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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

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 )

"Give light and the people will find their own way."
SCRIPPS-HOWARD newspapers, motto.

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Ron Lombard


Ron Lombard is the general manager and news director of YNN, “Your News Now,” Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour local news channel serving Central New York, Northern New York, and the Southern Tier.

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