named an Online Pacemaker finalist for 2008 by the Associated Collegiate Press.

The winners of the award -- widely regarded as the "Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism" -- will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Kansas City on October 31.

The Associated Collegiate Press is the oldest and largest national membership organization for college journalists in the country. The Ithacan last won the Online Pacemaker Award in 2007, and won both the Pacemaker and the Online Pacemaker in 2006.

This year's competition was judged by the staff of the St. Petersburg Times.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Watch this space: We're about ready to announce the France trip!

We usually wait until spring, but this year, we're announcing the France trip (which occurs right after graduation in May) early so the group of students can get to know one another and start to prepare early.

So watch this space....we'll be announcing the lottery any day now, and you'll have 24 hours to put your name in the hat (well, OK, so it's a box, but you get the idea....)

Yippee! It's SO fun to be a Parkie!

This just in from LA: They want your docs....

Craig Reid is typing in from LA:

Dear Dean Lynch:

Hi there. This is Craig Reid typing in from Los Angeles....

The reason why I'm sending you an e-mail today is simple. I'm interning with a small satellite TV company called Time Television Broadcasting. It's independently owned, and we're currently in the process of preparing some shows for our launch date on October 1. I suggested to one of the Executive Producers of the station that we should have a show on the station that showcases some student documentaries/films on the network, and he totally loved that idea.

That's where you come in. I was hoping that you could spread the word to all the students at Park about this opportunity. Now, I know I can't do much in the way of compensation, but at least the students who do submit something can put on their resume that their documentary/film was aired on an international satellite TV station. And if people want to submit something, tell them to e-mail me at and I will give them more information via e-mail.

He's waiting to hear from you....

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Great ideas, important journalism: Who pays for it?

The second session of the Park Center for Independent Media's inaugural symposium focused on -- what else? -- revenue streams.

Independent is, by definition....well, independent. That means independent journalists need to devote considerable effort and attention to how they're going to sustain their work. The people sitting around this table have a lot of experience and insight into those questions:

The intro speaker is Safir Ahmed, book publisher and journalist who is filling in for Jennifer Nix, former NPR producer who was responsible for promoting New York Times bestseller How Would a Patriot Act? Nix's viral marketing campaign drove the book across multimedia platforms to push the book out of obscurity into major media and onto the bestseller list.

Blogger Chris Bowers has been earning a living as a blogger since 2004, and he's talking about the mix of revenue streams he puts together to make it possible. He says he doesn't feel any pressure to tailor his message to fit the needs of his advertisers -- the ads just cycle through the site; ironically, he says, he has experienced more pressure from nonprofit groups for which he's consulted than he does from the "commercial" media.

"Working with the nonprofit world comes with far more strings attached than working with any other form of funder," he says. "The fallacy of clear boundaries between political news and political activism are laid bare in the blogosphere. I find it ironic that we talk about "corporate media" but it's our status as a corporate entity -- limited liability corporate entity -- that actually allows us to be free to write what we want to write.

Steve Rathe, owner of Murray Street Productions, raises the question of whether a blogger who pushes a particular publication or product -- being an Amazon affiliate, for example -- and gets a hit from the sale is taking "payola": when does that revenue turn into a significant motivation for promoting the work?

Gail Robinson at Gotham Gazette, says she's experiencing "foundation fatigue": New ideas and projects get funding, but it's incredibly difficult to get operating revenues -- and that means you need to add projects that can distract you and spread your energies too broadly.

Jeff says that's the $64,000 -- OK, $64 million -- question. "Nothing worse than the third or fourth year when you lose the funders who 'got you' at the beginning."

David Cohn says there's a problem we are trying to solve we can't. "There's no such thing as clean money" - so the best thing you can do is be transparent about what you do and where you get the money. Look at Pro Publica: you know where the money is coming from and you can decide about that....There's a lot of space to grow that out, you get a lot of people together, you're being commissioned by the public."

"....The public says I thought content was free....but no, it's not. Cohn says that when he approaches traditional journalists about this, they have a lot of questions; independent journalists get it right away."

As traditional journalism organizations crumble, we have to find new ways to sustain journalism. And journalists will survive the death of those institutions by learning how to fend for themselves. "The way to do that is to build your own posse. A good example: Chris Alberton who funded his work in Iraq. The cultural shift is that that has to become commonplace. Right now there's just flashes in the dark; we have to learn to turn on the light."

The group talks about various ways to fund independent journalism projects: crowdfunding (like; audience funding (like NPR); aggregation (Federated Media); foundation funding (Knight, News Challenge grants); advertising.

Steve Rathe (NPR, Murray Street Productions) says the more time people spend with you, the more likely they are to support you; you need to ask them three times before they'll support you.

A common point: small can suffice. You can reach 5,000 people with a project, build coalitions, reach a critical mass of supporters who are willing to contribute. Aggregation of those audiences -- the kind of aggregation being done by Federated Media -- is a powerful way to build revenue streams.

And another important point: it's not about finding a new funding model - though e-commerce is going to be a part of everybody's model. But the key question is still the storytelling: are people listening?

"How are we going to talk to people about these momentous events in a way that they can hear them and understand them in the context of their own lives? That's the biggest problem: the story challenge. If you do that, traffic will go through the roof -- and you can always monetize traffic."

David Cohn: There's no such thing as a silver bullet. I'm a big advocate of community funded reporting, I don't assume that will be able to fund all the journalism we'll ever need. ... I'm building a platform, not a news organization.
So you can't rely solely on donations, you can't rely solely on advertising. ....we have to be transparent and open and honest with ourselves about what methods we're using; it's uncharted territory....even if I tell a great story about the mission district in San Francisco, that's not going to get enough traffic because the district is too small. In that case, you have to solicit, you have to go them for funding. ... we have to be clever about how to use all sources."

Deanna Zandt: From a technical perspective, we have to talk about page views. We're in an economic crisis, one of the things I do with my clients and the organizational strategy I do is talk about how we're not building web sites anymore. We're not building homes for people to come and visit, we're building services, and those services need to interlock in interesting ways....

Steve Rathe says independent journalists aren't corporations but have many of the same needs in terms of scale and outreach that those organizations have: "So how do we adopt the sharing functions of corporations without turning into them?" How can we network and aggregate our efforts to have an impact? What about direct mail? Expensive, but it works. "There are far more people supportive of all of the missions of the people in this room than there are of any one of us." And how do we figure out a way to combine those functions so we're not all spending all of our time doing it individually?

David Cohn says independent media provides services rather than products: it's about the network of small voices rather than a single destination site.

Jeff Cohen wraps up the conversation by turning the floor over to Denis Moynihan, who was present at the Republican National Convention, where independent journalists from Democracy Now! were arrested while covering demonstrations at the convention. They were among a group of journalists and citizens charged with potential rioting, a felony.

The conversations we need to have...."Right now there's just flashes in the dark; we have to learn to turn on the light."

Here's something I almost never do: live blog about an event as it unfolds. (I might even twitter this one....and that's something I NEVER EVER do....).

But this one is worth the tracking as it unfolds: I'm sitting in the opening conversation of our Park Center for Independent Media symposium, an event that has brought together 27 of the most successful, innovative and powerful independent media makers in the country. I got here late -- had to show up at a college-wide meeting with our new prez -- but I have arrived in time to hear an active and energetic discussion about the new media ecology that offers new opportunities for independent media makers.

A few highlights:

Amanda Michel, director of Off The Bus for the HuffingtonPost, is talking about crowdsourcing and the value of engaging non-journalists in the practice of contributing content and information to journalistic organizations. Not everybody is a journalist and not everybody needs to be. But it's possible to draw readers into the process, thereby allowing them to "commit acts of journalism" and contribute to the public discourse. "What stories can we do that no single journalist could?" she asked. Those are the stories that journalists need to do -- and that readers can contribute to in ways that make a difference.

More than half of the contributors to OffTheBus are women; sometimes, it's as high as 80 percent. Why? She doesn't know, but it's a clear signal that women do participate when they are compelled to do so.

Dave Matheson, author of Be The Media, agrees with earlier speakers that there's a new definition of success when it comes to independent media. It used to be commercial success, the ability to get a contract, attract advertising...but the new definition is owning the means of both production AND distribution. It depends upon owning and controlling the infrastructure associated with distribution -- a revolutionary idea made possible by new technologies and new direct relationships with audiences. He quotes Kevin Kelly's commentary about the long tail and the concept of "1000 True Fans":

A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author - in other words, anyone producing works of art - needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living.

A True Fan is defined as someone who will purchase anything and everything you produce. They will drive 200 miles to see you sing. They will buy the super deluxe re-issued hi-res box set of your stuff even though they have the low-res version. They have a Google Alert set for your name. They bookmark the eBay page where your out-of-print editions show up. They come to your openings. They have you sign their copies. They buy the t-shirt, and the mug, and the hat. They can't wait till you issue your next work. They are true fans...."

Linda Jue, director of New Voices in Independent Journalism, says the key issue is enabling journalists to retain control over the production and distribution of independent media. There's too much focus on the infrastructure and organizations rather than the independent journalists themselves....

Dori Maynard, who heads the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, reminds the group about the impact and opportunities for independent media to reflect the perspectives and lives of a diverse audience. "People don't see their lives reflected in the mainstream media," she says, "and that's something independent media could do....that would be a great great it would be never to hear the term "underserved community" again...."

David Cohn, director and founder of the crowdfunding project,, reminds the group that independent is not synonymous with progressive. He's acknowledging that the conversation has focused to a significant extent on the role of progressive media, and he's reminding the group that "independent" is not synonymous with progressivism: "Our role now is to participate in community organizing.....but we should keep in mind that it's not to have a specific agenda, but to make sure that there is a platform there for every point of view, it's about not squashing views, we're here to use and distribute the tools to be sure that every point of view is represented....

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Parkies make such a difference in the world!

L to R, Stuart Kenney (TV-R), Alice Pak (Journalism), Kyle Truscott

Parkies Stuart Kenney and Alice Pak biked 102 miles (plus a 2-mile celebratory "Victory ride) around Cayuga Lake on Saturday to help support the Southern Tier Aids Program. Their team, Spokes of Glory, raised over $2,500, a lot of which was personal contributions from Park staff and students.

L to R, Janelle Mackereth (IMC), Alice Pak, and Ashley Bookheimer (TV-R)

Alum Mike Royce, three IC grads work together on new Romano pilot!

Maybe it should be called "All in the (IC) Family..."

But it's not.

It's actually called "Men of A Certain Age," and it's the new Ray Romano pilot for TNT, co-written and co-produced (with Romano) by Park's very own Mike Royce.

Mike also produced Romano's hit show "Everybody Loves Raymond," and the two have combined talents again for the new program, about "the life of a group of three men in their 40s who have been friends since college."

But that's not the family part.

It turns out that three (count 'em, three!) of our grads worked with Mike this summer in production of the pilot. Meagen Minnaugh was the Art Dept. Coordinator, Ken Blankstein was the Writer's Assistant, and Chris Salamone was a grip on the show.

Mike says the dailies look great -- and why wouldn't they, with all of that great IC talent in one place?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Repo: The Genetic Opera comes to Park...FIRST!

OK, so this is all pretty weird for me, but I'm not exactly Repo: The Genetic Opera's target audience.

You are.

The film, to be released in October, was directed by Darren Bousman, of Saw fame, and is situated (say the critics) to become the new Rocky Horror.

It'll screen in the Park Aud at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, followed by a q-and-a with Dan Heffner, the film's producer.

See you there (I'll be the one in the back, with my hands over my eyes when it starts to get bloody....and it will....)

And come early to get a's going to be standing-room-only.....

Finally! The Park Center for Independent Media launches next week!

After two years of planning and preparations -- including hiring Jeff Cohen as our Center Director -- the Park Center for Independent Media launches next week.

The Center's first national event begins on Monday with the arrival of 25 of the country's leading journalism innovators, individuals who are turning the traditional media world upside down -- all in the pursuit of excellent journalism in a digital age.

The Park Center for Independent Media Symposium is an invitation-only event, an opportunity for this group of thought leaders to spend time together sharing ideas, developing new strategies, and creating partnerships. With Jeff's guidance, they'll focus on key questions and issues around independent journalism -- from revenue models to collaborations.

You, too, are invited to attend.

The symposium events on Tuesday will be open to students and faculty who want to stop in and listen to the conversations as they develop throughout the day. It's a rare opportunity to observe the interactions of some of the nation's leading journalism innovators, all in one place.

Here's the schedule:

TUESDAY (Sept 16) Clark Lounge/Campus Center

Session 1: 9:30-11am Independent Media Successes, Obstacles, Potentials

Session 2: 11:10am-1pm Business/Revenue/Marketing Approaches

Session 3: 3-4:30pm New Initiatives, Collaborations, Technologies

Tuesday night, the Park Center for Independent Media will present its first national lecture, presented by renowned blogger Josh Marshall, author of Talking Points Memo. The site won this year's Polk Award in legal reporting for its relentless coverage of the politically-motivated firings of U.S. Attorneys by the White House. The coverage led to Congressional hearings and the ultimate resignation of the Attorney General.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites; Marshall will discuss “The Importance and Future of Independent Media.”

We hope to see you all there!

Want to make a dance video? Earn $50?

IC UnBound, the IC dance club, is looking for a student willing to tape the club's shows on November 16 (2 and 8 p.m.) and make (and copy) DVDs of the performance. You'd need your own equipment (and sorry guys, you can't use Park equipment for this kind of project....). Pay is $50.

Interested? Contact Ashley Angello,

(EDITOR'S NOTE: I made a mistake in the original posting of this announcement. The club's name is IC UNBound, not IC apologies - and thanks to the reader who emailed me the correction.)

Monday, September 08, 2008

Rachel Maddow comes to Ithaca (you know: Rachel Maddow: lefty liberal, dresses like a first-grader, drives Keith Olbermann crazy...THAT Rachel Maddow)

Progressive Talk 1470 WNYY
Rachel Maddow Live!

The Rachel Maddow Radio Show
Live from the State Theatre, Ithaca
Friday, Sept. 12, 2008

Rachel has risen to unprecedented heights since last year’s appearance. She is now anchoring MSNBC’s expert desk election coverage and providing the lefty balance to Buchanan’s right on Keith Olbermann’s Countdown.

Rachel has a doctorate in political science (she was a Rhodes Scholar) and a background in HIV/AIDS activism, prison reform, and other lefty rabblerousing. She shakes a mean cocktail, drives a bright red pickup, hates Coldplay, loves arguing with conservatives, spends a lot of money on AMTRAK tickets, and dresses like a first grader.

Tickets are available at no charge, all tickets are general admission. Tickets are available at Cayuga Radio Group, 1751 Hanshaw Road-607.257.6400 or Greenstar Coop, The Bookery II in the Dewitt Mall, Rock/Paper/Scissors, Honda of Ithaca, Alternatives, Rasa Spa and the Smart Monkey Cafe.

Ho Ho Ho! Got some holiday hilarity? NBC Wants It from YOU!

Gina Gonzalez, an Associate Producer with JUMA Entertainment in Los Angeles, got in touch with TVR Chair Nancy Cornwell today to encourage Parkies -- that's you! -- to submit "the funniest and most entertaining holiday moments caught on tape" for NBC's Family Holiday Special.

Here's what she said:

"I am writing to you in hopes that you may have some TV students that have caught some great holiday moments on tape and would be interested in sharing them for our fun new special! From what I see of your website, and from what I've heard, Ithaca College, has a very impressive TV Production program and we would love to have some of your students partake in our special [Editor's Note: OK, so maybe Gina is a better associate producer than she is a writer....]...We're reaching out to a few different TV/Film schools across the country, with hopes of getting some GREAT amateur videos.

Here's the info:

The holiday season is just around the corner, and this year, NBC is counting down the most hilarious and entertaining holiday moments from families across the country. We're looking for everything from classic Christmas season chaos to memorable New Year's moments to Chanukah mishaps such as, accidents involving a Christmas tree, wild or funny behavior moments with the local "Mall Santa," sledding mishaps, holiday cooking/dinner table disasters, and any other event the camera caught that might make America smile, laugh, cry, or cringe! This new special will be one-hour filled with family fun, and will air this December. We'll choose from thousands of home video submissions then rank the best America has to offer! So if you think your memorable holiday moment will "light up" our countdown, please send us your home videos NOW in order to be considered for this festive holiday special!

For more information, and to find out how to submit your video, please contact Gina Gonzalez at

And also please visit

The "It" guy comes to Ithaca...Howard Rodman will be here Thursday

Here's what Movie City Indie has to say about screenwriter Howard Rodman (photo above by the guy who writes Indy City, Ray Pride):

CAN SUNDANCE MOVE ON FROM "IT GIRLS" TO "IT SCRIBES? Howard A. Rodman passes for the "it" scribe of Sundance's opening days, as writer and co-producer on two debuts at Sundance, August, directed by Austin Chick (XX/XY, Sundance 2002), and Savage Grace, the welcome return of Tom Kalin to feature-making. Rodman is a screenwriter, Writers Guild activist, USC screenwriting teacher, and an artistic director of the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Labs, among other pursuits...."

As it turns out, one of those pursuits is coming to visit Ithaca College on Thursday, Sept. 11. Rodman will screen two half-hour episodes from FALLEN ANGELS, a Showtime anthology of short film noir.

Both episodes were written by Rodman and were produced by Sydney Pollack and directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Screenwriter Howard Rodman
September 11, 2008
8 p.m.
Park Auditorium
Question-and-Answer session to follow screening

His recent film, Savage Grace will screen at Cornell Cinema on Sept. 12 and 13.


Grad School anybody?

This just in from Cheryl Boyer at Career Services...your future awaits (well, at least the conversations that might lead to your future....)

The 2008 Graduate and Professional School Fair is being held on Tuesday, September 23rd from 5:30pm-7:30pm in the North Foyer and Emerson Suites. There will be 130 representatives from graduate schools across the country. Specifically, there will be representatives from the following Communications and Journalism programs:

Ithaca College, School of Communications
Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Emerson College
Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism
Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Public Communications
The New School

In addition to these programs, there will also be representatives from other institutions with a wide range of programs which also include Communications. For a complete list of programs, please go to

If you know of any students who are applying to graduate school and have specific questions, please encourage them to go to one of the following panels from 7:30pm-9:30pm:

General Graduate School Panel---Ithaca Falls Room
Law School Panel---Clark Lounge
Medical School Panel---Klingenstein Lounge

Saturday, September 06, 2008 really CAN'T get there from here....

I was doing my best to make it home from San Francisco ahead of the chaos that inevitably grips the Philly airport whenever it rains -- anywhere on the Eastern seaboard.

I got up at 4 a.m., hauled my luggage to the SF airport, and climbed onto a plane slated to deliver me to Philly at 2:05 p.m. Just in time to hike across the airport, board the bus (ever been to this airport? You know you're headed to Ithaca because you have to take the bus to the 'other' terminal....), and make it to my connection to Ithaca -- which was supposed to have me home right about N-O-W.

Not happenin'.

Instead, the flight was cancelled and they put me on a flight that departs (hypothetically speaking) at 9:05 p.m.

Problem is, the weather is bad right now. Hurricane Hanna (not to mention Ike) is headed this way. What do you suppose the chances are that they'll send one of those little prop jets out into the storm at 9:05 p.m. when they wouldn't do it at 3 p.m.?

Just fyi, it cost $675 to take a limo from Philly to Ithaca.

None of the six car rental places I called would let me rent a car one-way. One very friendly and not helpful person suggested I rent the car for the week, and "find the time to drive it back here when you have the time."

Like, ummmm, 2065?

So here I am, in the Philly airport, catching up on my email.

Which (finally!) is the point of all of this. I couldn't make it to ICTV's rush night this year -- a huge disappointment since it's one of my favorite annual events -- so I missed the videos. And Rachel Hastings knows how much I love 'em, so she sent me the link to hers: Ivy.

Check it out!

And see you on Monday, even if I have to hire that darned limo to get me there.....

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Want your original work broadcast on ICTV or WICB?

This just in from The Health Promotion Committee on campus:

The Health Promotion Committee invites Ithaca College students to develop a public service announcement in honor of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness (NCAAW) week, which takes place September 21-26, 2008.

The theme for the 2008 NCAA week is "Have Fun ... Stay Safe!"

All entries should represent safe and legal uses of alcohol and should clearly and creatively represent the theme.

All students are eligible to submit an entry in either the TV or Radio categories. Winning submissions will be broadcast on ICTV and WICB.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

Adherence to theme
Clarity of message
Public Appeal

All submissions are due no later than September 10.

For details on submission requirements visit the Health Promotion website at or contact Tiffani Ziemann or Doreen Hettich-Atkins

Got a great idea? Want somebody to pay you to make it a reality?


I'm on my way to San Francisco (slowly: I'm actually sitting in the Philadelphia airport, where fog (fog?!? WHAT FOG?!?) delayed my flight this morning, causing me to miss my've been there, you know what I'm talking about.

Anyway, sitting here has given me the chance to catch up on a few things (like email, been doing it for four hours straight, only 236 to go!), and blogging. I've been back at it over the past few days, but will be posting daily from now on -- so much news to report, so many great events and ideas to share!

For example:

I'm headed to SF to join a group of journalists and innovators from around the world who will serve as this year's screeners for the 2008 Knight News Challenge grant program. The foundation two years ago created a grant program that awards money -- sometimes as much as $1 million -- to people who have great ideas about new (digital) ways to create and distribute news and information.

Last year, I screened the "young innovators" category -- meaning that we gave grants to college students. Just like you.

If you enter, I'd have to recuse myself from reviewing your grant; I have a vested interest in your success. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't enter. In fact, YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY ENTER.

Here are the details:

Knight News Challenge Update


Things have really been chugging along here at the Knight News Challenge 2008, with lots of innovative new outreach coinciding with the contest’s official start. The worldwide contest reopened on September 2nd with another $5 million in funding available for digital media experiments to innovate news and communication before applications close on November 1st.

You Invent It. We Fund It!

The contest is open to community-minded innovators worldwide, from software designers to journalists to citizens and students of any age. Do you have a big idea for informing and inspiring a geographic community using social media, Web 2.0 tools or OpenID? How about exchanging information via video, photos or text messaging? A way to integrate game theory with web browsing to support local community engagement? Come on, push the edge – we’re seeking true innovation!

Winning entries must have three elements:

1) use of a digital media
2) delivery of news or information on a shared basis to
3) a geographically defined community

Entries must be open-source and share the software and knowledge created.

New in 2008: The News Challenge Garage

To support applications this year, Knight has created a new incubator — the News Challenge Garage — where prospective applicants can receive peer reviews and mentoring from screeners and awardees from previous years. To date, over 40 applications are already incubating in the Drupal-based Garage site. A diverse group of developers, online journalists, nonprofit evangelists, video bloggers and social media experts are on hand to coach at The 50 mentors are available to coach and guide everyone who enters a project in the Garage. They include Vidoop’s Chris Messina,’ David Cohn, Contentious editor Amy Gahran, Placeblogger’s Lisa Williams, Beth Kanter, J.D. Lasica and many other digital media specialists. For a postable video introducing the Garage in a variety of languages, visit DotSub to find out more.

Want to get more involved?


Want more info?

The Knight News Challenge is incorporating new media tools to reach out to more diverse communities to spread the word about this year’s Challenge. You can follow us on Twitter, converse on video via Seesmic or chat about application ideas in our FriendFeed room.

Upcoming events: September 9th Webcast

If you’d like to ask questions and learn how to create an application in a more interactive space, Knight will host an online webcast hosted by Gary Kebbel, Journalism Program director for the Knight Foundation with Amy Gahran and Nora Paul, past Knight News Challenge winners, on September 9th, 11:00 a.m. Eastern.

September 9th will also feature a Knight News Challenge meet up in New York City at CUNY School of Journalism from 7-9 pm. For more info see this link:


The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation invests in journalism excellence worldwide and in the vitality of 26 U.S. communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Since 1950, the foundation has granted more than $400 million to advance quality journalism and freedom of expression. The foundation focuses on projects with the potential to create transformational change. For more, visit

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Need a job? The library needs you....

This just in from the library:

The Library is now accepting applications for the following position.
Production Student Assistant

To apply, please fill in the application form below and bring it to Andrew Darby, Web Services Librarian on the 3rd Floor of the Gannett Center (near the elevator).

Job duties and responsibilities:

Duties will include creating and editing audio and video clips, photography work for print and web application, scanning documents, and data entry. Work may include photographing outdoor environments.


Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a background in photography and/or audio/visual production. Please note any relevant skills, projects, software proficiencies, etc., in the "Special Skills" section of the application form. Selected finalists will be asked to provide a portfolio of previous work at time of interview.

Work hours:

This is an 6 hour per week position. Work hours will be between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm on weekdays.

The pay is $7.15/hour.

Application Deadline: September 12th, 2008

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Got a script you're proud of? Want to write one by Friday? It could win a $10,000 production grant to make your movie!

The Park School of Communications is pleased to announce the launch of the David R. Ames Film Award. This annual award is designed to inspire creativity and recognize the talents of young scriptwriters and filmmakers. Thanks to the generosity of David R. Ames '72 and matching funds from the Park School this award will provide funding up to $10,000.00 to produce the winning original script selected by a panel of faculty judges.

All full-time Park students are eligible and encouraged to submit a short narrative script for consideration. Finalists will be asked to put together a production team filling all key crew positions, a production proposal and pitch their projects to the award committee.

The selected projects team will be enrolled in a 1-credit mini course during the SP09 semester. Projects funded by this award can not be submitted towards any other credit bearing course. The award will go towards the production of a short, narrative script to be shot over Spring Break 2009.

Friday, September 5th, 3:00PM – Script submission deadline
Friday, September 26th – Finalists announced
Friday, October 31st – Production packet deadline
Monday November 3rd – Friday November 7th - Pitches
Friday, November 14th - Award decision announced
Beginning of Spring 2009 semester – Pre-production
March 7-15, 2009 – Principle photography to be completed
End of Spring 2009 semester – Post production
Week of April 27 – Screening for faculty for critique

For details, see the Award website.

Local PR expert speaks in Park Tuesday night

Laurie A. Linn, President of the Ithaca design firm Communiqué, will be guest speaker on Tuesday, September 9, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. in the Park Auditorium. The event is sponsored by IABC/IC and all Park School students are invited to attend.

Linn’s presentation will center around her career and how to achieve success in the industry, as well as the importance of corporate citizenship and giving back to both the profession and the community. She has over 20 years experience in marketing and management consulting with companies like Citibank, Chase, and Bank One as well as smaller institutions around the globe. Her professional specialties are in the financial sector, retail, manufacturing, and academia, service, high tech and not for profit industries.

Linn has served as Chair of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and President of the Tompkins County Community College Foundation Board. She was recently awarded a Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional and Executive Women (NAPEW).

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) enables a global network of communicators working in diverse industries and disciplines to identify, share, and apply the world's most effective communication practices. IABC/IC provides resources to students who are looking to enter the field of communication.