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Rex Smith

  • Perhaps you have never tried to photograph a pig. I have, so I can tell you that it’s not as easy as you may think if you’re unfamiliar with porcine deportment.
  • (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.
  • On a sunny afternoon in Manhattan last month, the noisy chants and drumbeats of the Columbia University demonstrations faded as I walked down toward Riverside Drive, where tulips were in bloom and Norway maple were budding. In the city no less than here Upstate, spring is enlivening, and nature is comforting in its regularity.
  • (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.
  • In my view, my side gig as a musician took off when I was 5 years old. That’s when my big brother, who was 14, taught me to confidently sing “A Teenager’s Romance,” Ricky Nelson’s big hit of 1957 – which I performed before a captive audience of about three dozen at the annual family reunion. I must’ve killed it, because after that, I considered myself a singer. And as devotedly wedded as I have been to my journalism career, music has remained my tender passion.
  • (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.
  • Here’s a hypothesis and a modest proposal: I’d say that truthful information is the lifeblood of democracy. That’s got to be so, because it’s only with a grasp of what’s true that voters can make good choices when they cast ballots. Yet we are awash in lies and distortions by people in public life and disreputable media sources.
  • (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.
  • It’s the season of plenty for sports fans – which others view as exhausting excess: Before we’ve recuperated from the NCAA basketball hoopla and golf’s Masters tournament, we’re launched into the Major League Baseball season even as the NHL and the NBA are just beginning playoffs.
  • (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.