[ Another in our “Notes From…” series - short notes by volunteers summarizing various events around the school, to help those of us who didn’t/couldn’t attend. Watch for several other “Notes From…” throughout the year. If you have one, send it in! Or let us know in advance that you’d like to do one; or after the event, too. ]
Below, notes from a recent Breakfast with the Deans. Many thanks to volunteer notes-taker Elizabeth McGarr, J2007. Feel free to drop him note or post a comment below (free, one-timeregistration required).
NOTES FROM… Breakfast with the Deans
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
8:15-9:15 a.m., 607B
By Elizabeth McGarr
The promise of free bagels, pastries, coffee and, of course, a chance to mingle with the deans, convinced a classroom full of students to make it up to the J-School a little earlier than usual. Dean Nicholas Lemann talked about the school’s ongoing projects and improvement efforts, and Deans Klatell, Sreenivasan, and Huff joined him, along with Ernest
Sotomayor, Julie Hartenstein, and Gina Boubion from Career Services.
DEAN LEMANN’S REPORT:
- The M.A. program, in its second year, was the first new professional program introduced to the school since 1934.
- Prof. LynNell Hancock is currently heading a committee to look at how to get
M.A. and M.S. students together. In the future, on J-School
applications, applicants may be able to indicate that they would like to
complete both programs (and this would be considered in the admissions
- In January, the J-School will host an Executive Leadership Program
(kind of a J-School version of what the Business School does).
- We are actively pursuing acquiring the funds to build new student work/study space.
- There is not much we can do right now to add more computer space for students, but that is something we are hoping to add if we are able to build the new student work space.
- We’re thinking about how we might change RWI in the future. Should
multimedia be a part of RWI?
- We’re in the process of acquiring a content management system (CMS)
called FatWire, which is supposed to simplify everything web-based at
the school, including ColumbiaJournalist.org. We have set a deadline to
have ColumbiaJournalist.org running before the November elections.
PROBLEMS: If you have a problem with the computers (especially the
printers!), send an immediate e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For
problems with e-mail, contact email@example.com. If you notice
anything wrong in the building, including in the bathrooms, classrooms,
or student lounge, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE CRITICAL ISSUES? Students are interested in creating a forum to hear from professors and classmates about contemporary news coverage. SPJ could certainly set something up that would be similar to book clubs. Anyone could participate. Another idea: for one day out of the
fall semester, RWI professors could rotate so students could hear from
another professor besides their own. One year, students organized a series of casual Sunday brunch gatherings to discuss the news.
POSTING ARTICLES ON THE INTERNET: Don’t forget that Columbia University
offers all students a certain amount of space on its Internet server to
post whatever they would like (i.e. articles). If ColumbiaJournalist.org
is not running or if you just want to get your work on the web, look
into this service. DON’T FORGET to notify your sources that your stories
might be published on the Internet. Be up front so you don’t have to
call them later. The info on your Columbia space is here:
E-MAIL FORWARDING: Talk to Dean Sreenivasan, Andi Balla or Akisa Omulepu
if you need help with figuring out how to send mail with your Columbia
address from your gmail account.
BROADCAST EQUIPMENT: Prof. Ann Cooper is currently looking into coordinating
equipment scheduling with the broadcast faculty and students to minimize
confusion when students try to check out equipment for a class.
STAPLERS AND PAPER: SPJ is currently working on the stapler issue, and
members have also said they will look into double-sided printing
capabilities in the computer labs. In addition, they will look into more
efficient recycling methods. In the meantime though, please be careful
when you press print. Make sure you really need every page that you send
to the printer.
[10/26/2006 UPDATE FROM CLASS PRESIDENT AKISA OMULEPU: “Due to popular demand a stapler has been attached next to every computer lab printer in the J-School, and will be refilled weekly.”]
M.A. and M.S. STUDENTS: There are no new courses yet that would cater to
both M.A. and M.S. students, but so far, there is cross-enrollment. From
the M.A. students: M.S. students should feel free to talk to M.A.
students about their fields of expertise!
CLASS NOTES: There will be an investigative reporting seminar offered in
the spring for students who are not in the Stabile Program.
PREVIEW OF FALL CLASSES: Don’t forget to attend the preview of fall classes on Tuesday, November 21. It’s a good excuse to wait until Tuesday night/Wednesday morning to go home for Thanksgiving because students can meet with professors and find out more about spring classes. This can be helpful during registration because on certain occasions, professors will be able to choose which students they definitely want in their class (if there are a lot of students registered for that particular class). Don’t worry if you find this confusing. The deans have promised to give us lots of information over the next month. See http://deanstudents.blogsome.com/2006/10/25/memo-spring-prep/