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Former NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson Delivers Wake Forest Commencement Address

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This morning at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, ousted New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson delivered the university’s commencement address to graduates and their guests.

She opened her speech poking fun that her remarks have garnered so much media interest.

“I think the only real news here today is your graduation from this great university…I’m impressed that your achievements have attracted so much media attention, as well they should.”

Abramson’s speech intertwined the topics of resilience and family, recalling, “Very early last Thursday, my sister called me. She said ‘I know dad would be as proud of you today as the day you became executive editor of The New York Times.’ I’d been fired the previous day. So I knew what she was trying to say. It meant more to our father to see us deal with a set back and try to bounce back, than to watch how we handled our successes.”

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Dean Baquet to Replace Jill Abramson as Executive Editor of NYTimes

The New York TimesAccording to The New York Times, Executive Editor Jill Abramson is “unexpectedly leaving” her position as top editor at the newspaper and will be replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet. Abramson served as executive editor since 2011 and was the first woman in the role.

According to New York Times coverage of the announcement, “The reasons for the switch were not immediately clear.”

Baquet will be the first African-American executive editor of the newspaper. He returned to the Times as chief of its Washington bureau and an assistant managing editor in 2007 after being fired the previous November as editor of the Los Angeles Times for refusing to cut jobs from his newsroom.

Robin Givhan Returns to The Washington Post

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A post from WaPo Executive Features Editor Liz Seymour late yesterday announced the return of Robin Givhan as a fashion critic and writer.

Givhan is remembered throughout Washington for many of her Style pieces including one about a parka - “the kind of attire one typically wears to operate a snow blower” - worn by Dick Cheney at a gathering to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. She also did a rather scathing review of new Wizards uniforms, and one likening an outfit worn by Condoleezza Rice to something Keanu Reeves wore in “The Matrix.”

Givhan has bylines with Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Vogue and the Detroit Free Press. She is also currently writing The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History, “about how race, politics, economics, and shameless flackery sparked a 1973 French-American runway spectacle that changed the trajectory of the American fashion industry.”

See the full announcement on WashPost PR Blog.

Photo Credit: Helayne Seidman

Doonesbury Comics Find Online Home at WaPo

The Washington Post is now the home for all things Doonesbury. The paper announced today that doonesbury.com has been relocated to doonesbury.washingtonpost.com. Along with Gary Trudeau’s work, the site will feature lots of other nifty features, including:

BLOWBACK: A moderated forum of interesting comments on the strip from readers around the world.
FAQ: Answers to reader queries about the strip and its long and complex history and plotlines. “How did Mike and Kim meet?” We’ll show you.
SAYWHAT?: Highlights a notable odd, inexplicable or embarrassing comment by a public figure, five days a week.
MUDLINE: A scrolling line of negative sound bites each week by public figures, primarily political players and pundits.
FLASHBACKS: A page which allows you to read the strip in eight different timeframes daily– 5,10,15,20,25,30,35 and 40 years ago. Fans can see how past storylines explain and connect to those of the present.
THE SANDBOX: A collection of almost 800 posts by 150 soldiers, including those deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, returned vets as well as writing by caregivers and spouses.
YALE STRIPS: The original proto-Doonesbury strip “Bull Tales,” which ran in the Yale Daily News.

Check it out here.

DC Journalism Awards Round Up

It’s award season and, as always, DC journalism is receiving top accolades from all corners. Here’s a run down of the Washington journos and outlets that have been honored most recently:

Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic has won the Sidney Hillman Award for Excellence in Reporting in Service of the Common Good in Magazine Journalism for his story, “The Hell of American Daycare.” The award will be presented on May 6th at the Times Center in New York City.

George E. Condon Jr. of the National Journal  has won the newly created President’s Award from the White House Correspondent’s Association. The award will be presented on May 3rd at the WHCA Dinner.

The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications Hall of Achievement at Northwestern University has inducted a new batch of honorees including William Eaton, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and former President of the Washington Press Club, who will be honored posthumously. Mary Pat Flaherty of The Washington Post was also honored. They will be officially inducted at a ceremony on May 15 at the Chicago History Museum.

And WTOP has been awarded five Regional Edward R. Murrow awards by the Radio Television Digital News Association, including one for Overall Excellence and one for Breaking News for their coverage of the Navy Yard shooting. WTOP’s Kristi King was also  recognized for feature reporting, Jonathan Warner for Sport Reporting, and Lori Lundin for Hard News Feature Reporting.

Former CIA Director Hayden to Washington Times

The Washington Times announced today that Gen. Michael Hayden, a retired four-star U.S. Air Force general and former Director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, will write a new bi-monthly column for the paper called “Inside Intelligence.” His first column will run April 30th.

Hayden is the latest in a string of big named columnists to join TWT in recent months, including former House Majority Leader Tom Delay, Christine O’Donnell and Tammy Bruce. Read more on those hires here.

Mr. Manners Takes Up a New Post

The Washington Post has hired Steven Petrow (aka Mr. Manners) to write an advice column with a special focus on LGBTQ issues. The column, dubbed “Civilities,” will be published bi-weekly on Mondays and will focus on things like whether a father should walk his son down the aisle, or how an enlisted soldier should address his commanding officer’s husband. Petrow has written five books, and currently writes the “Manners Hero of the Week” column for Parade. He also previously wrote an etiquette column for The New York Times.

In his first column today, Petrow reflects on the changes that have happened in the country since he first started giving advice on gay issues. Read the whole thing here.

(Photo by Bryan Regan)

 

What the Washingtonian Wants from a Personal Essay

magazines_articleIn part three of our four-part Personal Essay Markets series, we spoke with editors from 15 different mags to get the details on what they’re looking for in a personal essay.

Here, an editor from the Washingtonian shares his advice on pitching the pub’s “First Person” section:

Washingtonian – “First Person”
The back-page essay in this magazine should have a Washington, D.C., angle, and it’s best if the writer lives in or has lived in the area. Past examples include an essay by a 15-year-old heart transplant recipient about meeting her donor family, and a piece by a public defender about how she does work that many find indefensible.
Length: 600 words
Pay: $1 a word
Assigning editor: Bill O’Sullivan, BOSULLIVAN at WASHINGTONIAN dot COM
O’Sullivan’s advice: “Get in fast — 600 words isn’t much space, so you have to set up your story quickly. Be sure you have something to say (an essay as opposed to an anecdote) and fill it with as many specific details and mini anecdotes as possible. Keep in mind that this is a story, not an opinion piece.”

For more, including similar details about Working Mother, read: Personal Essay Markets, Part III.

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And the Pulitzers Go To…

A complete list of all the 2014 Pulitzer Awards for Journalism announced today:

Public Service
The Guardian US
-for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy.
The Washington Post -for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.

Breaking News Reporting
Staff of The Boston Globe -for its exhaustive and empathetic coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt that enveloped the city, using photography and a range of digital tools to capture the full impact of the tragedy.

Investigative Reporting
Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, DC -for his reports on how some lawyers and doctors rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners stricken with black lung disease, resulting in remedial legislative efforts.

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Easley Leaves The Hill for Morning Consult

Jonathan Easley has left The Hill, where he had been covering healthcare policy since 2011, to become health editor for the Morning Consult, FBDC has learned. Morning Consult -a daily health policy briefing – was founded by pollster Michael Ramlet in 2009 and recently expanded their coverage to the energy sector as well.

Easley has also written for Roll Call and Salon, and prior to his career in journalism, worked for ten years in the finance sector. He takes over from former health editor Meghan McCarthy, who has been promoted to managing editor.

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