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  • Next semester, some journalism students will be reading David Carr for credit

    Following David Carr’s death, Jacqui Banaszynski watched as a gush of tweets and Facebook posts rushed by about Carr and his work. She rediscovered stories The New York Times’ media critic wrote that she’d forgotten, including pieces on ethics, social media and his own reporting.

    I wish I could put this in front of my students, she thought.

    “And then I thought, why couldn’t I?”

    “It just all of the sudden occurred to me,” she said, “what if you created an entire class in which the students had to literally build their entire reading curriculum around David’s covering of the media, challenging of the media and the media’s role in society?”

    Banaszynski, a professor and the Knight Chair of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia, first met Carr 35 years ago when they both worked in the Twin Cities as journalists. Read more

  • BuzzFeed added 40 percent server capacity to handle its coverage of ‘The Dress’

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    In a post on BuzzFeed’s tech blog Friday, publisher Dao Nguyen recounted the heady hours after BuzzFeed published “The Dress,” a viral post that has so far attracted more than 28 million views.

    According to Nguyen’s post, which chronicles a four-hour period after the post was published, BuzzFeed added 40 percent server capacity to handle the sudden influx of traffic the story generated. By 9:02 p.m., the post had already pushed BuzzFeed over its traffic record, with 431,000 active visitors on the site. Traffic continued to increase until it hit 673,000.

    Nguyen also talked to Samir Mezrahi, a senior editor at BuzzFeed, about how the post gained traction on social media. He says he first tried tweeting it because BuzzFeed staffers were talking about it and saw a big response. Read more

  • 15 take buyout offer at Sun-Times

    The Sun-Times building. (AP)

    The Sun-Times building. (AP)


    Fifteen editorial staffers from The Chicago Sun-Times took buyouts Friday, Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk has confirmed.

    The news was first reported by Robert Feder.

    According to Feder, the staffers will receive 20 weeks of severance pay and “be gone from the Sun-Times newsroom by Monday.” Among the employees taking buyouts are the four Sun-Times photographers who were rehired in March after being laid off in 2013 with the rest of the Sun-Times photography department.

    In February, Feder wrote the Sun-Times planned to cut between 12 and 15 jobs, more than one-fifth of the paper’s guild-affiliated newsroom staff. At the beginning of February, the paper laid off two video producers.

    Wrapports LLC, the parent company of the Sun-Times, has undergone big changes in recent months. Read more


Nevart Apikian

The Post-Standard

A chance assignment, plus an opportunity to cover entertainers and their shows during her first year as a professional journalist, resulted in Nevart Apikian's lifelong career writing about music, musicians, actors, movies and theater.
Nevart, a Syracuse native, took her first job at the Sullivan County Evening News in Monticello soon after graduating from Syracuse University. She spent a year covering stories about the courts, county government, town meetings and other news events. But, she also wrote about the entertainers who played the numerous Catskill Mountain resort hotels around Monticello.

After a year, she returned to Syracuse and a reporting job with The Post-Standard. As she recalls, "many assignments later, I covered the touring First Drama Quartet in (Bernard) Shaw's 'Don Juan in Hell.' This led to my becoming the theater and movie critic of the newspaper for more than 25 years."

During that time, Nevart found Syracuse "rich in music, theater and art. I was fortunate in being able to write about the Syracuse Symphony, Syracuse Opera and Syracuse Stage, and the many excellent community theaters, and about television. I recall fondly the former Lyric Circus in Skaneateles and the Pompeian Players."

One of her most interesting experiences, says Nevart, a first-generation American, is the trip she took to Armenia, where her parents were born. During the trip she visited Yerevan, the capital of that small country which lies in the shadow of Mt. Ararat near the Black Sea. The journey also gave her an opportunity to practice the Armenian she learned as a child in Syracuse.

Nevart is a past president of Theta Sigma Phi, a journalism honorary now known as Women in Communications, and of the Central New York Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women. She also is a member of Civic Morning Musicals and the Trip Committee of the Everson Museum of Art.

In looking back on her career in the newsroom, she notes the changes from a time when reporters and writers worked to the click-clack and bell ringing of typewriters to the almost silent word processors of present day computers. She says she is grateful for all of the unique stories she covered and interesting people she met. An example of her unique assignments is among Nevart's prized souvenirs -- a photo of her on an elephant, taken when she covered a circus visit to Syracuse. --Joseph A. Porcello
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E.R. Vadeboncoeur

WSYR Radio and TV

Syracuse Journal

Mention the name E.R. Vadeboncoeur and it's his radio news broadcasts and Election Night commentaries that come to mind for many longtime Central New Yorkers. Long forgotten is that "Curly," as he was known to his friends, started out to be a newspaperman.

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