A.P. reporters working on NYPD counterterrorism tactics get awards, and harsh criticism; Sir Richard of Holkham Hall; Shadid memorial fund
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Four Associated Press reporters who have been doggedly chronicling the NYPD's controversial screening of Muslim communities as part of its antiterrorism efforts are among the recipients of this year's 2012 George Polk Awards in Journalism from Long Island University, which were announced on Sunday.
Between them, the reporters, Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Chris Hawley and Eileen Sullivan, have contributed about three dozen reports on the subject since first blowing the lid off the NYPD's controversial surveillance strategy back in August.
The stories themselves have been controversial, with both city tabloids blasting the coverage in their opinion pages.
The most recent attack comes this morning in the New York Post courtesy of Michael A. Walsh, who writes in response to the wire's NYPD dispatch from Saturday, about the department monitoring Muslim students throughout the Northeast, that the A.P. "for months now has been waging a journalistic jihad against the NYPD and its counterterrorism tactics in the name of 'civil rights.'
"Was the AP born yesterday?" Walsh asks.
In other news...
Anthony Shadid was posthumously honored by the Polk Awards; plus this year's other winners. [New York Times]
Shadid's alma mater, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, has set up a memorial fund in his name. [journalism.co.uk]
Rupert Murdoch's Sun on Sunday will launch next weekend. [The Guardian]
ESPN has fired the employee responsible for the racist Jeremy Lin headline. [ESPN]
The sacked editor claims it was an "honest mistake." [Daily News]
"Unfortunately for Lin and the rest of us," writes David Carr, "the over-the-top coverage that followed ended over the line, exposing underlying racist tropes that still lurk in the id of American sports journalism, and by extension, the rest of us." [NYT]
"The Colbert Report" will resume taping today. [Arts Beat]
Bill Keller's WikiLeaks post-script. [NYT]
"Anderson Cooper struggles to survive in daytime," reports David Bauder. [AP]
Meanwhile, a slew of new daytime talk shows will arrive this September in a bid to "don Oprah's mantle." [NYT]
The Daily Caller defended its much-talked-about Media Matters investigation to Howard Kurtz. [Dylan Byers]
Sally Singer profiles Lara Logan. [T]
Jeff Jarvis: "Lately we are seeing too much evidence that the siren call of not-for-profit journalism seduces news organizations away from sustainability, survival, and success." [Buzz Machine]
Forbes aggregated a New York Times article with a more grabbing headline and got tons more traffic than the original. [Nick O'Neill]
"Downton Abbey" commentary presented without commentary: "Yes, David, I'm sure you empathize with the pressures of running a major media entity, constantly stifling negative stories about your friends so as to later blackmail them. But Sir Richard is terminally bitter, increasingly abusive, and—worst of all—he simply has zero romantic chemistry with Lady Mary. He doesn't light the flame on her Christmas pudding, as it were." [Slate]