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Columnist Sheryl McCarthy to Teach Journalism Courses
Contact: Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
(718) 997-5597
Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593



FLUSHING, NY, July 31, 2007—Sheryl McCarthy, a longtime columnist for Newsday, has joined the Queens College Journalism Program as a Distinguished Lecturer. Beginning this September McCarthy will teach journalism courses, mentor students, and host a weekly public affairs talk show on CUNY-TV that will address issues of concern to New Yorkers.

“One of the things I hope to do is give more students greater exposure to accomplished working journalists so they can learn what it’s like to work in the business and how journalists view their function in society,” says McCarthy.

This fall McCarthy will teach Critical Issues in Journalism, which meets Tuesdays from 1:40-4:30 p.m. The course will explore the kinds of ethical decisions journalists are faced with in their daily work, as well as what constitutes ethical behavior in any given situation. The course will examine incidents such as the Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass scandals; the propriety of journalists going “undercover” on shows like Dateline’s’ “To Catch a Predator”; whether it’s permissible to use deception to land a story; the role of the press in wartime; and the importance of diversity in the newsroom. The course will also look at the kinds of behavior the First Amendment does and does not protect. In the spring McCarthy’s Critical Issues course will focus on the role of opinion-writers and how to write well-reasoned columns supported by facts.

“These issues are fascinating and very topical,” McCarthy says. “I encourage students to sign up for these courses.”

A cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College, McCarthy holds a master’s degree in English and a law degree from Columbia University. She has been a reporter and education editor for the New York Daily News, a correspondent for ABC-TV News, and a writer and columnist for Newsday and New York Newsday. She has also hosted talk shows on WNET-TV/Channel 13 and WNYC-TV. McCarthy has received the Meyer Berger Award from Columbia University, a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard, and awards from the Education Writers Association and the NYS Associated Press. She is currently a contributing columnist for Newsday and USA Today.


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