The WPSPJ Podcast

The WPSPJ Podcast

Welcome to the podcast of William Paterson University’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, known as WPSPJ, where professional voices guide us and inspire our future. We spotlight the activities of the nationally recognized Society of Professional Journalists chapter at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. We are the reporters of today and tomorrow, dedicated to SPJ’s mission of diversity and democracy, and inspiring “successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.”

Episodes

April 15, 2024 11 mins

The WPSPJ Podcast heads to Long Island to shadow sports reporters during a Professional Women's Hockey League game at UBS Arena.  Host Tommy Sherwood interviews journalists Jim Cerny and Denis Gorman about the importance of reading and writing consistently to prepare for jobs in news media. Later, coach Howie Draper describes the role the press plays in publicizing the upstart women's hockey league. This episode was edite...

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The WPSPJ Podcast tours the MLB Network studios with supervising producer Haley Costello. Hosts Ryan Cormier and Matt Wondoloski discuss opportunities for entry-level jobs and career progression at the network's hub in Secaucus. This episode was edited by Terri Coppola.

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Scott Bakula, known for his roles in the television series "Quantum Leap," "Star Trek: Enterprise," and "NCIS: New Orleans," describes playing a magazine editor in an Off-Broadway musical named "The Connector." Dr. Nicholas Hirshon, the showrunner for the WPSPJ Podcast, hosts with Beatrice Amune, WPSPJ's former graduate student liaison. This episode was edited by Tommy Sherwood.

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The WPSPJ Podcast heads to a Seton Hall University men's basketball game to shadow John Fanta, a play-by-play broadcaster for Fox Sports; Matt Loughlin, the host of a Seton Hall podcast and play-by-play announcer for the New Jersey Devils, and Adam Zagoria, who covers college basketball for NJ Advance Media. Hosts Patrick Groh, Andrew Herbst, and Tommy Sherwood discuss the passion and preparation of sports journalists. This ep...

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March 19, 2024 3 mins

With students away on spring break, WPSPJ adviser Dr. Nicholas Hirshon previews upcoming WPSPJ Podcast episodes, including interviews with producers for MLB Network, sportswriters who cover the New Jersey Devils, a public radio reporter who used to be a supermarket tabloid photographer, and actor Scott Bakula, who plays a journalist in the off-Broadway show "The Connector."

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We did it! Host Tommy Sherwood interviews SPJ President Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins about WPSPJ's selection as national campus chapter, and journalism students Rochelle Estrada, Andrew Herbst, and Rob Cardillo describe how our chapter has helped them. This episode was edited by Tommy Sherwood.

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Lisa Napoli, a former correspondent for MSNBC, traces her career from interning at CNN to writing for the New York Times to field-producing for the Fox News Service. Host Robert Cardillo encourages aspiring journalists to take leaps of faith when hopping among media jobs. Cardillo edited this episode as well.

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The WPSPJ Podcast tours the CBS Broadcast Center with anchor Errol Barnett, executive producer Eric Berlin, senior producer Natacha Larnaud, and supervising social media producer Jason Silverstein. Hosts Terri Coppola, Keandrei Tarver Francis, and Claire Biennestin discuss the atmosphere inside CBS's East Coast production hub. This episode was edited by Terri Coppola.

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February 19, 2024 11 mins

The WPSPJ Podcast tours the One of One Productions podcasting studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey, with chief engineer Denis Orynbekov. Hosts Terri Coppola and Tommy Sherwood discuss the state-of-the-art equipment that One of One uses to record projects for iHeart Radio and SiriusXM. This episode was edited by Terri Coppola.

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February 12, 2024 22 mins

The William Paterson Society of Professional Journalists is partnering with a nonprofit named the ReNews Project to revive our defunct campus newspaper, the Beacon. Hosts Rochelle Estrada and Tommy Sherwood talk with ReNews founder Wesley Wright about the roles that student newspapers play in helping young journalists develop reporting skills and a portfolio of clips. This episode was edited by Terri Coppola.

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February 5, 2024 48 mins

Marc Raimondi, a combat sports reporter for ESPN, reconnects with his former colleague on the St. John's University newspaper, WPSPJ adviser Dr. Nick Hirshon. Host Robert Cardillo interviews Raimondi and Hirshon about how student journalism prepares young reporters for professional careers.

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The WPSPJ Podcast tours News 12 New Jersey with meteorologist Dave Curren, technical operations supervisor Matthew Korley, and chief photographer Chuck Werneke. Hosts Tommy Sherwood, Tiffani Paulus, and Kimberly Scott discuss News 12's transition to more remote editing since the pandemic and the importance of developing a thick skin in television journalism. This episode was edited by Robert Cardillo.

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December 27, 2023 16 mins

Denise Salcedo, who co-hosts the "Busted Open" radio show and has appeared on WWE programming, credits her success in the wrestling industry to studying broadcast journalism. Hosts Tommy Sherwood and Matt Wondoloski discuss the transferability of journalism skills like research and interviewing to adjacent media careers. This episode was edited by Robert Cardillo.

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Allison Lucas, the widow of baseball writer Ed Lucas, reveals the challenges her late husband confronted as a blind journalist covering the New York Yankees, including name-calling and jealousy in the press box. Lucas also tells host Andrew Elsey about her husband's friendships with baseball stars Phil Rizzuto, Jackie Robinson, Bobby Bonds, and Don Mattingly.

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Our student journalists tour the Philadelphia Inquirer newsroom with reporters Beatrice Forman and Hira Qureshi, business editor Katie Krzaczek, and social platforms editor Erin Gavle. Hosts Robert Cardillo, Josh Kizel, and Ethan Dawson discuss the importance of journalism internships and how the Inquirer promotes its reporting on social media.

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November 23, 2023 11 mins

Chuck Lane, an editorial writer and columnist at the Washington Post, joins our campus screening of the 2003 film "Shattered Glass," which follows Lane's time as editor of the New Republic magazine and his role in discovering that reporter Stephen Glass was fabricating articles. Hosts Andrew Herbst and Tommy Sherwood discuss their reactions to the Glass scandal. This episode was edited by Tommy Sherwood and Robert Ca...

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October 5, 2023 22 mins

Ariel Helwani, a leading mixed martial arts journalist, discusses objectivity and integrity in reporting. WPSPJ member Robert Cardillo, who aspires to be an MMA reporter, describes how WPSPJ connected him with high-profile MMA journalists who have become his mentors in the sports news business. 

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Kristen Saloomey, a New York-based correspondent for Al Jazeera, describes a specific skill that can be a journalist’s path into the television network. 

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May 14, 2023 22 mins

Marc Ernay, the sports director for 1010 WINS, describes the need for writers in the radio industry and offers tips on how to prepare to get a journalism job. 

 

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May 7, 2023 19 mins

Budd Mishkin, a news anchor for 1010 WINS, discusses the importance of preparation in reporting and the key to getting a journalism job.

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