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‘Tis A Sad Year

As of March 4th, here are the figures for confirmed attendees for the 2009 Columbia Journalism School Career Expo on March 28th.

Magazines: 11
Newspapers: 5
Wire Services: 6
Alternative Weeklies: 1
Online Media: 10
Television: 15
Radio: 2

Those numbers are useless without comparison. See below for the same list for 2008 and come shed some sympathy.

Magazines: 34
Newspapers: 21
Wire Services: 5
Alternative Weeklies: 3
Online Media: 13
Television: 32
Radio: 6

Look at the colors and they tell the whole story — red means a decline, green means up. For reasons that are obviously more complicated than the economic crisis, there will one more wire service coming to the this year’s expo compared to last year. Every other area of journalism is seeing cuts as high as 50%. You’re right, there are still three weeks before the actual event, but I wouldn’t be crossing my fingers at these numbers increasing significantly.

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Costs of the Art

Photography is keeping me involved in journalism school, and almost keeping me dissolved in the real world. Amidst all the researching, interviewing and writing I do for class assignments, photography is the one activity that I derive the most pleasure from. But it also sweeps the bank clean, because this tech-heavy venture cost as much to sustain a basic living expenses.

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Cheers for a Better Year

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Held on Feb 1, 2009, thousands of tourists and locals gathered in Manhattan's Chinatown to celebrate the 10th annual Lunar New Year parade, popping streamers along the way.

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Whiteout

We’re snowed in, dragging our furry slippers up and down the stairs of a two-storey house in serene Ann Arbor. In the fourth year of asking, barring a freak spike in global warming, this Thursday will be my first white Christmas. My first in the U.S. in 2005 was holed up in a motel in Memphis, where every one stayed indoors to be with family and where its middle-America location meant no snow.

Next in 2006 was spent at Las Vegas, also too dry and far south to overcome the red sand. It was chilly, but hardly anything in the same freezer as the past few days (-30 Celsius, -22 Fahrenheit). The following year broke all traditions. Tired of shivering through countdowns, I flew to tropical Puerto Rico in 2007 and substituted white snow for yellow sun.

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Being Blue is Best

A pretty sight hard to get sick of

A pretty sight hard to get sick of

For the first time in four years, I’m not spending my Christmas break in a tourist spot. Better yet, I headed back to Ann Arbor, Michigan to be with loved ones. It’s as if I only took an extended leave of absence from this beloved university, and for the next three weeks I’ll get to recondition myself to big and small changes this little quaint town as gone through since I left in June.

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Even as we grow older, the song never changes

Even as we grow older, the song never changes

Some of you must have thought I died. Others will think this post is about the sometimes-hot, sometimes-not television series starring Kiefer Sutherland. It’s not that earth-shattering — just a few weeks ago, I turned a year older. As per flimsy tradition, me and a bunch of closer friends trooped down to Peter Luger (famous steakhouse in NY) inspired Benjamin Steakhouse.

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Changing (New) Media Landscape

Slate.com - a leader in the new media landscape

Slate.com - a leader in the new media landscape

One of the great perks of being at Columbia’s J-school is the mouthwatering prospect of meeting the big guns in the industry. The school brings guest speakers over the two semesters to talk about many issues. Some are inevitable misses with half a lecture room barely filled, but there is the rare overwhelming success.

Tuesday was one of them, in the annual Changing Media Landscape discussion. The experience that rested on the panel of journalistic superstars was nothing short of encompassing and absolute. Sewell Chan, editor of the NY Times City Room blog; David Cohn, creator of Spot.us, Adriano Farano, editor of European multilingual website Cafebabel.com; Erica Smith, Twitter extraordinaire and creator of Paper Cuts blog; lastly the king of Slate.com, Jacob Weisberg.

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