CUNY Caters to Entrepreneurial Journalists While PR People Shouldn’t Flatter the Houston Chronicle’s Britt, Plus Other News of the Day

– It seemed like only a matter of time, but a journalism school has finally decided to offer an entrepreneurial journalism degree. CUNY Graduate School of Journalism received two $3 million grants to create a school focused on the journalistic start-up endeavor. It will be the first to offer a Master’s in entrepreneurial journalism, come 2012. The two-year program will give students business training and sounds like a great idea, if only to get students thinking about how to change and improve the current media world.
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– The New York Times took a look at famed sports columnist Jason Whitlock, who recently stepped down from the Kansas City Star and then got paid to go on radio to bash his former employer in an interview called “The Explanation” (clearly an ode to Lebron James, and “The Decision”). The renowned columnist clearly thinks highly of his work. “I will put my first two years as a columnist at The Kansas City Star, working with Dale Bye, up against any columnist in the history of American newspapers,” said Whitlock during the radio program. “It’s a horribly arrogant statement. It’s a factual statement.” Love it.

– Here’s the best public relations set of rules I’ve ever done seen, although it makes the journalist seem totally full of himself. But oh well, if it does the job. The Houston Chronicle‘s Douglas Britt sent out rules for PR folks, when contacting him regarding a story for his society and visual arts beat. It’s incredibly detailed, and gives the PR rep no excuse if they fail to contact him correctly. But worst line: “And PLEASE STOP TELLING ME how busy I am (I know), how prolific I am (I know), what a breath of fresh or stale air I am, etc., etc., etc.,” wrote Britt. “Every second we spend on that kind of chatter drains the life out of me, frankly makes me uncomfortable AND DOESN’T TELL ME ANYTHING I NEED TO KNOW.”

– The National Journal picked off another seasoned political journalist today by hiring USA Today‘s Kathy Kiely as its managing editor for politics. “She’s smart, she’s savvy, and she’s earned a reputation as one of the hardest-working journalists in town,” said Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier in a press release. “She’ll bring depth and dimension to our political coverage, and her leadership will keep raising the bar for our whole team of political reporters.”