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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.”

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RIP: AP Entertainment Reporter Bob Thomas

ShutterstockBobThomasStarIn the later stages of his AP career, Bob Thomas was often tasked with reviewing and filing banked obituaries of major Hollywood stars. Today, sadly, it is the job of John Rogers to inform that Thomas has passed at the age of 92.

Over the course of a record-setting journalism career, Thomas covered 66 Academy Awards ceremonies, phoned in from the scene an AP bulletin about the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy and wrote nearly three dozen books. His entertainment reporting work spanned seven decades, beginning in 1944 and ending in 2010:

Kathleen Carroll, executive editor of the AP, worked with Thomas in the Los Angeles bureau in the early 1980s.

“Bob was an old-fashioned Hollywood reporter and he knew absolutely everyone,” she said. “He had a double-helping of impish charm with the stars, but back at the office, he was the quiet guy who slipped into a desk at the back and poked at the keyboard for a while, then handed in a crisp and knowing story soon delivered to movie fans around the world.”

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AP Names Brian Carovillano Managing Editor for U.S. News

headshot1The Associated Press has named Brian Carovillano its managing editor for U.S. news. Carovillano has been with the AP since 2006, when he served as Northern California news editor. Since 2010, he has served as the AP’s Bangkok-based Asia-Pacific news director.

“Many of you have had the good fortune to work with Brian over the past dozen years,” wrote the AP’s VP and executive editor, Kathleen Carroll, in a memo. “He is a formidable leader, smart, strategic and collaborative with a calm style that inspires confidence. Colleagues will tell you they’ve done some of their best work with Brian at the helm. He has formed strong and effective partnerships with other AP departments to drive our success in Asia and will bring that collaborative approach to his new responsibilities.”

See below for Carroll’s full note.

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Associated Press Removes the Term ‘Illegal Immigrants’ from its Lexicon–Draws Inevitable Conservative Blowback

The term “illegal immigrant” will no longer be used in Associated Press stories–nor will it appear in its much-copied style book. In a blog post yesterday, AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll wrote that “‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.”

The decision, of course, has drawn conservative outrage.

Do we even have to mention what network has been up in arms all day today?

#NewAPStyle is also now a thing on Twitter.

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AP Drops ‘Illegal Immigrant’

Here’s something we can all stand behind: The Associated Press has decided to finally drop “illegal immigrant” from its stylebook. Rightfully so, the AP realized that using “illegal” to describe a person is wrong and carries many implications.

The AP’s senior vice president and executive editor, Kathleen Carroll, said that the decision to rid the term from the AP manual came about during discussions that centered around using labels when reporting:

The new section on mental health issues argues for using credibly sourced diagnoses instead of labels. Saying someone was “diagnosed with schizophrenia” instead of schizophrenic, for example. And that discussion about labeling people, instead of behavior, led us back to ‘illegal immigrant’ again. We concluded that to be consistent, we needed to change our guidance. So we have.

Bravo, AP.

Pulitzer Board Names Tom Friedman, Greg Moore Co-Chairs

The Pulitzer Board has named Tom Friedman of The New York Times its Co-Chair. Friedman will serve with Denver Post Editor-in-Chief Greg Moore. Both have been on the Pulitzer Board since 2004, and will succeed Jim Amoss, Kathleen Carroll and Ann Marie Lipinski.

Friedman has been with the Times since 1981; Moore has been with the Denver Post since 2002.

For the complete press release announcing the changes, see below.

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NYABJ Disappointed at AP for Dropping the Ball on Diversity

The New York Association of Black Journalists issued a statement about last week’s dismissal of Robert Naylor from the Associated Press where he was the director of career development/news.

In the statement, NYABJ calls Naylor a “long-time diversity advocate” and makes the connection between the lay-off and the reintroduction of AP’s internship program, announced a day later. “Naylor was instrumental in shaping the careers of countless minority journalists through the AP’s internship program, which was reinstated last week after a yearlong hiatus due to budget cuts,” the release states.

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AP to Open Bureau in North Korea

The Associated Press is going to open a bureau in Pyongyang, North Korea. According to an AP press release, the agreement between the news company and the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) will make the AP the first permanent Western text and photo news outlet in the country’s capital.

AP CEO Tom Curley said in the release that the agreement was “historic and significant.” But this is North Korea. A country that hasn’t ever exactly embraced the concept of freedom, let alone freedom of the press. Kathleen Carroll, the Executive Editor for the AP, told the Huffington Post that it won’t be an issue. ”The AP operates independently, regardless of location. Period,” she said.

We’ll see about that, won’t we?