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Posts Tagged ‘Stars and Stripes’

Polk Awards Focus On War In Middle East

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The 2009 George Polk made history yesterday by announcing its first ever anonymous winners: the men and/or women who captured the footage of Iranian protester Neda Agha-Soltan dying after being shot during the controversial reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June. John Darnton of the Polk Awards called the video “an iconic image of the Iranian resistance.” Other winners of the highly-esteemed journalism award include David Rohde for his five-part New York Times series on being captured and held by the Taliban for seven months, and the Stars and Stripes trio of Charlie Reed, Kevin Baron and Leo Shane III for their piece on a secret Pentagon program meant to reward journalists who covered the war in a positive light.

Read More: Filmers of Iran Protest Death Win Polk Award in NY — New York Times, Files prove Pentagon is profiling reporters — Stars and Stripes

Previously: Kidnapped Journalist Rohde Answers Readers’ Questions

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Haiti Gets Stars and Stripes

popup1111.jpgStars and Stripes, the official newspaper of the United States Army, has finally reached Haiti almost two weeks after American troop deployment to the country.

With basic necessities such as food and water scarce in the region, information networks are even harder to come by, as editorial director Terry Leonard told The New York Times yesterday, “part of what complicates this is there’s no advanced planning.” By sending a small dispatch to the island nation (800 to 1,000 copies to start), the paper understands both the importance of the armed forces’ reliance on news, as well as the reality that they will never get priority delivery on the flights going into the country.

“We recognize that in the opening days of a crisis of this magnitude, they’re not going to substitute blood plasma and food and water with newspapers,” said Leonard.

Though Stars and Stripes falls under the umbrella of the Department of Defense, it is editorially independent.

Read More: Haiti Added to ‘Most Dangerous Paper Routes in the World’ New York Times