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  • Science retracts research that hoodwinked news outlets

    Science | Retraction Watch

    The academic journal Science on Thursday retracted an article published in December 2014 that was covered by several major American news organizations.

    The article, which purported to show that opponents of same-sex marriage could be swayed by talking to gay canvassers, was highlighted by The New York Times, The Washington Post and “This American Life” before a second article revealed irregularities in the research. Each of those news organizations appended editor’s notes acknowledging concerns about the article — and multiple outlets retracted their reporting — after Retraction Watch reported on the irregularities.

    According to Science, the article was retracted because it misrepresented the incentives offered to survey-takers and falsely described sponsors of the research. Through an attorney, one of the authors of the study, Michael LaCour, apparently admitted the falsehoods. Read more

  • Advice for summer interns: Don’t screw this up
    Kelly McBride and her daughter Molly in New York. (Photo courtesy of the Kelly McBride)

    Kelly McBride and her daughter Molly in New York. (Photo courtesy of the Kelly McBride)

    My eldest got her dream internship. She starts next week. Here’s the letter I wrote, with help from my friends.

    Dear daughter,

    Congrats on getting an internship at a place where you already love the journalism. I know you got called as an alternate, after someone dropped out. That’s OK. None of us are qualified for our first job. So it doesn’t matter how much experience you have or how competent you are on day one. What matters is how open you are to learning new things and how fast you can learn them. You’re going to feel stupid and incompetent. Just own that, rather than hide from it. It will give you the emotional resilience to be unassuming and spongy. Read more

  • Union vote is divisive issue for Gawker Media

    Gawker | Capital New York

    With days to go before a vote to determine whether Gawker Media will be the first large digital news organization to unionize, the choice appears to be a controversial one among staffers.

    In a comment thread underneath an article inviting Gawker Media employees to justify their anticipated votes, employees cited a variety of reasons why they’re voting not to unionize. Among them: Inadequate communication surrounding the unionization effort, disregard for off-site employees and a distaste for the administrative formalities that might accompany unionization.

    In a lengthy reply listing reasons why he’s choosing to vote against unionization, Deadspin columnist Drew Magary said the organization effort has caused “a galactic amount of acrimony” at the digital media company:

    I’ve seen morale erode at an inhuman pace.

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Joe Galuski, WSYR Radio host, Dies
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Thursday, 14 May 2015 11:25
 
 
 
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- CNY broadcasting legend Joe Galuski, who had been battling Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, passed away Thursday morning. Anchor Don Lark, clearly upset, broke the news to listeners during the morning newscast. Galuski had previously dealt with the disease in 1992. He had been off the air since last September, with Main Wainwright and George Kilpatrick filling in as guest hosts. His family said he had gone through seven rounds of chemotherapy and was most recently living in hospice care. The cancer was deemed "untreatable by conventional methods" according to the family's GoFundMe account, which had been set up to help raise funds to pay medical bills.
 
Joe has been in the business since 1975 and has hosted 570's morning show since 1998. The Press Club sends its thoughts and prayers to the Galuski family.
 
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SPC Announces Award Winners
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 12:38

 

Syracuse Press Club honors Lazarus, more than 125 other journalists, at awards banquet

 

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- WSYR-TV anchor Carrie Lazarus was inducted tonight onto the Syracuse Press Club’s Wall of Distinction and more than 125 other Central New York journalists were honored at the club’s annual awards banquet.

Lazarus was the only journalist inducted this year onto the Wall, a permanent exhibit honoring the top journalists in the region, said press club President Josh Cradduck.

The Wall hangs in the theater lobby at the Onondaga County's John H. Mulroy Civic Center. Induction onto the wall is the highest honor bestowed by the club. About 70 journalists have been inducted.

At the awards banquet at Drumlin’s Country Club, special club awards were given to several other journalists: 

Former Syracuse.com / The Post-Standard photojournalist Michelle Gabel was awarded the Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award.

Julie McMahon, a reporter at Syracuse.com / The Post-Standard, and Rachel Polansky, a reporter at WSYR-TV, were each named winners of the A. Brohmann Roth Newcomer Award, given to journalists with less than three years of professional experience.

Dennis Connors, curator of history at the Onondaga Historical Association, received the Philip A. Hofmann President’s Award for Best News Source.

More than 150 people attended the annual event that honors winners in the club’s annual Professional Recognition Awards contest for print, radio, TV, online and college student journalists. A full list of the winners is attached.

Two journalists from Central New York were the hosts at the dinner. Award-winning television correspondent Dawn Fratangelo, who is from Savannah, and Fox Sports NASCAR producer Mark R. "Smitty" Smith, of Baldwinsville, served as emcees.

They are the first two journalists the club has asked to return to Syracuse as part of a new initiative called SyracusePRODUCES. The initiative hopes to recognize talented journalists who have emerged from the Central New York area and connect them with current journalists in the area. 

SEE WINNERS BELOW:
 
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SPC Announces Award Finalists
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 12:33
 

The Syracuse Press Club would like to thank all of you for entering this year's 37th Annual Professional Recognition Awards Contest. Volunteers from numerous press clubs across America judged the entries and selected first- and second-place winners in numerous competitions in TV, radio, print, online and college journalism categories. Please attend the awards banquet to collect your award or support your peers. In addition to the contest winners, we will honor local journalists receiving special club awards for Best Newcomer, Professional Standards, Scholarship and Best News Source. We will also be adding a well-deserving journalist to our Wall of Distinction. Those winners will be announced soon.

The Press Club’s contest is conducted completely digital by the Better Newspaper Contest under the direction of Eagle Newspapers editor Sarah Hall.
 
To reserve a table for the dinner, please click here. Our reservations deadline is WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29th. 

Note the names of winners and media organizations are in random order.  We will announce at the May 2nd awards dinner who won first and second place awards 

Read on for the list.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 April 2015 12:37 )
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Make Your Awards Dinner Reservation Now!
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Monday, 09 March 2015 23:17
 
It's time to make your reservation for the Syracuse Press Club's 37th annual Scholarship and Professional Recognition Awards Dinner. We will reveal the names of first and second place winners at that time. We will also present a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving journalism student, and present several club awards to outstanding media professionals. The event will be held May 2, 2015 at Drumlins Country Club on Nottingham Road in Syracuse.
 
Things get underway with a Cash bar at 6 p.m., buffet dinner at 7 p.m. with the program to follow. The Club will also make an addition to our Wall of Distinction. READ ON FOR TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION!
 
Last Updated ( Monday, 09 March 2015 23:21 )
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NewsChannel 9 Names News Director
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Saturday, 14 February 2015 20:33

Congratulations to Phil Rankin, who this week was promoted to news director at NewsChannel 9 in Syracuse. He was most recently the interim news director, serving as a result of Rob Cartwright's departure.

Before that, Phil was the Digital Media Director, overseeing the website, mobile apps and social media accounts.

He is a graduate on SUNY Oswego. 

 
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Jerry Barsha

WSTM-TV

WSYR-AM-TV

During 32 years of reporting on Central New York radio and television, Jerry Barsha gave meaning to the term "breaking news." He broke many exclusive stories and conducted news investigations that brought him recognition from the home audience and his peers alike.
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