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In Memoriam

BuzzFeed’s Michael Hastings Remembered One Year After Car Crash

heres-the-late-michael-hastings-10-essential-tips-for-young-journalistsToday marks the one year anniversary since BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings died in a car crash in Los Angeles. The former Rolling Stone contributing editor‘s novel The Last Magazine was posthumously published this week by Blue Rider Press.

The highly regarded journalist was the recipient of a George Polk Award for his Rolling Stone profile of General Stanley McChrystal, published June 22, 2010. Two years later, Hastings wrote for Rolling Stone about Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal, asking whether the Pentagon would leave him behind. Eleven days before his death, he penned an op-ed for BuzzFeed on “Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans.”

Click on over to the Post for James Rosen‘s review of The Last Magazine, by Michael Hastings, and to BuzzFeed, for an excerpt of the book.

RTCA Honors Vic Ratner with Career Achievement Award

20140612_193948At last night’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association annual Congressional correspondents’ dinner, recipients of several awards were recognized for excellence in areas of television and radio reporting.

The evening’s comedic guest was Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation.” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also offered remarks. Honored guests included Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Michael Steel, press secretary to the Speaker of the House; Adam Jentleson, communications director to the Majority Leader of the Senate; Drew Hammill, communications director to the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; Mike Mastrian, director of the Senate Radio-TV Gallery; Olga Ramirez Kornacki, director of the House Radio-TV Gallery; and comedienne Megan Mullally.

Click through for a list of the evening’s award recipients and here for our list of the top ten comedic fails of the night. Read more

Newseum Rededicates Journalists Memorial at Monday Ceremony

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Monday at the Newseum, its staff and media came together to rededicate its Journalists Memorial in honor of ten journalists who died or were killed in the pursuit of news during 2013. 

“I don’t really think the world is aware of the sacrifices that journalists make,” said Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute. ”Not just those who died, but those who are imprisioned, intimidated, beaten, prevented by other means from doing their job, their operations are shut down, and the memorial is a way of taking this hyperexample of those who died, and saying to the world, ‘Think about this for a minute. There’s plenty in journalism to criticize. There’s plenty in journalism to say, it could be better,’ but there’s also an amazing cadre of people around the world who go up against things none of us will face in our regular life, and they do it on a daily basis, or on a weekly or monthly basis. They go out, put themselves in danger, to bring us news and information, and the world needs to be reminded of that every year.” Read more

In Memoriam: Former WaPo Food Writer, Georgetowner Contributor Walter Nicholls

WNicholls_03bThis afternoon we learned that longtime Washington Post staff writer and current contributing food editor to The Georgetowner Walter Nicholls passed away.

We spoke via phone to Georgetowner publisher Sonya Bernhardt who said that she “simply adored him, read his column in The Post religiously, and was honored to have him contribute to The Georgetowner.”

A note on his passing will appear in the Wednesday issue of The Georgetowner. The Post published a piece here.

Obama Tweets on the Passing of Author and Poet Maya Angelou

 

 

Medal of Freedom Recipient Maya Angelou Dies at 86

20140403213226!Angelou_ObamaPoet and author Maya Angelou died today at the age of 86, according to her literary agent Helen Brann. Angelou received the country’s highest civilian honor – the Medal of Freedom – in 2011 from President Obama, and is most widely known for her award-winning memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

At the 2013 National Book Awards where she received the “Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community” award, she told the audience, “You are the rainbow in my cloud…Easy reading is damn hard writing…For over 40 years, I have tried to tell the truth as I understand it…I haven’t tried to tell everything I know, but I’ve tried to tell the truth.”

Commissioned by the US Department of State, Angelou published His Day Is Done after the passing of Nelson Mandela.

Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, NC.

Newseum to Host Journalists Memorial Rededication on June 9

1952The Newseum will rededicate its Journalists Memorial on June 9 in honor of ten journalists who died or were killed in the pursuit of news during 2013. Kathleen Carroll, executive editor and senior vice president of the Associated Press, will serve as the rededication’s keynote speaker.

“The Journalists Memorial reminds us of the risks and sacrifices made by journalists around the world,” said Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute. “Journalists face injury and threats, and some pay the ultimate sacrifice.” Read more

Military Times Offers a Look Back on Arlington at 150

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 11.50.16As we head into Memorial Day Weekend, Military Times published “Arlington at 150 - Celebrating America’s Heroes,” written by staff photographer Mike Morones, accompanied by full screen images and video of ceremonies and spaces throughout Arlington National Cemetery. The piece is produced by Angy Peterson, Issa Chan, Amy Ng, Peter Shatzer, John Bretschneider, and Jennifer Milbrett.

The feature opens to an interview with former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and goes on to offer historical context of the cemetery and the 3rd US Infantry Regiment, responsible for standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

It’s definitely worth a look. You can do so here.

She’s Backkk! Jill Abramson Remembers Arthur Gelb for The Huffington Post

abramsonA week after being fired as executive editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson has resurfaced, penning a piece in remembrance of former NYTimes managing editor Arthur Gelb for The Huffington Post.

“His eyes danced when he told stories about dreaming up the multi-sectioned New York Times,” Abramson remembers of Gelb in the piece. “His daring creativity helped save the newspaper at an earlier secular choke point that was every bit as life-threatening as the transition from print to digital happening now.”

Read the piece in its entirety here.

Remembering Bob Kemper

in-memoriamOn Monday we told you that longtime Washington political journalist Bob Kemper succumbed to an apparent heart attack over the weekend. He was 53.

Visitation will be held today from 5 – 8pm at Saint Bartholomew Church at 6900 River Road in Bethesda. A mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10am followed by internment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Bob Kemper Memorial Fund, set up to help support the education of Bob and Mary’s three children, Ryan, Jack and Grace. Checks can be made payable to the Bob Kemper Memorial Fund and mailed to:

The Bob Kemper Memorial Fund
6100 Welborn Dr.
Bethesda, Md., 20816

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