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Sony Backtracks, Will Release The Interview After All (PRNewser)
We all got our wish: The Interview will be available in limited release on Christmas Day. NYT The development gave new life to a film that Sony had pulled from distribution last week, after hackers threatened violence against any theater that played it. Sony also left open the door to video-on-demand availability of the movie, either simultaneously with its debut in theaters, or nearly so. THR Theaters showing The Interview are expected to put added security measures in place. Sony, though, isn’t planning to assist the theaters with added security, leaving it up to theater owners to foot the bill, per normal practice, insiders say. Variety The White House has issued a strong statement of support for Sony Pictures’ decision to release the film on Christmas Day. GalleyCat The PEN American Center sent a letter addressed to the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Michael Lynton, to protest against Sony’s censorship of the film last week. The organization has posted the full piece on its website. FishbowlDC A petition titled ”We the undersigned support Sony” also emerged in which backers claimed to ”support theatrical engagements of The Interview should Sony, at its sole discretion, decide to release it to theaters.”

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David Denby Fades to New Yorker Black [Corrected]

David Denby‘s first article for The New Yorker, published in 1993, was titled “Does Homer Have Legs?” It was all about the journalist returning to his Alma Mater Columbia University for a pair of literature courses. Denby would go on to fashion a book out of those experiences.

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Time Cover Story Interviewer is Nine Months Younger Than Taylor Swift

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At this week’s “Conversation Series” hosted by the New York Daily News Innovation Lab, time.com managing editor Edward Felsenthal reminded the audience about a second layer of precociousness framing the magazine’s current cover story. The bylined reporter, Jack Dickey (pictured), is nearly a full year younger than the highlighted celebrity, Taylor Swift. From a report by The Huffington Post’s Lily Karlin:

“Jack, who we hired right out of [New York's] Columbia [College], is younger than Taylor Swift,” Felsenthal explained. “First week he walked in with the idea, and said he refused to write it until he had access to her. With the perseverance of someone of more experience than he actually has, he got to her and broke news in his cover story and wrote a beautiful 2,000-word piece.”

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Fashion Editor Recalls Cosmopolitan Power Play

At age 31, Zoey Washington is sitting pretty. She’s worked for Marie Claire, Vogue and Essence, and is currently a senior fashion editor at People Style Watch, an accessories editor for Elle and more.

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Washington, who attended Maryland’s Garrison Forest high school, spoke to the Baltimore Sun about her steady, impressive rise. Her answer to how she got it started reminds of the value of perseverance:

“At Garrison Forest, every senior completes a [senior project]. I wrote to the fashion director of Cosmopolitan magazine every day for roughly two months until she agreed to let me do my [project] with her (she was a graduate of Garrison). I don’t recommend that anyone repeat my behavior.”

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Opposing Views Recommends the Wrong Slide Show

The battle being fought by Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz is a serious one. It began with an essay in Time magazine this spring about being raped on the first day of school and has progressed to the senior now carrying around a mattress to protest the school’s handling of her case.

Opposing Views, a website based in Los Angeles that gets gargantuan Web traffic, does a good job of summarizing Sulkowicz’s campaign. But then, all is undone thanks to the following link at the bottom of the article:

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A Leap of Columbia University Logic

Normally, we wouldn’t highlight a blog post that ends with this type of disclaimer:

TheBlaze contributor channel supports an open discourse on a range of views. The opinions expressed in this channel are solely those of each individual author.

However, Wayne Root‘s latest channel contribution –  ”Do We Have a Sociopath in the White House?” – is simply too nutty to ignore.

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Early on, the author sets up his argument with the notion that a sociopath’s tendencies are firmly established by the time that person has graduated from high school:

By college, a person’s personality, attitude and behavior is fairly well set. That’s why Obama’s Columbia days tell us so much about his behavior as President today.

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Columbia Journalism Prof Headed to Telemundo

MirtaOjitoPicAn assistant professor at Columbia’s graduate school of journalism since 2006, Mirta Ojito had also more recently been a contributing writer to website AARP en Español and the Miami Herald. But Ojito has now accepted a journalism job that precludes teaching: director, news standards, Telemundo.

From the announcement tip at Color magazine:

While at Columbia, Ojito taught reporting and writing, as well as a course she co-developed on social media and social change.

Prior to that, Ojito was a staff writer at the New York Times for more than five years, where she covered local, national and international stories and was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for national reporting in a series entitled, “How Race is Lived in America.” Ojito also held various positions at The Miami Herald Publishing Company, beginning in 1987.

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Major Moves at AP, Money Magazine and Business Insider

Look out, Washington D.C. power players. The Associated Press has beefed up the side of its operation designed to uncover intentional and unintentional transgressions.

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From today’s announcement:

Joining the Washington investigative team are Jeff Horwitz (pictured above, left) and Ronnie Greene (above, right).

Horwitz is currently on a Knight-Bagehot fellowship at Columbia University. As a reporter for American Banker between 2009 and 2013, he wrote about banks’ legal woes and the fallout from the housing crisis.

Greene has been a senior reporter at The Center for Public Integrity and previously was a longtime reporter and editor at the Miami Herald. He recently served as project editor for a Center series describing how the coal industry beat back miners’ claims for black lung benefits, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

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15,000-Word, Seven-Part Las Vegas Sun Series Wins Dart Award

The Las Vegas Sun is in very good company. The newspaper, as part of Columbia University’s latest Dart Awards, which recognize exemplary reporting on the effects of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events, is one of two 2014 winners, alongside Ira GlassThis American Life. The awards will be presented May 8.

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The editorial series that won the Sun its prize is heartbreaking. Titled “Grace Through Grief,” it details the aftermath of a home invasion suffered by the Martinez family, during which mom and daughter were killed, and dad was gravely injured:

Judges called “Grace Through Grief” a “deeply reported and inspiring portrayal of a family in the aftermath of horror.” They called Jackie Valley’s prose “exceptional” and Leila Navidi’s photographs “powerful” and “intimate without being disruptive.” They praised the series’ “creative subversiveness,” going far beyond conventional crime reporting in “bringing the reader on a journey of faith, fatherhood, recovery and resilience.” Judges also recognized the “careful restraint” used in bringing forward the perspectives of Arturo Martinez’s young sons.

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Columbia Journalism Alum at the Helm of ACBJ Vertical Bizwomen

MaryJohnsonPicThe site, aimed at women business owners and professionals, went live Monday. In command starting next Monday as editor will be Mary Johnson (pictured), previously the managing editor of NJBiz and, before that, a reporter-producer with DNAInfo.

From today’s announcement:

“Mary is an accomplished journalist who brings to the table a remarkable variety of experiences and talents,” said Emory Thomas, chief content officer of American City Business Journals. “As both a reporter and editor, she has a proven ability to identify and build loyal audiences. Her news judgment is sharp and perceptive, and she’s a strong newsroom leader. ACBJ is fortunate to have someone of Mary’s caliber heading this important new media title for us.”

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