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Ginger Thompson Leaves NY Times for ProPublica

Hours after it was announced that Tim Golden was leaving The New York Times, the paper has lost another veteran: Ginger Thompson. Thompson is departing the Times to join ProPublica as a senior reporter.

Thompson had been with the Times for the past 15 years, most recently serving as an investigative reporter. During her time at the paper, she was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize. Prior to joining the Times, Thompson was a reporter for The Chicago Tribune and a Pulitzer finalist while working at The Baltimore Sun.

“Ginger’s bona fides speak for themselves, from the impressive honors to the variety of topics she’s covered in winning them,” said Robin Fields, ProPublica’s managing editor, in a statement. “She is just the kind of reporter we dream of hiring, and we can’t wait to see how her range of talents adds to our newsroom.”

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Al Jazeera Calls for Global Support of Detained Staff (Al Jazeera America)
Al Jazeera called for a Global Day of Action Thursday to demand the immediate release of four of its journalists who have been locked up in Egypt’s prisons for months. People in more than 30 cities expressed their solidarity and support, with public events taking place in Sydney, Manila, Islamabad, Doha, Amman, Nairobi, Ankara, Berlin, London, Rio, Montreal, Washington and San Francisco. NBC News Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, all journalists from the Qatar-based network, were detained on Dec. 29, 2013, and accused of spreading false news and belonging to a terrorist group. They were scheduled to stand trial on Feb. 21, but the trial was adjourned until March 5. Abdullah Al Shamy was also detained more than six months ago without charge and has been on a hunger strike since Jan. 23. The group had been reporting on the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist organization that took power in the Egypt elections following protests in 2011 but was banned after a violent crackdown. Mashable Al Jazeera staff in newsrooms across the world sent support for the journalists Thursday. The organization encouraged people to include the hashtag #FreeAJStaff in tweets. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media A vigil for the imprisoned journalists was held Thursday afternoon at the Newseum in Washington. Other demonstrations included a plane with a sign flying over Rio de Janeiro with the hashtag. TVNewser Al Jazeera America collected images from demonstrations around the world and posted them to a live blog. Many media outlets around the world have also joined the cause, which has increasingly gained momentum: Last week, an international group of television executives called for the journalists’ release. The protests also gained coverage on other networks: On CBS This Morning Thursday, correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reported from London, where protestors in Trafalgar Square released black balloons into the sky as part of the demonstration.

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ProPublica and Style.com Both Add Two Staffers

A couple Revolving Door notes for you today: ProPublica has hired Heather Vogell and Ryan Gabrielson, and Style.com has added Noah Johnson and Jessica Teves. Details are below.

  • Heather Vogell and Ryan Gabrielson have both been named reporters for ProPublica. Vogell comes to the site from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she had serving as a reporter since 2005. In 2013, her “Cheating Our Children,” series was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Gabrielson joins ProPublica from the Center for Investigative Reporting, where he had been since 2010. His reporting on violent crimes on the developmentally disabled was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
  • WWD reports that Style.com has named Noah Johnson deputy editor and Jessica Teves site director. Johnson comes to Style.com from Complex and Teves joins from Refinery29.

Gauging the Next ‘Golden Age’ of Journalism

We’re still mulling over remarks made last Friday in Lawrence, KS by ProPublica founder and executive chairman Paul Steiger. Accepting the prestigious William Allen White Foundation National Citation from the University of Kansas’s White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, he talked a lot about “golden ages” of journalism.

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According to Steiger, the last such era started in the mid-1950s and ran through the mid-1970s. Ergo, ending right around the time a massive amount of students were compelled by Woodward and Bernstein to head to J-school. Steiger takes issue with Henry Blodget‘s 2013 declaration that a new golden age is upon us. He says we’re perhaps close, but not quite there yet:

“Creating millions of lone-wolf, single-person bloggers doesn’t get us to a golden age. It can give us cat photos that make us giggle, news scoops involving an original fact or two, a trenchant analysis of finance or politics or sculpture, video of Miley Cyrus or Taylor Swift nuzzling their latest boyfriends, or possibly some movie and book reviews worth trusting. All nice to have but not game-changing.”

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ProPublica Adds WSJ Veteran

propublicaJulia Angwin is joining ProPublica as a senior reporter. Her focus will be privacy, technology and the surveillance state.

Angwin, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, comes to ProPublica from The Wall Street Journal, where she covered technology and media. She had been with the paper for over a decade. In 2010, she oversaw a team of reporters whose work ultimately led to a Gerald Loeb Award.

“Julia brings with her a magnificent portfolio of work, and she will be a stellar addition to our staff,” said Robin Fields, ProPublica’s managing editor, in a statement.

From Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Party to Inside Climate News

In the picturesque city of Portland, Maine, The Forecaster comes out once a week to keep area residents informed about the latest news and sports happenings. But there’s also room for other topics.

SabrinaShankmanTwitterProfilePicTo wit, The Forecaster currently has a wonderful profile of 30-year-old area native Sabrina Shankman (pictured). After undergraduate journalism studies at NYU, she did her graduate work at UC Berkeley, where she made time for a very unusual detour:

During grad school, Shankman did a summer internship with the South African bureau of the Associated Press in Johannesburg. She covered stories ranging from Nelson Mandela‘s 90th birthday, to violent elections in Zimbabwe, to the burgeoning South African snowboarding scene.

“I was there for just two months, but it was a hell of an experience,” Shankman said.

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ProPublica Founder Surveys the Changed Landscape of Investigative Journalism

From South Africa’s The Media Online comes an interesting overview of non-profit investigative news outfit ProPublica.

Reporter Peta Krost Mauder spoke with founder and executive chairperson Paul Steiger, previously a managing editor at the Wall Street Journal. He acknowledged that the Internet has destroyed the business model of high-quality print journalism and that non-profit is just one of several new ways to go:

Steiger has approached numerous philanthropists and convinced them that a portion of their money would be well spent on investigative journalism. “It is a fine way to spend their money because investigative journalism allows [the] public to fix problems of which they would otherwise be unaware,” says Steiger. “Investigative stories are always in the public good…”

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DuJour Adds Four, ProPublica Names Communications Director

To get your day started, here are some Revolving Door notes:

    • DuJour has added four staffers. John Clarkin joins as associate Publisher; Cat Dewling and Erik Yates as executive directors of sales and Ashley Tshcudin as social media manager. Clarkin comes to the magazine from W, where he served as national sales director for the past 10 years.
    • ProPublica has named Nicole Collins Bronzan its new director of communications. She’ll report to ProPublica’s president, Richard Tofel. Bronzan most recently served the same role for Freedom to Marry, and prior to that she held multiple roles at The New York Times.

David Epstein Leaves SI for ProPublica

David Epstein is leaving Sports Illustrated for ProPublica. His new role will be investigative reporter, which suits him perfectly.

Epstein has been a senior writer for SI for the last seven years. Epstein and Selena Roberts (who also recently left SI) are credited with breaking the A-Rod/steroids story in 2003. Epstein has also won the Society of Professional Journalists 2010 “Deadline Club Award” and Time Inc.’s Henry R. Luce Award for public service.

In related news, ProPublica has added Nina Martin and Megan McCloskey as investigative journalists. Martin comes to ProPublica from San Francisco magazine, where she has been for the majority of the past 10 years. McCloskey comes to ProPublica from Stars and Stripes, where she served as a national correspondent since 2009.

ProPublica Adds WaPo Veteran Amanda Zamora

ProPublica has named Amanda Zamora its new senior engagement editor. Zamora comes to ProPublica from The Washington Post, where she worked since 2003; most recently as national digital editor. Zamora is also a former Knight Digital Media Fellow and helped found the non-profit news site The Huffington Post Investigative Fund.

“We’re thrilled Amanda is joining us,” ProPublica’s senior editor, Eric Umansky, said. “We’re constantly pushing ourselves to do not only ground-breaking reporting but to do it using all the tools the Internet offers, including social. Amanda will help us super-charge that effort.”

Zamora starts on August 6.

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