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The Media Project
Mondays, 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 President and CEO Alan Chartock, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, Former Editor, Investigative Journalist and current UAlbany Professor, Rosemary Armao, 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 01/27/23 @ 6 p.m. & 01/29/23 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, former Times Union Editor and 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, And Barbara Lombardo is the former Editor of the Saratogian and a Journalism Professor at the University at Albany. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex, Judy and Barbara talk about the journalism coalition trying to save local news, a decision by some cable companies to remove Newsmax, Facebook allowing former President Trump back on the platform, and much more.
  • The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, former Times Union Editor and current Upstate American, Substack columnist Rex Smith, Rosemary Armao, Investigative Journalist and Adjunct Professor at RPI and UAlbany, and Judy Patrick, former Editor of the Daily Gazette and Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex, Rosemary and Judy talk about whether there should be a comedian on CNN Prime Time, coverage of the Biden classified documents case, how to spell turkey, and much more.
  • (Airs 01/15/23 @ 6 p.m. & 01/16/23 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, former Times Union Editor and current Upstate American, Substack columnist Rex Smith, Rosemary Armao, Investigative Journalist and Adjunct Professor at RPI and UAlbany, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex, Rosemary and Ira talk about how to cover homelessness, whether journalist’s prey on people to get information, the Wall Street Journal reporter handcuffed by police, and much more.
  • (Airs 01/08/23 @ 6 p.m. & 01/09/23 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, former Times Union Editor and 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, and Rosemary Armao, Investigative Journalist and Adjunct Professor at RPI. On this week’s Media Project, Rex, Judy and Rosemary talk about George Santos and the importance of small, community newspapers, how the media covered the collapse of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, whether there was too much press coverage of the death of pioneering broadcast journalist Barbara Walters, and more.
  • (Airs 01/01/23 @ 6 p.m. & 01/02/23 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, former Times Union Editor and 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, and Rosemary Armao, Investigative Journalist and Adjunct Professor at RPI. On this week’s Media Project, Rex, Judy and Rosemary talk about whether increasing media consolidation is a good thing, harassment facing journalists, the loss of newspapers in rural areas, and much more.
  • (Airs 12/25/22 @ 6 p.m. & 12/26/22 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, former Times Union Editor and 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, and Barbara Lombardo, former Editor of the Saratogian and a Journalism Professor at the University at Albany. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Judy, Barbara and Rex talk about whether journalists should have discovered that New York Republican Congressman Santos resume contained falsehoods, heroes in journalism, the mis-informer of the year, and much more.
  • (Airs 12/18/22 @ 6 p.m. & 12/19/22 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, former Times Union Editor and 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, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Judy, Ira and Rex talk about what’s happening at Twitter, and possibly journalism, under the leadership of Elon Musk, the peril journalists face around the world, a new female editor at the Wall Street Journal, and much more.
  • (Airs 12/11/22 @ 6 p.m. & 12/12/22 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, former Times Union Editor and 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, and Barbara Lombardo, former Editor of the Saratogian and a Journalism Professor at the University at Albany. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Judy, Barbara and Rex talk about the 24-hour strike at the New York Times, newspapers being delivered by mail, about the Twitter files, and much more.
  • (Airs 12/04/22 @ 6 p.m. & 12/05/22 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, former Times Union Editor and current Substack columnist Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, former Editor of the Daily Gazette and 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, Ira, Judy and Rex talk about whether President Biden should be holding more press conferences, layoffs and hiring freezes in the media and what that means, a survey of your favorite journalism movies, and much more.
  • *Please note: On this episode Host Rex Smith incorrectly states that journalism is no longer taught at The College of St. Rose. In fact, according to St. Rose, the college has recently made a faculty hire to launch a new concentration in broadcast and mobile journalism.*(Airs 11/27/22 @ 6 p.m. & 11/28/22 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, former Times Union Editor and current Substack columnist Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, former Editor of the Daily Gazette and Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, and former Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Judy, Mike and Rex talk about layoffs spiking in the media and what that means, whether there’s still a path for young people who want to be journalists, who will pay for their work, and much more.