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DID YOU PLAN A JOURNALISM CAREER? I was a Saratogian reporter after graduation, but ultimately I decided to engage in issues as a scholar.

HOW DID YOUR NEWSWORK INFLUENCE LIFE AFTER GRADUATION? When I was editor, a nationally known Holocaust denier sent us an advertisement, and instead of running the ad, we launched an investigation into Holocaust deniers who were targeting college campuses and student newspapers. The issue raised questions about history and memory, uses and abuses of academic freedom, and the role of the academy in political discourse. Our investigation grew so large that we published a 24-page supplement, distributed to college libraries across the country. That experience sparked a lifelong interest in the philosophical and legal implications of war and atrocities and the possibility of using criminal law for redress. I am now a professor of international law specializing in genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

WHAT’S THE FIRST NEWSPAPER SECTION YOU LIKE TO READ? Inter- national news, legal news, and restaurant reviews.


American studies major; MA, American political history, University of Pennsylvania National programs manager, National Constitution Center Philadelphia, Pa.

WHAT DREW YOU TO THE NEWS? After my fourth-grade teacher assigned the newspaper as homework, I started following cur- rent events with serious interest. I started at the News by cov- ering sports. It was motivating to be around people who took themselves and their work seriously—and who were fun, interesting, hard-working, smart, spec- tacular people. It was also thrilling to have a byline.

DID THE NEWSAFFECT CAMPUS LIFE? Ab- solutely. I remember a story on the fail- ure of recycling at Skidmore, and peo- ple talked about it. I wrote an editorial on the death penalty that I was very proud of. The paper was well respected and very much a part of daily life. Still, I am pretty sure some people laughed at how seriously we took ourselves.


my interest in the world around me. Currently, I write for the National Constitution Center’s new blog. I am

rusty, but I really enjoy writing again. This is the best job I have ever had, in part because following the news closely is part of it.

WHAT SHOULD BE THE ROLE OF A CAMPUS PAPER? To be responsi- ble and to hold other people responsible.

WHAT’S THE FIRST NEWSPAPER SECTION YOU LIKE TO READ? The front page, of course! Then op-eds, dining, and arts. I only glance at sports.

CAN PRINT MEDIA SURVIVE? I tell my year-old daughter I’m read- ing a newspaper but someday she might wonder why the word “paper” is attached to “news.” She has no idea what I’m saying; she just wants to eat the paper. It’s one of the best parts of my day.

ROB RESNICK ’88 Government major; JD, New England School of Law; LLM, JAG Legal Center Judge Advocate, US Army Trial Defense Service Alexandria, Va.

WHAT DREW YOU TO THE NEWS? The campus was incredibly apa- thetic. I was interested in get- ting people talking about issues and contributing to the discus- sion of world events.

DID THE NEWSAFFECT CAMPUS LIFE? My purpose was to spark discussion. I can’t say the campus was ever abuzz because of anything I wrote, but I would see letters to the editor regarding my comments, so some students were willing to engage. Faculty and administration always have been interested in the student viewpoint, so as far as the News helped to develop or report that viewpoint, the paper contributed.

DID THE NEWSCONNECT YOU TO THE COLLEGE? I still read the Skid- more News as an alum. Thanks to new technology, a bigger staff, and better emphasis, overall the paper is clearly more in- volved and more advanced. I would have to believe it is better regarded now than in the ’80s, and I concede it deserves to be.

CAN PRINT MEDIA SURVIVE? Unfortunately no. The problem is that any idiot can start a blog and call himself a journalist. Newspapers are accountable, and that helps maintain profes- sional standards. Bloggers have caused a lot of harm. I prefer to read newspapers.

FALL 2011 SCOPE 21

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