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One of the reporters banned by the Pentagon earlier this year from covering military trials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been selected as one of the winners of the Society of Professional Journalists' (SPJ) First Amendment Award, reported McClatchy Newspapers. read more »

The Pentagon has denied Michael Hastings, the journalist who wrote the Rolling Stone article that got Gen. Stanley McChrystal fired, permission to embed with troops in Afghanistan, according to CNN.

"Embeds are a privilege, not a right. The unit decided they didn't feel the trust necessary for an embed. They declined," Pentagon spokesman Col. David Lapan told CNN. read more »

In the fallout from a controversial Rolling Stone article that got General Stanley McChrystal fired, the Pentagon has ordered that the Defense Department's public affairs staff to be notified before military officials give interviews to the press, reported The New York Times. read more »

The Rolling Stone article that got General Stanley McChrystal fired continues to make waves in the journalism world.

CNN's former senior Pentagon correspondent Jamie McIntyre spoke with NPR about how beat reporters often choose not to report some things in exchange for continuing to receive access to the newsmakers. read more »

Other Related Headlines:
» Substance of Rolling Stone article lost amid controversy (True/Slant)

A controversial article in the new edition of Rolling Stone magazine has journalists, bloggers and public officials thinking about what "on the record" really means, and what it takes for a journalist to get a source to spill all.

In the article, journalist Michael Hastings reports on the critical and insubordinate comments General Stanley McChrystal made about President Obama and others within the White House administration. read more »

Other Related Headlines:
» How volcanoes and booze got the McChrystal story, and how Rolling Stone lost it (Salon)
» Freedom of expression in time of war (Times Union)
» McChrystal and the press's failure (The Atlantic)

The Pentagon has barred four reporters—three from Canada and one from the United States—from covering proceedings at a military tribunal in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, because they published the name of a U.S. army interrogator who testified at a hearing, the Canwest News Service and the Associated Press report. read more »

While celebrating the heroic actions of first responders, reporters covering the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas are witnessing the shock of some 40,000 people for whom the base was a refuge from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where many served. read more »

Other Related Headlines:
» Fort Hood Shooting shows How Twitter lists can be used for breaking news (Poynter.org)
» Fort Hood: A first test for Twitter lists (Columbia Journalism Review)
» What military blogs say about Fort Hood shootings (The Atlantic Wire)

The Department of Defense is ending its controversial work agreement with a private firm that produced background profiles of reporters who sought to embed with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Stars and Stripes and the Associated Press report. The Rendon Group graded reporters’ past work as “positive,” “negative,” or “neutral,” Stars and Stripes says. read more »

Other Related Headlines:
» U.S. military denies media coverage sways choice of embedded reporters (Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas)
» Embedded reporting influences war coverage, study shows (2006) (Pennsylvania State University)
» Embedded journalism (Wikipedia)

The Pentagon says military commanders in Afghanistan are not rejecting requests from reporters who want to embed with U.S. troops because their prior coverage of the military was negative, the Associated Press reports. read more »

For the first time since the Obama administration reversed an 18-year ban on the media’s coverage of the return of fallen soldiers, the Air Force permitted journalists to cover the arrival of an airman killed in Afghanistan,
ABC News reports.

The arrival at Dover Air Force Base of the remains of Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers, who died April 4, marks the first time that any of the almost 5,000 troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan was open to the media, ABC says. read more »

NPR's John Burnett reports on a Mexican journalist who is seeking asylum in the United States, fearing the Mexican military wants to kill him.

Political asylum is usually reserved for refugees who claim religious or political persecution, or fear of torture, Burnett reports. In a test case, reporter Emilio Gutierrez Soto, has sought asylum. (Hear Burnett's report here.) read more »