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Work For Your Dreams

I am not completely sure I will be going with this story but for my final project I thought of doing a story on rapper/Stony Brook student Dondre. Dondre is a student at Stony Brook who enjoys composing rap music. Dondre works hard everyday to perfect his craft, and has gone so far as to install a studio inside of his dorm room. Continue reading Work For Your Dreams


HLN Heads In An Interesting New Direction

Albie Hecht, network president for HLN, is in Atlanta for a 2-day network meeting with his entire production staff according to an article by MediaBistro.

 Hecht held the meeting in order to discuss the networks next moves. Hecht is planning on turning HLN into a social media network of sorts. 

The network has experienced many staff changes in the recent months to prepare for the networks new direction. Hecht, six weeks after taking over as general manager, canceled Kyra Phillips’ show, “Raising America,” and Ryan Smith’s show “Evening Express.” Hecht said in a memo to his staff, “While change is necessary to evolve HLN, it is also difficult.

Along with Hecht’s layoffs and programming changes there have been other staff changes in the network. EP of Nancy Grace’s show, Dean Sicoli departed from the network. Katherine Greene, former SVP and managing editor of HLN left before Sicoli.

Hecht relayed the pitch to his staff, of turning the network into social media television, on Dec. 3, and followed up the following day by conducting brainstorming session with production teams. HLN employees from New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta joined Hecht at a hotel in Atlanta to discuss further moves.


China To Give NYT and Bloomberg the Boot

According to an article published Thursday by The Telegraph, Bloomberg and The New York Times published a series of investigative reports in China, that resulted in them facing closure of Chinese offices.

The reports embarrassed the communist party which resulted in twenty four foreign journalists being forced to leave. The twenty four foreign journalists, employed by the New York Times and Bloomberg, didn’t get their visas renewed after delays from Chinese officials.

Vice President Joe Biden, who recently visited the journalists in Beijing, told an audience of American businessmen in the Chinese capital that he had expressed ” profound disagreements” with Chinese officials for their “treatment of US journalists.”

All foreign journalists in China are required to renew their visas at the end of each year.

Journalists working for Bloomberg were given tip offs that they were in for trouble. One journalist told the New York Times that he hadn’t been aware any journalists receiving press rJP Morgan and the daughter of Wen Jiabao, the former prime minister.

Bloomberg Journalists have censored articles to stay under the radar.
NYT journalist who brought their press credentials to get a new visa were turned away.

It’s unclear if the ban is permanent. Chinese officials have delayed visas to journalist until the deadline in the past.

At Bloomberg, one journalist said he was not aware that anyone in the newsroom had been given new press credentials, the initial step in visa renewal.

This is a heavy loss for organizations that have spent a lot of money in their China operations.

Anonymous sources from Bloomberg compared working in China to being in Nazi Germany.

Employees fear they will get kicked out if they post controversial stories.
There have been many discussions of the injustices of the Chinese government.

Fox News Does Well To Keep Secrets

According to an article released by the New York Times, the reputation of the Fox News Channel is currently at stake. The issue that puts their reputation on ice involves the former chief spokesman and close adviser to Roger Ailes, Brian Lewis. Ailes is the chairman of Fox News.

Brian Lewis spent years at the Fox News Channel, as the executive vice president. While holding this position he helped Fox News with public relations and communications.

Lewis was fired last July and escorted out of the 21st Century Fox building in Manhattan. A News statement by Fox News accused him of being guilty of “issues relating to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract.”

This is a claim that was denied by Lewis and his lawyer, Judd Burstein, at the time. Shortly after his firing Burdstein made the statement “Roger Ailes and News Corp. have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis.”

It seems Fox has taken care of this problem. According to an unnamed source, who works at the channel, Lewis agreed to a deal to accept payment with the condition that he remain quiet about details of the company. Apparently Fox News Channel has a lot to hide.

When it comes to Fox News Channel it is always hard to verify information. However, no one has denied the information that Lewis struck a deal with Fox. Individuals like Burstein, have been avoiding confirmation or denial of the deal. Ms. Brandi, the lawyer of Fox News Channel, has followed in Burstein’s steps and refuses to give any information.

It seems Burstein will not be following up with threats he made earlier. Fox News Channel are true experts at keeping their business in-house. It is still unknown why they would go to such great lengths to do so.