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  • When April Fools’ Day goes wrong

    Business Insider | BuzzFeed | Digiday

    When April Fools’ jokes fall flat, they can really fall flat. Just ask the editors of The Cavalier Daily, the student newspaper of the University of Virginia. Business Insider writer Peter Jacobs reports that for this year’s April Fools’ issue, the newspaper’s editors decided to run a phony story making light of the case of Martese Johnson, the African-American UVA student who was beaten and bloodied by agents of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control. In a piece titled “ABC agents tackle Native American student outside Bodo’s Bagels,” the paper pretends to report on a similar incident involving a different marginalized population and uses such fake names as “Strong Buffalo,” “Dances with Wolves,” and “Rabbit in the Grass.” After outraged students began complaining, the paper’s Managing Board pulled the piece offline and issued an apology. Read more

  • Jonathan Allen joins Vox as chief political correspondent


    Bloomberg D.C. bureau chief Jonathan Allen has joined the explainer-driven news site Vox as chief political correspondent, co-founder Ezra Klein tweeted Wednesday.

    Beyond excited that @jonallendc is joining @voxdotcom as our chief political correspondent!

    — Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) April 1, 2015

    Politico’s Dylan Byers, who was the first to report the news, wrote that Allen was leaving his post as D.C. bureau chief for Bloomberg because he felt “marginalized due to the launch of Bloomberg Politics.”

    Like many media organizations, Vox has been staffing up to cover the 2016 election. The outlet hired Politico’s Laura McGann as politics editor and plans to make several additions to its politics team.

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  • ‘That would be STUPID’: Some readers took an April Fools’ cat park story seriously

    This year, it just happened that April Fools’ fell on the day the Colorado Springs Independent comes out. Here’s the front page of the latest edition, devoted to the story of plans for the country’s first cat park.


    This morning, the Independent pushed the story out on social media.

    “We did not know if we were going to fool people or entertain people, but it looks like it’s mostly the latter,” said News Editor Robert Meyerowitz, who hasn’t gotten any calls yet.

    And the idea wasn’t that wacky, he said. Lately, cat cafes have opened in Colorado Springs and in other parts of the country, Meyerowitz said.

    There’s even an owl bar in London. Seriously.

    The story has clues that it’s a prank, including the last names of the sources, which mostly mean cat in other languages. 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
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"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."
--Thomas Jefferson

Wall of Distinction

Joseph V. Ganley

Herald American
Club President: 1951-52

   Joe Ganley's romance with newspapers started by chance while taking part in his other great love --- a round of golf. Joe was working as a caddy at Bellevue Country Club because he had been laid off from his job at a steel plant.

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