Good Morning America

For the first time, the Oxbridge journalism class started at the break of dawn. We took the subway to Times Square with our two big posters with only one thing in mind: the live broadcast of ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA). Although we were still groggy, the thought of seeing one of Saturday Night Live’s most famous alumni, Will Ferrell, woke us up quickly. Once we arrived in the area that was reserved for viewers (like us), the energy was palpable. Three quarters of those present had signs and cameras. We didn’t feel as out of place as we did riding the subway with our signs.

We peered through the glass to get a better view of the live broadcast. We felt as if we were in the studio since hair and makeup were done in front of our eyes. After an hour of standing outside speaking with fellow viewers, watching the segments and even meeting Sam Champion (the weather anchor for GMA), speculation came out about Will Ferrell going on air within the next 20 minutes. At this point, we were eager to see the broadcast start. We were handed posters of the movie that Will Ferrell was there to promote (The Campaign). We waved them to the camera, hoping to get our five seconds of fame. He did not disappoint and gave a very funny interview.

After he finished the segment, Robin Roberts (anchor) and Josh Elliot (news anchor) came outside to pose for photos and sign autographs. It was great to see them up close for the first time! The show is a healthy mix of news, entertainment and human interest stories, and it is easy to see why GMA is in a tight race with Today Show for first place in that time slot.

By Léa Lotey-Goodman

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Lechonera La Isla

Walking around the streets of Harlem while trying to find the Puerto Rican restaurant, we had no idea that we had walked by it (probably because we were expecting it to be a little bigger.) On the display in the front of the restaurant were freshly made blood sausages, amarillitos and lechón, put there to open the appetites of people passing by. The size of the place and the fact that there weren’t any tables inside made us reconsider our decision to eat there until our Puerto Rican friend, Michelle encouraged us to go inside.
As we took our places at the bar stools, Michelle ordered for us. The plates of lechón with arroz con gandulez, which is pork with special baked yellow rice, were placed in front of us. What’s special about Puerto Rican food is that it is compromised of ordinary ingredients cooked with extraordinary sauces, making amazing dishes. This applies for every dish aside from the blood sausage, which was what I had. The blood sausage is usually filled with pork meat mixed with herbs, onions, spices and blood, and all of these are put inside the intestines of a pig.
As a Turk who does not even eat Kokoreç in her home country, I was not happy when I heard about the intestines! A 30 cm piece of the whole sausage was cut for the five of us and I took a small piece of it. Apparently we were supposed to suck the insides first and then eat the skin.
The sausage was hot and did not have a very strong smell, thank God. The skin of the sausage wasn’t very thick. The insides did not have a pretty look. The color of the blood did not help with my urge to throw the fork away. My first thoughts taking a bite off the sausage were on its salty and meaty taste. Before it reached my taste buds, I actually enjoyed it. I have to be honest, I’m not the one for exotic new tastes, and bloody intestines aren’t really for me. But overall, I could not stop myself from eating the pork and the yellow rice with beans. I especially loved how they had many different sauces. The service was fast and fulfilling. The cashier (also the waiter) even suggested some dishes for us. The music made us move in our seats and we literally got up from our stools and danced to the lively Puerto Rican beat.
I loved the little restaurant, the service, the atmosphere, and the music. Five people ate for 35$, so it was not expensive at all.
I would strongly suggest Lechonera La Isla for those who love new tastes!
By Alara Ozsan


Photos by: Alara Ozsan

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“Time Out” Lives Up to Its Name

The first remark entering the TimeOut office was the original design of the space. The colorful and modern place was quite a departure from the The New York Times offices, which were more silent and serious and here, employees wear t-shirts and flip-flops in lieu of suits and ties.

The magazine which was first published in London at 1968, started printing in New York in 1995 and has 60 editions all over the world including cities like Chicago, Istanbul and Abu Dhabi. The employee number in the office is about a hundred and ten, thirty-five of them editorials working on various kinds of subjects like arts, nightlife, food and shopping.

“I’m aware that the future is digital, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to not love paper.” says the Design Director of the magazine, Adam Logan Fulrath while he talks about the website and how it has a million views every month. The journalism students had a chance to also meet Jordana Rothman, the Food & Drink Editor of the magazine. Jordana enthusiastically answered the many questions from the curious students and told them about how she came from eating only beans because she was poor to being invited to famous restaurants.

The editors provided us with many valuable lessons, “Say yes to opportunities that come your way,” says Jordana, because that this is how she got to her current occupation at TimeOut.

By Alara Ozsan

A Visit to The New York Times

A big part in pursuing any professional career is knowing how everything operates behind the scenes. Our journalism class was given the rare opportunity to tour the inside of The New York Times building yesterday, July 10. The 52-story building houses The Times offices from the 2nd floor to the 28th floor (the remainder of the space is rented out), and we got to see how and where the journalists of the world famous news paper work.

While there, a variety of things featured in the documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times were easily seen, much to the delight of the journalism class. David Carr, a columnist for the times, was recognized by our class immediately, as well as the third and fourth floor of the building, where the main offices for writing are at The Times.

In addition, we were brought to the 15th floor, which houses framed articles of each story, series of articles, or pictures featured in The Times that have won the Pulitzer Prize, a prize that is, in essence, the journalistic equivalent to the Academy Awards. 108 prizes have been collectively won by affiliates of The Times, the most of any publication. The first win for The New York Times was back in 1918, awarded for accurate and extensive coverage of World War I.

Each member of the Journalism class received an edition of The New York Times Magazine and a copy of the day’s paper as a parting gift. The opportunity to visit the building truly enhanced the understanding of the journalism world for our class.

By Sara Evall

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9/11 Memorial

On Saturday July 7th, the Oxbridge Journalism major went to visit the National September 11 Memorial. This experience was both very emotional and memorable. Although it is extremely saddening to think that nearly 3,000 lives were lost in these terror attacks, it is also very heartwarming to see such an outstanding tribute.

By Léa Lotey-Goodman