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60 Journalists Killed in 2014

msyriaAccording to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) annual report, 60 journalists were killed in 2014. That’s less than last year, when 70 reporters lost their lives while on the job, but CPJ is still investigating an additional 18 deaths, so that number may increase.

For the third straight year, Syria was the most dangerous place for journalists. This year 17 reporters were killed while covering the conflict there. Since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, 79 journalists have been killed in the region.

Other findings from CPJ’s report:

  • More than 40 percent of journalists killed were specifically targeted, as 31 percent of murdered reporters had claimed they were threatened.
  • About 50 percent of journalists killed died in the Middle East.
  • Roughly 38 percent of journalists killed died in combat or crossfire.
  • 35 percent of those killed were broadcast reporters, followed by photographer and camera operator, at 27 percent.

Mashable Adds Tech Reporter, Poynter Names Exec Director

A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Mashable and Poynter. Details are below.

  • Mashable has hired JP Mangalindan as a tech reporter. Mangalindan comes to the site from Fortune, where he had been for the past five years. He will be based Mashable’s San Francisco bureau.
  • Elisa Jackson has been named Poynter Foundation’s executive director. She has been with Poynter since last year. Prior to that, Jackson was assistant director of development at the University of South Florida for two years.

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Rolling Stone Asks Columbia to Investigate Botched UVA Rape Story (FishbowlNY)
Rolling Stone has asked Columbia University to figure out just how badly it botched its UVA rape story. Capital New York The Columbia Graduate School of Journalism will conduct an independent investigation into the reporting process of Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s feature on sexual assault at the University of Virginia. HuffPost Rolling Stone apologized on Dec. 5 after several news organizations revealed problems in contributing editor Erdely’s article. However, the magazine has not fully retracted the story. Since the apology, Rolling Stone editors and Erdely have declined to comment on the article, citing an internal review process. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The Washington Post and other publications have been re-reporting the events described in the piece and have found several striking inconsistencies, including that several people quoted in the article were never actually contacted by the magazine and that the accused rapists were also never contacted. NYT Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone’s editor and publisher, said that the review would be led by Steve Coll, the journalism school’s dean, and Sheila Coronel, the dean of academic affairs, and that it would evaluate “the editorial process that led to the publication of the story.” The report will be published unedited and in its entirety on Rolling Stone’s website, and excerpts will appear in the magazine.

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The Poetry of Philip Seymour Hoffman

All these months later, it still seems incomprehensible. Philip Seymour Hoffman is no longer with us.

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Over the weekend in The Guardian, playwright and very good friend David Bar Katz (he and Hoffman used to have coffee every morning after dropping off their kids to school) shared a prose poem about Hoffman. It is a must-read, spanning Katz’s celebration of the actor’s mastery of the “non-coerced and generous apology,” as well as this foreshadowing:

I saw Phil in his first professional theater role. A production of King Lear at a small theater in the middle of New Jersey.

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Add it Up | Please Watch Me | Solid Sales

facebook logo GInside Facebook: Good news if you’re 12 years old — Facebook users can now add stickers to photos.

TVNewser: Fox News really wants people to watch Fox News.

GalleyCat: The fantastic novel Gone Girl has sold more than one million copies. You know the one — it’s by Ben Affleck.

Carol Vogel Says She Still Plans to Contribute to the Times

If this is not the final contribution to the New York Times by Carol Vogel as a four-decades-spanning staffer, it’s very close: a piece over the weekend about the opening of a LACMA exhibit showcasing Chinese conceptual artist Xu Bing. (The Times does not comment on these sorts of individual matters, so we were unable to confirm.)

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Vogel recently took the NYT buyout, after a year that saw her legacy sullied by some Wikipedia lifting reported by FishbowlNY. However, as she recently told Artnet, she plans to continue contributing to the Times post-buyout. Here is her full initial statement to the publication:

As I’m sure you have probably read, the Times is offering voluntary buyouts and for those of us who have been here a while, it’s a good deal. So after much soul-searching I have decided to take management up on the offer and resign. (I am joining quite a list of well-known bylines.)

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Rolling Stone Asks Columbia to Investigate its Botched UVA Rape Story

Rolling-Stone-LOGO-2Rolling Stone has asked Columbia University to figure out just how bad it f*cked up its UVA rape story.

As you probably recall, the magazine published a giant piece about a rape on UVA’s campus that was so badly reported we suggested a round of firings was in order.

Here is the full statement from publisher Jann Wenner:

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Malina Joseph Gilchrist Promoted at NY Times Style Magazine

NYTimeslogoT: The New York Times Style Magazine has promoted Malina Joseph Gilchrist from senior market editor to market director.

Joseph Gilchrist had been senior market editor of T since February of last year. Prior to joining T, Joseph Gilchrist served as senior market editor of The Wall Street Journal’s Off Duty section.

In a memo announcing the promotion, T’s editor, Deborah Needleman wrote, “Malina’s commitment to discovering — as well as doggedly covering — the very best the fashion, luxury, fine jewelry and beauty markets have to offer, combined with her ability to lead while engaged in the myriad minutiae of putting together shoots for fashion director Joe McKenna and the other top stylists, makes Malina ideally suited to assume this new role.”

NYFCC Chair Bounced Out of His Day Job

StephenWhittyGood lede from Sam Adams over at Indiewire’s CriticWire:

You might think snagging a Pulitzer nomination and being the head of one of the nation’s most prestigious critics’ organizations would lend you a little job security. You’d be wrong.

Per Adams and Stephen Whitty‘s linked Facebook post, the Star-Ledger vet shared today that his full-time film critic position is being eliminated heading into 2015. The current chair of the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) plans to continue contributing to the paper as a freelancer.

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