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Two Reporters Bound by Fleeting Oswald Memories

MauriceCarrollBookCoverThe first journalist is Maurice C. Caroll. As Capital New York’s Jimmy Vielkind recounts, on November 22, 1963 he was in Dallas for the New York Herald-Tribune:

When Oswald was shot, editors asked Carroll to write a first-person piece recounting his on-the-scene experience. Later, Carroll recalled, they realized they had forgotten to assign another writer to draft a main article. The result was a front-page report with Carroll’s byline that starts as hard news (cleanly written through by colleague Larry Shapiro, Carroll recalled) and then turns to Carroll’s personal observations.

“The prisoner, hands cuffed in front of him, was led into the cavernous garage under the station. Seconds before the shot, I shouted, ‘How about it, Lee?’

Those were very likely the last clear words Oswald heard before being shot, moments later, by Jack Ruby. The other journalist on this sad anniversary date is Pierce Allman. His encounter happened a little earlier.

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Capital New York to Relaunch December 3

capital-logoCapital New York, which was recently purchased by Robert Allbritton, publisher and co-founder of Politico, is relaunching December 3. As part of that, the site is debuting a new site, a daily newsletter called Capital Playbook and… a paywall.

Let’s examine the most notable aspects of the relaunch: Capital Playbook and the paywall. The email newsletter will essentially be Politico Playbook, only for New Yorkers. Each morning subscribers will received a list of interesting stories and scoops. It’ll be written by Azi Paybarah, Jimmy Vielkind and Mike Allen.

While there will still be free content on Capital, don’t expect too much. According to a note from Gillian Reagan, Capital’s managing editor, the majority of the site will be hidden behind three, pay-to-read sections: City Hall Pro, Albany Pro and Media Pro. The areas each cover is fairly self-explanatory.

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Capital New York’s First Allbritton Era Hire: Jimmy Vielkind

Albany Times Union reporter Jimmy Vielkind is going full-time with Capital New York. He had previously contributed a few freelance pieces to the website and is now, officially, the first FT hire announced since the acquisition of the website by Robert Allbritton.

Vielkind will remain based in Albany and cover state politics. From the Times Union announcement:

This will be Jimmy’s second departure from the Times Union: Following an initial stint as a metro reporter from 2007 to 2008, he left to become the Capitol correspondent for the New York Observer’s Politicker blog. He rejoined the TU as a statehouse reporter in early 2010.

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