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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.


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.


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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Alabama Journalism Prof Wins Columbia University Award

MeredithCummingsPicThe Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) has been connecting student journalists and faculty since 1925 through an array of conferences, exchanges and programs. On Friday, as part of its 90th annual conference, the organization will welcome to New York the latest recipient of its James Frederick Paschal Award.

The 2014 honoree is Meredith Cummings (pictured), a journalism professor and director of scholastic media at The University of Alabama. From the CSPA announcement:

During her tenure, Cummings has worked to upgrade everything at Alabama from integrating the newest technologies to promote the organization to adapting reporting and writing techniques for multimedia. She also innovated contests, springs conventions, summer camps and statewide fall regionals. This change has not gone unnoticed.

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Group of Columbia Journalism Students Launch

Should Nate Silver be worried? No.

The545LogoPer a report by India’s Zee News, is the brainchild of six current Columbia Journalism students. They are all of Indian heritage, and the single-subject focus of this new enterprise is the run-up to their homeland’s next national general election:

The students behind the day-old website – Devjyot Ghoshal, Anand Katakam, Iva Dixit, Indrani Basu, Rishi Iyengar and Aparna Alluri – chose the number 545 because that is the number of seats that makes up India’s Lok Sabha.

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Michael Wolff’s Daughter is Now an Editor-in-Chief

We honestly can’t get enough of these sorts of career trajectories. Mainly because they remind just how critical it can be for aspiring journalists and college students to get their foot in the right door, even when dad is someone famously well-connected.

Susanna Wolff started out at in 2007 as an intern while attending Columbia University. In 2010, post-grad, she became the articles editor. This month, she has taken over as editor-in-chief. Her predecessor Streeter Seidell is shifting over to an editor-at-large capacity so he can more effectively pursue other his creative endeavors. From today’s announcement:

Over the years, Wolff has written more than 500 articles for College Humor, including the hit article “Facebook News Feed History of the World,” in which she translated the entire history of the world into the style of Facebook News Feeds…

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Sree Sreenivasan Named Columbia University’s First Chief Digital Officer

Sree Sreenivsan has been named Columbia University’s first chief digital officer. According to a memo obtained by All Things D, the goal of the appointment is “to ensure that we deploy new tools and technologies in interactive and distance learning to ensure the richest and most dynamic learning environment possible for Columbia’s students.”

Sreenivsan was most recently dean of student affairs at Columbia’s School of Journalism, a position he had held since 2008. He has been with Columbia since 1993.

“I am confident that Sree’s experience in academic administration and his widely respected expertise in new media technology make him uniquely well-suited for this challenge,” wrote John Coatsworth, the provost of Columbia, in the memo.

CBS News Snags Two duPont Awards For Broadcast Journalism

duPont.jpgCBS News and six local television stations will be among the recipients of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards honoring outstanding work in broadcast journalism at a ceremony later this month.

Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced the winners of the 2010 duPont Awards, which include a first ever prize for Web-based production, awarded to MediaStorm, a multimedia production studio.

CBS News will take home two awards, one recognizing Katie Couric‘s interviews with Sarah Palin and a second honoring the network’s report “Children of the Recession.” NPR, HBO and American Radioworks are also among the winners, along with several local television stations — the highest number ever to win duPont awards in more than two decades.

The winners will receive their prizes, gold or silver batons, at an award ceremony on January 21 at Columbia, hosted by PBS’ Gwen Ifill. NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel will also be on hand to help present the awards.

A full list of the winners, after the jump

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Columbia Set To Launch Digital Journalism Center

columbia logo.jpgRecognizing the importance of digital journalism to the future of the industry, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced that it had raised $15 million to launch a new center focusing on just that.

The J-school has finally met a requirement to match a $5 million contribution from The Tow Foundation, setting the stage to establish the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Manhattan university. In making its gift in 2008, The Tow Foundation required Columbia to collect an additional $10 million from other sources within two years. This goal was completed with ten gifts, the school said today.

Now, with the funding goals met, Columbia is starting the search for a director to run the center. “The new director, who will serve as a faculty member, will be involved in teaching graduate students; executing and overseeing original scholarly research; collaborating with and studying news organizations; developing and testing new models for creating and delivering information, along with business innovations to support those models; and advising on how to raise additional funds through research and program grants,” the school explained.

Update: Columbia J-School dean of academic affairs Bill Grueskin tells FishbowlNY that he’s hoping to hire a director for the digital journalism center by June 30, after which the center will start to take a more definitive shape. “We want and expect the new director to have some significant latitude in how the Center will fulfill its educational and research missions,” he said.

Full release after the jump

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Pulitzers Celebrate Journalism In An Uncertain World

pulitzer1.jpgToday, we headed all the way uptown to Columbia University for the annual presentation of the Pulitzer Prizes. We spied some bigwigs of New York media, like Bill Keller celebrating The New York Times‘ five award haul (“I feel pretty damn good,” he told FishbowlNY) and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize winner himself for his biography of Andrew Jackson, “American Lion.”

There were also some representatives from smaller press outlets, like Mark Mahoney of The Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y., who was awarded the Pulitzer for editorial writing.

Overall, the mood of the day was celebratory but somber (and the rainy weather didn’t help). Pulitzer Prize board co-chair, Anders Gyllenhaal (shown above), touched briefly on the sad state of traditional media today in his opening remarks and noted, although this was the first year that online-only publications could submit entries for Pulitzers, that he believed that online journalism still has a ways to go.

“Start-ups are not yet delivering the kind of probing, authoritative work that journalism’s service to the community should be about,” he said.

Read on for more insight from Keller, Meacham and Douglas Blackmon

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