Archive for March, 2010

Write On!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
Columnist Cynthia Tucker (right) with SU's Newhouse School Dean Lorraine Bran

Columnist Cynthia Tucker (right) with SU’s Newhouse School Dean Lorraine Branham

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Cynthia Tucker shared her views, opinions and forecasts for the next stage of journalism during a talk at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School last night.  She was joined on stage by Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham during the conversation.

Delivering Unique Content

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Last week C-SPAN uploaded more than 20 years of  video (entire video library archive) to the web.

One of my all-time favorite shows features writer and musician James McBride, whose multiple talents make him an effective story-teller.

McBride visited the Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series in the late 1990s.

State Property

Monday, March 22nd, 2010
DaJuan Coleman, JD Red Rams

DaJuan Coleman, JD Red Rams

The Jamesville-Dewitt Red Rams High School basketball team continued their dominance and won another State Title, beating Newark High over the weekend. Sophomore center Dajuan Coleman was named MVP.

The New American Dream

Friday, March 19th, 2010
John Izzo (left) at the SSIC

John Izzo (left) at the SSIC

John Izzo is staying true to his roots. He is the son of an Italian immigrant and describes bittersweet memories of getting his hands dirty in the family garden as a child.

As he came of age however, his trade became engineering. But he didn’t let that work bury his dreams. These days wine is his passion.

In about a year Izzo purchased land in Cayuga County and co-founded White Barn Winery with his wife Lorraine.  They both hope to transition someday (soon) to have the winery as their full time pursuit.

In the sound clip below Izzo suggests that aspiring entrepreneurs assemble a Dream Team to help start, support and sustain their business/vision. One of his mentors is Chris Scholomiti at CJS Vineyards.

Izzo was the latest presenter for the Start-Up NY Extraordinary Speaker series held at the Southside Innovation Center (SSIC) earlier this week.

Jazz Seen (part 2)

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

A few SIF photographs can be seen on the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival site (CNY Jazz Central). To see the photographs, click here.

Neighborhood in Transition (part 2)

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
Syracuse Center of Excellence (SOE)

Syracuse Center of Excellence (Syracuse CoE) Building

Neighborhood in Transition

Monday, March 15th, 2010
Above Midtown Syracuse

Above Midtown Syracuse

I have lived or worked in the Midtown section of Syracuse since I arrived in the early 1990s. It remains one of my favorite parts of the city. The construction shown here (on the former Kennedy Square site) is not too far from my office.


Saturday, March 13th, 2010

What people do for money…A firm from Charlottesville, VA tells us how to be truly rich.

Good to Great

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Consultant Michael Bungay Stanier wrote a recent manifesto suggesting we  should abandon our job titles, create a fun work space to do more “great work.”

Journalism for the Future

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
Emil Wilbekin, managing editor,

Emil Wilbekin, ask managing editor, buy viagra Managing Editor Emil Wilbekin says that the future of journalism will be more like a conversation than the typical dictating monologue that’s been the better part of the history of magazines and newspapers.

Wilbekin says a lot of the change will be driven by technology.

He encouraged students at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications to take their interests and use digital media to change the game.  But he added that the standard journalistic rules and standards will still apply.

Wilbekin was a founding editor at VIBE and recently headed Giant Magazine before coming to in June. You can see his recent blog posts and Essence coverage of  Black Women in Hollywood here.

The talk was sponsored by Syracuse University’s Magazine Department and the Black Communications Society.