Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Happy Couple Returns

Former Ithacan managing editor Whitney Faber ’12 and fiancĂ© Chris Roach ’11 returned to campus today to make arrangements for their Sept. 16 wedding in the college chapel. The couple, who live in Boston, stopped by the Ithacan to check out our new office. It was great to see them again and have the chance to congratulate them on their engagement, to introduce them to current editor-in-chief Jack Curran, managing editor Kira Maddox, news editor Kayla Dwyer, Life & Culture editor Steven Pirani, design editor Grace Clauss, assistant design editor Allie Teodore and webmaster Evan Sobkowicz. Plus it’s always fun watching alumni who graduated before Sept. 2013 react to our new space.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lauren DeCicca’s Photo Selected for Time’s ‘Defining‘ Instagrams of 2014

A photo by former Ithacan photo editor Lauren DeCicca ’11 has been selected by Time magazine as one of “29 Instagrams That Defined The World in 2014.” The photo, captioned “Goodbye Thingyan, catch ya next year!” can also be viewed on Instagram

Lauren returned to campus in September during a visit back to the States and sat down for a Q&A with Ithacan Life & Culture editor Evin Billington. Check out the audio slideshow here

Thank You, Twitter

Twitter certainly picked an interesting place to cut off the subject line when I shared that last post.

NewsPro Ranks Ithaca College Journalism Program #11 in Country

Ithaca College’s journalism department made NewsPro’s 2014 list of the top-25 journalism programs in the country, coming in at #11. You can find the complete story in their December 2014 issue, along with the Park School’s latest promotional ad.

Monday, November 03, 2014

The Fall Conference in Philly

Four current students attended this fall’s National College Media Convention Oct. 29–Nov. 2 in at the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia. Managing editor Kira Maddox, assistant news editor Taylor Zambrano, assistant sports editor Kristen Gowdy and design editor Grace Clauss attended three days of workshops run by journalism professionals and college newspaper advisers. Kira also co-moderated a discussion session on diversity in the newsroom, and I presented a session titled, “Philosophy for Journalists: Journalism and the Problem of Suffering.”

Chris Baxter ’08 presents at the conference.
In addition, alumnus Chris Baxter ’08, currently a reporter with the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger,  presented two conference sessions which were scheduled as the result of his having been a recipient of the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists for 2013, sponsored by the University of Michigan, in the Excellence in Local Reporting category for his story, “Private Schools, Hidden Riches,” which investigated spending practices at New Jersey private schools for students with disabilities.
The Ithacan was presented with Finalist Awards in the National Newspaper Pacemaker and National Online Pacemaker competitions. The Pacemaker is widely regarded as “the Pulitzer Prize” of collegiate journalism.” In addition, the paper won 7th place in the conference’s on-site Best of Show competition in the newspaper category and 8th place in the website category.

From left, Taylor Zambrano, Kira Maddox, Kristen Gowdy
and Grace Clauss with the Ithacan’s Pacemaker Finalist
The high point of the trip, apart from the cheesesteaks, was getting together with our Philadelphia alumni. We’ve built up a small concentration of alums there, so we got them together with the students attending the conference. Most of them were able to make it to dinner at Smokin’ Betty’s for an evening of good food and good conversation.
Clockwise from left, design editor Grace Clauss, Tricia Nadolny ’09, assistant
 news editor Taylor Zambrano, Josh Mellman ’09, Cory Francer ’10, Michelle
 Skowronek Horner ’11, assistant sports editor Kristen Gowdy, Noria
 Litaker ’06, Chris Baxter ’08 and managing editor Kira Maddox.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Alumni Weekend 2014

This year’s Alumni Weekend celebration wasn’t quite on the scale of 2013, when we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Ithaca College’s communications school, but it still provided an opportunity see get together with some old friends and for current students and alumni to interact. Several visitors dropped by the office, and we had a chance to join a few of them for dinner at the ever-popular Viva. 
From left, former editor-in-chief Erin Geismar ’09, former
editor-in-chief Erica Hendry ’09, former photo editor Max
Steinmetz ’08, and current news editor Kayla Dwyer ’17. Erin
is currently Long Island editor for, Erica is
a digital producer for NPR in Washington, D.C., and Max is
completing his M.F.A. thesis in creative and professional
 writing at Western Connecticut State.
From left, former editor-in-chief Libby Sile ’11, current
editor-in-chief Jack Curran ’15 and current news editor
Kayla Dwyer ’17 at the Big Desk in the Ithacan office.
Libby is currently an associate editor with Departures
Magazine at Time Inc.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Tricia Nadolny Talks to the News Staff

Former Ithacan news editor Tricia Nadolny ’09, now a city hall reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, skyped in on October 5 to give our staff advice about how to pursue a career in journalism. She offered useful suggestions on how to build a portfolio of work, pursue internships and work toward professional success. Her own career can serve as a worthy model for students just starting out.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

That’s PROFESSOR Delaney to You

Former sports editor Brian Delaney ’04, now a lecturer in our journalism department, collaborated with Professor Anthony Adornato to present a Saturday morning workshop on interviewing skills for our campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on Sept. 27. He did a great job — he’s a natural in front of a classroom. Or he may just have been in a good mood because he’d recently gotten married.

Friday, September 12, 2014

He Has The Ithacan in His Blood

Laura Bauman Shalem ’06 with son Isaiah
and husband Avi in the Ithacan office.
Young Isaiah Shalem dropped by the Ithacan office, perhaps to make plans for his future career. His mother, former Ithacan sales manager Laura Bauman Shalem ’06, still holds the record for advertising sales. With that background, he’s bound to go far.