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  • Covering a parade is not covering a community: 5 things to keep in mind this Pride Month
    People cast shadows on a rainbow flag during a Gay Pride Parade in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (Andreea Alexandru/Mediafax via AP)

    People cast shadows on a rainbow flag during a Gay Pride Parade in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (Andreea Alexandru/Mediafax via AP)

    June is Pride Month, observed this month because the Stonewall riots occurred in June 1969. Stonewall is commonly thought of as the birth of the public, modern LGBT rights movement.

    Here are five things to keep in mind and several examples to inspire you as you cover LGBT stories this Pride month.

    1. There is no one gay narrative or trans narrative.

    Empowering LGBT people to tell their own stories can provide a greater diversity of voices and show a range of experiences, as Katy Bergen did for the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s TransSarasota and The New York Times is doing on an ongoing basis in its series Transgender Today. Read more

  • Madhulika Sikka named executive editor at Mic

    The New York Times

    Madhulika Sikka, executive editor of NPR News, is leaving the public radio network to join Mic, Sydney Ember writes for The New York Times.

    Sikka, who became NPR’s executive editor in 2013, will be executive editor of Mic, where she will oversee the digital news outlet’s newsroom, according to The New York Times:

    At Mic, Ms. Sikka said she would work to build a more sustained audience with content tailored to 18- to 35-year-olds. In particular, she said she would focus on introducing more videos. She also wants to expand the newsroom to more than 100 employees from 45.

    According to her bio at NPR, Sikka has been with the network since 2006, when she joined as a supervising producer for “Morning Edition.” She climbed the ranks of that program before ascending to the executive editor post. Read more

  • Meet our new columnists: Elite Truong, Shadi Rahimi and Mario Garcia
    Elite Truong, Shadi Rahimi and Mario Garcia (Screen shot from Twitter and submitted photos)

    Elite Truong, Shadi Rahimi and Mario Garcia (Screen shot from Twitter and submitted photos)

    Starting tomorrow, you’ll see some new faces around here. We’ll be featuring monthly columns from a group of smart journalists who will write about innovation in its many different forms. Our weekly columnists Melody Kramer and Ed Sherman will continue each Tuesday and Thursday, writing about innovation and sports, respectively.

    Elite Truong, on the Vox Product team at Vox Media, kicks things off tomorrow. Truong will write about bridging developers and journalists and what’s working for Vox and other places.

    Shadi Rahimi, a deputy producer for AJ+, will be writing about social media each month. She gave us a cool preview last month with this piece on how AJ+ reported from Baltimore using just mobile phones. Read more


Joan Vadeboncoeur

Herald-Journal

Herald American

Joan E. Vadeboncoeur, went to work at The Post-Standard as a reporter immediately after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College. But since she already had several years experience in theater work, she was a natural choice years later when the job of entertainment writer-editor opened at the Herald-Journal.
Joan, a life resident of the Syracuse area, began working in the box office of Famous Artists Country Playhouse in Fayetteville while still in high school. During summer vacations in college, Joan switched to the Famous Artists Country Playhouse in East Rochester, where she also worked in the box office and as assistant to the producer.

While studying theater at Sarah Lawrence, Joan gained more experience by working in a Broadway producer's office. Her jobs included working on "Midsummer," the play in which Geraldine Page made her Broadway bow. She also appeared in college productions.

After two years at The Post-Standard, Joan moved to the Herald-Journal as a general assignment reporter covering traffic accidents and other mishaps, and writing obituaries. She often rode in ambulances to accident scenes. Soon, her duties expanded as she filled in for vacationing movie and television writers.

Not too much later, Joan was appointed as music writer. Within two years, she became entertainment writer-editor, which included television, music, films, and theater.

Joan, now an entertainment columnist, has received the Syracuse Press Club's Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been honored by the Salt City Center for the Performing Arts and the Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse. She is a former member of Women in Communications. --Joseph A. Porcell
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Maureen Green

WTVH-TV
WIXT-TV

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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