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Notre Dame Junior is This Year’s Nick Kristof Contest Winner

NicoleSgangaHeadshotThe John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy receives nowhere near the kind of media attention heaped on J-schools like Columbia, Northwestern and USC. But program director Bob Schmuhl is rightly expecting a recent development to help change that.

Long Island native and current student Nicole Sganga, who is majoring in film/TV/theater/political science with a minor in journalism/ethnics/democracy, is the winner of this year’s “Win a Trip with Nick Kristof” contest. She will travel with the Pulitzer winner this summer. From a report in student newspaper The Observer:

Sganga, who is currently studying abroad in Notre Dame’s London program, said she is trying to keep an open mind about the trip and looks forward to using her multimedia skills outside of the classroom.

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Hang Out with Nick Kristof

If you’re not busy this afternoon, The New York Times’ Nick Kristof is hosting a Google+ Hangout at 2:30. He’ll chat with UN Ambassador Susan Rice about social media’s impact on foreign policy.

You can join the Hangout via the Times’ Google+ page or the Times’ site. They’ll be fielding questions, so make sure you ask something smart.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Anchor Jim Watkins (left) Officially Ends Association With WPIX, October 28
  2. Nick Kristof Easily Wins Twitter Spat, November 1
  3. Columbia Journalism Review Names New Editor-in-Chief, November 2
  4. Exclusive: No One Cares About Your Exclusive, November 1
  5. Rodale Splits Into Three New Groups, October 28
  6. WEMP Covers October Snowstorm in Haphazard Fashion, October 30
  7. Mark Teixeira Loves Patch, October 28
  8. Adweek Names Lisa Granatstein Managing Editor, November 2

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Nick Kristof Easily Wins Twitter Spat

Yesterday Nick Kristof, like seemingly everyone else in the entire world, tweeted his opinion about Kim Kardashian‘s 72 day all expense paid vacation to married life. However, unlike everyone else, Kristof’s comment — that Kardashian could have spent that money on building a school for poor children — sparked some outrage.

People said that Kristof was tweeting something that he would never actually do and acting elitist. But as his attackers soon found out, Kristof already did put his money where his tweet was.


Nick Kristof Discusses Ethics of Reporting

Nick Kristof recently participated in an online workshop aimed at helping educators who wanted to teach the documentary Reporter in the classroom. The film, which follows Kristof through the Congo, details the techniques used by the columnist to get people to care about his reporting.

Kristof tackles some pretty tough issues in the Q & A, below are a few of the highlights.

On not letting passion interfere with fact:

The challenge is to feel passion and outrage without losing your skepticism. Over the years, for example, I’ve learned that victims of human rights abuses lie and exaggerate as much as perpetrators do. It’s very easy if you’re passionate and outraged to listen to victims and not double-check and triple-check and listen to the other side – or to get defensive when you’ve taken the victims’ side and not investigate charges that you’ve gone too far.

On how he chooses the topics of his columns:

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Time Lists 140 Best Twitter Feeds

Time has attempted to do the impossible: Sort through Twitter and find the best feeds. The magazine lists accounts in 14 different categories, such as Technology (Rafat Ali, founder of paidContent, is there), Pundits and Commentators (Nick Kristof makes that list), and Authors (Susan Orlean rightfully appears).

There’s also a section where readers can vote on the list, and as of right now, Kelly Oxford is winning.

Oh, and don’t bother to look for FishbowlNY in the Celebrity category, we asked to be kept off the list so that we didn’t overshadow the others.

Did Times‘ Kristof Steal War Nerd’s Dick Cheney Iranian Mole Column?


That’s what Gary Brecher — a.k.a the “War Nerd” — wants to know. Brecher fired off a letter to the New York Times accusing op-ed columnist and world-weary traveler Nick Kristof of plagiarizing a March 6 column in which Brecher alleged “more or less ironically” that Dick Cheney is an Iranian mole.

On March 20, the Times published Kristof’s column, “Iran’s Operative in the White House,” with “Is Dick Cheney an Iranian mole?” as its subtitle. [For those of you without TimesSelect, here's a link to Kristof's full column.]

“Kristoff [sic] could have done the decent thing and cited my column,” Brecher wrote. “Instead he claimed the Cheney-as-Iranian-mole idea as his own.”

FishbowlNY combed through both columns and found no direct evidence of lifted text but, as Brecher points out, the mole “idea” no doubt appeared in his column first:

So far, Iran has been the big winner in this war, and they haven’t fired a shot or lost a man. Pretty incredible. Makes me dizzy to think of it, makes me wonder if Cheney isn’t actually a mole.


But in fact there’s an American who has provided services of incalculably greater value to Iran in recent years. So you have to wonder: Is Dick Cheney an Iranian mole?

“Dozens of my readers have written to me to call this brazen theft to my attention,” Brecher continued. “I expect the NYT to publish an acknowledgment of this plagiarism, with an apology by Kristoff [sic]. My agent informs me that he has a history of such theft, so he should be familiar with the drill.”

E-mails to the Kristof and the Times seeking a response have yet to be returned. UPDATE: New York Times spokesperson Diane McNulty denies any plagiarism:

Nick Kristof never saw the blogger’s posting before writing his column, and there plainly is no “plagiarism.” The blogger used the term “mole” in regards to Cheney once deep in a posting about the partitioning of Iraq. Nick wrote a column about how various policies of the Bush administration have benefited Iran and used the “mole” idea thematically throughout the piece. Where’s the plagiarism?

Brecher’s full memo:

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Times‘ Kristof Sends Off Graduating SVA Class With Stories Of Genocide

kristof_fbny.jpgWhy not to book Nick Kristof as your graduating class’ commencement speaker:

“Can we shake off the numbness that allows us to look the other way as 30,000 people die everyday, including today, of the consequences of poverty,” he said. “That is, by the way, the equivalent of a Virginia Tech shooting every 90 seconds, and goes on 24/7.”

And then Mr. Kristof closed his speech with a story from Darfur that involved sex slavery and the beheading of a father in front of his two daughters by the Janjaweed militia.

Now, go out and party, kids!

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  • Couric, Kristof To Host Overseas Press Club Awards


    CBS News chief Sean McManus and Couric last summer

    Katie Couric may be mired in third place and has yet to set foot in Iraq, but she’s getting the honor rival Brian Williams had last year: hosting the Overseas Press Club Awards in New York.

    New York Times op-ed columnist Nick Kristof — who embarks on the “Win a Trip With Nick” contest trip in June — will provide the keynote at next week’s ceremony.

    CBS News producer Kimberly Dozier, seriously injured last May in a car bombing in Iraq, will accept the President’s Award on behalf of all journalists killed or injured in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

    It’ll be interesting to see if Couric can handle a live audience of peers as deftly as Williams — whose closet stand-up act definitely helped lift an emotional evening.

    The OPC is also using the occasion to announce an online registry of journalists wounded covering the fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan because, it says, the lists maintained by the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders are “fragmented at best.”

    UPDATE: The list of this year’s winners is here.

    FishbowlNY’s Coverage Of The 2006 OPC Awards:

  • Notes From the Overseas Press Club Awards Gala