Mourning Anthony Shadid; plus Tina Brown, the ‘News Safety Institute,’ Rupert Murdoch and Stephen Colbert
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Times mea culpa
Journalists are mourning the loss of New York Times reporter and Beirut bureau chief Anthony Shadid, who died while on assignment in Syria Thursday of an apparent asthma attack.
Shadid's death was front-page news today for the paper of record, and Times staffers are still taking in the sudden tragedy. So some media reporters may have been surprised to see a Times press release go out at 6 a.m. this morning promoting a 50-percent President's Day holiday sale on print and digital subscriptions.
The email was set to generate automatically, and the Times wasn't able to stop it.
The Times' P.R. shop was quick to remedy the situation; it issued an apology 46 minutes later.
"You received a press release from us this morning that had been set up for delivery prior to our learning of the death of Anthony Shadid last night," a spokesperson wrote. "Clearly this release is no longer a priority and we regret its distribution."
(More on Shadid's death below.)
Tina Brown has a slew of bold-faced names lined up for her annual Women in the World summit next month. The Newsweek-Daily Beast editor confirmed today that the three-day gab-bag will kick off with Charlie Rose moderating a conversation between Madeleine Albright and Angelina Jolie.
"The panel will focus on how women pick up the pieces after war, and rebuild their families, their communities and their lives," said a spokesperson. "They will discuss conflict situations like Congo, Bosnia and Kosovo."
Other media big-shots on the lineup include Barbara Walters, Andrea Mitchell, Christiane Amanpour, Gloria Steinem and Andrew Sullivan. The event runs March 8-10 at Lincoln Center.
Protest reporting 101
With all the run-ins journalists have had with police while covering the ongoing Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, which are expected to escalate this spring, it might be a good idea for journalists to brush up on their protest-reporting skills.
Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and the International News Safety Institute are on the case. They will offer a free workshop for journalists "on covering unruly protests and crowds" on March 5 at the J-school.
"This session will offer instruction on how to safely navigate volatile crowds and aggressive police tactics," read to an email that went out to alumni today. "Preparation is the key to emerging unscathed and we teach strategies such as risk assessment, evaluating exit routes and how to protect oneself from tear gas, pepper spray and projectiles. We will also discuss legal strategies and how one-man bands can watch their backs while reporting out in the field during disturbances."
The training will be led by Judith Matloff, a veteran conflict reporter and member of the j-school's adjunct faculty.
In other news...
On his visit to London today, Rupert Murdoch did damage control by announcing the launch of a Sunday edition for The Sun and telling suspended employees that they can return to work. [HuffPo]
"It's already been a decade since the media hyped bogus WMD claims prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq," writes Michael Calderone. "But it sure feels like 2002 for anyone who was around then and is now scanning newspaper headlines or watching TV talking-heads discuss a possible Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities." [HuffPo]
Taping of "The Colbert Report" is temporarily suspended due to a family emergency. [Wall Street Journal]
It turns out Stephn Colbert has taken time off to be with his ailing 91-year-old mother. [New York Post]
MSNBC has dropped Pat Buchanan. [A.P.]
Is Apple "playing access journalism" with The New York Times? [Erik Wemple]
Harper Collins has acquired the memoir of Amanda Knox for a reported $4 million. [New York Times]
Who will buy Jeremy Lin's? [Mixed Media]
Peter Lauria explains how "the uncommercial pays off" for The Economist. [Reuters]
Three portal sites have signed on for Reuters' nascent America news offering. [Ad Age]
The Daily News got its first-ever New York Emmy Award nominations. [Daily News]
More staff shake-ups at Forbes. [New York Post]