Tomorrow, Mandy Jenkins, former managing editor of Digital First Media’s Thunderdome Project, will come to talk to us about what the future looks like for digital-first news. The Thunderdome Project recently made headlines after DFM announced that they would be shutting down the New York-based newsroom. Thunderdome used to provide digital news content for local newspapers like the Denver Post and the New Haven Register. Politico reported that Thunderdome’s shutdown was “another example of the incredibly difficult landscape of local news.” Jenkins will discuss the lessons she learned about maintaining a digital news company in the ever-changing world of journalism, and where the future lies for digital news companies.
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Stabile Student Center
Sponsored by: The Asian American Journalists Association
Refreshments will be served(provided from the Sevellon Brown Fund).
Mandy Jenkins is on the Board of Directors for the Online News Association and co-teaches a course on social media for journalists at Georgetown University. Before that, Jenkins ran the Huffington Post’s Politics’ branded social accounts and helped bring digital content to the Cincinnati Inquirer.
Join us on Monday, February 10 at 6 P.M. at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Lecture Hall for a screening of DeepSouth, an award-winning documentary about the rural American South and the people who inhabit its most quiet corners. Beneath layers of history, poverty—and now soaring HIV infections—four Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive. The screening will be followed by a Q+A with Professor Duy Linh Tu, the Director of Photography of the film. Food will be served.
Charming Sunset Park is the site of Brooklyn Chinatown. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and curious aromas of a veritable mini-Hong Kong in the heart of New York City. Also, eat the dim sum. It’s the city’s best. East Harbor Seafood Palace is the favorite dim sum joint of those in the know. So come one, come all to East Harbor on Nov. 10 at noon for Sunday brunch Canton style.
Please join us on Monday, October 21 for a screening of former Senior CNN Asia Correspondent Mike Chinoy’s documentary, Assignment: China.
LOCATION: Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs | Hamilton Hall, Room 703
TIME: 6 – 8 p.m.
Opening Up is one episode of Assignment China, a multi-part documentary film series on the history of American correspondents in China being produced by the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California. Opening Up is based on extensive interviews with virtually all the reporters who opened the first U.S. news bureaus in the Peoples Republic, including Jay Mathews of the Washington Post, Richard Bernstein of Time Magazine, Fox Butterfield of the New York Times, Frank Ching of the Wall St. Journal, Melinda Liu of Newsweek, John Roderick of the Associated Press, Jim Laurie of ABC, Bruce Dunning of CBS, Sandy Gilmour of NBC, and many others.
This documentary also contains interviews with Chinese officials who sought to manage the western media, with some of the people the reporters covered, as well rare archival footage, still photos, and previously unseen home videos. As the first resident US correspondents in Beijing in 30 years, the small American press corps struggled to break through the barriers of politics, language, and culture, while confronting the technological challenges of operating in a developing country long cut off from the West, seeking to convey to American audiences a sense of China at a moment of dramatic change.
The lead reporter is Mike Chinoy, a senior fellow at the Institute and former CNN Beijing bureau chief and senior Asia correspondent. Former U.S. ambassador to China Winston Lord described the series as an “essential and invaluable” resource for understanding the role the U.S. media has played in shaping American and international perceptions of the country.