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The Media Project
Fridays, 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Sundays, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with former Albany Times Union Editor-at-Large Rex Smith, WAMC News Director Ian Pickus, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, Former Editor, and Former Editor of the Daily Gazette and Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, Judy Patrick. The panel speaks about everything from how the media covers coronavirus to how news is digested via social media and whether journalists are doing their jobs as expected.

Twitter: @_mediaproject
Email: media@wamc.org

  • (Airs 05/17/24 @ 3 p.m. & 05/19/24 @ 6 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with Upstate American, Substack columnist and former Editor of the Albany Times Union, Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, and former Editor of The Daily Gazette, Barbara Lombardo, Adjunct Professor at the University at Albany and former Editor of the Saratogian, and Daily Gazette News Columnist Andrew Waite. On this week’s Media Project, Rex, Judy, Barbara and Andrew talk about whether the press can be neutral when covering threats to democracy, local ownership of the media and its impact, and much more.
  • (Airs 05/10/24 @ 3 p.m. & 05/12/24 @ 6 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with former Times Union Editor, current Upstate American, Substack columnist Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, former Editor of the Daily Gazette and Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, Barbara Lombardo, Adjunct Professor at the University at Albany and former Editor of the Saratogian, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Rex, Judy, Barbara and Ira talk about Americans changing relationship with local news, the newly awarded Pulitzer Prizes, ethics in sports journalism, and much more.
  • (Airs 05/03/24 @ 3 p.m. & 05/05/24 @ 6 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with former Times Union Editor, current Upstate American, Substack columnist Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, former Editor of the Daily Gazette and Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, WAMC News Director Ian Pickus, and Media Project Producer David Guistina. On this week’s Media Project, Rex, Judy, Ian and David talk about coverage of the campus protests and House Speaker Mike Johnson’s visit to Columbia University, when physical barriers get in the way of the news, and much more.
  • (Airs 04/26/24 @ 3 p.m. & 04/28/24 @ 6 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with former Times Union Editor, current Upstate American, Substack columnist Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, former Editor of the Daily Gazette and Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, Barbara Lombardo, former Editor of the Saratogian and Adjunct Professor at the University at Albany, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Rex, Judy, Barbara and Ira talk about coverage of the campus protests over the Israel/ Palestine/Hamas war, whether there should be cameras in the courtroom at Trump’s hush money trial, and much more.
  • (Airs 04/19/24 @ 3 p.m. & 04/20/24 @ 6 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with former Times Union Editor, current Upstate American, Substack columnist Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, former Editor of the Daily Gazette and Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, Barbara Lombardo, former Editor of the Saratogian and Adjunct Professor at the University at Albany, and WAMC News Director Ian Pickus. On this week’s Media Project, Rex, Judy, Barbara and Ian talk about the Trump hush money trial and whether a judge can tell journalists what to print, the right wing revolt and calls for defunding NPR after a senior editor tell-all, and much more.
  • (Airs 04/12/24 @ 3 p.m. & 04/14/24 @ 6 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with former Times Union Editor, current Upstate American, Substack columnist Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, former Editor of the Daily Gazette and Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, Barbara Lombardo, former Editor of the Saratogian and Adjunct Professor at the University and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Rex, Judy, Barbara and Ira talk about coverage of the solar eclipse, a critique of NPR’s news coverage from within the newsroom, and much more.
  • (Airs 04/05/24 @ 3 p.m. & 04/07/24 @ 6 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with former Times Union Editor, current Upstate American, Substack columnist Rex Smith, and WAMC News Director Ian Pickus, Media Project producer David Guistina, and Daily Gazette News Columnist Andrew Waite. On this week’s Media Project, Rex, Ian, David and Andrew talk about LSU women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey calling a Washington Post profile on her a hit piece before it was published, ESPN’s Rebecca Lobo and the New York Times taking a shot at the city of Albany, and much more.
  • (Airs 03/29/24 @ 3 p.m. & 03/31/24 @ 6 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with former Times Union Editor, current Upstate American, Substack columnist Rex Smith, Barbara Lombardo, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld and WAMC News Director Ian Pickus. On this week’s Media Project, Rex, Barbara, Ira and Ian talk about the uproar over NBC hiring former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, a call to withdraw the video of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse, and much more.
  • (Airs 03/22/24 @ 3 p.m. & 03/24/24 @ 6 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with former Times Union Editor, current Upstate American, Substack columnist Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, former Editor of the Daily Gazette and Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, Barbara Lombardo, and WAMC News Director Ian Pickus. On this week’s Media Project, Rex, Judy, Barbara, and Ian talk media organizations dropping the Associated Press wire service, the economic challenges facing journalism as well as the dangers facing journalists, and much more.
  • (Airs 03/15/24 @ 3 p.m. & 03/17/24 @ 6 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with Judy Patrick, former Editor of the Daily Gazette and Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, Barbara Lombardo, former Editor of the Saratogian and Adjunct Professor at the University, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, and Media Project producer David Guistina. On this week’s Media Project, Judy, Barbara, Ira and David talk about verifying photos and videos, AI and its impact on modern journalism, a reminder that the media does not act as a unified group, and much more.