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Richard Engel Honored with John Chancellor Award

engel-121812NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel is the 2013 recipient of the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism recognizes Engel’s “courage under fire and reporting throughout his career that reflects a deep understanding of the Arab world.”

“From the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the Arab Spring and the West Bank, Richard Engel’s courage and integrity inform his reporting,” said Steve Coll, Dean of the Journalism School. “Engel’s work continues to be an example of the best of journalism. He embodies the spirit of the John Chancellor Award.”

Maria Hinojosa was presented the award last year, while Bloomberg’s David Evans was the 2011 recipient. The John Chancellor award is named for the longtime NBC News anchor and reporter who died in 1996. Engel will be presented with the $25,000 prize at a dinner at Columbia’s Low Library Nov. 13.

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The Afternoon Ticker: Dow’s Cramer, Columbia’s Coll, Oxford’s Verjee

  • Chris Cramer has joined Dow Jones as head of video operations. The one-time chief of newsgathering at the BBC and, later, head of CNN International, Cramer will oversee an expanded video team at the News Corp. publisher. He’ll report to Dow Jones EIC Gerry Baker.

  • Steve Coll has been named Dean of the Columbia Journalism school. An occasional cable news guest, Coll is an author, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and former Washington Post reporter. He’s been president of The New America Foundation for the last 5 years.

  • CNN’s Zain Verjee is one 15 students to be accepted into a creative writing program at Oxford University. Verjee will continue to anchor her morning show on CNN International as well as continuing to contribute to CNN/U.S.

Jon Banner Comments on ABC/New Yorker

World News EP Jon Banner, whose quote in this TVNewser post was cited in the response letter by New Yorker columnist Steve Coll today, emailed this comment:

Imagine my surprise when I read Steve Coll’s response to David Westin‘s letter regarding the New Yorker’s factually incorrect story about ABC News’ interviews with Governor Palin. Now, a week after his first series of errors, Coll is trying to justify his piece by pointing to my quote to TVNewser — a quote that is taken completely out of context. Is it possible that the New Yorker, which prides itself on its rigorous fact-checking, couldn’t afford to make one phone call to ask me what those comments referred to? Had he done so prior to publishing either his original, error riddled piece or his response to Westin’s letter, Coll would have learned that his assumption was completely wrong. A little old-fashioned thing called reporting would have been a service to the New Yorker’s readers.

> Earlier: New Yorker Column Short on Facts, Long on Attacks of ABC News.

Westin Responds to New Yorker‘s “Inaccurate Reporting”

gibson_9-21.jpgABC News president David Westin wrote a strongly worded letter, published in today’s New Yorker, responding to the charges raised in columnist Steve Coll‘s article last week.

As TVNewser reported, Coll’s column, about ABC’s blurring of the news/entertainment lines with its Gov. Sarah Palin interview, drew the ire of ABC News execs for what appeared to be inaccuracies in reporting the timeline of events.

“Mr. Coll is not entitled to his own version of the truth about how the multiple interviews came to be,” writes Westin.

Coll, in a response letter following Westin’s, cites TVNewser’s interview with World News EP Jon Banner, in which Banner says “there were lots of negotiations in terms of what and when and how,” as bolstering his argument. “ABC aired the first interview on the potent date of September 11th, and the day of her son’s deployment ceremony,” he writes. “The network might have mitigated its choices by asking Palin why she had sequestered herself from the press for two weeks and then granted her first interview on the anniversary of the attacks.”

However Palin’s self-imposed “sequester” Coll describes in his response appears different than his original implication that ABC News had a hand in it.

“Based on his inaccurate reporting of the events leading up to the Palin interview, Mr. Coll draws broad conclusions about our difficulty in discerning the line between ‘news’ and ‘entertainment,’” writes Westin. “ABC News is proud that we make every effort to make sure what we report is true. That is an important part of what we understand reporting the news requires. Sadly, the same cannot be said of Mr. Coll or his publication in this case.”

Letters Sent From Westin to Remnick

ABC insiders tell TVNewser that ABC News president David Westin and others at the network have sent letters to New Yorker publisher David Remnick, in the wake of Steve Coll‘s article attacking ABC News for its handling of the Gov. Sarah Palin interview.

Yesterday we reported ABC News was unhappy with the piece for its inaccuracies in reporting the timeline of the interview, among other issues.

We hear the New Yorker is considering what it plans to do to make the situation right. TVNewser has reached out to the New Yorker for comment.

Whatever the decision between the two organizations, it appears there may be some official response to the Coll article from ABC News.

New Yorker Column Short on Facts, Long on Attacks of ABC News

gibson_9-15(2).jpgThe New Yorker‘s Steve Coll spends a column today blasting ABC News over a variety of issues relating to Charlie Gibson‘s interview with Gov. Sarah Palin. But the overriding theme — that ABC attempted to turn the interview into an entertainment event — appears factually incorrect.

Describing ABC’s promo of the sit-down (“the interview everybody has been waiting for”) Coll writes, “The double-entendre was as close as [ABC News president David] Westin came to acknowledging his collaboration with the McCain campaign’s decision to sequester Palin until the potent anniversary date of September 11th.”

As TVNewser first reported, ABC News was contacted by the McCain campaign just after Gibson anchored last Friday’s World News (September 5), and there was no “collaboration” between the two sides prior.

Coll’s other major complaint was about the lengthy roll-out of interview clips. “Westin exploited the Governor’s moose-hunting, baby-juggling appeal as if she were a magnetic contestant on one of the network’s prime-time reality show,” he writes.

The decision to air the interview in parts (certainly not a unique choice), rather than all on one night, could be debated, but there was an explained reason by ABC News prior to the sit-down — the “interview” was rather a series of interviews taking place over multiple days. And ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider told TVNewser last week, “Our goal is to turn the material as fast as we can. There’s a real overriding public interest in hearing from Gov. Palin.”

We hear people inside ABC News are none too pleased with the New Yorker over the piece for its factual inaccuracies.

Stay tuned — this doesn’t appear to be over.

Meanwhile, Howard Kurtz wrote about a different angle today of the Gibson-Palin interview — and what broadcast anchor may be next to interview the VP candidate…

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