WBCR Daily Headlines 11.03.14

(Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky taken by Lingjing Bao)

Candidates spend one final day on the campaign trail as election day approaches while, death with dignity advocate Brittany Maynard ends her life, and a new report indicates a former Navy Seal is under fire for his book about the Osama bin Laden raid.

In sports, Tom Brady once again comes out on top over Peyton Manning, plus Jimmie Johnson wins at Texas, but fists fly after a controversial finish.

It’s now less than 24 hours before the midterm elections get underway.   Democratic and Republican candidates across the country are on the campaign trail for one final day, trying to gain support from voters.   An increasing number of polls indicate that the GOP will have a big win tomorrow.   Republicans tell voters that giving them a majority in the U.S. Senate will mean an end to gridlock in Washington.

On FOX News Sunday, Mitt Romney says, quote, “This is really the last chance for America to pass judgment on the Obama administration and on its policies.”   The 2012 GOP presidential nominee adds, quote, “The Republican Party is saying, look, we’re going to take a different direction.   We’re going to break the blockade in Washington by having a Republican Senate.”

In the GOP’s weekly address on Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky stated that Democrats had abandoned governing to protect their majority in the Senate.   McConnell will likely become the next majority leader if he and other Senate Republican candidates win their races.   The GOP needs a gain of six seats to take control of the Senate.

Source: USA News Network

WBCR News Anchor: Alyssa Paolicelli and Faraz Toor

Media Nights at Brooklyn College

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.



(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

Speaker Bios:

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 StateLimbo); two from director Robert Byington (OlympiaShameless) 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.



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

Speaker Bios:

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).

WBCR Daily Headlines 10.28.14

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souzao)

The CDC tries to clarify Ebola protocols used across the country, while a new study indicates a 2010 oil spill left a “bathtub ring” on the floor of the Gulf and more and more retailers plan to open on turkey day. Don’t count Costco among them.

In sports, the Redskins stroll into “jerry world” and upset the Cowboys, plus the Giants look tonight to clinch their third World Series Title in five years.

Federal health officials are trying to clarify Ebola protocols across the country.   They provide guidance on when it is appropriate to quarantine travelers returning from countries stricken by the deadly virus in West Africa.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines, classifying travelers into four different risk categories.

Risks include high, some, low but not zero, and no identifiable risk.   Then, the risk is matched to the type of restriction. Health care workers who treated Ebola patients using protective equipment pose some risk. Those who came into direct contact with patients’ body fluids will be considered high risk.   They will be monitored directly by public health officials for signs of infection.

Their movements in public will also be restricted, but a quarantine isn’t automatic.  Meanwhile, Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital says Dallas nurse Amber Vinson is free of the Ebola virus.  She will make a statement this afternoon.   Vinson became ill after treating a man infected with Ebola.  He later died.

Source: USA News Network

WBCR Daily Headlines 10.21.14

(Photo of Oscar Pistorius taken by Global Sports Forum)

The CDC issues new guidelines for health workers treating Ebola patients, while former Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to prison for killing his girlfriend and one of the world’s leading fashion designers passes away.

In sports, the Steelers come from behind to stun the Texans, plus the Giants and Royals are set to kick off this year’s fall classic.

Fashion designer Oscar De Le Renta has passed away. He was 82. His wife has confirmed to multiple outlets that the Dominican-born designer died at his home in Kent, Connecticut. De la Renta was diagnosed with cancer eight years ago. His gowns were always a feature of Hollywood red carpets. Some of the celebrities who have worn his designs include Audrey Hepburn, Jessica Chastain, Emma Watson, and Blake Lively.

De La Renta also provided designs to numerous first ladies, including Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush.

Source: USA News Network

WBCR News Anchors: Naomi Grey & Victoria Sutton

WBCR Daily Headlines 10.20.14

(Photo taken by North Carolina National Guard)

U.S Forces airdrop arms to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State Militants, while tests are being conducted to determine if remains found are those of a missing University of Virginia student.

In entertainment, Fury unleashes its fury on the competition at the weekend box office.

In sports, Peyton Manning sets the NFL’s record for career touchdown passes, plus the Cowboys defeat the Giants to pick up their sixth straight victory.

U.S. planes airdrop arms to a Syrian town under siege by Islamic state militants.   Overnight, the U.S. Air Force dropped military aid around the town of Kobani to resupply Kurdish forces fighting ISIS, according to U.S. Central Command in Tampa. USA Today reports that three C-130 cargo planes dropped 27 bundles of weapons, ammunition, and medical supplies to the Kurdish fighters.

A source says that the Pentagon believes that the vast majority of the supplies reached the fighters. The cargo planes were unescorted by fighters because the Defense Department does not believe that the Islamic State has anti-aircraft capability, even though fighter jets remain on standby. All of the aircraft returned safely.

U.S. officials are concerned that Kobani, which sits on the border with Turkey, could be captured by the Islamic State. Military commanders in the region have warned that would give ISIS a symbolic victory and result in a humanitarian catastrophe. U.S. Central Command says that American forces have conducted more than 135 airstrikes against ISIS in Kobani.

Source: USA News Network

WBCR Daily Headlines 10.15.14

(Downtown Dallas. Photo by Luis Tamayo, Flickr) 

A second health care worker in Texas tests positive for Ebola while a new poll indicates that more Americans want ground troops to fight Islamic state militants and a familiar voice will be returning to NBC’s the Voice.

In sports, the Royals are one win away from their first World Series appearance in 29 years plus the Giants take a 2-1 lead over the Cardinals in the national league championship series.

Ebola: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed this morning that the second healthcare worker who tested positive for Ebola traveled by air on Oct. 13 – the day before she reported symptoms.

The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital employee cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the US. The CDC is reaching out to the 132 passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth Oct. 13. For more information call 1 800-CDC INFO (1 800 232-4636). Sources: USA News Network and CDC

WBCR Daily Headlines 10.13.14

(Photo by Pennsylvania National Guard, Flickr)

Another state’s same-sex marriage ban is struck down while the head of the C-D-C says a protocol breach caused a Dallas nurse to be infected with Ebola and Gone girl is the top movie at the box office for the second straight weekend.

In sports, the Cowboys shock the defending Super Bowl champions plus the Eagles pick up their first shutout in 18 years as they rout the Giants.

In the nations mind: Some healthcare experts are criticizing comments by the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Doctor Thomas Frieden says that a breach in protocol caused a Dallas nurse to be infected with Ebola. The unidentified woman became infected while caring for Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan.

He was the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. Duncan died last week at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital. Frieden has called for an investigation into how the nurse became infected.

The CDC head says the case shows how far the nation’s hospitals are from adequately training staff to deal with the deadly virus.


Source: USA News Network

WBCR Daily Headlines 10.10.14

(Wordart of Malala Yousafzai by Michael Volpicelli)

A federal judge strike down Texas’ tough voter I.D. Law, while the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize is announced. In box office news, we’ll preview new movies opening this week, including the judge with Robert Downey Junior.

In sports, Andrew Luck and the Colts hold off the Texans, plus the Royals and Orioles meet tonight in game one of the American League Championship Series.

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize will be shared.   The winners are India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai. The two are being honored for their struggles against the suppression of children and for young people’s rights, including the right to education.

Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban two years ago. Since then, she has gained worldwide attention for her efforts to promote education for girls in Pakistan. Satyarthi has led peaceful demonstrations focusing on the exploitation of children.

Source: USA News Network

WBCR Daily Headlines 10.9.14

(Ebola virus budding from the surface of a Vero cell. Phtoto by NIAID)

No funeral is planned for the Liberian man who died of Ebola in Dallas, while a new report indicates that White House aides were aware of a prostitution-scandal link.

In sports, the Sharks ruin the kings’ Stanley Cup banner celebration, plus the Bruins beat the Flyers on opening night of the NHL season.

No funeral is planned for the Liberian man who died of Ebola in Dallas. People who spoke to the family of Thomas Eric Duncan believe his body was cremated. He passed away at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital. It is likely a memorial service may be scheduled weeks from now, after his fiancee is released from mandated isolation.

The woman, her teenage son, Duncan’s cousin, and a 20-year-old man have been in isolation after they had close contact with Duncan before he was diagnosed. Health officials say the people who were in close contact with Duncan should remain isolated for 21 days. That’s the length of the incubation period of the virus.
Texas health officials have been monitoring 48 people.

So far, none has shown signs of symptoms. Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola September 30th. News of his death was a shock to family members—they believed he was getting better after receiving special treatments. There were reports that his blood pressure was down and his temperature had lowered

Source: USA News Network

WBCR News Anchors: Alyssa Paolicelli and Naomi Grey

WBCR Daily Headlines 10.8.14

(Photo taken from www.cdc.gov)

A woman on a plane that landed in Texas is checked for Ebola, while democrats loved Barack Obama in 2008. Today, not so much. Also, Americans are living longer as most death rates fall.

In sports, the Cardinals and Giants advance to the National League Championship Series, plus the Kings open defense of their cup title as the new N-H-L season begins.

A woman on a plane that landed in Texas is being checked for Ebola. KOSA-TV reports that the woman was on a plane that landed late last night at Midland International Airport. She was taken to a hospital with symptoms that made paramedics think she should be checked for the Ebola virus. American Airlines Flight 2791 from Dallas-Fort Worth had 69 people on board, according to the carrier.

The captain called about 20 minutes before the plane landed to alert authorities that a passenger was displaying flu-like symptoms. A Midland city spokeswoman says that while Ebola isn’t being ruled out, it’s now considered unlikely. The woman was vomiting, which is one symptom of Ebola. However, she didn’t have a fever, which another symptom.

City officials say that the woman did not come from an area with Ebola cases. She traveled from Istanbul, Turkey, through London to Dallas, and then on to Midland. The woman and fellow passengers will be monitored, although the passengers were allowed to leave. The Midland spokeswoman says the fire department transported the woman using hazmat and disease control procedures.

Souce: USA News Network