Director, Journalism Program
University at Albany
WILLIAM R. RAINBOLT, Ph.D
Associate Professor, and Director, Journalism Program
University at Albany
MOSES ROSE, historical novel. (Thomaston, Me.: Dan River Press, 1996.) (“...gives intriguing new life to a shadowy character long rumored to have survived the Alamo...an imaginative tale.” -- Dallas Morning News, Jan. 5, 1997)
IN PROGRESS – NONFICTION BOOK
THE CHANGING IMAGES OF JOURNALISM IN AMERICAN FILMS, 1946-1959.
THE HISTORY OF UNDERGROUND COMMUNICATION IN RUSSIA SINCE THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY. (Palo Alto and San Francisco: R&E Research Associates, 1978.)
“Documentary: Capturing the Friedmans, DVD Bonus Discs, and the Burden of Epistephila,” in Mary B. Valentis, ed., TECHKNOWLEDGIES: NEW CULTURAL IMAGINARIES AND TRANSDISCIPLINARY SPACES IN THE HUMANITIES, ARTS, AND TECHNOSCIENCES. (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, forthcoming, 2006).
ACADEMIC PAPERS PRESENTED
"From Document to Documentary: How It Works,” Researching New York Conference, November 18, 2005.
“The First Federal Ban on Importation of Obscenity: Public Policy Origins of Section 28 of the 1842 Tariff Act,” Columbia Conference on Freedom in American History, October 12, 1996.
“Copyright & the First Amendment,” Eastern Communications Assn., April 1983.
“Issues in Contemporary Newspaper Reporting,” New Jersey Scholastic Press Assn., May 1982.
“Media Law for the Eighties,” Glassboro Conference on Media Law, May 1980.
“Investigative Reporters and Libel,” Investigative Reporters & Editors Convention, March 1978.
ACADEMIC ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES
“Herbert H. Lehman,” and “The Little New Deal,” THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NEW YORK STATE (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2005).
“It’s Never Too Late to Apologize,” (short-short), www.mystorylives.blogspot.com (Star Root Press), June 22, 2006.
ESSAY -- ONLINE
“He Liked the Story, But Not the History.” One of four invited presenters in a “virtual conference” on historical fiction, WRITING FICTION, WRITING HISTORY, University at Albany History Department, available since June 1998, at: www.albany.edu/history/
ESSAYS -- PRINT
“How to Prep for Classes as a Visiting Speaker,” Editor & Publisher, September 11, 1999.
"Life's Little Lessons: `Ikiru'," (Kurosawa film), Writers Institute Newsletter, Spring 1995
"Turning a Stone, or a Miracle," Our Sunday Visitor, February 21, 1993
"For Whom the Bell Rings" (Pete Hamill), Writers Institute Newsletter, Spring 1993
"Stories of Crime -- Nicholas Pileggi," Writers Institute Newsletter, Fall 1992
"Waiting for the Tenth," The Writer, August 1991; reprinted in 1992 edition of The Writer's Handbook
"Investigative Journalism -- Peter Maas," Writers Institute Newsletter, Winter 1991
"Double Vision -- Peter Matthiessen Walks Outer and Inner Paths," Writers Institute Newsletter, Winter 1990
"Carl Bernstein as Reporter and Artist," Writers Institute Newsletter, Fall 1988
"The Child in the Writer," Experiences, May 1987
"The Life of this Yankee Ranger Fan is a Lonely One," Fort Worth Star-Telegram, August 24, 1986
"Remember the Alamo," Albany Knickerbocker News, March 6, 1986
“Cold War, Cool Medium: Television, McCarthyism, and American Culture, by Thomas Doherty,” Journal of Popular Film and Television, (forthcoming, 2006)
"Orwell Gets Official Biographer's Deep Understanding" (Orwell, by Michael Shelden), Albany Times Union, January 5, 1992
"The Bonfire of the Vanities" (Tom Wolfe), oral review, Albany Public Library, March 15, 1988
"Arrogant Aussie: The Rupert Murdoch Story" (Michael Leapman), Albany Times Union, July 21, 1985
"The Literary Journalists" (Norman Sims), Journalism Quarterly, Spring 1985
"Mister White Eyes" (Herbert Gold), Albany Times Union, December 23, 1984
"Corporate Partner Strives to Make Accountants More Accountable" (Marilyn Pendergast), University Magazine, Winter 1989
Numerous legal affairs articles, NY State Bar News, 1986-present
“Sandy Hill’s 140 Years,” Business/New York, November 1988
“Therapists Seek MD Privileges,” New York Doctor, April 11, 1988
“Malprac Premiums Linked to Docs’ Gross Income,” New York Doctor, February 29, 1988
“Gifts That Can’t Be Matched,” Currents, January 1987
“Teaching Law for Public Relations and Advertising,” Journalism Educator, Summer 1984
“Lawyers and Advertising,” Freedom of Information Reports, January 1977
“What’s Doing: Corpus Christi,” New York Times, October 2, 1988
New York State Bar Association, Albany, N.Y., 1985-present. Wrote numerous press releases on a variety of specialized legal topics and articles for association newspaper; devised writing/editing test for prospective public relations staff members; edited February and March 1987 issues of State Bar News; served as member of Media Awards Committee, 1990-95.
Rensselaer County Historical Society, Troy, N.Y., 1994-95. Chief advisor for exhibit, “Read All Over: History of the Press in Rensselaer County,” and delivered keynote address at opening of exhibit.
Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., 1990-91. Professional advisor for student newspaper.
Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., 1990-93. Journalism instructor for SummerHigh Program for talented 9th-10th grade students.
Nordel Publishers, Albany, N.Y., 1987-89. Wrote numerous articles for Police Benevolent Association publications across New York State.
Associates for Women’s Medical Health Care, Schenectady, N.Y., 1988-89.Wrote and edited newsletter, press releases, miscellaneous publications.
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Washington, D.C., 1988. Writer and editor on Special Project on Status of University Foundations.
TELLING THE TRUTH, essays and transcripts from N.Y. State Writers Institute Conference on nonfiction and truth, featuring such writers as Norman Mailer, Nicholas Lemann, Gay Talese, Frances Fitzgerald, William Kennedy, Ken Auletta, JamesFallows, Calvin Trillin, Patricia Limerick, Eric Foner, and others. Now available online at home page for NYSWI at: www.albany.edu/writers-inst/.
Major grant application, Office of International Programs, SUNY Central, 1987.
State Bar News, editor, February and March issues, 1987.
The Best of IRE: Columbus Conference, chief editor, Columbia, Mo.: Investigative Reporters & Editors, 1978.
Cecil E. Shuford, poet, journalist, educator. University of North Texas Oral History Collection, 1974.
Marketing for Membership, handbook for ideas, strategies, tactics. Albany, N.Y.: New York Public Health Assn., 1985.
Keynote Speaker, “The Contemporary News Media,” Otsego Leadership Council, August , 2004, Oneonta, N. Y.
Respondent, “Journalism: The State of the Art” Panel Discussion, Feb. 19, 2004, New York State Writers Institute, with panelists Jack Hitt, Marion Roach, and Gary Taubes
Invited Professor for Visitation and Forum Lecture, “Journalism and Ethics,” The Millwood School, Millwood, N.Y., Nov. 1, 2002.
Series of introductions for visiting journalists (Tom Wicker, J. Anthony Lukas, Gay Talese, Carl Bernstein, William Kovach, Peter Maas, Nicholas Pileggi, Anita Pratap), New York State Writers Institute, 1986-continuing.
Interviewed as expert on media issues for WTEN-TV, WRGB-TV, WMHTTV (PBS), WAMC Radio, WPTR Radio, WROW Radio, all in Albany, N.Y., area; KPBS Radio, San Diego; WIIN Radio, Atlantic City, N.J.
"And Now the News . . . Hello? Is Anybody There?," Election 2000 Media Review, PoliticalNewsToday.Com & EmpirePage.Com Forum, Nov. 8, 2000.
“There is No New Thing Under the Sun,” Rensselaer County Historical Society, Sept. 12, 1994.
“How Newspapers Can Address the Youth Market,” Society of Professional Journalists, panel moderator, Jan. 16, 1993.
“Media Coverage of the Euthanasia Issue: The Washington Case,” The Hemlock Society Conference on Euthanasia, Dec. 11, 1991.
“The Press and the First Amendment,” Watervliet Rotary Club, Oct. 21, 1991.
“The Uses of Fact in Prose,” New York Writers Festival, panel member, Albany, April 5, 1991.
“Newspaper Competition in the Capital District,” Society of Professional Journalists, panel moderator, Albany, Feb. 26, 1991.
“People, Performance, and Product in Journalism” American Society of Quality Control, Albany, Oct. 2, 1990.
“Journalism and Responsibility,” Menands Rotary, Menands, N.Y., Feb. 26, 1988.
“Using the News Media in Marketing for Membership,” New York Public Health Assn., October 1985.
“Marketing Your Writing,” New Jersey Philanthropy Assn., Parsippany, N.J., April 1983.
“Magazine Article Writing,” New Jersey Hospital Public Relations Assn., New Brunswick, N.J., November 1982.
“Crisis Communications: Corporate and News Media Views,” panel member, Public Relations Society of America, Glassboro, N.J., October 1982.
“Contemporary Newspaper Reporting,” New Jersey Scholastic Press Assn., New Brunswick, N.J., May 1982.
“Improving Your Writing,” series of workshops for Jackson County (Kansas City, Mo.) government employees, 1978-79.