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  • Note to self: WNYC’s tech podcast has a new name and it’s Note to Self


    Courtesy WNYC

    Courtesy WNYC

    On Wednesday morning, WNYC’s tech podcast New Tech City announced it has a new name – Note to Self. It came about, host Manoush Zomorodi wrote, from listener suggestions.

    As I went through all the suggestions, a theme emerged: we’re on a search for balance in the digital age. In no uncertain terms, you told me you listen to our show because you’re interested in “purposeful use of technology.”

    You may have already been introduced to this concept with Melody Kramer’s debut column for Poynter on the WNYC’s clever campaign to reintroduce boredom into our lives – Bored and Brilliant.

    The newsletter portion of the project is what really caught my eye — because it is really, really smart. As NPR’s Social Sandbox recently put it, “They’re getting new subscribers for their newsletter and engaging those subscribers with an email welcome that’s specific to their point of entry to the newsletter.

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  • Knight Foundation’s Eric Newton headed for ASU

    USA Today | Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University

    John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Eric Newton will become innovation chief of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. USA TODAY’s Rem Rieder reported the news on Tuesday.

    Eric Newton is leaving the Knight Foundation, where he has long championed — and funded — journalism innovation, to become Cronkite’s innovation chief. The idea, says the school, which has a wide array of professional programs including digital news bureaus in Phoenix, Washington and Los Angeles and an entrepreneurial innovation lab, is to “serve as a test bed for news industry innovations and experimentation.”

    Eric Newton, submitted photo.

    Eric Newton, submitted photo.

    In a press release, the Cronkite School of Journalism reports that Newton will continue advising the Knight Foundation. Read more

  • Greta van Susteren among 100 most powerful women, Jason Rezaian’s trial opens with bad news

    Good morning.

    1. The most powerful women in media include Greta van Susteren, says Forbes.

      The Forbes annual World’s Most 100 Powerful Women list includes Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel and, yes, Greta van Susteren of Fox News Channel. Other folks from media include Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, FOX TV CEO Dana Walden, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Chairman Bonnie Hammer and The Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner. And this tidbit: a mere 9 percent of Silicon Valley’s executive officers are females. (Forbes)

    2. Jason’s Rezaian’s first day in court

      The seemingly rigged legal proceeding against Washington Post Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian on "espionage" charges Tuesday was barred to his mother Mary and wife Yeganeh.

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Rod Wood



Club President: 1976

Rod Wood?s interest in news goes back to when he wrote and published a little neighborhood newspaper while he was still in elementary school in Syracuse.
Part of his interest may have come from his father and mother, who met while they both were employed at the old Syracuse Journal -- although neither was in news.

He says he lost interest in news for a period while he became involved in drama, and even thought about becoming an actor. While in high school, he took part in a Syracuse University Drama Department program and starred in a production of ?Pinnochio.? But, after he graduated from Nottingham High School in 1960, Uncle Sam beckoned and Rod went into the U.S. Army. During his three years of military service, Rod repeatedly tried to get into the Armed Services Radio Network, but couldn?t get the Army to transfer him from his duties in the Military Police.

After his discharge in 1963, Rod applied for a job with WOLF radio in Syracuse and persisted until the station gave him a chance. His broadcasting work -- and especially his voice -- drew the interest of WNDR radio in 1964, and he was offered a job broadcasting news. Three years later, Rod moved from WNDR to WHEN, where he became the radio station?s morning news anchor and then news director in 1974. He also served as backup anchor on WHEN-TV during the nine years he was on James Street.

Rod joined WIXT in 1976 as news anchor, where he has been ever since. He currently co-anchors NewsChannel 9 at noon and at 5:30 and 6 p.m. Each night, he also brings Central New Yorkers a money talk report from Consumer Reports.

He has been on local airwaves doing the news for 38 years. In addition to his broadcasting career, Rod has worked with a number of community organizations, including several volunteer fire departments and the Red Cross.
--Joseph A. Porcello
Last Updated ( Monday, 17 November 2008 01:16 )
    "Their constant yelping about a free press means, with a few honorable exceptions, freedom to peddle scandal, crime, sex, sensationalism, hate, innuendo and the political and financial uses of propaganda. A newspaper is a business out to make money through advertising revenue. That is predicated on the circulation and you know what circulation depends on."
--Raymond Chandler

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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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