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  • Today in media history: In 1939 Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson became one of the first female CBS broadcast journalists

    Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson, one of the first female CBS broadcast journalists, was born on October 2, 1905. At the beginning of World War II she served as part of Edward R. Murrow’s team for the CBS radio program, “World News Roundup.”

    In the following 1940 audio recording she reports on Adolf Hitler.

    The following excerpt comes from a Library of Congress exhibit.

    “When World War II broke out in 1939, freelance photojournalist Marvin
    Breckinridge Patterson took the first pictures of a London air-raid
    . She was, however, new to radio when friend Edward R. Murrow
    hired her as the first female staff broadcaster in Europe for CBS.

    ….One of only a handful of American women in Europe working in radio,
    Patterson was among the first correspondents to use a new short-wave
    transmitter to broadcast on location.

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  • Fact-checking the war comparisons between Obama and Bush

    This story originally appeared on the PunditFact website. is republishing with permission.

    The irony of President Barack Obama, Nobel Prize winner and putative anti-war candidate, launching extensive airstrikes in Syria, quickly led to comparisons with his predecessor, President George W. Bush.

    President Barack Obama walks with former President George W. Bush during the unveiling of his official portraits in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    PunditFact heard two different comparisons in recent days that we thought we were worth exploring.

    Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for the New Yorker summed it up in one tweet.

    "Countries bombed: Obama 7, Bush 4."

    That’s True.

    We asked Lizza for his list and he sent us this:

    Bush: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia.… Read more

  • Here’s how to use Snapchat (and how not to use Snapchat)

    One packed session from ONA14 was Mobile Bootcamp: Snapchat. Masuma Ahuja, digital editor of The Washington Post, led the session on the social tool that doesn’t drive traffic to stories. Instead, it helps reporters and news organizations build and be part of communities.

    Before we get any further, a quick primer on Snapchat: Here are the basics on getting started (and what all those icons mean.)

    Now, let’s start with how not to use Snapchat:

    – Don’t think it’s like anything else.

    “It’s not Twitter, it’s not Instagram,” Ahuja said.

    Instead, people have to accept an invitation from you, and you then become part of their selected group.

    “I think of it as building a community there,” Ahuja said. “They treat us as their weird friend who talks about politics.”

    On Instagram, she said, you can see you’re one of 20,000.… 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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--Thomas Jefferson

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Mario Rossi

Herald American
The Post-Standard

Mario Rossi, a Syracuse native, started his newspaper career at 17 as a summer-time reporter for The Post-Standard and was still writing columns for the Syracuse Newspapers almost seven decades later.

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