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 12/16 & 12/17/18) 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 Cailin Brown is the Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Barbara and Cailin talk about The National Enquirer’s parent company agreeing to tell prosecutors everything it knows about Donald Trump, Time Magazine’s choice for person of the year, your letters and more.

(Airs 12/09 & 12/10) 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. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Barbara and Ira talk about Ivan Lajara being named Senior Editor of the Daily Freeman, and some of the latest business changes in the media, a listener letter, and much more.

(Airs 12/02 & 12/03/18) 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 and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Judy, Rex and Cailin talk about Sinclair’s latest “must-run” news stories, when releasing information “on background” makes no sense, and much more.

The Media Project

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 Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex and Ira talk about CNN winning their lawsuit against the President, returning a White House press pass to Jim Acosta, a late-breaking listener letter and much more.

(Airs 11/17 & 11/18/18) 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 Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Cailin, and Judy talk about CNN suing the President, whether the media should boycott the President, a linguist’s view of the media’s problem with language, and more.

(Air 11/11 & 11/12/18) 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 the Times Union retracting a political endorsement, Fox news hosts campaign with President Trump, CNN’s Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials taken away, and more.

(Airs 11/04 & 11/05/18) 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. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy, and Ira talk about President Trump's attacks on the media being part of his midterm election campaign, whether Fox News is beginning to push back at the President’s media attacks, comics in the local newspaper, and more.

(Airs 10/28 & 10/29/18) 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. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy, and Ira talk about whether President Trump's attacks on the media have real-life consequences, when the press should call a lie a lie after President Trump seizes on right-wing media reports to suggest migrant caravan has been infiltrated by 'unknown Middle Easterners,’ and much more.

(Airs 10/21 & 10/22/18) 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 - 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, Cailin, and Barbara talk about a listener letter about unequal coverage of the Presidents campaign-style rallies, the Washington Post Columnist Jamal Koshoggi and the coverage of his alleged murder at the hands of Saudi Arabia, and much more.

(Airs 10/14 & 10/15/18) 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. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy, and Ira talk about local media coverage of the limousine crash in Schoharie New York that killed 20 people, media organizations giving credit to other media organizations, U.S.A Today publishes a controversial editorial by President Trump, and more.

(Airs 10/7 & 10/08/18) 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 Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Judy, Cailin and Ira talk about the President no longer holding a daily press briefing, just how bad is it for the newspaper industry and whether their jealous of public radio which is more successful at raising money.

(Airs 09/30 & 10/01/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with 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 and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Rex, Judy, Cailin and Ira talk about media coverage of the Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings and the accusations of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a new study about biased news media or biased readers, and a weekly newspaper is publishing a serialized novel and making money from it. 

(Airs 09/23 & 09/24/18) 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. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy and Ira talk about a listener letter about public information officers, the Washington Post’s coverage of the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, whether reporters are your friends, and more.

(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.

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