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 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.

(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.

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