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  • Benét Wilson named editor-in-chief of AllDigitocracy


    Benét J. Wilson will be editor-in-chief of All Digitocracy, a site that explores how changes in media affect communities of color.

    Wilson, formerly an editor at Aviation Week, will take over editorial responsibilities from founder Tracie Powell, who will focus on the site’s business strategy. Denise Clay, an editor at the Philadelphia Sunday Sun, joins the site as an assistant editor.

    Both Wilson and Clay begin next month.

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  • How a university is using Yik Yak for news


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    On Tuesday, Meagan Doll reported for Mediashift how the anonymous, location-based messaging app Yik Yak and the University of Florida’s Innovation News Center are collaborating. Doll spoke with INC’s director, Matt Sheehan, about why the university is experimenting with Yik Yak.

    Our College’s mission is to not only provide training in the existing forms of good journalism, public relations, advertising and telecommunications, but also to explore the intersections of where all of those disciplines meet, as well as experiment with emerging platforms. Our INC’s mission is not only to serve our community and our students in the educational sense, but also to serve our industries in being a guinea pig or test case for what’s coming next. And with Yik Yak’s emergence on college campuses, we are in a unique position in that we have thousands of young people in our audience.

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  • Facing retrial, Al Jazeera journalist blames employer for hardship

    The New York Times

    Mohamed Fahmy, an Al Jazeera English journalist being retried in Egypt for propagating misleading information, wrote Tuesday in a New York Times op-ed that he blames his employer for deliberately stirring up animus that led to his imprisonment:

    The network knowingly antagonized the Egyptian authorities by defying a court-ordered ban on its Arabic-language service. Behind that, I believe, was the desire of the Qatari royal family to meddle in Egypt’s internal affairs. While Al Jazeera’s Doha executives used the Cairo bureau of Al Jazeera English to give their scheme a veneer of international respectability, they made us unwitting pawns in Qatar’s geopolitical game.

    Fahmy filed a $100 million lawsuit against Al Jazeera English in May, accusing the network of negligence.

    In his op-ed, Fahmy says the Doha-based broadcaster hurt his case — and the cases of two fellow journalists — by suing Egypt for $150 million. 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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    "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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Ron Graeff (Hastings)

Club President

Ron Graeff is better known to viewers across Central New York as Ron Hastings. It was the name he used  on the air during a career in journalism that began during his days at Syracuse University.  There he served as managing editor of the Daily Orange during 1966. 
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