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Image courtesy of Gboko Stewart

Image courtesy of Gboko Stewart

Newhouse professor helps Liberian journalist launch online platform for Liberia’s LGBTQ+ community

Journal Rage features stories on LGBTQ+ issues and resources for reporters

“When Liberian journalist Gboko Stewart came across a news article criticizing two women for kissing at a football stadium in Liberia earlier this year, he says he was enraged, feeling the article was homophobic and biased against the LGBTQ+ community.

He wrote a letter to the newspaper’s editor, arguing that the article was unprofessional and one-sided. He says he remembered a training session he attended two years earlier on how to report on LGBTQ+ issues in Cape Town, South Africa, and wanted to do something similar for Liberian journalists.

That idea eventually evolved into Journal Rage, an online platform dedicated to Liberia’s LGBTQ+ community. With help from Ken Harper, director of the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, Stewart and a few of his colleagues were able to launch the site in July…”

Image courtesy of Tyler Gildin

Image courtesy of Tyler Gildin

Award-winning filmmaker Tyler Gildin ’11 celebrates family history in latest project

‘The Starfish’ to screen at Syracuse International Film Festival Oct. 13

As an undergraduate student in the television, radio and film program at the Newhouse School, Tyler Gildin ’11, dreamed of writing sketch comedies one day.

After graduation, Gildin wrote and produced videos, and also did stand-up comedy. In 2013, through networking with a fraternity brother, he got a job as the first humor editor of digital publication Elite Daily, and launched the company’s comedy vertical.

Soon after, Gildin was in charge of making videos for Elite Daily, including short-form documentaries that won the publication four New York Emmy Awards. That work there led him to start creating his own films such as “The Starfish,” a 39-minute documentary about the life of his late grandfather, who with his sisters escaped Nazi Germany and lived with non-Jewish families in Sweden before reuniting with their parents in the United States.

“The Starfish” premiered at the Miami Jewish Film Festival in January 2019 and has been screened at the Maryland International Film Festival and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. It’s also been featured on Daily Mail TV and NowThis News. On Oct. 13, it will be shown at the Redhouse Arts Center  during the 16th annual Syracuse International Film Festival…”

Photo by Lauren Miller

Photo by Lauren Miller

Newhouse students travel to northern border for news reporting project

Teams of Newhouse students traveled to communities near the U.S.-Canada border on April 5 to work on “Borderlines,” a weekend-long immersive news reporting project organized by the magazine, newspaper and digital journalism (MND) department.

Students reported from communities in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, the Thousand Islands area, Ontario, Quebec and Akwesasne, a Mohawk Nation territory that straddles the border.

Their work—in the form of articles, photos and videos—was published this semester as a multimedia package on, a student-run digital news outlet.

Professors Greg Munno and Jon Glass oversaw the project with the help of other faculty and students from numerous programs including MND, visual communications and broadcast and digital journalism (BDJ)…”

Image courtesy of Shelley Spector

Image courtesy of Shelley Spector

The Museum of Public Relations, founded by alumna Shelley Spector G’75, celebrates 25th anniversary

Inspired by ‘father of public relations’ Edward Bernays, the museum educates people about the industry’s diverse history and influence

When public relations executive Shelley Spector G’75 and her husband, Barry, had dinner with Edward Bernays 34 years ago, she couldn’t believe she was sitting with a pioneer in her industry.

Bernays, dubbed “the father of public relations,” was a publicist for highly influential people including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and former President Calvin Coolidge. He was also psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s nephew.

Bernays became the inspiration for the world’s only museum dedicated to public relations, which the Spectors launched to share information about the profession’s foundation and key figures.

This year, The Museum of Public Relations celebrates 25 years of providing important resources to students, scholars and professionals in the industry around the world. It is also the first public relations organization to focus on the PR histories of minority populations. Last year, the museum began offering summer school classes led by experts in the field…”