Fordham Conversations: Training Journalists in a Conservative Society

Dr. Everette Dennis, dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar*, sat down with the host of WFUV’s “Fordham Conversations,” Robin Shannon, to discuss the school’s journalism and communications program, including the type of reporting students are doing in a part of the world not traditionally known for freedom of expression. Dr. Dennis, former chair of the Communication and Media Management Department at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business, explored a number of issues relating to Middle East residents’… Continue reading

Newspapers and the Revenue Challenge

As Media Hub noted in its post, “Print Newspapers Aren’t Just for Luddites,” The New York Times’ 2014 print revenues remained substantial, with print accounting for more than 70 percent of the paper’s income. Public editor Margaret Sullivan reported that a large share of those readers, 23 percent, are in the 20s-to-40s age range. To counter The Times’ glass-is-half-full report about print is this less-than-rosy account from the digital realm. BizReport wrote about a recent survey by location-based mobile platform… Continue reading

Print Newspapers Aren’t Just for Luddites

The New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan wrote recently that although the future of news is digital, print remains a major revenue driver, at least from her paper’s perspective. “Who buys the print edition of the newspaper? Just a few Luddites who wouldn’t know a smartphone if their horse-drawn buggy crushed it on the cobblestones?” Sullivan asked facetiously.  The results might some surprise some media experts. Sullivan reported that print generated more than 70 percent of The Times’… Continue reading

Teaching Journalism in the Middle East

Northwestern University, whose Medill school has produced numerous luminaries in the reporting and entertainment fields, launched a four-year undergraduate journalism and communications program at Education City in Doha, Qatar in 2008. Northwestern University in Qatar,* according to Dean and CEO Dr. Everette E. Dennis, is committed not only to “learning and the advancement of knowledge,” but to “promoting the value of freedom of expression.” NU-Q is educating “the next generation of global, media and entertainment professionals,” and, the dean notes,… Continue reading

What’s the Best Way to Pitch Reporters?

PRSourceCode recently released its 2013 Top Tech Communicators Awards, which included a survey of 68 tech journalists and the ways they prefer to be contacted by public relations professionals. Not surprisingly, 99 percent of tech reporters said they wish to be contacted by email, while a minority, 43 percent, were fine with a phone call.  What’s more, 35 percent were open to pitches through LinkedIn and 32 percent on Twitter. Although 70 percent of pr pros said they do… Continue reading

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