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Harvard Announces Nieman Fellows

Nieman-logoHarvard University has announced the 77th class of Nieman Fellows. The fellowship seeks to “encourage innovation, experimentation with digital and social media and other collaborative ventures designed to transform and strengthen the news industry.” Each person will study at Harvard during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Below are the national fellows. Click through for the full list.

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AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded in Afghanistan

APLogoAn attack in Eastern Afghanistan on Associated Press journalists left one dead and one wounded, but in stable in condition. Anja Niedringhaus, a photographer for the Associated Press, and Kathy Gannon, most recently an Afghanistan correspondent, were covering the nation’s election when a policeman opened fire on their vehicle. Niedringhaus was killed instantly and Gannon was shot twice and later underwent surgery.

According to the AP, the pair were part of a convoy delivering ballots to areas outside Khost city. When the convoy stopped in what was described as a “heavily guarded district,” a unit commander who was part of the security team protecting the convoy, walked up to the vehicle carrying Niedringhaus and Gannon and fired at the backseat. He then surrendered to the other police.

“Anja and Kathy together have spent years in Afghanistan covering the conflict and the people there,” said the AP’s executive editor, Kathleen Carroll, in a statement. ”Anja was a vibrant, dynamic journalist well-loved for her insightful photographs, her warm heart and joy for life. We are heartbroken at her loss.”

A Crash Course in ‘Conscious Uncoupling’

Thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Goop post about her decision to break up with husband Chris Martin, we along with many others today are educating ourselves about the phrase used to frame the announcement – “conscious uncoupling.” It’s a real, clinical term; via The Guardian, we were led to this clip from Southern California radio show Cutting Edge Consciousness.

There’s lots of great advice in the hour-long conversation above guided by co-host Freeman Michaels. Psychotherapist and author Katherine Woodward Thomas says for example that the first big mistake made by people engaged in “unsconscious” uncoupling is to move from “soul mate to soul hate,” and feed that anger through their network of friends.

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Journalist Matthew Power Dies in Uganda

Matthew Power, who has contributed to pieces to numerous magazines, has died. Men’s Journal reported that Power was in Uganda working on a piece for the magazine that required him to walk the Nile river with the British explorer Levison Wood. Outside reported that it’s believed that Power died of heat stroke and exhaustion.

Power was a contributing editor at Harper’s. His work has appeared in publications such as Men’s Journal, Wired, BusinessweekOutside, GQ, Slate and more.

“Matt Power was a fearless and compassionate journalist who did terrific work for Outside, most recently from Costa Rica, where he reported an astounding story on the murder of a sea turtle activist,” said Outside, in a statement. “He wrote with grace and humor and was always curious. He was tough but treated his story subjects with the utmost respect. Journalism is worse off and our hearts are broken.”

Below is a snippet of Men’s Journal’s note on Power:

He was a true adventurer and a principled, ethical journalist who never failed to put the accuracy of the story and the fairness in his depiction of a person, place, or situation above what worked for him as a writer. Matt chose the hard way when it was the right way, yet somehow never failed to enjoy the journey. He was 39 years old and he will be greatly missed by us here at Men’s Journal and his many friends and colleagues around the world.

[Image: Jessica Benko/Men's Journal]

Gawker Wants Quentin Tarantino Lawsuit Dropped

Quentin Tarantino GGawker is demanding that the lawsuit filed by Quentin Tarantino — claiming that Gawker violated copyright laws by posting a link to the leaked script to The Hateful Eight — be dismissed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gawker is claiming that reading a script doesn’t qualify as copyright infringement.

Robert Penchina, Gawker’s lawyer, is arguing that there is no proof that anyone who clicked the site’s link to the read the Tarantino screenplay did anything wrong:

Here, the Complaint does no more than raise the possibility that some member of the public who accessed plaintiff’s script using Gawker’s link subsequently violated Tarantino’s rights by committing an infringement. Because plaintiff did not allege any facts showing that an infringing act actually was undertaken by a third party — merely accessing the script by clicking on the link is legally insufficient — plaintiff did not state a claim for contributory infringement.

Penchina goes on to note that if there is no proof any Gawker readers “actually saved or otherwise made a copy” then there isn’t anything of substance to Tarantino’s lawsuit.

Daily News Summons Horrific Voice from the Grave: Adam Lanza

It’s currently the most-read article on the New York Daily News website, a ranking that will likely remain in place for some time.  The front-page-bannered report by Matthew Lysiak , Joe Kemp and Corky Siemaszko, published online yesterday afternoon, showcases a 2011 radio show call-in segment featuring Sandy Hook Elementary mass murderer Adam Lanza.

The intelligence and articulateness of the Lanza December 11, 2011 call suggest that Lanza may have subsequently quickly devolved mentally. Or, that he had a “personality switch” and that this was the more balanced side of his psyche mouthing the words. The News spoke with Anarchy Radio host John Zerzan about this newly revealed information:

“We remember the call,” Zerzan, 70, of Eugene, Oregon told The News. “The only thing that seemed odd was his voice seemed kind of robotic… but what he was saying made sense.”

But 21-year-old Kyle Kromberg, who attended Latin class with Lanza from freshman to junior year at Newtown High School, recognized his voice instantly. “It’s him,” said Kromberg. “I talked to him every day for about an hour each day from freshman to junior year, so I know his voice. He’s a very soft-spoken kid, but very articulate.”

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The Met Renames Costume Institute Space After Anna Wintour

The exhibit space at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is being renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center.

The Met announced the change in part because Wintour brings in the dough. Since being named a Met trustee, Wintour has helped raise about $125 million for the Costume Institute.

The Met is currently renovating the Costume Center. It’s set to reopen May 8 with an exhibition from Charles James.

Don’t like the name Anna Wintour Costume Center? Too bad. Also, Wintour could probably have you fired from your job, so watch yourself, buddy.

Newspaper Reporter Named One of 2014′s Most Stressful Jobs

Dear readers, have pity on newspaper reporters, for they have one of the most stressful jobs in the nation. That’s according to careercast.com, at least.

Careercast’s report took into account amount of travel, deadlines, working in the public eye, danger to self and more, and found that working for a paper will be the eighth most stressful job to have during 2014.

Other jobs listed in the top 10 include police officer, firefighter, airline pilot and event coordinator. The last one seems out of place, but think about it. Have you ever tried getting more than two of your friends to agree on where to eat dinner? It’s a nightmare! Especially if you’re friends don’t just shut the hell up and do what you want to do.

The most stressful job in 2014 was “enlisted military,” which is definitely correct. In fact, it should probably just keep the top slot until the end of time.

See below for the entire list of the most stressful jobs.

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Reporter Sues NYPD

NYPD GChris Faraone, a journalist from Queens, is suing the NYPD for allegedly beating and arresting him while he covered the anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

According to The New York Daily News, Faraone claims he was lawfully reporting for the Boston Phoenix when cops were ordered to “stop, tackle, batter, search, arrest, detain and imprison” him without cause.

Faraone — who said that he tried to identify himself as a member of the press to no avail — filed his suit against New York City, the NYPD and 10 cops. His suit also claims that he was denied access to a lawyer and “directed and/or threatened by the defendants to cease his journalism/reporting activities in the city.”

Faraone is seeking unspecified damages.

CNN is 2013′s Most Searched for News Source

CNN logo GGoogle has released its annual Zeitgeist report, and taking home the prize of “most searched for news source” is none other than CNN. The cable channel beat out Fox News, Time and — ironically enough — Google News, for the honor.

One interesting thing to note from this list? Not a single newspaper among the top 10. Another interesting thing to note? People are still figuring out the Internet. How is it 2013 and people still don’t seem to understand that they can simply type “.com” on the end of these searches and go right to the news site?

Anyway. You can see the entire list of 2013′s Trending News Sources — ranked according to increase in searches since last year — below.

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