One Tuesday early this month Arianna Huffington wrote a blog post at 1:15 a.m. about how President Obama has progressed from having the “audacity to win” to the “timidity to govern.” By the time she arrived at Ithaca College later that afternoon, that blog post had received more than 3,500 comments.
The Ithacan has been named a Gold Medalist for both Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's annual college newspaper critique.
Each year the CSPA evaluates member papers on overall content, news, depth reporting, features, opinion/editorial, sports, arts/entertainment, editing/headline writing, and design/graphics on the bases of more than 150 specific criteria. This year the newspaper's scores on the critique's 1,000-point scale were 977 for fall and 945 for spring. The CSPA consistently ranks the Ithacan as a gold medalist, its highest category.
The producers and directors of Trouble the Water, the Oscar-nominated documentary about Hurricane Katrina, will screen their film and talk about their work in two appearances at Ithaca College. The presentations by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal -- who were also producers on Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine -- are free and open to the public.
Trouble the Water will be shown on Tuesday, September 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Lessin and Deal. On Wednesday, September. 16, they will show excerpts from their works and discuss the "Agonies/Ecstasies of Independent Filmmaking" at 7:00 p.m. in Park Auditorium.
The Ithacan has been named a Pacemaker finalist and the Ithacan Online has been named an Online Pacemaker finalist for 2009 by the Associated Collegiate Press.
The winners of the award -- widely regarded as the "Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism" -- will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas, at the end of October.