Study journalism this summer with TKC Prof. Clemente Lisi

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Jumpstart your journalism career in 2019 by studying this coming May 31-June 28 under a group of award-winning journalists and editors — including Clemente Lisi of The King's College — in the Spanish city of Valencia.

Led by a team of award-winning journalists and professors with international experience, students will explore the ancient neighborhoods and bohemian hideaways of Valencia to flesh out stories about a city that brims with historic tradition and dazzling nightlife. The program, put together by iei Media, includes modules in sports journalism, feature and travel writing, multimedia and design, photography and video storytelling.

The program is run by the University of Jamestown, University of Nebraska and California State University at Fullerton.

All types of student journalists are welcome to apply for the course. During their four-week stay, students will work as a team to become multimedia storytellers. Each participant will have a chance to leverage his or her strengths (and get digital clips for their portfolios), but also be challenged to cooperatively develop new journalistic tools under the guidance of seasoned faculty mentors.

Students can apply for financial aid at https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/

For more information about the program and to apply, please visit: http://ieimedia.com/valencia/.

Roberta Ahmanson Discusses Why Beauty Matters

On November 15, the McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute at The King’s College hosted art connoisseur and philanthropist Roberta Ahmanson for a lunchtime lecture on art and beauty.

MPJI Journalism Students Report for Midterm Elections for The Google News Initiative and Ground Truth Project

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Two King’s journalism students - Morgan Chittum (Junior, JCS Major)[right] and Anastassia Gliadkovskaya (Senior, MCA major)[left] — volunteered to help cover the November midterm elections with the Google News Initiative, the Society of Professional Journalists and theGround Truth Project on a sprint project to help support Propublica's Election Land efforts. As part of the training, they learned to use tools like Google Scholar, Tilegrams and ProPublica’s Election DataBot to hunt down data such as recently-searched topical issues by district. 

On Election Day, their coverage focused specifically on the topic of voter suppression. As Anastassia and Morgan covered the race for the last Republican seat in the city, on Staten Island, they learned that some voting machines were malfunctioning in Brooklyn and causing voters to leave without casting their ballots. They immediately checked Twitter. Dozens of posts by angry voters and other reporters were already trending.

Coordinating with journalists from the Independent and the Guardian, who were already there on scene, Anastassia and Morgan were able to find out locations of affected neighborhoods, zip over to several Brooklyn voting centers and track the story in person as it developed. They used iPhones, shoulder rigs and lapel mics to speak with voters and voting coordinators to gauge the severity of the problem, how it was hindering people’s ability to vote and what it might mean for democracy.

Local art curator Cora Fisher, whom we interviewed, said she waited in line for nearly an hour before the last working scanning machine jammed as she inserted her ballot. She left not knowing if her vote, along with dozens of others, was counted. At the end of Election Day, we produced video segments of our interviews using Adobe Spark editing software.

Here is the story Morgan and Anastassia reported that evening:

By Morgan Chittum and Anastassia Gliadkovskaya

Concerns Over Voter Suppression Emerge in New York as Multiple Poll Centers Experience Malfunctions on Election Day

On this Election Day, we covered District 11 of Staten Island and District 35 of Downtown Brooklyn, New York.

District 11 is the last Republican seat in the city, leaving Max Rose (D) and incumbent Daniel Donovan (R) to battle out a tight race for Congress.

Local Lei Lah, 28, expressed concerns about voter suppression during both the primary and the current election cycles. Though she has lived on Staten Island her whole life and has never had difficulty registering to vote herself, she knows others who have.

“Their addresses are mixed up. Their names aren’t exactly right... Middle name or their surname got changed ‘cause they got married,” she said. “It’s been difficult for some of my friends, especially in Brooklyn, for some reason.” At the time of the interview, which took place at 9:30 a.m., Lah said she received a text from a friend in Downtown Brooklyn that there’s a line around his block, which he can see from his apartment.

She had heard that four out of five voting machines were down at some locations.

She expressed concerns that these malfunctions could be due to a lack of proper funding each year, which could be considered voter suppression.

“It affects people who have to go to work, who have to take care of their kids or other loved ones,” she said.

Other locals like 62-year-old Frank Carrera likewise decided to go blue this election, voting for Max Rose.

“Rose was in Iraq... I think Max Rose has a lot of good value and he was in the war... during the debate...Donovan got caught in more lies. I don’t really like Donovan. I like Max Rose. I think he was better qualified for the job.”

Carrera, however, denies voter suppression allegations in New York.

“Everybody’s saying it’s fixed, from Democrat to Republican--no,” he said.

In Brooklyn Heights at St. Francis College, 27-year-old Connor Leslie said she voted “heavily Democrat today for, obvious reasons.” Leslie claimed in all the years she’s lived in the area, voting, she’s never had to wait in as big a line.

“I take that as a very good sign,” she said. “I think that there is a huge amount of information out there, which is probably one of the benefits of social media...I think people are more aware now of what their rights are than I think even the last election, so I feel optimistic.”

As we were reporting in Brooklyn, we were tracking the development of voting machine malfunctions at several polling locations on Twitter. Coordinating with reporters from the Independent and the Guardian, who were already there on the scene, we headed deeper south into Brooklyn.

At PS 705, voting coordinator Keith Luke said the machines had shut down at 10 a.m. The Board of Elections had come but they were looking for bags into which to empty the bins full of emergency paper ballots. Luke did not definitively admit that the machines were broken, but said they were “up and down,” in between getting fixed and getting jammed. All of the emergency ballots would have to be counted by hand by Tuesday night, he said.

NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson demanded the resignation of the director of the Board of Elections.




At Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, both scanners had also broken. A long line awaited a scrambling team of coordinators and a Board of Elections official as they unlocked bins, kneeling on the ground, and took piles of ballots out of the bins, transferring them to large, transparent bags.

Cora Fisher, whom we met at the library, told of a similar experience voting earlier in the day near Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. Upon arrival at around 8:30 a.m., the line was already snaking out the door, according to Fisher. The first of two scanners had already broken. After waiting 45 minutes in line, she finally placed her ballot into the scanner. As the second page went in, the machine jammed.

“I have no idea what happened to the crunch of people that were behind me but it seems like it didn’t go very smoothly for the rest of the day.” There were only two machines, she said. Fisher tried calling the Board of Elections three times, but to no avail. She left not knowing if her vote was complete.

“It was a really, really disheartening thing to see and obviously raises a lot of questions for all of us and concerns.”

She expressed her outrage, stating that the malfunctions were, in her opinion, due to the fact that the state was about to vote blue.

Meanwhile, other voters at the library were completely satisfied with their voting experience, not having experienced long wait times/not having heard of the area’s earlier technological difficulties.

“I don’t think that’s voter suppression, I think that’s just New York being incompetent,” one voter commented.

“It’s New York, stuff breaks here all the time,” said another couple.

Josh Minkin, 62, described his experience as “easy,” with a little bit of a wait.

Brooklyn resident Elizabeth Isadora Gold has lived in Brooklyn for two decades.

“There’s definitely something messed up about [the current situation], because it’s in every polling place, so either the machines are not designed to accommodate a substantial number of the voting public, or they’re broken,” she said.

“I think it’s ludicrous that in a district which honestly goes blue every single time, there’s not a highly-contested race in this district. [Voter suppression] seems like a waste of energy, but maybe it’s to make it seem like there’s low turnout, except there’s obviously high turnout...This is such a politically active and leftist district that if you talk to any number of people, they will be like... ‘This is voter suppression!’ so that was kind of funny. There was no shortage of people complaining.”

Student of The King’s College Haley Davidson, 19, did not notice anything out of the ordinary in her own district in Downtown Brooklyn while voting, though she expressed concerns about voter suppression in her home state of Georgia.

“My parents voted in Georgia today, I think. I actually don’t know if they voted,” she said. “I do know that for the past week or so there has been a lot of talk about voter suppression which kind of worries me and I wanted to push my parents to maybe vote for...Stacey Abrams...I know people like my parents just tend to vote for Republican, they just see ‘R’ on the ballot, and they don’t really keep up with the news, and that’s kind of scary because a lot of people are going to be doing that today.”

Upcoming Event: Why Journalism Matters with Roberta Ahmanson

Upcoming Event: Why Journalism Matters with Roberta Ahmanson

Join The Media Project and the McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute at Central Presbyterian Church to hear Roberta Ahmanson speak about her experiences as a religion reporter and give her thoughts about why journalism matters for Christianity, and how it can give a voice to people around the world.

The McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute Welcomes the NYCJ class of Fall 2018!

The McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute Welcomes the NYCJ class of Fall 2018!

NEW YORK – The Seventh class of the NYC Semester in Journalism (NYCJ) arrived in August from all over the United States and Uganda. The class of 14 students represent 11 different universities.

They will participate in the unique semester-long, off-campus study program operated by the McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute at The King’s College in NYC. The students live in student housing at King’s, where they take three classes, including capstone courses with Prof. Terry Mattingly, a syndicated religion columnist, and Prof. Paul Glader, a former staff writer at The Wall Street Journal. Under the guidance of Prof. Clemente Lisi (former deputy head of news at the New York Daily News), they also work 20 hours per week in a newsroom in NYC, earning six academic credits under and pursuing at least one byline per week for their portfolios.

Here is a roster of the Fall 2018 class of NYCJ

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Brianna Kudisch is a journalism major from Taylor Univeristy in Upland, Ind.. She will be interning at The Brooklyn Paper, a weekly broadsheet that covers news related exclusively to the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

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Brooke Sargent is a Broadcast Journalism major from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif. She will be interning at Newsweek, on the video desk.

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Cassidy Klein is a journalism and philosophy double major from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif. She will be interning at The Queens Ledger, a weekly community newspaper for Queens, NY.

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Emma Miller is an English major from Messiah College in Grantham, PA. She will be interning at The Queens Courier, a local paper in Queens, NY.

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Goldene Brown is a Multimedia Journalism major from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. She will be interning at the New York Daily News.

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Jenna Miller is a Journalism major from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif. She will be interning at The Story Exchange, a media organization telling stories of women entrepreneurs.

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Josh Towner is a journalism major from Bethel University in Minneapolis Minn. He will be interning at The Queens Courier, a community paper in Queens, NY.

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Julianna Hernandez is a Journalism and Integrated Media major at Biola University from La Mirada in Calif. She will be interning at the New York Daily News.

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Kassidy Vavra is a Journalism, Culture and Society major from The King’s College. She will be interning at the New York Daily News.

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Kennedy Weber is a Multimedia Journalism and Political Science major from Milligan College in Tenn.. She will be interning at Providence Magazine, a journal of Christianity and American foreign policy.

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Marlee Drake is a Journalism major from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif. She will be interning at Newsweek, on the video desk.

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Nathan Foster is a Dual major in Sports Journalism and Public Relations from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif. He will be interning at Newsweek.

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Princess Jones is a Multimedia Journalism major from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville Tenn.. She will be interning at the New York Amsterdam News, the oldest black newspaper in the country.

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Ruth Rose Akongo is a journalism and media major from Uganda Christian University in Mukono, Uganda. She will be interning at Providence Magazine, a journal of Christianity and American foreign policy.

King’s Graduating Senior Jessica Mathews Selected As Dow Jones News Fund Intern

King’s Graduating Senior Jessica Mathews Selected As Dow Jones News Fund Intern

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King’s graduating senior Jessica Mathews is interning at Source Media publication Financial Planning as a Dow Jones News Fund intern this summer, a prestigious program that selects top journalism students nationwide for training programs and paid Summer internships.

"I couldn't have had more support from the journalism program at King's, and I am going to sorely miss the staff and advisers of the newspaper that work so hard to strengthen our writing and reporting technique," said Mathews. "The EST community has been like family this past year. At the same time, I am excited for the next stage of my life. If there's one thing that King's has taught me—there's always more to learn, so I better start now."

During her four years at King’s, Mathews developed as a strong feature writer and editorial leader. She served as editor in chief of The Empire State Tribune student news platform and magazine her senior year. She interned at CNBC.com in the Fall of 2017.

“Jess showed talent as a feature writer early on in journalism classes and she worked hard to pick up news reporting skills,” said Professor Paul Glader. “Her persistence is paying off.”

The Dow Jones News Fund will send 82 undergraduate and graduate students to work this summer as data and digital journalists, business reporters and multiplatform editors in paid internships at 63 of the nation’s leading news organizations. The News Fund received more than 730 applications last fall. 

Interns attend one-week summer internship residencies at five journalism schools in May and June before reporting to work. Those returning to college at the end of a successful summer receive $1,000 scholarships.

Twenty students, including Mathews, attended the business reporting program at New York University, led by Paul Glader, an associate professor at The King’s College, director of the McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute and award-winning former Wall Street Journal reporter. Glader received a grant from the Dow Jones News Fund to lead the program for the second year in a row. During the training program at NYU, students visit The Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast, the New York Stock Exchange and learn about business journalism from leading business journalists.

Two students who attended the NYC Semester in Journalism (NYCJ) at The King’s College in Fall of 2017 also landed spots in the DJNF internship program. Michael “Blake” Alsup, a journalism student at University of Mississippi, will intern at The Detroit News this summer. Annabelle Blair, a graduating senior from Taylor University in Indiana, will intern at the Pacific Coast Business Times. Other students from The King’s College are interning at news media outlets such as Salon.com, FathomAway, EuroNews, The Story Exchange, RealVision, Stacker and Newsweek this spring and summer.

Mathews was also given the John McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute outstanding journalist award as a graduating senior. “When a terror attack struck lower Manhattan this past Halloween, Jessica went to the location and talked to witnesses about what they had seen,” said Clemente Lisi, when giving her the award. “When the time came this semester for her to be a leader, she rose to the occasion. As editor in chief of The Empire State Tribune, she was not afraid to make tough choices while also working with those around her to make them better.”

American City Business Journals Business Reporting Program
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May 28 – June 3 | #djnfBizACBJ18

Anna Ayers, Ohio University, Pittsburgh Business Times; Kyle Cotton, University of Texas, Arlington, San Antonio Business Journal; Fiona Kelliher, Stanford University, San Francisco Business Times; Johnathan Lievonen, University of Florida, South Florida Business Journal; Harrison Miller, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Triangle Business Journal; Rachel Rippetoe, University of Portland, Nashville Business Journal; Olivia Rockeman, University of California, Davis, Sacramento Business Journal; Kennedy Rose, Syracuse University, Philadelphia Business Journal; Mollie Simon, University of Georgia, Atlanta Business Chronicle; Kyle Swenson, University of Central Florida, Orlando Business Journal.

DJNF Business Reporting Program
@ New York University
Paul Glader, residency director
May 21 – 27 | #djnfBiz18

Blake Alsup, University of Mississippi, The Detroit News; Chental-Song Bembry, Hampton University, American Banker; Annabelle Blair, Taylor University, Pacific Coast Business Times; Danielle Chemtob, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Wall Street Journal; Alexandra Garfinkle, New York University, TheStreet, Inc.; Frank Gargano, Stony Brook University, American Banker; Oscar Gonzalez, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, TheStreet, Inc.; Caroline Hroncich, Columbia University, Thomson Reuters; Jessica Mathews, The King’s College, Financial Planning; Alexander Nicoll, University of Arkansas, TheStreet, Inc.; Brendan Pedersen, DePaul University, BusinessDen; Jack Pitcher, University of Oregon, The Daily Progress; Rachel Ramirez, University of Portland, Advertising Specialty Institute; Taylor Rogers, New York University, TheStreet, Inc.; Mengqi Sun, Columbia University, The Wall Street Journal; Kaitlyn Wang, New York University, Geekwire.

King's Team Navigates Politically-Charged Discussions in Indonesia

King's Team Navigates Politically-Charged Discussions in Indonesia

In The King’s College’s first International Venture to Indonesia, Professor Robert Carle and the team of four students found themselves spending much of their first week in tense discussions about the role of blasphemy laws in Indonesia society since the Christian governor of Jakarta was recently found guilty of blasphemy against the Qur’an.

Professor Paul Glader Announced as Visiting Professor at Columbia University

Professor Paul Glader Announced as Visiting Professor at Columbia University

Paul Glader, associate professor of journalism, media and entrepreneurship and director of the McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute at The King’s College, has been named as the Laventhol/Newsday Visiting Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for the Spring 2018 semester.