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[COMMUNITY] Sree Sreenivasan Appointed Dean of Students (Columbia University)

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    Sree Sreenivasan Appointed Dean of Students http://www.aaja.org/news/member/#2005_06_10_1 Former AAJA Board member Sreenath Sreenivasan will succeed Ari
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 14, 2005
      Sree Sreenivasan Appointed Dean of Students

      Former AAJA Board member Sreenath Sreenivasan will succeed Ari
      Goldman as Dean of Students at Columbia University's Graduate School
      of Journalism.

      According to Nicholas Lemann, Dean of Columbia University's Graduate
      School of Journalism, Sree's appointment will be effective July 1.

      "There is nobody in this unsually student-centered school who is as
      dedicated to our students as Sree. We count ourselves very lucky
      that he has agreed to take the Dean of Students position, when his
      talents and accomplishments have put so many competing opportunities
      before him. Our incoming class is fortunate to have such a strong
      advisor and advocate waiting in the dean's office," said Lemann.

      Sree has taught at Columbia University for 12 years. Though he
      leaves his title as Associate Professor of Professional Practice and
      Director for Online Journalism Awards, he will continue to teach. In
      addition to his professorship, Sree is also a technology reporter,
      known as the Tech Guru, for WABC-TV and freelance writer/reporter to
      other major news sources such as The New York Times and The Nightly
      Business Report on PBS.

      Furthermore, Sree has been an active member of AAJA and is the co-
      founder and former president of the South Asian Journalists
      Association (SAJA).


      About Sreenath Sreenivasan

      The 10-second Bio:
      ** Columbia University new media professor
      ** WABC-TV's "Tech Guru" (Thursday mornings at 6:45 and Saturday
      mornings at 7:45)
      ** Co-founder, SAJA, South Asian Journalists Association
      ** Weekly columnist for Poynter.org

      Sree is a professor of journalism at Columbia and an expert on
      convergence journalism - teaching journalists to work in multiple
      media formats such as print, TV, radio and online.

      He teaches full-time at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism,
      where his simple title is "associate professor of professional
      practice." In this, his 12th year of professoring, he run's the
      school's new media/Web journalism program (which has been taught
      since the fall of 1994). He also teaches workshops in "Smarter
      Surfing: Better Use of Your Web Time" in newsrooms and educational
      institutions around the US and abroad.

      In the New York City area, Sree can be seen regularly on WABC-7 --
      every Thursday at 6:45 a.m. for the station's "Tech Guru" segments,
      discussing technology trends and gadgets on "Eyewitness News This
      Morning" and every Saturday morning at 7:45 for "Sree's Top Three"
      (samples). In April 2002, he hosted and co-produced a half-hour WABC
      documentary about technology called "Computers 101." He guest hosts
      segments of "Asian America" on PBS, a nationally syndicated English
      program about Asian American affairs (samples) and American Desi, a
      24-hour satellite TV network.

      As a freelance journalist, he has written for The New York Times,
      Business Week, Time Digital, National Journal, India Today and
      Rolling Stone (samples). He has been published in several other
      periodicals, including the Fiji Sun (in which he got his first
      byline at 15), and has been a freelance producer for the "Nightly
      Business Report" on PBS and a reporter and editor in India for The
      Sunday Observer and Business Today.

      Sree currently serves as the Web Geek for Popular Science's "Geek
      Chorus" and writes a weekly Web Tips column at Poynter.org.

      He is co-founder and former president of SAJA, the South Asian
      Journalists Association, a group of 1,000+ South Asian journalists
      in New York and across the U.S. and Canada.

      He also serves as faculty adviser to Columbia's chapter of the
      Society of Professional Journalists and he won the group's "national
      faculty adviser of the year" award for 1998.

      From 2000 to 2002, he was the founding administrator of the Online
      Journalism Awards, the world's largest new media contest, run by
      Columbia and the Online News Association (a group he helped co-found
      in 1998).

      Sree is a frequent commentator and speaker on various issues,
      including trends affecting journalism; technology & convergence; the
      Internet; writing for the Web; and South Asia & South Asians in
      America. He especially enjoys speaking at schools and colleges about
      the charms and challenges of working in the media (more on these
      talks and see OJR article, "Meet Columbia's New Media Guru").

      In April 2003, he was named one of the 20 most influential South
      Asians in America by Newsweek magazine.

      Sree has a Master of Science degree in journalism from Columbia; a
      Bachelor of Arts in history from St. Stephen's College, Delhi; a
      high school diploma from Marist Brothers High School in the Fiji
      Islands; a sixth-grade diploma from P.S. 6 in Manhattan; a
      kindergarten (or deskisat) diploma from Mosow; and a birth
      certificate from a Catholic hospital in Tokyo (though he'd be hard-
      pressed to produce any of these in a pinch).

      He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Roopa Unnikrishnan, a
      management consultant, Rhodes Scholar and world-class sports rifle
      shooter; and their twin toddlers, Durga & Krishna.


      Covering Technology in the Morning, Teaching Journalism During the
      BY ALEXANDRA SIMOU - Special to the Sun
      January 31, 2005

      Inside Sreenath Sreenivasan lurks a Luddite, just waiting to come
      out. Perhaps unexpected in someone who guides people through the
      perils of technology for a living, this small voice of skepticism is
      what gives Mr. Sreenivasan the edge in his mission of demystifying
      technology and the Internet. "I'm not a technical expert," he
      says, "I just play one on TV."

      As WABC-TV's "Tech Guru," Mr. Sreenivasan appears on Channel 7
      Eyewitness News This Morning at 6:45 a.m. on Thursdays and at 7:45
      a.m. on Saturdays. His three-minute segments interpret technology to
      the layman, sift through Web sites for the useful and entertaining
      ones, and include tips ranging from how to participate in the South
      Asian tsunami relief effort to how best to go about online shopping.

      Mr. Sreenivasan was born in Tokyo and went to kindergarten in
      Moscow, where he learned to speak fluent Russian and quote Lenin.
      His father's job as a diplomat for the Indian government took the
      family to New York when he was nine years old (and learned to quote
      John Lennon). He attended P.S. 6 on the East Side and, to his
      parents chagrin, announced that he planned to be a journalist. But
      his father was soon posted overseas again, and Mr. Sreenivasan went
      to high school in Burma and then Fiji. Trying to steer him toward
      useful employment, his mother arranged for a paid internship.
      Undeterred, Mr. Sreenivasan found an unpaid job at the Fiji Sun
      newspaper, and his parents only realized his ruse when he ran out of
      money. But he thought his unpaid toil well worth it when, at the age
      of 15, he got his first byline.

      After Fiji, Mr. Sreenivasan was accepted to the University of
      Canberra, Australia. Seeking independence and distance from his
      family, he went to India instead, studied history in New Delhi, and
      worked as a proofreader and business reporter. He returned to New
      York for his master's degree at Columbia University, and was
      delighted when, in the economic downturn of the early nineties, he
      was offered a job as a business reporter at Forbes Magazine with a
      salary of $27,000. A teaching fellowship at Columbia paying $19,000
      came up at the same time, and, predictably, he took the job at
      Columbia. He is now associate professor of professional practice at
      Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, and has taught
      courses ranging from writing and reporting to television classes and
      Internet journalism. He's widely considered one of the university's
      most popular teachers.

      Mr. Sreenivasan is at home in New York - and sees the city's rich
      diversity as a great asset. It happens regularly after his morning
      television broadcasts that the anchor "tosses" from the Tech Guru to
      Joya Dass, a financial reporter also of South Asian origin. "The
      fact that they have two South Asians says something about the
      station, says something about the network, about New York - it's a
      wonderful thing," says Mr. Sreenivasan. To help bring more
      minorities into the media, he has co-founded the South Asian
      Journalists Association.

      Part of his mission is to help parents guide their children through
      the maze of the Internet even as they cope with the younger
      generation's superior computer skills. "We do a lot of segments
      on 'catching up with your kids'," he says, "the Internet is not
      passive and parents need to get involved." He'd like to see children
      learn that information is not free. "How do we get the next
      generation to pay for newspapers, pay for a website-newspapers are
      wrestling with this," he says. He encourages parents to help their
      children understand the value of technology by including expenses
      like mobile phones in the calculation of their allowance.

      Mr. Sreenivasan has conducted technology workshops in seven
      countries. WABC-TV often sends him to local schools to teach about
      technology and the Internet. Recently, he held a class for 900
      sixth, seventh and eighth graders in Roslyn, Long Island. "They
      should all have been my tech gurus," he says, "they all know more
      about technology than we do."

      Before becoming a parent, Mr. Sreenivasan thought he wouldn't let
      his children play with computers until they were four years old. But
      his 20-month-old twins are already listening to iPods and playing
      computer games on the Internet, so he's revising his plan-although
      he rejects the idea of using technology as a baby sitter.

      Inevitably, he watches a lot of television. "But I couldn't do
      without print journalism," he says, admitting that he is often awake
      at 3 a.m., holding the freshly delivered Wall Street Journal in one
      hand and cradling one of the twins in the other.

      Mostly, he surfs. "My job is to surf the Internet, I have the
      world's greatest job," he says. He is on 24/7, always looking for
      the next technology breakthrough, the next best thing on the Web.
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