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  • Career Beat: Kengo Tsutsumi joins Mic’s programming team

    Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

    • Kengo Tsutsumi will join Mic’s programming team. He is deputy social media editor at IBTimes. (@kengos)
    • Neil Janowitz is now editorial director at Vulture. Previously, he was assistant managing editor of (Capital New York)
    • Elise Viebeck is now a reporter on The Washington Post’s national staff. Previously, she was a reporter at The Hill. (The Washington Post)
    • Emma Loop will be a politics reporter at BuzzFeed Canada. She is a digital journalist at the Ottawa Citizen. (@CraigSilverman)
    • Travis Waldron will join The Huffington Post as a sports reporter. He is a sports reporter at ThinkProgress. (Fishbowl D.C.)

    Job of the day: St. Louis Public Radio is looking for a race and poverty reporter. Read more

  • 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    According to Science, the article was retracted because it misrepresented the incentives offered to survey-takers and falsely described sponsors of the research.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

Laura Hand Wright


Laura Hand is probably best-known as the news anchor on WSTM-TV's "Action News at Noon," but she has many other jobs at the station -- and has taken on many roles in community organizations as well.
Laura got into news broadcasting while studying at Syracuse University. In the 1969-70 school year, she served as news director for WAER-FM. She spent the following summer as editor of "Report to the Middle East" at the Voice of America in Washington. After receiving a degree in journalism and political science in 1971, she joined WFBL radio as a news reporter for two years.

In 1972, Laura switched to television, joining WSYR-TV (now WSTM-TV) Channel 3 as a reporter. She's been there ever since -- mostly in news. She not only anchors Channel 3’s noon newscast, but also puts the program together every day. She also hosts and produces "Our Community" each Sunday, produces and writes the community calendar feature "3 in Touch," and is the web content manager for CNY Entertainment on Until a few years ago, Laura was the early morning news anchor and producer/anchor for public affairs documentaries.

Since January 1993, she added the position of community relations director to her resume. In that role, her responsibilities include developing campaigns to increase Channel 3's visibility in the community, producing and tracking public service announcements, and involving members of the station staff in community activities.

When it comes to community activities, Laura could be the role model for involvement. She is vice chair of the Salvation Army’s Advisory Board, working on marketing and annual resource development. She initiated the annual Tree of Lights gift program during the Christmas holidays, and expanded the Salvation Army's Dome Day food donation program.

She is also on the Northeast Community Center’s board of directors and serves on Syracuse’s Weed & Seed steering committee. And if all of this isn't enough, she finds time to read to school children and emcee community events.

Over the years, Laura has served with the "Hope for the Bereaved" advisory board, where she helped establish the Butterfly Garden of Hope on Onondaga Lake Parkway; the Mental Health Association Task Force on Children and Adolescents; Metropolitan Commission on Aging outreach project; American Lung Association CNY Chapter Board; Syracuse organizing committee, National Senior Sports Classic, Syracuse Press Club board; and a number of SU organizations including the Newhouse School Alumni Association board.

All of these activities have won Laura a large number of awards. Among them, she was named an SU Outstanding Alumna in 1992; She received the Marguerite Higgins Journalism Prize for Gulf War coverage; a National Merit Award from the Community Action Network for the "Feed the Hungry" campaign in 1994; three awards from the Associated Press and 10 from the Syracuse Press Club, including two SPC Professional Standards awards. Laura is listed in "Who’s Who of American Women."
--Joseph A. Porcello
Last Updated ( Monday, 17 November 2008 01:24 )
"Everything is being compressed into tiny tablets. You take a little pill of news every day—23 minutes—and that’s supposed to be enough."
--Walter Cronkite

Wall of Distinction

Liz Ayers



During her 18 years at WTVH, Liz Ayers has helped the station win two Emmys. And during that time, she too has won a number of professional and personal awards.

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