The Media Project

Mondays, 3PM - 3:30PM; Sundays, 6PM - 6:30PM
  • Hosted by Alan Chartock, Rex Smith, Rosemary Armao, Ira Fusfeld

The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with The Times Union's Rex Smith, WAMC's Alan Chartock, University at Albany Professor Rosemary Armao, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld.

Twitter: @_mediaproject

Email: media@wamc.org 

(Airs 09/16 & 09/10/17) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex and Cailin talk about the value of public information officers, an article in the Altamont Enterprise about a local YMCA turning off CNN after members complained, and much more.

(Airs 09/09/18 & 09/10/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Barbara Lombardo is a Journalism Professor at the University at Albany and former Executive Editor of The Saratogian and The (Troy) Record, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, and On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Barbara and Ira talk about the New York Times decision to run an anonymous editorial from a Trump administration official, Bob Woodward's revelations raise disturbing questions about Trump in the new book Fear, and a listener letter about local opioid abuse coverage.

(Airs 09/02 & 09/03/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, and On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy and Ira talk about the Trump Administration’s tariffs on Canadian newsprint being overturned, whether reporters should ‘out’ Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a former anonymous source, and much more.

(Airs 8/26 & 8/27) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Rosemary Armao, Editor and Investigative Journalist and former Chair of the Journalism program at the University at Albany. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Cailin and Rosemary talk about tabloid journalism’s role in a Presidential cover-up, what it takes to make it as a young reporter today, and more.

(Airs 08/19 & 08/20/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, and Barbara Lombardo is a Journalism Professor at the University at Albany and former Executive Editor of The Saratogian and The (Troy) Record. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Ira and Barbara talk about nearly 300 newspapers writing coordinated editorials refuting President Trump’s claim that journalists are the enemies of the people, and as newspapers make cuts, grassroots solutions are fueling a resurgence of local journalism.

(Airs 08/12 & 08/13/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Barbara Lombardo is a Journalism Professor at the University at Albany and former Executive Editor of The Saratogian and The (Troy) Record.  On this week’s Media Project Alan, Cailin, Rex and Barbara talk about a new poll that finds the President labeling the press the enemy of the people is working, what the press can do to fight peoples’ negative perceptions of journalism, a listener letter about Alex Jones being ‘deplatformed,’ and much more.

(Airs 08/05 & 08/06/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld and Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy and Ira talk about the President increasing his attacks on the media, The New York Times Publishers’ supposed off the record meeting with the President, whether CNN’s Jim Acosta was right to question Trump Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the media and whether it’s the enemy of the people, and more.

(Airs 7/29 & 7/30/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld and Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Judy, Rex and Ira talk the CNN reporter who was barred from asking the President questions, the staff cuts at the NY Daily News, your letters and more.

(Airs 7/22 & 7/23/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Barbara Lombardo is a Journalism Professor at the University at Albany and former Executive Editor of The Saratogian and The (Troy) Record. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Cailin, Rex and Barbara talk about Barbara’s blog about President Trump’s relationship with CNN’s Jim Acosta, whether TV News Anchor’s reaction to the Trump/Putin Summit press conference was appropriate, your letters and more.

(Airs 7/15 @ 7/16/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex SmithCailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Cailin, Rex and Ira talk about covering political spokespeople, journalists as gatekeepers, balancing what audiences want with what they need, and more.

(Airs 7/08 & 7/09/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, and Mike Spain is the Associate Editor of the Times Union. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Cailin, Judy and Mike talk about the shooting in Maryland at the Capital Gazette, New Jersey dedicates millions to strengthen local news coverage, the Washington Post’s Baron says people have taken the press for granted, and more.

(Airs 7/01 & 7/02/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Cailin, Mike and Ira talk about the influence of today’s broadcast news anchors, the civility debate and the media’s role, if any, Time magazine’s editor defends the crying migrant girl cover, and more.

(Airs 6/24 & 6/25) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association. On this week’s Media Project Cailin, Rex and Judy talk about the New York Times under fire for agreeing to White House terms on a Stephen Miller interview, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette firing an anti-Trump cartoonist, the media surges to the border as family separation crisis grows, and more.

(Airs 6/17 & 6/18/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Cailin, Rex and Ira talk about a new study that finds misconceptions between the press and the public, what happens to the cost of government when communities lose local news, and the founder of Craig’s List donates $20 million for journalism.

(Airs 6/10 & 6/11/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Cailin, Rex and Judy talk about news deserts, a Berkshire Eagle editorial on the newsprint tariff having real impact on the press, the White House plans to nominate a conservative documentarian, and Bannon ally, to lead a government media agency, and much more.

(Airs 6/3/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Cailin, Rex and Ira talk about a listener letter regarding the media and school shootings, whether the media have conflated news and opinion, how to know when the President is lying, and much more.

(Airs 5/27 & 5/28/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Judy, Cailin and Rex talk about whether news organizations should publish mass shooters’ names and pictures, President Trump’s private conversation with Leslie Stahl of CBS news about why he denigrates the media, whether President Trump is manipulating Fox news when it comes to using words like Spygate and witch hunt, and much more.

(Airs 5/20/18 & 5/21/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Judy, Cailin and Mike talk about President Trump lashing out against people in his administration who leak news, a Supreme Court decision on sports gambling could be a boon to the media, many newspapers are doing away with public editors, and much more.

(Airs 5/13/18 & 5/14/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Cailin and Ira talk about President Trump’s anger toward the media and how the press does their stories under his administration, the Managing Editor of the Berkshire Eagle resigns over ethical issues with the paper, the Sun Sentinel apologizes for putting a gun ad on the front page, and much more.

(Airs 5/06/18 & 5/06/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Cailin and Ira talk about Rex going to this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner and whether it might not happen again, Baby Breitbart’s are popping up around the country, and much more.

(Airs 4/28 & 4/29/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Judy and Ira talk about a watchdog group that reports hatred of journalists on the rise worldwide, local newspapers fear tariffs could cripple them, Denver's mayor sticks up for local paper saying 'It's important for democracy', and much more.

(Airs 4/22 & 4/23/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Cailin and Ira talk about whether Facebook is journalism, the Denver Post and editorializing negatively about your own paper, a listener letter and much more.

(Airs 4/15 & 4/16/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, and Cailin talk about local news and what happens in communities that don’t have it, what just happened at the Denver Post, your letters about Sinclair, and much more.

(Airs 3/08 & 3/09/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Cailin and Ira talk about Sinclair making dozens of local news anchors recite the same script, a listener letter about advocacy journalism and bias, and much more.

(Airs 4/01 & 4/02/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy and Cailin talk about the issue of journalism and activism, CNN’s Santorum ‘controversy’ and whether it shows the worst of cable news, NY Daily News political reporter Ken Lovett is arrested for talking on his cell phone in the Senate chamber lobby, and much more.

(Airs 3/25 & 3/26/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy and Ira talk about a Fox News analyst who blasted the network as a 'propaganda machine' while announcing his departure, Fox News’ Sean Hannity, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and CNN’s Chris Cuomo are about to face off at 9 p.m., Poynter receives $3 million from Google to lead program teaching teens to tell fact from fiction online, the problem with news aggregators and more.

(Airs 3/18 & 3/19/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick, and Dr. Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy and Cailin talk about a listener letter from Rosemary Armao about the dangers of Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests to foreign investigative journalists, TV economist Larry Kudlow to become President Trump’s chief economic adviser, CNN’s Chris Cuomo being moved to prime time and the implication if his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, eventually runs for President in 2020.

(Airs 3/11/18 @ 1 p.m. & 3/19/18 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick and WAMC News Director Ian Pickus. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy and Ian talk about a listener letter about the future of USA Today in print, how newspapers count circulation numbers, the changing nature of journalism, attracting young people and the new “content creators.”

(Airs 3/04 & 3/05/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Former WNYT News Director and St. Rose Professor Paul Conti, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jennifer Smith, and Former Daily Freeman Publisher Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Rex, Paul, Jenn and Ira talk about Hope Hicks resigns after testimony saying she told “white lies” in her role in the Trump Administration, how fake news websites use real photos to bolster untruths, what journalists can learn from the Parkland teens, and much more.

The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Dr. Cailin Brown from The College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Cailin talk about Jeopardy host Alex Trebek moderating a debate, the dangers of media labeling children 'crisis actors,' and a listener letter.

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