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 7/23 & 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.

(Airs 6/18 & 6/19/17) 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 Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Ira talk about Fox News and their new slogan, blaming the media for the Alexandria VA shootings, whether Megyn Kelly’s interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should air, and much more.

(Airs 6/11 & 6/12/17) 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 First Amendment group that is threatening to sue President Trump unless he unblocks Twitter critics, a proposed bill in New Jersey that could create an AmeriCorps for journalists, a Pew Research Center report that shows a dismal 2016 for newspapers and boom times for cable news networks.

(Airs 6/04/17) 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 Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Ira talk about the New York Times’ plan to offer employee buyouts and eliminate the Public Editor role, the New York Times editor Dean Baquet, says local news is the biggest ‘crisis’ in journalism, Scott Pelley is leaving his post as ‘CBS Evening News’ Anchor, Anthony Mason will be his interim replacement, Megyn Kelly is now on NBC with new shows, and much more.

(Airs 5/27 & 5/28) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s Alan Chartock, 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, Ira and Cailin talk about British authorities angry at the New York Times for publishing leaked forensic photos, Republican Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte body slams a reporter, whether Fox news is changing since the death of Roger Ailes, and much more.

(Airs 5/21 & 5/22) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld and Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick. On this week’s Media Project, Rex, Ira and Judy talk about the death of Roger Ailes, Former FBI Director Comey’s memo which says President Trump complained about the media and wanted Comey to ‘lock them up’ for leaking classified information, Trump’s national security adviser taking on the Washington Post’s anonymous sources, and much more.

(Airs 5/14 & 5/15/17) 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 University at Albany Professor and Journalism Program Director Rosemary Armao. This week the Media Project is in front of a live audience at the new Hearst Media Center at the Times Union Newspaper in Colonie New York. It also marks the last Media Project appearance by Rosemary Armao who leaves for an investigative journalism teaching position in Jordan.

(5/7 & 5/8/17) 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 University at Albany Professor and Journalism Program Director Rosemary Armao. This week they talk about The U.S. ranking 43rd in the world on Press Freedom, The New York Times hires a conservative columnist, whether the Press self corrects, and much more.

(Airs 4/30 & 5/01/17) 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 University at Albany Professor and Journalism Program Director Rosemary Armao. This week features a special live Media Project at WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, The Linda, in Albany, NY. The discussion centers around the theme of reconciliation and the Media’s role in dealing with issues like fake news, how companies like Amazon and Google can help journalism in the U.S., the media now cooperates more with their competitors, and much more.

(Airs 4/23 & 4/24/17) 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 University at Albany Professor and Journalism Program Director Rosemary Armao. On this week's show they talk about the firing of Bill O’Reilly and its implications for Fox News, Out of 47 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Only One Opposed, whether the photos of Syria’s dead children is a form of propaganda, and much more.

(Airs 4/16 & 4/17/17) 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 show they talk about the United Airlines viral video and whether the United passenger’s ‘troubled past’ was newsworthy, Bill O’Reilly’s on vacation, but will he return to Fox after sexual harassment claims/settlements get him in hot water, the Pulitzer Prize awards and how they show that layoffs haven’t sapped the heart of local news, and more.

(Airs 4/9 & 4/10/17) 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 show they talk about Fox losing more advertisers after sexual harassment claims against O’Reilly, President Trump and U.S. libel law, a new Pew Research survey finds new Pew Research survey finds ‘Important political news’ is a casualty of the Trump-media feud, and much more.

(Airs 4/02 & 4/03/17) 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 University at Albany Professor and Journalism Program Director Rosemary Armao. On this week's show they talk about political bias and sexism in the media.

(Airs 3/26 & 3/27/17) 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 Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week's show they talk about a new report that finds a majority of U.S. news is still produced by men, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson allows Fox News, excludes others from a DMZ meeting, and the competition for investigative journalists during the Trump Administration is fierce.

(Airs 3/19 & 3/20/17) 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 Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick. On this week's show they talk about bureau chiefs being ‘deeply concerned’ that Rex Tillerson is ditching the press on his Asia trip, the question of whether daily opinion pages headed to the morgue, the most popular item ever on wsj.com, and much more.

(Airs 3/12 & 3/13/17) 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 Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week's show they talk about what would happen if Obama sued Trump for libel, as Rex Tillerson considers ditching reporters, bureau chiefs hash out the details, Politico becomes the latest newsroom to cut down on flabby stories, and more.

(Airs 3/6 & 3/7/17) 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 University at Albany Professor and Journalism Program Director Rosemary Armao. On this week's show they talk about a PBS-commissioned survey that finds 73 percent of voters oppose eliminating federal funding for public TV, whether Trump’s big speech spawned a marathon of media fawning, U.S. News and World Report unveils state-by-state rankings, a listener letter and more.

(Airs 2/26 & 2/27) 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 University at Albany Professor and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week's show they talk about journalists’ best response to Trump’s press-bashing simply doing their job, whether the White House press office’s silence has become a weapon in its war on the media, how President Trump can learn to love leaking, and more.

(Airs 2/19 & 2/20) 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 University at Albany Professor and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week's show they talk about the Washington Post’s Marty Baron saying ‘We’re not at war with the administration, we’re at work,’ how the press is handling President Trump’s war with the media, the Flynn resignation and press leaks that President Trump now doesn’t like, and more.

(Airs 2/12 & 2/13/17) 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 University at Albany Professor and Journalism Program Director Rosemary Armao. On this week's show they talk about WAMC’s record breaking Fund Drive and the donor funded model of journalism, PolitiFact raises $105,000 in 20 days through its newly launched membership program, Melania Trump settles libel suit against a blogger for a ‘substantial sum’, and much more.

(Airs 2/05) 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 University at Albany Professor and Journalism Program Director Rosemary Armao. On this week's show they talk about how to present the news when so many people are burned out and turning away, the story about the Wall Street Journal editor telling staff: ‘Muslim-majority country’ isn’t banned, a listener letter on how the mainstream press can regain credibility with the American public, and more.

(Airs 1/29 & 1/30/17) 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 University at Albany Professor and Journalism Program Director Rosemary Armao. On this week's show they talk about, President Trump endlessly obsessing about his popularity in first TV interview (ABC), NPR and the word 'liar': intent is key, authorities issue felony charges for journalists arrested at inauguration protests raising fears for press freedom, your letters and more.

(Airs 1/22 & 1/23/17) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, and University at Albany Professor and Journalism Program Director Rosemary Armao. On this week's show they talk about the New York Times editorial calling for President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden in addition to the reduction of Chelsea Manning's sentence, the Trump team considers moving the Press Corps, alarming reporters, what will happen to fact-checking in 2017, Norway is the first nation to switch off FM radio, and more.

(Airs 1/15 & 16/17) 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 show they talk about President Elect Donald Trump’s press conference, BuzzFeed's release of bombshell allegations regarding Trump’s ties to Russian and what information, if any, should have been released, your letters and much more.

(Airs 1/8 & 1/9/17) 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 University at Albany Professor and Journalism Program Director Rosemary Armao. On this week's show they read listener letters on the state of journalism and fake news, they talk about the Washington Post and alleged mistakes in their Russian hacking story, what’s behind the New York state saying no more cell phones allowed in the chamber. 

(Airs 1/1 & 1/2/17) 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 University at Albany Professor and Journalism Program Director Rosemary Armao. On this week's show they talk about the media year in review on the elections and the role of the press, the Oklahoma newspaper that endorsed Clinton hasn’t been forgiven, big newspapers are booming: Washington Post to add 60 newsroom jobs, and more.

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