Beaver Beat

Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 10.24.42 PMHere’s a sneak peak at Beaver Beat, a special all sports, all the time edition of The Campus. It was conceived, edited and designed by Jeff Weisinger, The Campus sports editor. He handles sports content in the print issues, keeps our website up to date and has also launched an online site devoted to what else — CCNY sports. Jeff lead a team of sports enthusiasts — Curtis Ashley, Demi Rodriguez, Christian Hernandez, Don Gutierrez and Diana Perea to take a deep dive into athletics. Keep an eye out for it on CCNY newsstands as the Spring semester kicks off!

To learn more about Jeff’s path to sports reporting, watch this video by Demi Rodriguez.


Congratulations to The Campus [update 4/20/2015]

Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 4.28.45 PMThe Campus, our student-run newsmagazine online and in print, received a runner-up honor in the Northeast region’s Mark of Excellence Awards, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists. Our entry, The Silent Scream, looks at the underground epidemic of depression and suicide among college students recently highlighted in the New York Times. A team of journalism students told the story through a reported article, infographic, video and photographs. This special report was anchored by a package of deeply-felt first-person essays.
[On March 15, 2015, at the College Media Association conference in Manhattan, A Silent Scream was also the runner-up for a prestigious Big Apple Award in the multimedia category!]
In a sea of Harvard, Yale and Columbia, Aurea Gonzalez picked up our Mark of Excellence award. She managed our project, wrote two parts of it and appears in the photo. Other contributors: Marla Sanchez, Taylor Coleman, Anne Jean-Paul, Janis Jimenez and Dominique Dajer along with several photographers.

The Paper — Past & Present

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 2.26.41 PMThe Paper has a long, colorful and respected legacy. It was first created in the late 60s by a group of African-American students at City College. Back issues of the publication are currently being digitized for research, thanks to the support and energy of some of these original contributors.

First called “Tech News,” The Paper was born in a very turbulent period of the country, featuring the Civil Rights movement, Vietnam and anti-war demonstrations, and fights for student rights–at City College, CUNY and all over the country.

With a period so rich in social upheaval, The Paper sought to report issues not covered in traditional college newspapers (though some of that was done), or indeed the mainstream press. News coverage ranged from community issues to national and international news, the arts (there was a movie and theatre critic, and a poet-in-residence).

The Paper produced some amazing journalism and was able to “break” several news stories before the mainstream press. In 1971, David Friedlander broke the true story of the uprising at the Attica prison several weeks before the New York Times. Similarly, The Paper broke the story of the 1970 student takeover of the CCNY campus to protest the US invasion of Cambodia. Arlette Hecht wrote a story on the Rockefeller drug laws, an article released simultaneously with a published article in the New York Times and NY Daily News (quite a feat for a college weekly publication).

The Paper also published in depth articles, such as a seminal piece on drugs and their flow into the US. This was important at that time (as it is now) because of the heroin epidemic plaguing Harlem and other black communities.

Right now we need contributors, so please reach out to if you’d like to write, edit, take photographs or help design the publication. Or stop by our office on the first floor of the NAC 1/118.

In the meantime, our very small current staff stands on the shoulders of the alumni giants of the past. Our students hold tight to this Langston Hughes quote, which ran on the banner of The Paper: 

“So we stand here

On the edge of hell

In Harlem

And look out on the world

And wonder

What we’re gonna do

In the face

Of what we remember”

The Campus, Re-imagined

The Campus, CCNY’s student newspaper, has a new look and feel. Late last summer, the team of student editors who run the publication decided to switch from a traditional newspaper format to a more sophisticated magazine style. The new Campus is still a work in progress: So far the group has put out two issues–with a third and fourth on the way. As the faculty advisor, I’m proud of what the students have done and am looking forward to more improvements in the future.

The Campus has alot to live up to. Founded in the early 1900s, the publication is the oldest student newspaper in the CUNY system. It has won too many awards to count and produced some of history’s most prominent and talented newsmen and women, who speak about their experiences at the publication as life-changing. They went on to careers at the New York Times, Newsday, the Daily News, the International Herald Tribune--and on and on and on.

You can see the first two issues of The Campus on the publication’s website. Our online project is being tinkered with and not quite ready for “prime-time” thanks to some technical glitches. But we have big plans for Spring 2011.

Editor-in-chief Pavesh Chandrabhan and the rest of the student editors have vowed to publish six issues of The Campus in print over the spring semester, and my Reporting and Writing class will keep the website up-to-date with both news and feature stories of interest to CCNY students. This semester, my students posted some of their work on an alternate Campus site.

Next semester, we are also very excited to collaborate with Angela Harden and the student producers at WHCR, our community radio station, to create a “meet the press” style show. Everything Professor Harden does is top-notch, both technically and journalistically and our student writers are happy to work more closely with hers, who are pictured, below. 

Please keep an eye on The new Campus–and an ear on WHCR. We’re worth watching.

Registration….Big Frustration

I know, I know–registering for Spring 2011 classes can be EXTREMELY frustrating. First there’s the hurry-up-and-wait factor: though you know what classes you want and need, you can’t sign up until it’s your turn. By then, classes may be filled up. And getting help can be nearly impossible. Professor and advisors seem to never be around when you need them. Plus, you’ve still got to get through the rest of the fall.

You’re in the thick of it, and I feel your pain. And I know that many of you have had trouble getting the journalism classes you want. When you try and sign up for Introduction to Journalism, Reporting and Writing or Radio Journalism–all required for the journalism minor–you’re told you need a pre-requisite or the instructor’s permission. Yet, you’re taking the required class right now and doing fine in it, thank you very much. 

Many apologies for the trouble. I mean it. I know saying “computer error” sounds like “dog ate my homework” but that’s what it is. And I can’t fix it. You’ll need to speak to an advisor like Professor Appelbaum or contact Vivian Nilsson ( for assistance. I know you want to slap somebody right now, but be patient; it’ll all be okay.

In the meantime, here’s an idea what my classes will be like next semester. For complete information about the CCNY journalism program, check our website.

MCA 101: Introduction to Media Studies

This is the gateway course to both the Media Communication Arts department and to the journalism minor. It is designed to offer a broad overview of the different media–newspapers, books, magazines, radio, television, movies, recordings and the internet–and also looks at marketing, advertising and public relations. A number of professors teach this course, each in our own way.  Because my background is in journalism, that’s what I focus on. But not exclusively. In areas where I have less experience, I bring in guest speakers. Some include:

Rose Arce, CNN senior producer; Andrea Bernstein, WNYC political editor; James Bernard, founder of The Source and XXL magazines; documentary filmmaker Jennifer Callahan; a music publicist who works the college market; a marketing expert whose main client is the Alvin Ailey Dance Company–and so on. In this class, we watch movies and commercials and do marketing and advertising projects and exercises. I also focus heavily on writing and grammar, which is critically important in all areas of the media business.

MCA 233: Introduction to Journalism

This is a nuts and bolts class which looks at the basics of journalism. Two of us teach sections of this class–myself and the very distinguished, award winning television journalist David Diaz. Students learn how to think like a journalist and write like a pro. You’ll cover press conferences and sports events and write news pieces, opinion stories, reviews and profiles. It’s a writing boot camp of sorts with lots of short assignments. But it’s not just a print class–we’ve also taken photographs, produced videos, slide shows and podcasts. And everyone has to create a blog. Guest speakers have included senior writers from both Self and Essence magazines and CCNY alumn Jerry Eskenazi, who spent 40 years as a New York Times sports reporter.

MCA 333: Reporting and Writing

In this collaborative workshop class, you’ll be part of the staff of reporters and photographers that provides content for the website of The Campus newspaper. Being a time player who meets deadlines is key. You’ll file stories like a “real” journalist…which you will be. In this class you’ll pitch ideas and write at least a story a week.

Good luck! And stay calm…..