The Media Project

Mondays, 3PM - 3:30PM; Sundays, 6PM - 6:30PM
  • Hosted by Alan Chartock, Rex Smith, Rosemary Armao, Ira Fusfeld

The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with The Times Union's Rex Smith, WAMC's Alan Chartock, University at Albany Professor Rosemary Armao, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld.

Twitter: @_mediaproject

Email: media@wamc.org 

(Airs 7/15 @ 7/16/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex SmithCailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Cailin, Rex and Ira talk about covering political spokespeople, journalists as gatekeepers, balancing what audiences want with what they need, and more.

(Airs 7/08 & 7/09/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, and Mike Spain is the Associate Editor of the Times Union. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Cailin, Judy and Mike talk about the shooting in Maryland at the Capital Gazette, New Jersey dedicates millions to strengthen local news coverage, the Washington Post’s Baron says people have taken the press for granted, and more.

(Airs 7/01 & 7/02/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Cailin, Mike and Ira talk about the influence of today’s broadcast news anchors, the civility debate and the media’s role, if any, Time magazine’s editor defends the crying migrant girl cover, and more.

(Airs 6/24 & 6/25) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association. On this week’s Media Project Cailin, Rex and Judy talk about the New York Times under fire for agreeing to White House terms on a Stephen Miller interview, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette firing an anti-Trump cartoonist, the media surges to the border as family separation crisis grows, and more.

(Airs 6/17 & 6/18/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Cailin, Rex and Ira talk about a new study that finds misconceptions between the press and the public, what happens to the cost of government when communities lose local news, and the founder of Craig’s List donates $20 million for journalism.

(Airs 6/10 & 6/11/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Cailin, Rex and Judy talk about news deserts, a Berkshire Eagle editorial on the newsprint tariff having real impact on the press, the White House plans to nominate a conservative documentarian, and Bannon ally, to lead a government media agency, and much more.

(Airs 6/3/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Cailin, Rex and Ira talk about a listener letter regarding the media and school shootings, whether the media have conflated news and opinion, how to know when the President is lying, and much more.

(Airs 5/27 & 5/28/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Judy, Cailin and Rex talk about whether news organizations should publish mass shooters’ names and pictures, President Trump’s private conversation with Leslie Stahl of CBS news about why he denigrates the media, whether President Trump is manipulating Fox news when it comes to using words like Spygate and witch hunt, and much more.

(Airs 5/20/18 & 5/21/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Judy, Cailin and Mike talk about President Trump lashing out against people in his administration who leak news, a Supreme Court decision on sports gambling could be a boon to the media, many newspapers are doing away with public editors, and much more.

(Airs 5/13/18 & 5/14/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Cailin and Ira talk about President Trump’s anger toward the media and how the press does their stories under his administration, the Managing Editor of the Berkshire Eagle resigns over ethical issues with the paper, the Sun Sentinel apologizes for putting a gun ad on the front page, and much more.

(Airs 5/06/18 & 5/06/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Cailin and Ira talk about Rex going to this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner and whether it might not happen again, Baby Breitbart’s are popping up around the country, and much more.

(Airs 4/28 & 4/29/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Judy Patrick, 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 and Ira talk about a watchdog group that reports hatred of journalists on the rise worldwide, local newspapers fear tariffs could cripple them, Denver's mayor sticks up for local paper saying 'It's important for democracy', and much more.

(Airs 4/22 & 4/23/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Cailin and Ira talk about whether Facebook is journalism, the Denver Post and editorializing negatively about your own paper, a listener letter and much more.

(Airs 4/15 & 4/16/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, and Cailin talk about local news and what happens in communities that don’t have it, what just happened at the Denver Post, your letters about Sinclair, and much more.

(Airs 3/08 & 3/09/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Cailin and Ira talk about Sinclair making dozens of local news anchors recite the same script, a listener letter about advocacy journalism and bias, and much more.

(Airs 4/01 & 4/02/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy and Cailin talk about the issue of journalism and activism, CNN’s Santorum ‘controversy’ and whether it shows the worst of cable news, NY Daily News political reporter Ken Lovett is arrested for talking on his cell phone in the Senate chamber lobby, and much more.

(Airs 3/25 & 3/26/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy and Ira talk about a Fox News analyst who blasted the network as a 'propaganda machine' while announcing his departure, Fox News’ Sean Hannity, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and CNN’s Chris Cuomo are about to face off at 9 p.m., Poynter receives $3 million from Google to lead program teaching teens to tell fact from fiction online, the problem with news aggregators and more.

(Airs 3/18 & 3/19/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick, and Dr. Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy and Cailin talk about a listener letter from Rosemary Armao about the dangers of Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests to foreign investigative journalists, TV economist Larry Kudlow to become President Trump’s chief economic adviser, CNN’s Chris Cuomo being moved to prime time and the implication if his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, eventually runs for President in 2020.

(Airs 3/11/18 @ 1 p.m. & 3/19/18 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick and WAMC News Director Ian Pickus. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy and Ian talk about a listener letter about the future of USA Today in print, how newspapers count circulation numbers, the changing nature of journalism, attracting young people and the new “content creators.”

(Airs 3/04 & 3/05/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Former WNYT News Director and St. Rose Professor Paul Conti, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jennifer Smith, and Former Daily Freeman Publisher Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Rex, Paul, Jenn and Ira talk about Hope Hicks resigns after testimony saying she told “white lies” in her role in the Trump Administration, how fake news websites use real photos to bolster untruths, what journalists can learn from the Parkland teens, and much more.

The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Dr. Cailin Brown from The College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Cailin talk about Jeopardy host Alex Trebek moderating a debate, the dangers of media labeling children 'crisis actors,' and a listener letter.

(Airs 2/16/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Judy talk about media coverage of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17, some newspapers wade into opinion on their front pages over the school shooting, how far should journalists go in trying to keep news coverage fair, and much more.

(Airs 2/11 & 2/12) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Dr. Cailin Brown from The College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Cailin talk about a study on how hard it is to be a journalist and a mom at the same time, covering the stock market fluctuations, what’s been happening at the Los Angeles Times, and much more.

(Airs 2/04/18 @ 6 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Judy talk about Judy’s decision to change careers, how newspapers have changed over the years, whether the President has taken over the news cycle, and much more.

(Airs 1/28 & 1/29/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex, Ira and Cailin talk about a listener letter about journalism and providing context, a political candidate files a defamation lawsuit against the Berkshire Eagle, whether they should stop using the phrase fake news, and much more.

(Airs 1/21 & 1/22/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex, Ira and Caitlin talk about a listener letter about whether media corporations can own college newspapers, how the media handled using the word s*#*hole on the air and in print after President Trump uttered it to describe Haiti and other countries, President Trump releases his Fake Media Awards, and much more.

(Airs 1/15 & 1/16/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex, and Caitlin talk about a study that finds local TV news watching is declining, President Trump calls for tougher libel laws, the Jake Tapper Stephen Miller interview, and much more.

(Airs 1/07 & 1/08/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, Editor of the Daily Gazette, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex, Judy and Ira talk about a listener letter about defending good journalism, the President’s treatment of the press, the new book Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff on Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and the inside workings of the White House.

The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex, Cailin and Ira discuss President Donald Trump's war vs. the media one-year in, the role of the editor in the newsroom, sports writing, and balance between the right and the left in the media.

(Airs 12/24 & 12/25/17) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Former Poughkeepsie Journal Executive Editor and Communications Consultant Stu Shinske. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex, Cailin and Stu talk about a listener letter suggesting the Media should stop covering stories using gamesmanship, Educating news consumers about the media can curb conspiracy theory appeal, a new study finds, should we stop saying ‘fake news’?, and more.

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