The ‘Why’ of Journalism

Neha Prakash of Condé Nast

ProPublica senior reporter Jack Gillum visited Prof. Pam Frederick’s News Literacy class in December to discuss investigative reporting and the techniques he uses to cover the intersection of technology, data and civil rights — in other words, how algorithms affect our daily lives. Gillum describes investigative journalism as being about the “why” and not the… Continue reading


News Literacy a ‘Core Competency’

Sissel McCarthy

Journalism professor Sissel McCarthy made the case that news literacy is a must-have core competency for all students at the CUNY IT Conference at John Jay College last week. In her talk, “How to Spot Fake News and Stay News Literate: A New Core Competency”, McCarthy told the audience about a Pew Research study earlier… Continue reading


Lecturer Addresses Verification

 Journalism Prof. Adam Glenn guest lectured Dec. 5 about the journalistic challenges of truth-seeking and verification for the several hundred students of Prof. Robert Stanley’s Media 180 Introduction to Media Studies. Glenn’s fast-paced one-hour talk spotlighted the role of fact-based journalism in enabling news consumers to take part more effectively in civic society, even… Continue reading


Videographer Stresses Problem-Solving

Frank Posillico Twitter profile photo

by Jon Friedman Frank Posillico, a videographer at The New York Daily News for the past five years, visited my News Literacy in a Digital Age classroom in November and imparted some career advice for the members of the class. “Stress your problem-solving ability” in job interviews, advised Posillico, who is in his late 20s.… Continue reading


Behind the scenes at Fox

Briana Panetta (second from left), during a scholarship awards program with her mother (at her left) and two news executives. Photo: Stony Brook University School of Journalism

by Jon Friedman Briana Panetta, an intern at Fox 5 here in New York City, visited my News Literacy class in mid-November and told Hunter College students about the behind-the-scenes life at a major local television news channel. Panetta, who graduated last May from the Stony Brook University School of Journalism, has grown up fast,… Continue reading