Daily Archives: November 24, 2014

Edward Wasserman, dean of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, says asking students to pay a $7,500/year supplemental fee is “an unavoidable step toward ensuring the School’s financial future.newberk He proposed a $10,250 fee in September, but a faculty vote cut that to $7,500.

Wasserman’s supplemental fee update comes four days after the UC Board of Regents approved a tuition increase.

From: Edward Wasserman
Date: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 3:50 PM
Subject: [J-School 2yrs] Regents approve J-School tuition supplementary fee

To the J-School Community:

I received word today that the Board of Regents has approved the J-School’s proposal to add a professional school supplementary fee to our cost of attendance. All 15 professional schools at UC Berkeley now have such a fee (a proposal from by the School of Education, which didn’t have one until now, was approved as well). As you’ll recall, the J-School’s faculty joined me in advocating the fee as an unavoidable step toward ensuring the School’s financial future.

The fee of $7,500/year will be in place for the 2015-16 school year, but will be refunded to all students next year so nobody will have to pay a fee they didn’t expect. The revenue from the fee will begin to be collected in fall 2016; it will impact the class that enters next fall, but only in their second year.

At least one-third of proceeds from the new fee will be used for student grants and fellowships, and I am pleased to report that the donor community has been responding enthusiastically to our efforts to raise additional money for that purpose – in order to keep the J-School affordable to the diverse student body we’re committed to continuing to serve.

Thanks for the thoughtful role you played in the lengthy and difficult process of discussion about the fee proposal.


* Earlier: J-school dean proposes $10,250 supplemental fee | That’s cut to $7,500 (

- Page 15 of Saturday's New York Post

– Page 15 of Saturday’s New York Post

Noted: In Saturday’s New York Post print edition, this “Benghazi ‘vindication'” story ran two columns to the right of the “Weird but True” feature.

* Rem Rieder: So much wasted noise over Benghazi (
* New York Post in September: Benghazi documents were scrubbed (

- on November 19

– on November 19

FS View editor-in-chief Setareh Baig [pictured below] says her staff unanimously decided not to name Myron May as the Strozier Library gunman “because tact and sensitivity outweighed the immediacy of his identification and the sensationalizing of his crimes during this time.” She adds that “that publishing the name of the shooter would be insensitive to our peers who were victims in this tragedy.”

Oftentimes, media glorifies mass shooters, and coverage becomes saturated with the shooters’ names.Setareh Baig The “glory” goes to the gunmen and the victims are often forgotten. The FSView made the ethical decision to not feed into this trend of glorifying mass shooters.

The excessive media coverage could potentially lead to copycat gunmen who want to receive the same notoriety and go on to commit atrocities in the name of being recognized. Although we did report important details about the shooter, we did not include his name.

Here’s an example of how the paper is covering May without naming him.

FSU View is Gannett publication, supervised by the Tallahassee Democrat.

* On FSView’s decision not to publish gunman’s name (
* Earlier: FSU student paper refuses to name the library gunman (
* New: My Facebook commenters are critical of the decision (

smallerGainesville police on Sunday arrested 58-year-old Phuc Kieu on charges of sexual assault, kidnapping and robbery. In an email with the subject line, “Not a name to Phuc around with,” tipster Bill Cotterell points out that “the Gainesville Sun took the extra step of noting that it verified attempted rape suspect Phuc Kieu with the local police.” (This story reminded me of the time the New York Post did not verify Heywood Jablome’s name.)

* Phuc Kieu is held on attempted rape and other charges (
* New: My Facebook friends and subscribers are having fun with this (

From “pussy”….
…to Democrat

Charleston Daily Mail business editor Jared Hunt sends the top screenshot from the Pew Charitable Trusts/Stateline website. I’ve invited Stateline to explain what happened.

Update — Stateline’s Diane Fancher writes in an email: “We became aware this morning that a Stateline story was altered. The piece has since been restored to its original version, and we are continuing to investigate how this occurred.”

* States train officials in public records access (

* The word internship is now tainted by lawsuits, so more news sites are using fellowship. (
* Nicholas Lemann: “It’s natural to wonder whether there’s something each of us can do to emulate Google, with directionally similar, if perhaps more modest, results.” (
jail* A Key West Citizen reporter is accused of dining-and-dashing at Denny’s, then trying to run down the restaurant manager. ( | h/t Bill Cooke
* Texas A&M’s journalism program is “training future Aggie journalists to report the news without bias.” (
* “I am more than an immigration activist,” says journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. (
* Harper’s publisher John R. MacArthur says New York Times “only pays lip service to the left, mostly through its star columnist Paul Krugman.” (
* Students in John McPhee‘s writing class at Princeton “were competing not for a grade, but for his approval.” (
* Frank Rich, Carl Bernstein and other journalists recall hearing about President Kennedy’s assassination. (
* The Wrap’s editor apologizes for a guest post about Bill Cosby. ( | David Carr on the Cosby allegations: “I was one of those who looked away.” (
* Praise for Bloomberg News reporter Leonid Bershidsky‘s stories from Berlin. (
* Of course TV anchors want to interview the cop who shot Michael Brown. (
* GamerGate vs. Gawker, cont’d. (