JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

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TOPIC: USA


Trips to cover President Obama cost the U.S. press about $18 million last year, and news organizations have found cutting travel with the president to be a new area for lowering costs, The New York Times reports. read more »

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» How Obama keeps busy on Air Force One (Washington Post)
» Obama's Air Force One press appeal (Feb. 2009) (The Swamp—Chicago Tribune)
» On board Air Force One for the first time (March 2009) (The New York Times)

Condé Nast publications, whose magazines include The New Yorker, Wired, GQ, Vogue, and Glamour, has been negotiating to become the biggest tenant of the skyscraper scheduled to open at the site in lower Manhattan where the World Trade Center towers were destroyed in 2001. read more »

President Barack Obama is hosting his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderón this week on an official state visit to Washington that includes talks on bilateral issues such as immigration and drug violence on the U.S.–Mexico border. read more »

President Barack Obama signed a law this week requiring the State Department to monitor press freedom in all countries and to identify those governments that commit violations, The New York Times reports. read more »

Nearly a month has passed since an April 20 oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, and an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil are still leaking daily. The economic and environmental effects will continue to keep the oil leakage in the news, so we’ve collected several examples of how digital media is being used to report the spill. read more »

At a time when fewer reporters at U.S. news organizations are covering national education issues full time, the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news organization, seeks to produce investigative reporting and detailed analysis on education issues. read more »

For several generations, Time and Newsweek magazines competed to define the U.S. news agenda. But this week's announcement that the Washington Post Co. plans to sell Newsweek suggests that the era of weekly news magazines is reaching an end, Stephanie Clifford writes for The New York Times. read more »

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» The trials and economics of Newsweek (The Atlantic)
» BusinessWeek relaunched as a Bloomberg magazine (Knight Center)
» Why The Economist is thriving while Time and Newsweek fade (June 2009) (Knight Center)

James Risen, a reporter for The New York Times, received a subpoena this week, obliging him to testify about his sources for the 2006 book, “State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration,” MediaBistro, The New York Times, and others report. read more »

After almost 30 hours of negotiations, creditors of the bankrupt owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News beat a group led by billionaire Ronald Perelman to buy the publisher for $139 million, Bloomberg reports. The sale must still be approved by a federal bankruptcy court judge. read more »

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» Who just bought the papers? (Philadelphia Daily News)

After months of fanfare and some flinging of mud, Rupert Murdoch’s The Wall Street Journal launched its Greater New York section, which will compete with The New York Times—an act that's been labelled an old-fashioned “newspaper war” in a city that has hosted more than read more »

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» Media Reporters Announce Assorted 'Winners,' 'Losers' in NYT-WSJ Battle (Media Bistro's Fishbowl NY)
» Wall Street Journal chief gets personal in battle with New York Times (Guardian)
» Why the hell is Rupert Murdoch launching a "Greater New York" section? (Slate)

Journalists from throughout the hemisphere who cover science and the environment have until May 14 to enter the selection process for the Ealy fellowship, which will finance the participation in the Jack F. Ealy Workshop on Science and Journalism, in La Jolla, Calif., July 12-16, 2010, IJNet reports (Spanish). read more »

In a front-page story this week, The Washington Post describes White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs as a man who is playing double duty. read more »

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» Death of the White House press corps (The Daily Beast)

In an example of integrating technical media skills with news production, Columbia University has announced plans to launch a Master of Science Program in Computer Science and Journalism. read more »

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» Will Columbia-Trained, Code-Savvy Journalists Bridge the Media/Tech Divide? (Wired)

The Washington Post won 2010 Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, in the areas of international reporting, feature writing, commentary and criticism. ProPublica, a nonprofit news organization, shared a prize for investigative journalism with The New York Times Magazine for a story about deaths at a New Orleans medical center after Hurricane Katrina.

The Public Service gold medal went to the Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier. read more »

The footage of U.S. soldiers killing 12 people in Iraq from a helicopter in 2007, including a Reuters photographer and driver, led the International Federation of Journalists to demand a new investigation into the army’s actions. read more »

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» Iraqi journalists want probe of taped U.S. shooting (Associated Press)
» Five bizarre things about WikiLeaks' founder (Gawker)

The nonprofit whistleblower website WikiLeaks has released classified military footage of a July 2007 U.S. helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed 12 people—including a Reuters photographer and driver—and wounded two children, The New York Times reports. read more »

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» Profile: What is WikiLeaks? (BBC)
» The war on WikiLeaks and why it matters (Salon)

Twenty-six reporters—12 from Mexico and 14 from the United States— participated March 26-27 in the McCormick Foundation's Specialized Reporting Institute: Cross-border Coverage of U.S.–Mexico Drug Trafficking. The seminar took place in Austin and was organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. read more »

Yahoo has hired almost a dozen journalists from online and traditional news outlets and opened a Washington bureau to create original content and raise the appeal of its Yahoo News site, The New York Times reports. The new coverage of politics and media will complement the articles Yahoo licenses from other media and aggregates on its site. read more »

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» Yahoo News builds its talent pool (March 16) (The New York Observer)

Two investigations received the top prize (IRE Medal) selected as part of the 2009 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Awards. read more »

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» 10 tips for successful investigative journalism (Media Helping Media)

Twenty-six journalists—13 from Mexico and 13 the United States—are participating in a unique cross-border training program in Austin, Texas, for journalists who cover the illegal drug trade. read more »