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  • Poynter to host African journalists turned away from USF St. Petersburg

    The Poynter Institute will host a group of Edward R. Murrow journalists from African countries whose visit to the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg was canceled because of concerns about spread of the Ebola virus, Poynter president Tim Franklin announced today.

    In an impromptu meeting, Franklin told Poynter staff that the decision to host the journalists — who are not from Ebola-affected countries — is rooted in the best traditions of the institute.

    “Poynter has a long history and tradition of inclusion, it has a long history of training journalists, both here and abroad, and I think in that spirit, it’s something we can and should do at Poynter,” Franklin said.

    The journalists were scheduled to visit USF St. Petersburg for five days starting Oct. 31 as part of the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, which brings 100 international journalists to the United States annually. University administrators canceled that visit, citing “concerns about transmission of Ebola virus

    RELATED: “Covering Ebola: A Poynter Conversation”

    The university’s decision to cancel the program Friday was motivated by worries from faculty, students and staff, said Jessica Blais, director of communications for the university and former director of marketing for the Poynter Institute.

    “One of the things we’ve emphasized to people over the last couple of days is that given concerns of faculty, students and staff, we really did not feel confident that we could present the program in the excellent form that we’ve provided in the past,” Blais said.

    On Monday, a few days after USF St. Petersburg finalized its decision not to host the event, World Partnerships Inc., a not-for-profit state department grantee that handles logistics and travel arrangements for the Murrow Program, reached out to Poynter and asked whether the institute would consider hosting the program. On Tuesday afternoon, the institute agreed to host the journalists for three days, starting Oct. 31 and continuing to Nov. 4.

    The list of journalists visiting St. Petersburg has been altered slightly since the university’s cancellation Friday. On Monday, the U.S. Department of State decided two journalists — from Liberia and Sierra Leone — would have their trip placed on hold because they come from areas affected by the outbreak, said Nathan Arnold, a spokesperson from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    When news of the university’s cancellation was made public Monday, several people from Poynter suggested that the institute host the Murrow group, said Kelly McBride, vice president of academic programs at the institute.

    “It seemed like the right thing to do, and I was really proud that people wanted to step up and do this,” McBride said.

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  • Poynter’s News University to host a live conversation on covering Ebola
    Nurse Barbara Smith practices proper hand hygiene while demonstrating the the use of personal protective equipment when dealing with Ebola during an education session in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Thousands of participants, mostly health care workers, attended the session to review basic facts about Ebola and updated guidelines for protection against its spread. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Nurse Barbara Smith practices proper hand hygiene while demonstrating the the use of personal protective equipment when dealing with Ebola during an education session in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Thousands of participants, mostly health care workers, attended the session to review basic facts about Ebola and updated guidelines for protection against its spread. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Poynter’s News University will host a live conversation at 10:30 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, October 23, on covering Ebola.

    The discussion, which is free, includes Poynter’s Kelly McBride and Tom Huang with The Dallas Morning News. I’ll be hosting the conversation.

    Questions we’ll take on include the following (from the conversation’s description):

    How to cover the topic with context and accuracy
    How to debunk myths about the Ebola virus
    How to find untold stories
    Ways you can localize the story for your community

    What do you want to know about covering Ebola? Email me or tweet questions and I’ll try and work them in. An archived replay will be available after the session. You can follow the conversation on Twitter with #CoveringEbola. For more, visit News University’s Covering Ebola page.

    And here’s a quick look at some of the ways we’ve covered Ebola so far at Poynter.

    The readers’ quick guide for understanding a medical crisis

    When writing about Ebola, what images should you use?

    Journalists struggle to balance reporting on Ebola with HIPAA

    From Dallas, 5 tips on covering Ebola

    How journalists covering the Ebola outbreak try to stay safe

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  • Times-Picayune will close New Orleans print facility, print in Alabama

    The Times-Picayune

    The Times-Picayune will close its New Orleans print facility and print in Alabama, it announced Tuesday. About 100 production jobs will be lost, but none from the newsroom, the Advance-owned paper says.

    Ray Massett, the general manager of Advance Central Services Louisiana, says Advance Central Services Alabama will print the Picayune in Mobile, Alabama. The move “will reduce print-related costs, improve efficiencies and allow for greater use of color in the pages of The Times-Picayune,” the report says.

    ACS Alabama handles printing and packaging for The Times-Picayune’s sister paper, The Press-Register. Massett added that printing remotely is commonplace at many newspapers that formerly housed their presses near their newsrooms.

    Masset also said the building housing the current print facilities “may be donated to a nonprofit institution in the community.”

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Galuski Battling Cancer
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:38
 
UPDATE: Many have been wondering where Joe Galuski, a staple of 570 WSYR's programming lineup has been for the past 2 months. This morning, Galuski appeared on his own show with guest host Mark Wainwright and told his viewers that he has be...en battling cancer. The CNY broadcasting legend had previously dealt with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1992, he said. However, this re-occurence is more serious. Galuski thanked his many listeners for sending cards and well wishes, but admitted the listeners didn't know what they were sending cards for, as his absense had not been explained by WSYR radio. He decided to put speculation to rest. He will continue with chemotheraphy, he says. Joe has been in the business since 1975 and has hosted 570's morning show since 1998. The Press Club wishes Joe all the best!
 
NABET and WSYR-TV Reach Agreement
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Thursday, 18 September 2014 02:13
 
The NABET-CWA Local 211 WSYR Negotiation Committee has announced the ratification of a new 4-year agreement between NABET-CWA & WSYR-TV. "This contract could not have been accomplished without the support of the Central NY Labor Federation, CWA Local 1123, Local area politicians and the tremendous work of our committees as well as our dedicated membership at WSYR-TV," according to a statement issued late this evening by NABET.  
 
Cartwright Leaving WSYR-TV
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Monday, 15 September 2014 16:53

Another change in the local TV news landscape.

On the heels of Jeremy Ryan's appointment as ND at WKTV-TV in Utica, we have learned that WSYR-TV NewscChannel 9 news director Rob Cartwright is leaving the station for another job. Staffers were told last week. He joined the station in early 2012, taking over for Jim Tortora. Before his role as news director, Mr. Cartwright served as assistant news director KDAF in Dallas-Fort Worth.

No word yet on plans for a replacement.

 
Ryan Named WKTV News Director
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 20:35

WKTV has landed it's future news director.

Jeremy Ryan will take over the role on September 22. Ryan most recently served as news resources manager at CNYCentral in Syracuse, where he coordinated assignments and supervised personnel.

Ryan is taking over for Steve McMurray, who was promoted in March to Vice President and General Manager.

He is a native of Central New York and has more than 16 years of experience in broadcasting. Ryan was a newscast director for the station from 1998 to 2001. He also worked for brief time at Time Warner Cable News as a newscast director.

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Summer 2014: Comings and Goings
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 22:03

 

Here is a brief look at some of the Comings and Goings from early-summer so far:

 

 

 

Congratulations to CNY-Central reporter KATIE CORRADO, who just headed to Connecticut to become FOXCT's weekend morning anchor/weekday morning reporter. Katie has been with the Syracuse NBC affiliate for two years. 

 

A big congratulations to CNY Central's BRIAN ERB, who has after 42 years at the station. Brian started at the NBC affiliate in November of 1971, making him one of the longest-serving photographers in the Syracuse market. We're told his retirement plans are to “kick back and enjoy his grandchildren.” Brian has been honored with dozens of awards over the years, including SPC Career Achievement in 2002.

 

Another veteran is leaving the media scene in CNY.  JOHN MARIANI has retired from the Post-Standard/Syracuse Media Group after a 32-year career. His long stint at the paper included reporting on government, neighborhoods, politics and business, as well as editing NewsLine.

 

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Wall of Distinction

Maureen Green

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Like a lot of Central New Yorkers, Maureen Green came here for the educational opportunities and then never left. A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Maureen came to Syracuse for graduate work at the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications.

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