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Pamela  Cytrynbaum


Pamela Cytrynbaum is a lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she is an alum (BSJ88). She taught new media at Oregon State University. She has taught in the Medill Innocence Project and is the former co-creator and director of the Justice Brandeis Innocence Project at Brandeis University. She was a ‘legman’ to the late columnist Mike Royko at the Chicago Tribune, and a Tribune staff writer. She covered criminal justice for the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Parent, The Oregonian and The Chicago Sun-Times. She blogs for Psychology Today magazine.

Note from the Old Dog:

My students are far more technologically sophisticated than my Gen X peers were when we came up, when “media” was called “journalism” and things made more sense.

I fell into new media several years ago when I started teaching new media at Oregon State University. I had just come from spending two years deep in ‘old school’ investigative reporting as the associate director of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, where I was also director and co-creator of the Justice Brandeis Innocence Project. 

Now I’m combining my fascination for new media tools with my obsession with old school reporting values. Old Dog, New Media.

Here’s my background:

Education and Work


Education Info

Grad School:
High School:

Work Info

Time Period:
August 2007 – Present
Corvallis, OR
Teach classes in reporting, multimedia and wrongful convictions/criminal justice; writing a book on wrongful convictions; working to set up a social justice program
Chicago, IL
Time Period:
September 2005 – May 2007
Waltham, MA
Former director, Justice Brandeis Innocence Project
Time Period:
August 2003 – June 2004
Evanston, IL
Time Period:
1993 – 1997
Eugene, OR
Taught reporting, magazine writing courses; created and launched internship program; coordinated Snowden Internship program; worked with amazing Oregonian staffers to coordinate the High School Journalism Workshop for Minority students
Time Period:
1990 – 1993
New Orleans, LA
Time Period:
1988 – 1990
Time Period:
In 1988
Washington, DC

I was Googling myself recently when I came upon an astonishing find: I’m in Wikipedia!!!!! I have no idea how this happened. If I’d written it myself it would be about 25,000 words complete with my wedding photos because well, I was GORGEOUS!!!! at my wedding. I’m terribly tempted to edit it but I don’t know how and it seems pathetic somehow. Do people do that? Edit their own entries? It made me feel so famous and popular to know that somebody thought my little life and career merited a Wikipedia entry.

Pamela Cytrynbaum

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Pamela Cytrynbaum
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Born 1966
Occupation Journalist; instructor in journalism
Notable credit(s) The New York Times, The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune

Pamela Cytrynbaum (born 1966[citation needed]) is an American journalist and instructor in journalism. She is currently on the staff of Northwestern University‘s Medill School of Journalism, of which she is a 1988 alumna.

Cytrynbaum has been a reporter or freelancer for The New York Times,[1][2][3] The Miami Herald and the Chicago Tribune.

She began teaching at the University of Oregon in 1997.

[edit] Family

Cytrynbaum is married with children.

[edit] References

  1. ^ “What’s New in Gun Manufacturing”, The New York Times, 2 April 1989.
  2. ^ “BLACKBOARD: Getting an M.B.A. on the Fly Via Cable TV”, The New York Times, April 9, 1989.
  3. ^ “A Bronx Youth Finds A Fresh Air ‘Brother'”, The New York Times, May 14, 1989.


One Response to “About the Old Dog”

  1. Max Benesi Says:

    Hi Pamela,

    I’m a huge fan of your blog and have been following it for a while now. You’re so knowledgable re: everything about New Media, and have such a keen eye for whatever the next best thing might be. I felt that this announcement might be a good fit for your blog- It’s USC’s first major New Media-based program. They’ve had other programs that have integrated New Media, but this would be their first program to based around this growing industry.

    Marc Robertson

    USC Marshall School of Business to Offer Professional Certificate for New Media Management

    August 17, 2009 – LOS ANGELES, CA — University of Southern California Marshall School of Business Executive Education today announced that it will be offering a new professional certificate program– “Certificate of New Media Management” – for participants of its highly-successful New Media Management programs.

    The New Media Management programs—jointly offered by USC Marshall and Really Useful Information (RUI)– is a series of three in-depth online courses: Digital Media and Technology Management, Media and Entertainment Leadership, and Branding and Integrated Marketing. The full series gives media and entertainment executives comprehensive education that helps them more effectively leverage new media technologies to build or enhance the profitability of their businesses.

    Hallmarks of the USC/RUI approach are

    * Convenient 24/7 online access. USC/RUI courses are offered exclusively online, allowing busy execs to attend courses at their convenience at any time anywhere.

    * Industry-seasoned subject matter experts. USC/RUI courses are taught by leading University professors partnered with working industry subject matter experts, bringing the best possible synthesis of established “best practices” with first-hand industry experience

    * Safe collaborative environment. USC/RUI creates a safe learning environment where executives can feel free to discuss their issues and collaborate with teachers and fellow students to solve problems.

    * Actionable information. USC/RUI courses provide information and connections that allow students to immediately begin implementing their knowledge in the workplace.

    * Intra-industry networking. USC/RUI continue to promote professional development through ongoing events (online and offline) that foster a strong sense of community and support between instructors, students and members of the entertainment industry.

    “The Digital Media and Technology Program provided a full-breadth understanding of the digital media landscape. The course leaders were deeply knowledgeable, sharing their real-world experience of failures and successes. It is already helping me in my current role,” said Jessica Hill, Ascent Media.

    Those interested in signing up for USC/RUI courses can visit:


    Based in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, at the crossroads of the Pacific Rim, the USC Marshall School is the best place to learn the art and science of business. The school’s programs serve nearly 5,000 undergraduate, graduate, professional and executive-education students, who attend classes in facilities at the main Los Angeles campus, as well as satellite facilities in Irvine and San Diego. USC Marshall also operates a Global MBA program in conjunction with Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China.


    Really Useful Information (RUI) is the leading provider of professional education and development for entertainment and media industry executives. Its vanguard face-to-face and online programs – Digital Media and Technology Management, Branding and Integrated Marketing and Media and Entertainment Leadership – are produced in conjunction with USC’s Marshall School of Business. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company can be found at

    Would love to know your thoughts on the subject.

    Thank you so much!

    Max Benesi
    tel. 1-213-596-6253 x 721
    fax 1 415 358 9807


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