Friday, February 24, 2006

FAU Newspaper Editor Steps Down

Sticking to the subject of college journalism in South Florida, the Florida Atlantic University newspaper -- the unimaginatively monikered University Press -- is about to get a new editor. FAU grad student Jake Smith, who works part-time at New Times, has stepped down because, as he told me, "it is inundating my entire life, and I can't afford it anymore." He says the job takes 20 to 30 hours a week and pays just $150, making it almost untenable for someone working their way through school. A recent power play made by student government, which oversees the newspaper, didn't help matters either. Read the basics about it here (a story by Palm Beach Post reporter Kimberly Miller but now can only be linked at the Miami Herald. Go figure). Realize as you're reading the story, though, that things are much more contentious than the article makes it appear.

The newspaper's advisor, the matchless Michael Koretzky, is handling things at the University Press and Smith tells me that two students -- Jason Parsley and Rachael Joyner -- are now vying for the position.

Speaking of Koretzky, he's overseeing the First Annual Media Job Fair for SPJ tomorrow afternoon at the Hard Rock Casino in H-wood. In what is an unmistakable sign of the apocalypse, I'm going to be there to talk with the students, along with a bunch of other "media professionals." Hey, Koretzky promised me free drinks and I'm going to hold him to it. It starts at 1 and there'll be a panel discussion at 3 featuring WPLG-Channel 10 political reporter Michael Putney among others. For more details, click here.

While I'm pimping journalism gatherings, thought I'd give a warm Pulp plug to the upcoming Florida Press Club-and-SPJ-sponsored enterprise reporting seminar to be held in Fort Lauderdale in a few weeks.

Worth reading today:

-- Kevin Deutsch of the Post fills us in on the other homeless beating, the one that occurred in Riviera Beach. An arrest warrant was issued for the 17-year-old suspected ringleader in the Feb. 7 attack of 36-year-old Thomas Kotowski, who remains in critical condition. But this wasn't a planned attack on the homeless -- it was just a random thumping on the street. Thank goodness for that. Otherwise it would have been a little bit disturbing. Also, it was three black teens involved, which makes it stale news. Right?

-- Canker story in the Herald by Noah Bierman, Dan Christensen, and Phil Long (how's that for a power trio). A sentence that never should have had to have been uttered, ever: They're going to let people plant orange trees in Florida again. Let's call this one Story of the Day.

-- Nikki Waller's well-done article in the same paper about Davie's decision to keep town attorney Monroe Kiar, despite his conflicts of interest. I may be wrong, but I think it's the first story to repeat Elgin Jones' scoop about Kiar's private work for councilwoman Lisa Hubert (no credit was given, for those of you keeping score).

-- And in the Sentinel, we have Scott Wyman's story about how millionaire rental car company CEO William Lobeck got hit with a $130,000 tax bill. Why? He took homestead exemptions on two mansions, one in Tulsa, the other off Las Olas. Never thought I'd say this, but I'm starting to dig what Lori Parrish is doing.
-- Talk about things I never thought I would do: I'm actually going to recommend a Dave Hyde column. It's here and it's about Sasha Cohen. That's all I can bring myself to say about it at this time.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's gotten into the Pulp? You've turned into Mr. Brady all of a sudden. While it's nice to hear people are doing a good job, I don't want to read about it. Just kidding. Props to the Pulp.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read Page 6 if you want real gossip

3:43 PM  

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