To All Park Alumni;
I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits! And if you’re wondering about the purpose of this letter, well – it’s because of you! On many occasions, we’ve heard from alumni who say they wish we did a better job of keeping them in the loop as to what’s going on at IC. You spoke and we listened. So, welcome to the first bi-annual (once per semester) newsletter from the Department of Journalism!
September finds the class of 2017 adjusting to a new normal – for the first time our recent graduates don’t have to worry about books, classes, etc…this fall. At the same time, we’re welcoming the class of 2021 to South Hill.
As many of you already know – this year’s gonna be a busy one on the IC campus. We’ve got the inauguration of our new President, Shirley Collado. Then there’s the 125th Anniversary of Ithaca College. And don’t forget Alumni Weekend! All of that takes place at the same time – November 3-5!
If you’re planning on joining us that weekend, there are two things I’d suggest you do. First, make your hotel reservations NOW. We’ve heard from folks that the hotels are filling up fast. Second, please let us know that you’re going to be here – we’d love to see you! And we’d love to talk to you. As a matter of fact, Professor Anthony Adornato and I will have our Visual Journalism classes covering the Alumni events going on that weekend. We’d love to have our students connect with you.
Speaking of Professor Adornato – this past summer he took a group of IC students to Italy to participate in a digital storytelling/reporting program through the Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia). You can check out their work here.
Ahhh, and that’s not all Professor Adornato did. This summer he put the finishing touches on his new book: Mobile and Social Media Journalism.
I was at one of the big conferences in our field this summer and, I have to tell you, folks were raving about the book and the work that Professor Adornato’s been doing. It was so cool to hear folks from other, bigger, more well-recognized programs singing Adornato’s praises as well as praise for the program!
The new semester has brought with it a new addition to the Park School: the Sports Media major. With a new program comes new faculty – we welcome Tim Mirabito to the department. Tim is an alumnus of the Park School and has worked in local media and the sport industry for more than 10 years. He has conducted research on 9/11, people with disabilities and the use of social media in crisis situations. His wife is a journalist as well, working as the morning anchor at WTVH-5 in Syracuse.
And like they say on daytime tv advertising, “But wait, there’s more…”.
Over the past few years, the Park School has sent students to cover major events for NBC and PBS. We’ve covered the 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington, the 50th Anniversary of Selma, the 2016 South Carolina GOP Primary, and the 2017 Presidential Inauguration and Women’s March. And we’ve got another exciting project on tap! Next April, we’ll be sending students to Memphis to work with PBS/NPR affiliate WKNO to cover the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And that’s not all…students will also be producing a feature-length documentary for public television!
We’ve been fortunate to secure opportunities such as this and we relish the opportunity to provide our students with these incredible experiences. We usually take 5-10 students and we’d love to take more, however, projects such as this are somewhat costly. Between airfare, hotels, and meals, we expect that the Memphis trip will cost about $750 per student. When we started doing these projects back in 2013, we had the funds to cover the costs. But that is no longer the case and we’re having to ask students to bear the brunt of the costs. With that in mind, we’d like to ask for your help. If you would like to help us send students to Memphis to participate in this exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, you can. The more money we raise, the more students we can take! Our funding comes from the Annual Fund and you designate the Park School for your donation. After that, please email Dean Diane Gayeski to let her know that you would like to earmark your donation for our Memphis/MLK project.
Last, but not least – please do stay in touch! Let us know how you’re doing, let us know what you’re doing, let us know if you’re going be here for Alumni Weekend. In short – we’d love to hear from you!
James A. Rada, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair