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Brooklyn College celebrates six months of The Juliana Forlano Show:
Julianna Forlano sits in a modest office with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves filled with thousands of CDs. She has also personalized the space with political pop art.
“This used to be a closet, you know,” says Forlano, activist, humorist, licensed psychotherapist, radio personality, writer, and adjunct lecturer in the Department of Television and Radio. “You laugh, but I’m serious!”
Just across the hall are the Brooklyn College Radio (WBCR) facilities. Renovated in 2004, the station has all the state-of-the-art equipment necessary to produce high-quality content for a wide range of listeners. It is early in the afternoon and Forlano’s interns—all TV and radio students—are huddled in the studio preparing for the latest airing of The Julianna Forlano Show. Broadcast from Brooklyn College to WBAI 99.5 FM for the six months it has been in existence, the show reaches audiences in the New York metropolitan area and broadcasts nationwide via The Progressive Voices Radio Network.
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MEDIA NIGHTS AT BROOKLYN COLLEGE is a two-night event featuring presentations by Department of Television and Radio faculty members and a broad range of media professionals.
Each will discuss their work, research, interests and experiences with a round table discussion and a Q&A to follow at the end of the evening.
This project is collaboration between The Department of TV & Radio, The School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts, The Magner Center and WBCR.
TUESDAY NOV. 4 AND WEDNESDAY NOV. 5 @ 6:30 PM
(due to multi-camera recording of the event, please arrive at 6.15)
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4th 6.30-9.15
6:30-7:30pm: Screening of excerpts from Source of Pride: The Making of ‘Pride and Glory’ (Dir: Stephen Earnhart, 2009)
7:30-8:15pm: Presentations by Stephen Earnhart, Nancy Schafer and Chris Langer
8:15—9:15pm: Q&A with the presenters about jobs in production, moderated by Prof. Patkanian
STEPHEN EARNHART has more than twenty years experience in the entertainment industry. As Director of Production for Miramax Films, Stephen oversaw all aspects of production internationally and in the US for such films as “Madonna: Truth or Dare,” Neil Jordan’s “The Miracle,” and Bill Duke’s “A Rage in Harlem.” Stephen also worked several seasons on SaturdayNight Live and produced music videos for David Byrne’s Luacabop Label and The Who, among others. Stephen’s critically acclaimed documentary “Mule Skinner Blues” has been distributed by Sundance Channel. He has also written/directed/produced a multimedia adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s international best-selling novel, “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.”
NANCY SCHAFER is a producer who works in independent film. Schafer ran the Tribeca Film Festival from inception until July 2012, a period of eleven years. She was the Executive Director of Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) and the Executive Vice President of Tribeca Enterprises (TE). Prior to joining Tribeca, she created and ran the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW Film) in Austin, Texas for eight years. Schafer has worked on several films including two from director John Sayles (Sunshine State, Limbo); two from director Robert Byington (Olympia, Shameless) and began her film production career on The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
CHRIS LANGER is a multimedia artist and a co-founder and president of Operation:CMYK, a Webby award winning media arts company that has created cross platform online architecture for over a hundred clients, incl. the high profile pharmaceutical company Brainlab; the award-winning industrial design group ECCO for Panasonic; television journalist Farnoosh Torabi, as well as infamous Mario Batali. Chris exhibited his own creative work at Monkey Town, Irondale Center, Lincoln Center, and the Barysnikov Arts Center. Chris holds Master’s from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) with a focus in interactive narratives and geo-specific experiences.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4th 6.30-9.15
6:30-7:50pm: Presentations by Katherine Fry, Marisol González and Racquel Gates
8:05—9:15pm: Roundtable discussion and Q&A with the presenters about careers in media production and research, moderated by Prof. Hashmi
KATHERINE FRY’s research and teaching interests include news and advertising criticism, media ecology, media literacy and research methods. In addition to numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, Fry is author of the books Constructing the Heartland: Television News and Natural Disaster(2003) and Identities in Context: Media, Myth, Religion In Space and Time (2008). She is Director of the interdisciplinary Communication B.A. program, and is also co-founder and former Education Director of The LAMP, a grass-roots media literacy organization based in New York City.
MARISOL GONZÁLEZ is a Dominican filmmaker and producer who lives in New York. She works for HBO producing sports programs in Spanish for HBO and HBO Latino. With almost 20 years in production, she has covered landmark events like the Pope’s visit to New York and the 1994 World Cup. She has also worked for the two major Hispanic networks in the country – Univisión and Telemundo NBC, and has contributed as a writer for newspapers and magazines. González graduated from Brooklyn College, with double majors in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish Literature. At present, she is directing and producing “Children Behind the Wall” (in production). In 2008, she was chosen as a woman who inspires the Latino community by “Siempre Mujer” magazine, together with Maria Elena Salinas and Ingrid Betancourt, and was awarded the Always Inspiring award. In 2011, Senator Peralta presented González with the Proclamation award during the celebration of Women’s Month as a token of gratitude for her outstanding service to the community. For two consecutive years, she has participated as a judge in the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival for the national short films competition, Globo Verde Dominicano. Gonzalez also had the honor to be a judge for the 35th Sports Emmy Awards this year.
RACQUEL GATES received her Ph.D. in Screen Cultures from Northwestern University after getting her M.A. from the University of Chicago and her B.S. from Georgetown University. She specializes in African American media, particularly representations of race in popular film and television. Her dissertation, Acting White: African Americans, Whiteface, and Post-Civil Rights Popular Culture, examines how African-American performances of whiteface in the post-Civil Rights era operate as a means of strategically navigating shifting tropes of blackness across time. In addition to film and media theory, Dr. Gates’ research also incorporates gender, queer, and critical race theories. She is the author of “Keepin’ it reality television” in the anthology Watching While Black: Centering the Television of Black Audiences (Rutgers University Press, 2013).
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Communications major Jacqueline Ali and graduate art student Katharine Ryals each won $500 in an annual art contest sponsored by the Brooklyn College Library—which, for the first time ever, was recognized with the American Library Association Best of Show award for exceptional public relations material.
Created in 2008 by Miriam Deutch, associate librarian for research and access services, the contest provides an opportunity to showcase the art collection, broaden students’ cultural enrichment and learning opportunities, and promote student creativity and talent. The winning artwork was selected from among 50 entries.
“The winning pieces not only conveyed an understanding and deliberation of a work of art in the library, but translated their interpretation in a very thoughtful, creative and inventive way,” said Deutch, who is also an art historian and was one of the judges for this year’s competition. “The amount of effort needed to accomplish their response is also taken into consideration.”
She added that Ali’s stop motion animation reflected a very thoughtful interpretation of “Stabile,” Alexander Calder’s lithograph, as well as an understanding of Calder’s sculptures, which are full of movement and very playful.
Ryals manipulated tintype plates to obscure the subject matter, similar to the indecipherable images in David Deutsch’s “Rotunda” painting. Then, she photographed the tintypes and scanned them into the computer, creating a mosaic pattern resembling the painting in the final print.
Brooklyn College Library’s art collection includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, and prints, created by artists who live and work in Brooklyn and have works in major museums around the world.
The most technologically advanced in the City University of New York, the library’s collections total 1.5 million volumes, 45,000 serials, 43,000 electronic serials and 40,000 electronic books. It adds approximately 15,000 new titles each year to its comprehensive humanities, social sciences and sciences collections.
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Each academic year, the Magner Career Center helps undergraduate and graduate students receive cash awards once they are interning at a specific company in their designated field. The financial awards vary from $1,000-$4,000 and are taxable.
Students have to meet certain qualifications in order to be selected for the internship stipend: 3.0 grade point average, demonstrate financial need, complete an online application, essay questions, resume, and a recommendation letter from a supervisor.
By Faina Gordover
Brooklyn College played host to a wide range of media experts for two nights.
In the college’s first-ever “Media Nights,” presented by the Television and Radio department last week, in the Television Center, students and faculty welcomed six professionals in the media industry, ranging from podcast producers, investigative journalists, and authors or show writers.
T.V. and Radio Undergraduate Deputy Chair and Lecturer Brian Dunphy planned the event in hopes of introducing possibilities in the media industry for interested students.
“I wanted some new exposure for the department,” Dunphy said. “I [also] wanted students to be inspired and get an education from people working in the industry.”
Dunphy said he got the idea for this event when he was in Gothenburg, Sweden in March. He said that there was a similar event that lasted three to four days and had industry professionals; he wanted to bring that to Brooklyn College.
Dunphy aspires for other departments in the school to hold their own “Media Nights,” bringing in professionals from different fields.
“The hope was to lay the foundation for what is possible and pass it on,” he said.
Over the span of two nights, the panelists were: co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Lizz Winstead; independent reporter Mark Fonseca Rendeiro; Managing Editor of The Center for Public Integrity Gordon Witkin; author and filmmaker, Rory O’Connor; founder of InsideClimate News, David Sassoon; Director of Broadcast Journalism and radio scholar, John Anderson; author and screenwriter, DB Gilles; and Deputy Chair for Graduate Studies in Television and Radio, Miguel Macias.
Winstead, who was also the co-founder of Air America Radio, dominated Wednesday night with her humorous lecture about her book, Lizz Free or Die: Essays, and about her realization that the news has sold war, an epiphany that she came to while she was on a date at a sports bar that was showing CNN news coverage of the Gulf War.
It made her want to work on a show that looked like the news. “It’s like we’re going into the Id of the news,” she said.
When Rendeiro spoke, he said that the podcasting outlet has helped him report unknown news stories. “I know that for the last five-to-six years it’s worked quite well, in that I get to see the world or parts of the world,” Rendeiro said. “I get to hear the stories you rarely hear and I get to try to bring them to the audience out there.”
Rendeiro’s podcast runs on his blog, citizenreporter.com. The blog was created because he wanted to branch out into journalism that would help him publish directly to an audience.
Witkin lectured on the second day about the validity of sources in journalism that spawn from sharing information, and how The Center for Public Integrity–a non-profit organization that critically analyzes the federal government and communications–works.
“We try to do deep-dive journalism, particularly that looks at how Washington and the federal government is working or not working, with a special emphasis on how the process of democracy is being twisted and contorted by special interests and big money,” he said.
O’Connor spoke Tuesday about the dangers of the sea of information in the media, which he mentions in his new book, Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media.
“It’s a digital information revolution,” O’Connor said. “It’s also rapidly and radically transforming how we communicate. The outcome of this revolution remains uncertain and is dependent on the traces that you all make.”
Sassoon, the founder and publisher of Pulitzer-prize-winning InsideClimate News, a non-profit and non-partisan environmental news organization, explained how a deep investigative publication works, speaking about his organization’s book, The Dilbit Disaster. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel covers the investigation of the oil spill in the Kalamazoo River, Michigan. One million gallons of oil “blackened more than two miles of Talmadge Creek and almost 36 miles of the Kalamazoo River,” according to InsideClimate News’s website.
Anderson, meanwhile, spoke to the crowd about a different medium that has not extensively explored: digital radio or HD radio.
“The company that developed HD radio is called–completely non-ironically–iBiquity Digital Corporation,” he said. “It is essentially a company that was founded by the largest broadcast conglomerates of the United States—we’re talking our Clear Channels, CBS’, and Disneys’.”
Anderson explained the aspects of HD radio that he found to be negative, such as its expense to radio stations and the difficult transition that can cause interference and licensing changes.
“I think probably the most insidious thing about HD radio is that iBiquity equates itself with Microsoft in that if you want to broadcast in HD radio, you have to buy special software to run your transmitter that only iBiquity Digital Corporation can provide,” Anderson said, “And that costs money.”
And Anderson said that this is particularly troublesome because most stations don’t want to switch to the new type of radio.
“Most people don’t know what HD radio is, and if they know about it, there’s really no huge emphasis to adopt to this technology,” he said.
“Whether or not you care about radio, you can’t deny the fact that it’s still a very important part of our media environment,” he added. “And if we lose the public airwaves to a system that’s closed…or that system actually degrades radio to the point where we lose AM and FM radio, our world is changed forever, and I don’t think it’s for the better.”
Anderson’s lecture was based around his recently published book, Radio’s Digital Dilemma: Broadcasting in the 21st Century, an analysis of the United States’ digital radio transition into a new sphere of high-definition radio.
Gilles talked about his book, Writer’s Rehab: A 12 Step Program For Writers Who Can’t Get Their Acts Together, which offers his insight as a fellow writer, but also as someone who wants to help on a deeper, psychological level. The book is divided into 13 steps that also include helping comedy writers, personal accounts, experiences with students, and advice on getting over writer’s block.
“As you go through this book, you may feel as though you are experiencing some form of psychoanalysis,” Gilles said. “That is my intent.”
Professor Macias, who makes documentaries, features, and live radio, and won a Peabody Award for his work at WNYC’s Radio Rookies, said that he has more recently produced documentaries about the Occupy movement in New York, and is working on a long-term project titled “The Crisis of My Friends,” a documentary about the impact of the financial crisis on a whole generation in Spain.
“I wanted to share something that people attending the event could take away, so initially I was going to show some of my latest work—and I still did that—but as I kept thinking about it, I wanted the audience to get a sense of an overarching theme in my trajectory,” Macias said. “I realized that [what] all my work has in common is this search or a unique angle that only I can tell. It was important for me to play material.”
Jenee Whitehead, a blogger, said that she would’ve come to the event even if she wasn’t Dunphy’s student; she was excited to learn about the panelists.
“I’m going to look through all of their links, all of their websites, especially the environmentally proactive one [InsideClimate News],” she said. “I want to write about them and about their platform because that’s similar to what I do, too.”
Macias said that Dunphy was the person behind the success. “It came together perfectly,” Macias said. “Everyone was excited, it was successful, and I think it was informative.”
The first night’s panel was hosted by Professor Katherine Fry; the second night was hosted by Professor Mobina Hashmi, and the panel was moderated by Professor Julianna Forlano, who is also a creator and producer of her own political news parody Absurdity Today!
After the event, students were able to buy copies of the panelists’ books.
Camille Gregory, a sophomore, helped Professor Dunphy. She designed the flyers and was a personal assistant.
“The panels were so collaborative and so well put together that I think the information spanned across multiple departments,” Gregory said. “ It was honestly an honor to work for it.”
More than 50 employers will be looking to hire the best candidates for full- and part-time jobs and internships at the Oct. 25 job fair. Pick up some tips on how to best present yourself to these recruiters.
The Magner Career Center partners with employers, faculty and staff, alumni and students to provide career programs, services and resources.
More information at:
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1303 James Hall
Brooklyn, NY 11210
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MEDIA NIGHTS AT BC October 15th-16th: is a two-night event featuring presentations by Department of Television and Radio faculty members and a broad range of media professionals.
Each will discuss their work, research, interests and experiences with a round table discussion/Q&A to follow at the end of the evening.
This project is collaboration between the Department of TV & Radio, WBCR and the Magner Center at Brooklyn College.
Dates: Tuesday, October 15th and Wednesday, October 16
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Location: The new HD studio in the basement of Whitehead Hall. (Please begin arriving under the canopy in front of Whitehead Hall beginning at 4:30pm or earlier for the best seats).
by Charles E. Carr
Today, Thursday March 7, 2013, at 12:30p.m., witness the Brooklyn College Student Government Presidential Debate. The topics of debate include Student Activity Fees and Club Funding, as well as questions sent in by students like you. The debate will be held in the Penthouse Suite in the Student Center (SUBO). Listen to a live broadcast of the debate by visiting (this link has been updated since 3/7) - 2013 Brooklyn College CLAS Presidential Debate
If you are a student, and expect to be one for the immediate future, today’s topics are a pressing concern. Try your best to listen to the candidates as they debate their visions for a 4 year experience. Thank you, and we hope to see you there.
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A debate between the CLAS Presidential Candidates covering club funding and the Student Activity Fee.
The debate will be moderated by the three student newspapers, the Kingsman, Excelsior, and Night Call.
Featured debaters will be:
CLAS Speaker David Rosenberg (PHD)
Fmr. BMCC President Jamell Henderson (Ind)
Paolo Cremidis (Ind)
by Charles E. Carr
The 2013 Brooklyn College CLAS Presidential Debate took place in the Student Union Building, SUBO, this past Thursday, March 7th. The candidates, incumbent-President David Rosenberg, Jamell Henderson and Paulo Cremides debated over topics of club funding, allocation of spending, the improvement of technology services on campus and more. Listen to the full recording here on mywbcr.com. We look forward to seeing your thoughts and comments about the debate.
Voting takes place April 22 9 a.m. – 24 5 p.m. at voting stations around campus.