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The Eagle 1.13.14 McKinley Building opensStarting off the new year in journalism by creating a photo gallery for The Eagle on the opening of American University’s School of Communication’s new home in the McKinley Building. Though up and running, there are still plenty of areas under construction.

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I’m thrilled to announce that I’m joining The Washington Post’s newsroom next semester as an American University School of Communication Dean’s Intern.

In other words, for five months next semester, I will be a (paid) reporter for the Metro section of Washington’s best and biggest newspaper.

Words can’t describe how excited I am for this opportunity to hone my journalistic craft in the city I adore at a paper I revere. It’s the same paper that took down a president, exposed the horrors of Vietnam, and day-by-day brings the goings-on of the nation’s capital to the American people.

The team I will work with is incredible. I’m proud to call many journalists at the Post friends and colleagues even before my first day. I’ve also reported (and opined) on the vast changes coming to the paper in a difficult time, so I know of what they are capable.

I owe a debt of gratitude to former interns and dear friends (Stefanie Dazio, Sam Hogan, Sam Raphelson and especially Rachel Karas) who encouraged me to apply; to the SOC professors who recommended me (Amy Eisman, Rick Rockwell and Richard Benedetto); to SOC Dean Jeff Rutenbeck, Washington Post Metro editor Vernon Loeb (who I’m sad to say will be gone by the time I get there), Sharon Metcalf, Marvin Anderson, and the rest selection committee and SOC staff who run the Dean’s Internship program; and to my friends and family who put up with my insanity throughout the application process.

I can’t wait to get started.


Maybe you’ve always had an idea for a book but were too daunted by the traditional gatekeepers of agents and publishers. Well now you can dust off the manuscript and get read to publish, because the growth of self-publishing services and social media makes it easier than ever to self-publish your book. But whether you self-publish or have a traditional book publisher, you’ll need to do more marketing, more outreach, more organizing — more of everything! Authors are really becoming entrepreneurs, needing to understand the business of book publishing more than ever (even if they never thought they’d need to know this). This week’s Mediatwits talks to successful self-published authors as part of our “Authors as Entrepreneurs” special, including self-published author, expert and MediaShift contributor Carla King and successful self-published authors Darcie Chan and Hugh Howey. MediaShift’s Mark Glaser hosts, along with Mónica Guzmán from the Seattle Times and GeekWire and Andrew Lihfrom American University.

See all of the latest PBS Mediashift research on this topic, as well as bios of the panelists.

This was my last podcast I helped produce for MediaShift before I left Sept. 4.

How can journalists fight the war on journalism, both in the U.S. and abroad? As governments hunt down whistleblowers, leakers and journalists alike, many reporters are worried they now work in a world that criminalizes their profession, calling this a “DEFCON 2 journalism event.” Most recently, Chelsea (formerly known as Bradley) Manning, the source of the Wikileaks disclosures three years ago was sentenced to 35 years in prison, and David Miranda was detained in Heathrow airport for nine hours while helping his partner, the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, obtain documents related to NSA spying. How worried should journalists be when reporting on political, international affairs or national security? How should journalists work in the surveillance state and continue to report? This week’s Mediatwits will feature Tow Center director and former Guardian editor Emily Bell, NYU J-school professor and PressThink blogger Jay Rosen and Free Press’ Josh Stearns. MediaShift’s Mark Glaser hosts, along with Ana Marie Cox from The Guardian, Mónica Guzmán from the Seattle Times and GeekWire and Andrew Lih from American University.

Get the full rundown and guest bios here.


 

 

Digital disruption has changed the landscape of the media world, and journalism and communication schools need to figure out how to educate in a time of vast change. The schools themselves need to change too, or risk falling behind. As part of this week’s special “Back to J-School 2013,” in-depth report at MediaShift, this episode of the Mediatwits will talk to students and professors alike on the value of a journalism education, the future of education innovation and more. Special guests this week are Howard Finberg, creator of NewsU at the Poynter Institute;Eva Avenue, former editor-in-chief of the Daily Lobo at the University of New Mexico; and San Diego State University professor and Knight Center MOOC coordinator Amy Schmitz Weiss. MediaShift’s Mark Glaser hosts, along with Andrew Lih from American University.

Check out a rundown of all the latest research on this topic, as well as guest bios.

The Eagle, nationally recognized

Photo by Eagle Editor-in-Chief Paige Jones.

Sometimes, for all the literal blood, sweat and tears, I wondered if it was worth it.

The answer was always “yes.”

Award or no, my experience working at The Eagle, including more than a year as editor-in-chief, has been the defining moment of my education, even though I wasn’t even a J-school major.

I could not be more proud of our team of reporters, editors, photographers, designers, business staff, you name it. It belongs to each and every one of them.

AU Career Center blog 8.4.13

I’ve been asked a lot recently — by friends in the U.S., by American friends in Costa Rica, by Costa Rican friends in Costa Rica — why I’m continuing my internship at PBS MediaShift while studying abroad at la Universidad Nacional.

It’s a two-pronged answer, one answer more honorable than the other.

Read the rest of the post here.

"Measuring Non-Profit Newsroom Impact Easier Said Than Done" on the homepage of PBS MediaShift, 8.1.13

Non-profit newsrooms, and the organizations that fund them, stand to gain a great deal by knowing the impact of their reporting on local communities.

But impact is not easy to compute, according to a recent report from the Investigative Reporting Workshop (IRW) at American University’s School of Communication in Washington, D.C.

“There is a discussion that has been going on now for a few years … There’s still not a complete consensus,” said Chuck Lewis, co-author on the study. He is the founding executive editor of the non-profit IRW, the largest university-based reporting center in the country.

Read the rest of the story here. 

The Eagle, American University’s student newspaper, has an agreement to syndicate quality content through UWire to other college newspapers.

A pleasant surprise: Three of my articles written for the newspaper were picked up for UWire for syndication.

Zach Cohen's syndicated story via UWire headlined "Huntsman: I lost because I didn't pander," originally published by The Eagle

Huntsman: I lost because I didn’t pander

Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has come a long way from getting his “ticket to ride” by finishing third in the New Hampshire primaries.

“Put whatever I’m going to tell you tonight in proper perspective, because I’m just a loser,” Huntsman told students and alumni at American U. on April 18.

Zach Cohen's syndicated story via UWire headlined "D.C. students react to East Coast earthquake," originally published by The Eagle

Students rally against student debt at Sallie Mae headquarters

American U. students joined their peers from other D.C. universities to protest high student loan debt on Oct. 28.

Protestors, including about a dozen AU students, marched in the streets from an Occupy D.C. camp in McPherson Square to the D.C. headquarters of Sallie Mae, a company that provides student loans.

On the way, the group of students and some teachers blocked the streets, making it impossible for traffic to pass.

Shouts of “Hey hey, ho ho, student debt has got to go,” and “When education’s under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back,” filled the air during the mile-long walk.

Zach Cohen's syndicated story via UWire headlined "Students rally againsdt student debt at Sallie Mae headquarters," originally published by The Eagle

D.C. students react to East Coast earthquake

American U. evacuated all on- and off-campus buildings for a short period of time following a 5.9 magnitude that rocked the eastern United States Tuesday.

No one on campus was injured in the earthquake and there was no apparent damage to any AU buildings, according to emails from the University.

The earthquake, centered in Mineral, Va., started around 1:51 p.m. and lasted less than a minute.

Do you know where these stories eventually appeared? Because I don’t. UWire asks its clients, of which The Eagle is one, to publish the story in print, not online, to retain the value of the original publisher’s post.

If you saw these stories in print anywhere other than The Eagle, please let me know and comment on this post.

My first time on the “Mediatwits” podcast was last week. Take a look behind the scenes at my tech issues, and check out the episode itself.

AU Career Center Blog 5.28.13

As I take on more responsibilities at PBS MediaShift, I’ve had to improvise a bit. For an internship about the digital revolution of media, the irony that the digital media revolted is inescapable.

For example, I was on vacation when I needed to join the “Mediatwits” podcastMark Glaser, my editor, had me sharing screenshots of the stories and websites the team was talking about.

I would have also contributed to the conversation myself, but I ran into some technical issues.

Read the rest of the story here.