DEAN’SCORNER Fond Farewell to those Newsweek Years
hey showed up, more than 300 strong. There were photographers from the time LBJ was president, reporters and writers from the Watergate era, top editors spanning more than 40 years. They all came to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on Jan. 14 to pay tribute to Newsweek, the magazine they once worked for, the magazine that had just published its last print edition. Far from being a gloomy wake, the gathering was a joyful party, a celebration of a once-great magazine by the people who had made it so. Nobody cursed the Internet or blamed this editor or that boss. They just wanted to see old
friends and re-live the good old days. It was, after all, a reunion. I was one of them, a senior editor at Newsweek from 1976 to 1981, and when I heard that a bunch of alums from my era had decided they couldn’t let Newsweek magazine just disappear without lifting a glass in loving memory, I offered the CUNY J-School as the venue. And I proposed that we honor Newsweek, and keep its name alive for future generations, in the most personal way I could think of: by offering a prize to a graduating student who best exemplifies the values, spirit, and excellence of Newsweek.
I’m delighted to report that many staffers have kicked in, and we have so far raised about $40,000, in just a few weeks. And so on May 13, at the School’s annual dinner, we will award the first “Newsweek Magazine Alumni Prize” to a CUNY J-School graduate. I’m looking forward with special pleasure to greeting the winner.
Stephen B. Shepard Dean, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
JENNY MARC, SKYLER REID
Lynn Povich, Newsweek’s first female senior editor, signs the last issue of the magazine; Paris-based New York Times correspondent Elaine Sciolino (left) embraces former Newsweek editor Susan Fraker after her speech; former Newsweek Editor Mark Whitaker addresses the alumni.
Matthew Goldstein Chancellor, The City University of New York
Stephen B. Shepard Dean Judith Watson Associate Dean
BOARD OF ADVISERS Dean Baquet
Managing Editor of The New York Times
President of Rubenstein Associates
Director, School of Communications and Media Montclair State University
President of Hearst Magazines
TV Journalist and Anchor
Chief Digital Officer of NBC News Arthur Siskind Senior Adviser to News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch
Managing Editor of Time Elizabeth Vargas “20/20” Anchor, ABC News
Publisher of The New York Observer
Editor-in-chief of New York Magazine
Senior Managing Editor at the Associated Press John Paton CEO of Digital First Media
Chief Content Officer at Bloomberg News
CEO of News Licensing Group Former Managing Editor of CNN Worldwide and Former Editor of Newsweek
Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg News
Chairman and Publisher of the New York Daily News and U.S. News & World Report
INSIDESTORY John Smock Photographer Nancy Novick Designer
vol . 7 ,more no . 2information For
By Corrie Lacey Class of 2013
lis Estrada knew local news was her passion even before she became a student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in the fall of 2010. Born in Mexico and raised in Raleigh, N.C., she had spent a year assisting low-income families in Brooklyn as an AmeriCorps member and was greatly dismayed at the lack of media coverage in their neighborhoods. Today, she has not one but two jobs that fulfill her passion: covering news at the 24-hour cable channel NY1 and teaching secondary-school students how to sort through information at the News Literacy Project. Estrada’s entrée into NY1 was through her summer internship, a requirement for all CUNY J-School students. She continued interning for the station in her third semester and upon graduating, she applied for a writer position – and got it. Now she is associate producer for the consumer investigative unit, NY1 for You, responsible for assembling two story packages a week. Estrada provided much of NY1’s coverage on Superstorm Sandy – and is still focusing her attention on the aftermath. Many of her stories concentrate on landlord issues, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) activities, repairs, and insurance. Estrada also works with NY1’s education reporter, producing breaking news and enterprise stories about New York City’s public education system. It was her interest in education that brought her to the News Literacy Project, where she serves as New York program assistant, helping middle school and high school
Estrada shoots in Rockaway Beach, Queens for NY1.
students decipher fact from fiction. The organization believes it’s important in today’s digital age to teach children to consume and create credible information. Estrada works 20 hours a week with De La Salle Academy in Manhattan and Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, sharing her experience as a journalist and taking the students on media-related field trips (most recently, on a tour of the 60 Minutes studio at CBS). Estrada credits the CUNY J-School with teaching her the skills she uses daily, such as framing, shooting, editing, and writing for TV. It also helped her to understand what makes a story newsworthy. “CUNY prepared me to handle anything thrown at me,” she said. Estrada encourages budding journalists to be a voice for others. “I thought it was important to direct my focus on communities that aren’t getting a lot of coverage” she said. “I think CUNY students should consider that too.” n
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Amy Dunkin Editor Corrie Lacey Reporter
ON THE JOB with Elis Estrada ‘11