SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY S.I. NEWHOUSE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS FALL 2016 VOL. 28 NO.1
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY S.I. NEWHOUSE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS FALL 2016 VOL. 28 NO. 1
Dean Lorraine E. Branham
Executive Editor Wendy S. Loughlin G’95
Editor Kathleen M. Haley ’92
Graphic Design W. Michael McGrath
Contributors Katie Czerwinski ’19 Emily Kulkus ’02 Georgie Silvarloe ’17
Photography John Craddock Sam Maller ’16 Steve Sartori Georgie Silvarloe ’17
Offi ce of External Relations 315-443-5711
IN THIS ISSUE:
Dean’s Column 1
Newhouse students cover Rio Olympics for NBC 2
Sean McDonough ’84 receives Glickman Award 3
Students present millennial perspective on campaign trail 4
President Obama keynotes annual Toner Prize Celebration 5
Student-created publication for freshmen goes national 6
Work of military students recognized by DoD 7
Ten years of the Mirror Awards 8
AP’s Kathy Gannon honored with Tully Award 12
Sportscaster U helps NBA players learn broadcasting basics 13
Television sitcom pilot produced by students in Dick Clark Studios 14
“Inside Out” screenwriter Meg LeFauve ’87 on her path from Newhouse to LA 16
Photographer Kim Steele ’71 on leaving a legacy 17
Newhouse welcomes fi ve new faculty members 18
Faculty News 19
Newhouse, BuzzFeed partnership leads to new social media course 19
Class Notes 20
Report of Donors 24
On the cover: Dean Lorraine E. Branham at the 2016 Mirror Awards ceremony
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When the 2016 Summer Olympic Games kicked off in August in Rio de Janeiro, 23 students from the Newhouse School were part of the team that brought coverage of the event to the world community. They were among 258 student interns from 100 different colleges and universities who worked alongside national and international communications professionals covering one of the world’s biggest sporting events.
The students worked as paid interns for NBC, and were involved in many different aspects of the network’s Olympics operation. They served as production associates, shot selectors, loggers, ad inserters, runners and hospitality guides, among other roles.
Sharon Hollenback, professor of television, radio and fi lm and communications at the Newhouse School, has been working with NBC to place interns at the Olympics since the games in Athens in 2004. “I’m continuously impressed with how NBC involves these interns,” she says. “They are a respected part of NBC’s Olympic team, even as technology and delivery systems evolve. NBC is eager for students to experience the complexity of live sports coverage—before and during the 17-day global event.
“Students work alongside NBC staff and hundreds of freelancers in this internship that can’t be duplicated. Watching the Olympics for all of us is fascinating—often addictive—but being able to cover them for NBC? Stupendous.”
Hollenback says she always receives positive feedback from NBC about Newhouse student interns’ knowledge, work ethic and professionalism. “They do us proud,” she says.
Four students were located in Rio de Janeiro, and 18 students worked at the NBC Sports facility in Stamford, Connecticut.
Michael Carter, a graduate student in broadcast and digital journalism, will work as a production assistant in Stamford. “I am most looking forward to interacting with on-air personnel and gaining an increased knowledge of how network television works during live event coverage,” he says. Carter says he also hopes to “leave a positive impression” on the professionals he works with. “As we’re often reminded at Newhouse: this is a small business, so professional connections are key to success.”
Carter previously interned as an NBC Page in New York, where he worked in the offi ce of former NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol. He
later held a marketing job for iHeartRadio, but decided to transition into broadcasting, returning to his home state of New Hampshire to take an on-air producing job. At Newhouse, he has covered the presidential race as part of the Political Reporting course and worked on Newhouse’s new morning show, “Mornings on the Hill.” “I feel like this opportunity to work for NBC Sports during the Olympics will give me more perspective on what working in on-air sports broadcasting is like so that I can compare and contrast it to my time in news,” he says.
Students based in Stamford were television, radio and fi lm majors Halie Aaron and Kyle Desiderio; broadcast and digital journalism majors Lauren Anderson, Jared Barton, Alexander Busch, Colleen Callander, Elissa Candiotti, Kathryn Capodanno, Michael Carter, Chris DiMaria, Meghan Mistry, Claire Moran, Connor Morrissette, Brittany Muller and Jamie Weiss; magazine major Gigi Antonelle; public relations major Margaret Bridge; photography major Bryan Cereijo; and advertising major Jamie Wynn.
In Rio the students were television, radio and fi lm majors Haley Champion and Julie McCullough, and broadcast and digital journalism majors Brooke Glatz and Madeline Oleszkiewicz.
Newhouse students in front-row seats at 2016 Summer Olympic Games BY WENDY S. LOUGHLIN
Students (from left) Christopher Henderson, Madeline Oleszkiewicz and Julie McCullough with Vinicius, the mascot of the 2016 Summer Olympics
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Sean McDonough ’84 honored with Newhouse School’s Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media BY WENDY S. LOUGHLIN
The Newhouse School presented the fourth annual Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media to alumnus Sean McDonough ’84 of ESPN at an invitation-only event in July at Time Warner Headquarters in New York City.
Fellow alumna Beth Mowins G’90 (pictured above with McDonough) presented the award, which is sponsored by the Newhouse Sports Media Center. Mowins, play-by-play commentator for ESPN, received the award last year.
McDonough serves as a play-by-play commentator on ESPN’s college basketball and college football games, primarily calling the network’s Big Monday ACC basketball and the Saturday afternoon ABC college football. He also serves as a host on ESPN’s golf coverage. He rejoined ESPN in 2000 after having worked for the network from 1989-95.
McDonough was the television play-by-play announcer for the Boston Red Sox from 1988-2004, during which time he was honored four times with the New England Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Play-by-Play.
McDonough spent 10 years at CBS Sports, two as the network’s lead college football play-by-play announcer. With Tim McCarver, he formed the network’s lead Major League Baseball broadcast team, calling the All-Star Game, the National League Championship Series and the World Series. He also contributed to CBS’ coverage of the Olympic Winter Games. After CBS, McDonough moved in 2000 to ABC Sports, where he spent three years broadcasting college football.
The Glickman Award is named for sportscasting pioneer Marty Glickman, a 1939 alumnus of Syracuse University. Glickman’s legacy marks the beginning of the Newhouse School’s reputation for turning out more talented sports journalists than any other program in the country, leading Syracuse University to be hailed as an “incubator” of American sportscasters by Sports Illustrated.
The Newhouse Sports Media Center builds upon the Newhouse School’s
strength in sports journalism. The center provides oversight for the school’s Sports Communications Emphasis, a specialized track for graduate students, and strengthens academic-industry partnerships through an alumni board, special events and guest lectures. Associated faculty members serve as experts on issues in the fi eld. Veteran broadcast journalist and professor of practice John Nicholson ’68 is director of the center.
Newhouse alumni hold top spots in sports broadcasting Acclaimed sportscaster and Newhouse alumnus Mike Tirico ’88 joined NBC Sports Group in July as the new lead voice for the network’s “Thursday Night Football” series. He will also contribute to “Sunday Night Football,” Summer and Winter Olympics coverage, select golf telecasts and other big events, according to a press release issued by NBC.
At NBC, Tirico joins another Newhouse alumnus, Bob Costas ’74, one of the most recognized and honored sports broadcasters in the world. As a student in 1987, Tirico was the fi rst recipient of the Bob Costas Scholarship, given to an exceptional broadcast journalism student. Tirico later established the Mike Tirico Scholarship to support Newhouse undergraduate students, particularly those involved with the sports department at campus radio station WAER, where Tirico got his start.
Tirico joined NBC after a 26-year career at ESPN. With his departure, ESPN’s new play-by-play voice for “Monday Night Football” is another Newhouse alumnus, Sean McDonough ‘84. “I can tell you that Sean is one of my closest friends and any chair that Sean McDonough sits in is in great hands,” Tirico said in an article published on Syracuse.com in May.
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