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 3/24 & 3/25) 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 Barbara Lombardo, Journalism Professor at the University at Albany and former Executive Editor of The Saratogian and The (Troy) Record, and Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association. On this week’s Media Project Rex, Cailin Barbara and Judy talk about how the media handled the coverage of the New Zealand terrorist attack, online ethics and memes, and listener letters about the term flack to describe public relations professionals.

(Airs 3/17 & 3/18/19) 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 reply to a listener letter about referring to public relations professionals flacks, how the press should cover the children of celebrities, and much more.

(Airs 3/10 & 3/11/19) 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 - Journalism Professor at the University at Albany and former Executive Editor of The Saratogian and The (Troy) Record, and former Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Barbara and Mike talk about Governor Cuomo’s comments on journalism and what makes a great journalist, the mutually beneficial relationship between Fox News and the Trump Administration, and much more.

(Airs 3/03 & 3/04/19) 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 how weather news helped the Dallas Morning News, a strange hire at CNN, five top public relations executives say what they really think about journalists, and more.

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 WAMC News Director Ian Pickus. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Judy, Cailin, and Ian talk about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' opinion piece encouraging his collegues to reconsider the 1964 landmark case New York Times v. Sullivan,  Nicholas Sandmann, the 'MAGA hat kid' is now suing the Washington Post, and the case of actor Jussie Smollett's now alleged staged attack.

(Airs 2/17 & 2/18/19) 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 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 whether news aggregators are good for journalism or bad, Bob Costas says he was punished for his commentary on concussions and the NFL, Jill Abramson and whether she committed plagiarism, and more.

(Airs 2/10/19 & 2/11/19) 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 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 how to cover the State of The Union Address, whether the “black face” controversy in Virginia overtook the news, Fox news sets the President’s agenda, and much more.

(Airs 2/03 & 2/04/19) 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 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 whether journalists should put themselves in nature’s fury to cover frigid temperatures and natural disasters, when politicians and journalists switch places, the Chartock Theory of the F Sharp, and much more.

(Airs 1/27/19 & 1/28/19) 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 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 major non-journalism mistake at the Albany Times Union, New York Governor Cuomo wants to shield mug shots and booking information from the press, and much more.

(Airs 1/20 & 1/21/19) 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 Investigative Journalist and Editor Rosemary Armao. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Ira and Rosemary talk about fake copies of the Washington Post delivered throughout D.C., private employers can’t forbid your workers from talking to journalists, and Senator Gillibrand forgoes the news media and announces her Presidential campaign on late night television.

(Airs 01/13/19 & 01/14/19) 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 Investigative Journalist and Editor Rosemary Armao. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Judy, Cailin and Rosemary talk about President Trump’s Oval Office address and how the media covered it.  They also discuss how much responsibility the media bares for mass shootings.

(Airs 01/06/19 & 01/07/19) 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 - 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 President Trump ending 2018 with his 41st Fox News TV interview, former NYT Editor Jill Abramson critiques of her former newspaper, and more.

(Airs 12/30 & 12/31/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain, 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, Mike, Cailin and Judy talk about Mike Spain retiring after 40 years in journalism, what it means to have an institutional memory, the challenge for journalists in 2019, and more.

(Airs 12/23 & 12/24/18) 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 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 Facebook and responsible journalism in the social media age, Tucker Carlson and the issue of media boycotts, and more.

(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.

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