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(New York) – Human Rights Watch multimedia features on Russia and Papua New Guinea have won prestigious awards in the field of broadcast journalism, a rare honor for a nongovernmental organization. The Peabody Awards aim to recognize “the best of the best” in broadcast, which this year included the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera English, and National Public Radio. Human Rights Watch was the only nongovernmental organization to receive a Peabody.
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The world of online publishing, or at least upstart online publishing, got a surprise on Wednesday when David Cho , publisher of The Awl , announced he was leaving the 2-year-old site he founded with Choire Sicha and Alex Balk . He’s packing his bags (literally) and heading west to join Bill Simmons and Team Grantland , where he’ll be director of business development. We (probably like a good number of you) are fans of The Awl here at The Lab, and have been following its growth from “scrappy” three-man circus to money-making writing franchise , complete with its own spinoffs: Splitsider and The Hairpin .
6:19 p.m. | Updated The New York Times said Wednesday that four of its journalists reporting on the conflict in Libya were missing. Editors said they were last in contact with the journalists, who were reporting from the northern port city of Ajdabiya, on Tuesday morning New York time.
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The shortcomings of the so-called mainstream media have become something of a stale trope. Traditional media does some things well, other things poorly, vice-versa for blogging and other social media. But the neglect of the situation in Tunisia by the media in general, and American media in particular, is beyond the pale. Since a young Tunisian, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire on December 17 to protest conditions in his North African country, and the country went up in flames , most Western, and all American media, has been unearthly silent. Untitled from Slim Amamou on Vimeo . #sidibouzid
New York, December 7, 2010--Ecuadoran authorities must fully investigate a vicious attack against sports reporter Guido Manolo Campaña, who was abducted, beaten, and threatened while on assignment in the northern coastal province of Esmeraldas, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Two gunmen seized Campaña, a reporter for the Guayaquil-based daily El Universo , from a bus that was en route to Esmeraldas, northwest of the capital, Quito, at about 1 p.m., the newspaper reported .
[Every Friday, Mark Coddington sums up the week's top stories about the future of news and the debates that grew up around them. —Josh] Olbermann and objectivity : Another week, another journalist or pundit disciplined for violating a news organization’s codes against appearances of bias: This week (actually, late last week) it was Keith Olbermann , liberal anchor and commentator for the cable news channel MSNBC, suspended for donating money to Democratic congressional candidates, in violation of NBC News policy.
Old media often bemoans the copy-and-paste habits of bloggers and self-professed citizen journalists, alleging that the "re-reporting" they do is more akin to plagiarism than journalism. Smarting under these kinds of accusations , the blogosphere eagerly took up a story writer Monica Gaudio posted to her blog Wednesday evening in which she described how a for-profit print magazine called Cooks Source published a 5-year-old post she had penned for the blog Gode Cookery . The article was published without Gaudio's permission. A friend who had seen the article wrote to Gaudio congratulating her and asking her how she had gotten the article published in the magazine, which has a circulation of about 20,000. "This was news to me, as I hadn't ever heard of this magazine before," she said. According to Gaudio, she contacted the editor of Cooks Source to inquire about the article (which is about the history of apple pie) and how it managed to appear in the magazine.
Keith Olbermann, host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, has been suspended indefinitely by MSNBC. Photograph: Fred Prouser/Reuters
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ITS covers were often provocative, whether discussing sexual taboos in Islam or addressing the king in gutsy slang. But Nichane , a Casablanca magazine that announced its closure last week, was most unusual because it was published in darija , Morocco's Arabic dialect.
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