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Chinese Charity Sues Nicholas Kristof for Breach of Agreement

Half the Sky Foundation , a non-profit with offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Berkeley, is going after New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, his wife Sheryl WuDunn and several others for allegedly misappropriating the organization’s trademarked name.

The plaintiffs claim that after all parties worked hard to come to agreement last fall as to when and how their trademarked name Half the Sky could be used for the purposes of a two-part PBS documentary, the agreement was breached in various ways. From Courthouse News Service reporter Dan McCue‘s summary:

The foundation claims the defendants solicited donations for numerous charities using the Half The Sky mark, displayed it prominently on their website and used it for branding on flyers and on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+ and YouTube.

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Kristof And WuDunn Offer Advice On Fostering Change

Kristof_Wudunn.jpgToday mediabistro.com is featuring an interview with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his wife and writing partner, Sheryl WuDunn. The two discuss they’re upcoming project, the book Half the Sky and its philanthropic spin-offs including their social movement Web site, HalfTheSkyMovement.org.

The couple said they hope the book, which focuses on women’s struggles and survival in developing nations, will foster a social movement for change.

“What we’ve written is a sort of do-it-yourself foreign aid tool kit,” Kristof said. “We hope to inform people, but also really help them figure how they can go about making a difference.”

With that in mind, Kristof and WuDunn offered some tips for writing for social change or trying to get people to care about your issue.

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Journalists Kristof, WuDunn Awarded Dayton Literary Peace Prize For Lifetime Achievement

kristofwudunn.jpgHusband-and-wife reporting and writing team Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn will be awarded the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement at a gala celebrating the awards in September.

Kristof and WuDunn are being honored for their extensive work chronicling human rights in Asia, Africa and the developing world, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize committee said in a statement today. The committee highlighted the couple’s work:

Since becoming the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests for the New York Times, Kristof and WuDunn have collaborated on such influential, milestone books as “China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power” and “Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia.” In 2006, Kristof received a second Pulitzer Prize for his New York Times op-ed columns on Darfur. Their latest book, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” will be released in September 2009.

The committee also announced the finalists for the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prizes in fiction and nonfiction. Winners will receive a $10,000 honorarium, while runners-up get $1,000. Among the finalists are Times columnist Thomas Friedman for his book “Hot, Flat and Crowded.”

A full list of the finalists are after the jump

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