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Isabel Wilkerson discusses “The Warmth of Other Suns” today

December 2nd, 2010 in Campus Events 1 comment

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COM will host Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, noted author and BU Visiting Professor of Journalism Isabel Wilkerson to discuss her latest book The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration today at 4:30 PM at the Photonics Center.  The event will be moderated by John Stauffer, Chairman of the American Civilization Program and Professor of English and African and African-American Studies at Harvard University, and will include a book reading, reception and book signing. The event is free and open to the public.

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WikiLeaks and classified information

July 27th, 2010 in Uncategorized 0 comments

WikiLeaks logoThe massive unauthorized leak by WikiLeaks to three newspapers, including The New York Times, of 91,000 classified documents related to the war in Afghanistan may cause a reassessment of the war effort by the Obama administration.  It already has shown how times have changed in the Internet age since the leak of the Pentagon Papers by government insider Daniel Ellsberg in the ’70s.  College of Communication Dean Tom Fiedler, a former executive editor of the Miami Herald, says in a BU Today interview that the source of such a leak is less important than the vigilance of the newspaper publishing it.

“When a mainstream news organization gets information, the organization doesn’t say, ‘Are you a good person?’ The organization says, ‘Is that information verifiable?’ It doesn’t matter who WikiLeaks is.”

Contact Tom Fiedler, 617-353-3488, tfiedler@bu.edu

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Secret U.S. military ops in MidEast

May 25th, 2010 in International Relations 0 comments

Gen. Davide PatraeusThe New York Times reports that Gen. David Patraeus, the top American commander in the Middle East, has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity across the region in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats.  International Relations Professor Joseph Wippl, director of the BU Center for International Relations and a 30-year CIA operations officer, says the U.S. Armed Forces and the CIA have always had different areas of responsibility and he presumes Defense Secretary Gates knows the boundaries.

“The problem is balancing, on the one hand, the need for tactical intelligence to defend the United States with, on the other hand, the temptation to engage needlessly with U.S. military forces.”

Contact Joseph Wippl, 617-353-8992, jwippl@bu.edu

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Boston Globe sale update

August 7th, 2009 in Media 0 comments

boston-globe-logoWhile the New York Times has finally confirmed the Boston Globe is for sale, Times executives now say they’re in no hurry to sell now that the Globe‘s finances have improved with big union give-backs.  Meantime, the Globe says it soon will charge money to see its Website, Boston.com, and a third bidder for the Globe itself has emerged.  Journalism Department chairman Professor Lou Ureneck can sort through the moving parts of the Boston Globe drama.

Contact Lou Ureneck, 617-353-4095, lureneck@bu.edu

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NYT earnings good industry sign

July 23rd, 2009 in Media 0 comments

Despite plunging ad revenue, The New York Times Company reports a surprising 85-percent increase in 2Q profits.  Professor Lou Ureneck, the Journalism Department chair and former Philadelphia Inquirer deputy editor, says the numbers bode well for an industry recovery.

It’s too early to end the alarm over newspaper earnings, but it seems to indicate that newspaper publishers have mostly gotten control of the downward spiraling plane through serious cost controls.”

Contact Lou Ureneck, 617-353-4095, lureneck@bu.edu

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What next at the Globe?

July 21st, 2009 in Media 0 comments

newspapersWith the Boston Globe‘s largest union finally okaying a contract with $10 million in concessions, all eyes are on its owner, The New York Times, to see if it will sell New England’s largest newspaper.  Professor Lou Ureneck, the BU Journalism Department chair and an authority on the business of newspapers, can offer some informed speculation.

Contact Lou Ureneck, 617-353-4095, lureneck@bu.edu

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Boston Globe union vote

July 17th, 2009 in Media 0 comments

The Boston Globe’s largest union, the Boston Newspaper Guild, votes Monday on the latest contract proposal from the parent company New York Times, with a total of $10 million in savings on the line.  Pulitzer-winning College of Communication Dean Tom Fiedler, a former Miami Herald executive editor, can discuss what’s at stake.

Contact Tom Fiedler, 617-353-3488, tfiedler@bu.edu

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The Globe turns a corner

June 24th, 2009 in Media 0 comments

boston-globe-masthead-1752The Boston Newspaper Guild has reportedly reached a tentative agreement with Boston Globe management on a contract that cuts pay 6 percent and eliminates lifetime job guarantees.  With parent company New York Times still shopping the Globe, the Guild has set a contract ratification date of July 20.  College of Communication Associate Dean Tobe Berkovitz can discuss the situation.

Contact Tobe Berkovitz, 617-353-3447, tobetv@bu.edu

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On the Globe watch

June 19th, 2009 in Media 0 comments

The Boston Globe‘s largest union meets again on Monday with management to talk about a new contract with the parent company The New York Times.  The union also has set July 20th  for a contract ratification vote, though there’s no contract yet to ratify.  College of Communication Dean Tom Fiedler, a Pulitzer-winning former executive editor of the Miami Herald, can discuss the situation.

Contact Tom Fiedler, 617-353-3488, tfiedler@bu.edu

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Globe, union talks still on

June 17th, 2009 in Media 0 comments

Boston Globe management and the paper’s largest union are still talking.  Face-to-face talks overnight ended without a contract resolution, but will resume Monday.  College of Communication Journalism Department Chairman Lou Ureneck, a former deputy editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and authority on the business of newspapers, can offer perspective on where the talks may head.

Contact Lou Ureneck, 617-353-4095, lureneck@bu.edu

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