For the economically inclined
September 18, 2008

What are some good questions for me to ask NYU professor/Cassandra of Wall Street Nouriel Roubini? Leave some in the comments, and I’ll ask my favorites if I manage to get an interview.


New piece on NYU Local
September 9, 2008

The money quote:

My point isn’t that our whole school sucks – I kind of like it here. It’s that NYU, even moreso than a lot of other Universities, is a massive bureaucracy, and massive bureaucracies are by their nature, lumbering, slow-witted beasts. To a certain extent, it doesn’t even matter how good the professors – most of whom I’m sure are very intelligent and spry – are. Our education is suffering from an institutional problem, and the larger the institution is, the longer that sort of thing takes to fix. This is especially true given that universities by their nature are particularly resistant to change – hell, the modern lecture hall is an artifact of the Middle Ages.

You know what would help, though? More administration responsiveness. Let students audit their classes and their departments. Let us be partners in trying to make our education a little more relevant to the modern world. Getting some of these classes into the 21st century might be a bit much to ask, but for now I’d settle for the mid-20th.

I guess I just spoiled the whole piece for you. Read it anyway.

New Media
September 8, 2008

I just wrote a very long post (practically an essay) for NYU Local, trying to introduce novices to the whole New Media/Old Media journalism debate, and the ‘Local’s place in it. Check it out, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Liveblogging again
September 4, 2008

Check out NYU Local again tonight at 9:30 EST for a liveblog of McCain’s speech, featuring me and two other NYU Local opinion bloggers.

A very special NYU Local event
September 3, 2008

I’m trying a little experiment out over at NYU Local tonight and liveblogging the big Palin speech over there. Check it out.

Another Shameless Plug
September 2, 2008

Also: NYU Local officially relaunched today. Check check check us out.

August 14, 2008

It’s that wonderful time of year again, the weeks leading up to the 2008 fall semester. Last spring, NYU Local launched in its beta form, and I’d like to think that we had a pretty damn good semester, especially considering it was only the beta launch. The real deal is coming in a little over two weeks, and with that comes some staff/section reshuffling and realignment. Which means that my section, Opinion, is now accepting applications to become regular blogger/columnists. The specifics are still being hammered out, but to put it in SAT terms:

You : NYU Local :: Coates/McArdle/Douthat/Sullivan : The Atlantic Monthly

Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me. So apply, goddammit! And tell all your NYU friends who can write and are opinionated to apply too.

If you’re still not convinced, here are some reasons why you should want to be a columnist:

1. Writing for an online publication > writing the exact same content in a Facebook note only your friends will read. You’ll get a much wider readership, people will take you more seriously, and “columnist” sounds a hell of a lot better on your résumé than “angry person the Internet.” Plus, as editor, my job is to get rid of all of those typos and work with you to make your argument more cogent, so you’ll come out looking smarter.

2. There is the chance that you will achieve a very small amount of Internet fame. Positions at NYU Local lead to exciting opportunities elsewhere. Pieces I’ve written for NYU Local helped me score a scholarship to Netroots Nation, among other things. And one of our columnists received additional financial aid thanks to a scathing piece in my section.

3. Joining NYU Local is a good way to surround yourself with awesome people. Just because the site is online doesn’t mean you won’t be meeting any fellow Localites in person. We’ve got the launch party planned, for one thing, and we had a couple other meetings last semester where everyone got to meet face to face. It’s a great group of people to work with, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you make some new friends there.

4. You get to go around telling people that you’re an opinion columnist for an online alternative publication. Opinion columnists combine the intellect and sensitive creative soul of Maureen Dowd with the raw sexual appeal of Thomas Friedman. Peers and acquaintances will shower adoration upon you. Gossip Girl star Blake Lively will make a blatant pass at you and try to get your phone number. Your name will be on all the lists for all the clubs. Every once in a while, Dave Eggers will call just to say “hey” and see what you’re up to Saturday night.

5. Applying to my section will make me happy. Just sayin’. Conversely, if you have prodigious writing talents which, for some unfathomable reason, you choose to withhold from me and my section, then I will consider it a personal affront. So if you don’t want to hurt my feelings, once again, apply.

*If you attend NYU, that is. Otherwise, we’re wasting each other’s time.

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