Press Releases


Date Released: 7/21/2006

Jason Zinoman, a theater critic for the New York Times, and John H. Richardson, writer-at-large for Esquire magazine, will join the Journalism program at Purchase College this fall as visiting faculty.

This highly popular and growing program is headed by Dr. Lisa Keller of New Rochelle, NY, and will enroll over 130 students in the new semester. Since its introduction in 1997, the Journalism program at Purchase College has attracted the largest number of students in the School of Humanities and the second largest number of students in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. It also hosts among the highest number of merit and presidential scholars.

Jason Zinoman, a theater critic and columnist with the New York Times since 2003, reviews Off and Off-Off Broadway shows and writes features.  He produced the “On Stage and Off” column, a weekly feature that covered the Broadway scene, wrote features and news about the theater business, and edited the excerpt column in the New York Times Sunday edition.  As theater editor of Time Out New York, he reviewed the entire Broadway season and most Off Broadway shows.  He also edited the theater section and wrote features on theater, film, sports, books and music.  He was books editor at Citysearch, a reporter at the New Republic, and has been a freelance writer for such magazines as Esquire, Slate, Vibe, Times magazine and O magazine.  A Brooklyn resident, he is a graduate of the University of Chicago and attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course.  He is a member of the New York Drama Critics Circle and the Tony Awards Committee.  Mr. Zinoman will teach a criticism and review workshop in which students attend theater and dance performances, music concerts, and films and write reviews and critiques of what they have seen.

John H. Richardson, Katonah, NY, is writer-at-large for Esquire magazine who began his career as a newspaperman and soon moved on to magazines.  At Esquire since 1998, he has profiled celebrities Angelina Jolie and George Clooney, and wrote an investigative memoir “My Father the Spy.”  He was contributing editor at New York magazine, a senior writer and articles editor at Premiere magazine, a staff feature writer for the Los Angeles Daily News and a police reporter for the Albuquerque Tribune.  A graduate of the University of Southern California, he earned a master’s degree in English literature from Columbia University.  He was a teaching fellow at Columbia University and an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico.  His books include The Vipers Club, the widely praised My Father the Spy: An Investigative Memoir and In the Little World: A True Story of Dwarfs, Love and Trouble.  At Purchase he will teach “Narrative Journalism,” the telling of stories with facts, otherwise known as the long-form magazine style pioneered by writers George Orwell and Lillian Ross, and  “new journalism,” a style introduced by Tom Wolfe and Gay Talese.

A special feature of the Journalism program is the production of a curriculum-based campus newspaper, The Dispatch, which is part of the program’s strong emphasis on hands-on journalism.  Students work on the newspaper as part of their basic reporting and writing courses.  They also do internships at local newspapers, magazines and other media outlets.

The Journalism program at Purchase College evolved from a concentration or minor offered only to students majoring in history, literature or language and culture. Today it provides a foundation in basic reporting, writing, editing and publishing practices in a liberal arts context.

Specialized journalism courses are offered along with related courses in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. The curriculum gives students the basic technical tools useful for their academic work, as well as for life after graduation, whether or not they become professional journalists.