MediaWatch: October 1989

Vol. Three No. 10

Revolving Door: A Vance Degree in Journalism

A Vance Degree in Journalism. The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago has hired a new dean: Michael Janeway, a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance during the Carter Administration. Janeway's been Executive Editor of Houghton Mifflin, the book publishing company, since he left the Boston Globe in 1986. Janeway was Editor of the Globe Magazine from 1978 until becoming Editor of the entire paper in 1985.

Good Night Boston. Paula Lyons, consumer affairs reporter since 1979 for Boston ABC affiliate WCVB-TV, began the same role with Good Morning America in mid-September. Between 1974 and 1978 Lyons worked in several jobs for the city of Boston, serving as Press Secretary to Democratic Mayor Kevin White, Assistant Director of the Office of Federal Relations. Lyons will contribute a story at least once a week for ABC's morning show.

Hart's Beats. Last year Virginia (Ginny)Terzano did political research for the CBS News election unit. Her qualifications: a member of Senator Gary Hart's staff since 1983, she served as Deputy Press Secretary for his presidential campaign until it self-destructed. Then Terzano put in a stint with Senator Al Gore's presidential effort. This summer she went back to openly promoting liberal politicians, becoming Press Secretary of the Democratic National Committee.

Kissinger On Board. At its monthly meeting in September, the CBS Inc. Board of Directors elected Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State for Presidents Nixon and Ford, to fill a newly created 15th seat. Kissinger isn't the only presidential advisor directing CBS policy. Harold Brown, Carter's Secretary of Defense, has been on the board since 1981.

Wilkins Off Board. Roger Wilkins, a Senior Fellow at the far-left Institute for Policy Studies and a Senior Adviser to Jesse Jackson's 1984 campaign, has been forced to relinquish his position on the Pulitzer Prize Board after serving the maximum limit of nine years. Wilkins was on the editorial boards of The New York Times and Washington Post in the 1970's. During the 1987-88 awards cycle, Wilkins served as Chairman of the Pulitzer Board.

Working Again. In February, ABC News closed the Washington News Information office, putting Joyce Kravitz, its Director and former Carter White house and Democratic Party press aide, out of a job. WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., put her to work again in August as Director of Public Relations.

Knight Move. Richard Capen Jr., a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and later Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for legislative affairs during President Nixon's first three years, is Knight-Ridder's new Vice Chairman for business information and cable television operations. Since 1983, Capen has been published of the Knight-Ridder owned Miami Herald.