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Sissel McCarthy, director of the Hunter College Journalism Program

Director’s Fall 2020 Welcome Letter

Journalism Program Director Sissel McCarthy welcomes students and faculty back for fall 2020. In her welcome letter, McCarthy shares news about new and returning faculty, the fall calendar and important safety guidelines for reporting. Read the full letter and get additional info.

Grabbing a Virtual Coffee: How to Freelance During COVID-19

Working as a freelancer during the COVID-19 pandemic can pay off — if you know the focus of your story. That was the advice for beginning freelancers in a Zoom webinar May 13 sponsored by the Hunter Journalism program and featuring Professor Susie Armitage and other professional journalists. Get their best tips and tricks, plus a guide to pitching.
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Course Closeup: Dive into the World of Data Storytelling this Fall

As the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear, data and numbers can tell powerful stories as a key part of the news. But crafting numbers into useful information or a coherent narrative is no easy task. So to help, Hunter’s journalism program next fall is offering a course to ensure that students are well-equipped with the necessary mastery over data-driven storytelling. Find out more or register.
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EVENT CANCELLED: PBS NewsHour Reporter To Share China Insights with Hunter Community

Join Pulitzer Center grantee and PBS NewsHour special correspondent Nick Schifrin and Hunter College Distinguished Lecturer Sissel McCarthy on March 30 at the Roosevelt House for a conversation about the social, economic and political forces behind China's rise in power. The event, which will begin at 6 pm and be followed by a reception from 7-8 pm, is open to Hunter College students. Get the details and RSVP here.
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Hunter News Literacy Site Hits Spring Term Running

A Hunter College website focused on news literacy has started off the spring term in the last week with a burst of new content. Faculty and students alike contributed items on TikTok, libel, social media, censorship and disinformation. Check out the latest on NewsLiteracyMatters.com. 
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Journalism Director Addresses Growing Threats to Reporters

Hunter College Journalism Program Director Sissel McCarthy kicked off an Association of Foreign Correspondents USA inaugural awards and scholarship ceremony at the Roosevelt House on Nov. 4 with a speech about the growing threat to journalism and journalists here and abroad. Here's what she asked listeners to do about it.
The legacy of broadcast journalism legend Mike Wallace was the subject of a Hunter College panel featuring CBS News producer Bob Anderson (above left) and Avi Belkin (middle), documentary filmmaker. Journalism Professor David Alm (at right) moderated the Nov. 6 discussion. PHOTO: Kalli Siringas

CBS News Icon A Focus Of Screening, Panel

CBS News legend Mike Wallace was the subject of a documentary film screening and panel organized by the Journalism Program on Nov. 6, and featuring filmmaker Avi Belkin and CBS News veteran producer Bob Anderson. Learn what Wallace's legacy is for young journalists today and get advice for students from Anderson. Plus, watch full video of the panel.
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Aronson Awards Ceremony Celebrates Social Justice Journalism

Hunter College hosted its annual showcase of award-winning social justice journalism on Oct. 29, with CUNY Chancellor Felix V. Matos Rodriquez headlining the Aronson Awards program. Hunter journalism student Maria Luisa Imbachi was singled out as the 2019 Aronson Undergraduate award winner in part for her work covering issues facing undocumented students. Check out the other winners and get additional highlights from the program.
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News Literacy Expert Visits Hunter College

Students in Professor Sissel McCarthy’s MEDIA 211 class learned all about bias, fairness and balance in the news media from one of the nation’s preeminent scholars on news literacy, during a guest lecture on Oct. 24. Find out what three questions he urged students to ask when consuming news.
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Nov. 4 Panel Discusses Threat to Journalism

Join a panel on “The Growing Threat to Journalism Around the World,” on Monday, Nov. 4, at the Roosevelt House, 47 East 65th Street. The program features Sissel McCarthy, director of Hunter College’s journalism program, as well as news executives from CNN, Yahoo News and others.