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Reporters Without Borders Launches Tribute Page for James Foley

JimFoley304In memory of James Foley, the American photo journalist beheaded this week by ISIS, Reporters Without Borders created a tribute page to serve as a forum where anyone, including colleagues and members of the media, can share memories and leave messages.

“To us, he was an extraordinary journalist, who abhorred violence and was motivated by the desire to highlight the plight of the victims of war,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “As an internationally renowned journalist, James’ work took him to Libya and Syria. While being held captive by the Islamic State, he remained impassive in the face of threats, clinging to the hope that he would eventually return home. Courageous and composed, he communicated his hope to his fellow prisoners.”

In a statement on Foley’s taped murder – that was posted to YouTube on Tuesday by ISIS – President Barack Obama described Foley as ”a man who lived his work, who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings, who was liked and loved by friends and family” and concluded by vowing “we will do everything we can to protect our people and the timeless values that we stand for.”

Visit the tribute page, here.

Afternoon Lede Check – 8.22.14

NATO: Russia firing artillery within Ukraine (The Washington Post). W.H. offers new birth control plan (POLITICO). Police worried missing teen cases may be related (Fox5).

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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Weekend Show Preview – 8.24.14

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Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) on ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on “FOX News Sunday.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that are and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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HuffPost Responds to Criticisms on Crowd Sourced Ferguson Fellowship

Yesterday, The Huffington Post announced the creation of the Ferguson Fellowship, a partnership with the Beacon Reader to enable a citizen journalist to “monitor the activity of the local and county police forces once the national spotlight dims” and “learn the intricacies of public records requests in an effort to divine the funding sources and uses of military gear in the county.”

Today, HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim and HuffPost Ferguson Fellow Mariah Stewart went on HuffPost Live to respond to criticisms. HuffPost tells FishbowlDC that critics of the crowd funded fellowship – The Guardian’s Alex Koppelman (via this tweet), Jim Romenesko (via this post), and AdAge’s Simon Dumenco (via this article) – were invited on as guests by producers, but all declined.

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WaPo Editorial Board Bans Use of the Word ‘Redskins’ in Reference to DC NFL Team

The Washington Post’s editorial board Friday announced that it will stop writing the word ‘Redskins’ in reference to the Washington NFL football team. “Except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves,” the board wrote.

In May, 50 Senators signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in support of a name change for the team as many consider it disparaging to Native Americans.

“While we wait for the National Football League to catch up with thoughtful opinion and common decency, we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves,” the board declared Friday. “That’s the standard we apply to all offensive vocabulary, and the team name unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too.” Read more

40 Year DC TV Veteran Arch Campbell to Leave WJLA

arch-campbellDCRTV reports that WJLA and News Channel 8′s Arch Campbell is set to leave local news and his Thursday and Friday evening hosting gig of the entertainment and comedy program “The Arch Campbell Show.”

Campbell has reported on movies, theatre and entertainment in Washington for more than 40 years, with WJLA since 2007, and NBC4 for 32 years prior. Campbell’s departure comes weeks after the completed sale of WJLA and News Channel 8 from Allbritton Communications to Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

Campbell shared with DCRTV that he’s headed to his hometown of San Antonio and will continue to post movie reviews at ArchCampbell.org. DCRTV reports that Campbell shared on Facebook, “The new owners of 7 and 8 have graciously asked me to let them know if and when I want to return. But right now I’m taking a break. I have a couple of exciting projects ahead and a few personal things to do.”

Campbell’s last day on air in Washington will be August 28.

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Magazine Cover of the Week: TIME’s ‘The Tragedy of Ferguson’

ferguson-coverIt’s Friday, almost the weekend, and therefore, time to gather up your reading list…everything you saw but didn’t have time to actually read this week.

This week, we propose the latest issue of TIME magazine, and it’s cover story “The Tragedy of Ferguson.” The piece explores the events leading up to the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9 and the more than 10 days and nights of protests and tense interactions with law enforcement taking place in the St. Louis suburb.

“Ferguson is no longer just the name of a township. It has become a stern lesson in the value of public trust—the city learned too late that the well was dry—and a painfully familiar one,” writes TIME’s David Von Drehle and
 Alex Altman. ”When the shots rang out on Aug. 9, the usual figures assumed the customary positions. Al Sharpton? Check. Cable-news anchors? Check. Activists in Guy Fawkes masks? Check. The flames, the clouds of tear gas, the righteous anger of the protesters: What was live and what was videotape? The dead youth. The ruined cop. The clashing accounts of a few lethal moments. We’ve been here before—and failed to learn the lessons.”

For more, see newsstands, or subscribers can read it online.

Mikey Dickerson on the White House Dress Code

The White House added a video to its YouTube collection following the career of Mikey Dickerson, administrator of the U.S. Digital Service. Dickerson was recruited from Google after the failed launch of Healthcare.gov.

One question he says he’s routinely asked is whether he wears a suit to work every day, and explains, “because that’s just the quickest shorthand way of asking: ‘Is this just the same old business as usual or are they actually going to listen’?”

During a meeting, President Barack Obama says of Dickerson dressed in a jacket and tie, “They’re starting to look official now, aren’t they? They’ve got suits and everything.”

To which Dickerson replies, “This is literally only because you’re here.”

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Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 8.22.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

TVNewser David Gregory Writing Book on Jewish Faith

TVSpy Sinclair Launches Original Programming Division

Lost Remote MTV Continues to Socially Innovate for VMAs

FishbowlDC The Huffington Post Presents ‘Ferguson: The Untold Story’

FishbowlNY TimeBusinessweek Publish Powerful Ferguson Covers

SocialTimes How Social Media Became the Engine for Information on #Ferguson

AllFacebook Instagram Rolling Out Advertising Tools

AllTwitter New From Vine: Shoot, Edit and Share Faster With Updated Camera Features

10,000 Words HuffPost Will Never Hire You

Inside Mobile Apps Benchmark Email Launches Do-it-Yourself Email Service on Android

Inside Facebook Facebook Relaxes News Feed Ad Frequency Limits

GalleyCat Which Celebrities Have the Most Autobiographies?

PRNewser A Pumpkin Spice-Flavored Summer? The Too-Early Trend Making Us Crazy

AgencySpy W+K NY Gets Super ‘Normal’ for Gap

MediaJobsDaily Networking Can Be Hard for Interns, But These Tips Can Make It Easier

UnBeige Watch: Ai Weiwei Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

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