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 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.

(Airs 12/17 & 12/18/17) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick. On this week’s Media Project, Alan,  Judy and Rex talk about journalists covering religion, the concept of re-circulation, net neutrality, and much more.

(Airs 12/10 & 12/11/17) 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, and Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Ira and Judy talk about the a listener letter on whether sex sells in journalism, is the White House Holiday Party for journalists ethical, a new Pew study on trust in the press, and more.

(Airs 12/03 & 12/04) 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 the latest sexual harassment allegations against NBC’s Matt Lauer and Public Radio’s Garrison Keillor, whether the fact that sex sells newspapers means editors use that to decide what makes news, Sean Hannity’s tremendous success, and more. 

(Airs 11/26 & 11/27/17) 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, 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 accuracy in journalism, the use of sources and FOIL/FOIA requests, and advocacy use and bias in article writing.

(Airs 11/19 & 11/20/17) 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, 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 a listener letter scolding the panel for their answers to a listener question last week about whether the media should report the shooter’s identity in mass shootings, creating diversity in the newsroom, minimizing harm, and much more.

(Airs 11/12/17 & 11/13/17) 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, 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 a listener letter scolding the panel for interruptions, should the media report the shooter’s identity in mass shootings, who’s reporting hyper local news, and much more.

(Airs 11/05 & 11/06/17) 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, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Ira talk about a listener letter wondering whether it’s appropriate for the media to call North Korea a rogue nation, sexual harassment allegations in the media, and the grilling of social media platforms by Congress on the Russian investigation.

(Airs 10/29 & 10/30) 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 Former Poughkeepsie Journal Executive Editor and current Communications Consultant Stu Shinske. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Stu talk about the state of the newspaper industry in the new digital age, a critical listener letter about the media making things up (i.e. The National Enquirer), and much more.

(Airs 10/22 & 10/23/17) 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, 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 how newspapers handle letters to the editor, a new survey shows nearly half of voters are buying Trump's BS about the media, your letters and much more.

(Airs 10/15 @ 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 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 President Trump’s threats to NBC’s broadcast license and the threat to free speech, whether the media helped Harvey Weinstein lure his prey and smear his accusers, what happened to Megun Kelly at NBC, your letters and much more.

(Airs 10/8 & 10/9/17) 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, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Ira talk about a listener letter about Anderson Cooper and Rutgers University, accounting for a reporter’s biases, the 2nd Amendment and a letter about not letting journalists equate it with the right for citizens to own a gun.

(Airs 10/1 & 10/2/17) 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, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Ira talk about whether journalists should call the President racist, Jimmy Kimmel and the politics of late night television, your letters and much more.

(Airs 9/24 & 9/25) 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 Associate Editor of the Albany Times Union Mike Spain. On this week’s Media Project, they talk about whether information overheard during a conversation at a public restaurant is fair game for journalists, the new muscle paragraph, and, in order to avoid media bias, should news organizations lift the veil?

(Airs 9/17 @ 9/18) 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 Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Rex, Cailin and Ira talk about whether it’s right for journalists covering a hurricane to stand in harm’s way, how reporter’s actually did their work during the hurricane, Rush Limbaugh claims Irma to be fake news, and Facebook and the line between real reporting and fake news.

(9/10 & 9/11/17) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s 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 when journalists pay for stories, why many editors, publishers and broadcast CEO’s lose friends, not being beholden to members of non-profit radio, and much more.

(Airs 9/3 & 9/4) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s 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 a listener letter about why traditional journalism isn’t trusted, the dangers of live TV, coverage of First Lady Melania Trump’s footwear, and much more.

The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick, and JP Miller, Publisher of Empire Report New York. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Judy, and JP talk about the Village Voice's decision to cease their print edition in favor of a digital focus, media coverage of President Donald Trump, and much more.

(Airs 8/18 & 8/19/17) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s 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 a listener letter asking about press coverage of white supremacists, a study on diversity in newsrooms which says it has been bad for decades and it probably won’t get better, and much more.

(Airs 8/13 & 8/14/17) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s 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 a listener letter asking why it took so long for the media to report on Paul Manafort’s house being raided by the FBI, Attorney General Sessions cracks down on leaks, the definition of investigative reporting, and much more.

(Airs 8/06 & 8/07/17)  The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s 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 Anthony Scaramucci’s profane interview with the New Yorker, and what reporters consider on and off the record, Politico humiliates The Wall Street Journal by publishing its Trump transcript, press freedom groups tell Capitol Hill cops to stop interfering with photojournalists, and male and female journalists still aren’t paid the same.

(Airs 7/30 & 7/31) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Ira talk about a new poll that finds 45 % of Republicans believe the government and the courts should be able to take action against ‘biased’ news media, why many broadcasters to provide attribution for the newspaper stories they read over the air, and first, Trump appointed a new White House communications director. Then, Sean Spicer resigned, and much more.

(Airs 7/23 & 7/24/17)  The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s 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 President Trump’s cordial interview with the New York Times, should the press ‘always’ cover certain stories, sharing of resources among different media organizations is becoming commonplace, and much more.

The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Ira Fusfeld, Publisher Emeritus of the Daily Freeman. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Ira talk about the value of a press secretary who dodges tough questions, attempts to discredit reporters, a Pulitzer winning story from the New York Times that pulled from a local news agency in Russia, and much more.

(Airs 7/9 & 7/10/17) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s 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 media coverage of New Jersey Governor Christie and “Beach Gate,” President Trump’s fight with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski and an allegation of collusion with the National Enquirer, and much more.

This week, Dr. Alan Chartock, Ira Fusfeld and Rex Smith discuss President Donald Trump's recent comments regarding an Irish reporter, Sarah Palin's libel lawsuit, and whether the White House is actually happy.

(Airs 6/25 & 6/26/17) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communications at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Cailin talk about a critical letter from a listener about how the media does choose what to air and what not to air, whether there are good stories that should air, but don’t, whether the news business is unfair to journalists with children, and much more.

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