Mourning Marie Colvin, especially on Long Island; plus, tough times at the 'Star Ledger'; Sam Zell; Conan O'Brien
11:53 am Feb. 23, 2012
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Mourning Marie Colvin
It's been hard to keep track of all the emotional eulogies to Marie Colvin, the veteran war reporter and Long Island native who was killed yesterday, along with French photographer Rémi Ochlik, while on assignment in Syria for London's Sunday Times.
In one of the most heart-wrenching, Colvin's mother, who lives in East Norwich, opened up about her daughter in an interview with The New York Times, telling the paper of her last attempt to reach Marie abroad: “Usually you can get her ... but for some reason, she didn’t return the messages.”
Those who have paid tribute to the fallen correspondent these past two days include David Remnick, David Cameron, Rupert Murdoch, Lara Logan and a number of her friends. The Times of London devoted its entire front page to her today.
In the clip below, Colvin's family speaks with CNN's Soledad O'Brien this morning:
Some reports have claimed that Syrian forces, which do not allow foreign journalists inside the war-torn country, specifically targeted Colvin and her colleagues, though authorities insist they were unaware the journalists were there. The Syrian foreign ministry is now asking any foreign journalists currently working there to report to the government.
"The killing of these journalists, who were observers in a conflict zone, represents an unacceptable escalation in the price that local and international journalists are being forced to pay," said Robert Mahoney, deputy director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, in a statement. "Media reports suggest that our injured colleagues are in need of proper medical care. It is also a particularly callous act to prevent the families and friends of Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik from receiving the bodies."
Here is a lesson in what not to do if you are a journalist working on a computer that is not your own.
"The email quoted in this story between Devlin/O’Hora was forwarded to me by a source who said they saw Devlin’s Gmail account because he left it open at the New Canaan Library where he at times works from on a public computer."
That's Connecticut journalist Teri Buhl writing about how she obtained emails that appeared to show a local Patch editor deleting comments from his site at the request of an elected official. Buhl wrote a tough article calling the editor out for it and revealing his dishonesty when she reached out to him for comment. (The story was picked up by Jim Romenesko yesterday.)
Then the Patch editor called the cops on Buhl (not her first brush with them) and complained that she was harassing him.
"So I haven't been charged with anything but I can't contact another journalist to comment?" Buhl wrote in the comments of Romenesko's post. "Something doesn't smell right."
Red ink at the Ledger?
Also in local journalism news, times are looking tough at New Jersey's Star-Ledger, the Garden State's largest and most esteemed newspaper.
The Newark-based daily has scrapped its paid summer internship program for at least the second time in recent years, Capital has learned.
The editor who runs the program informed applicants last week that the full-time reporting internships, which we hear pay somewhere in the neighhorhood of $500-$600 a week for about a dozen lucky young journalists who sometimes parlay them into full-time jobs, were put on hiatus due to "budgetary constraints," according to an email viewed by Capital.
A similar email was sent out in 2008, when the same editor wrote: "I put off writing because I kept hoping things would turn around in time for us to change that decision. Good luck to you elsewhere."
In other news...
Jake Tapper to the White House press secretary: "You want aggressive journalism abroad; you just don't want it in the United States." [The Cutline]
In last night's CNN debate, Newt Gingrich once again blasted the "elite media," but this time his case was even shakier. [Erik Wemple]
The Romney campaign's selective editing of endorsements. [Dylan Byers]
Meet Malik Muhammad al-Mabrouk. He is one of the most hard-nosed journalists in the new Libya. He is also 14. [The New York Times]
The Beverly Hilton has fired staffers for talking to the press about Whitney Houston, who died there. [Radar Online]
Coverage of Houston's death boosted celebrity magazine sales. [WWD]
Sam Zell's "delusional" argument against journalists. [Mixed Media]
Gannett is planning paywalls for all of its paper's except USA Today. [Mixed Media]
Will they work? [paidContent]
TBS has extended "Conan" through 2014. [Media Decoder]
The AP has a new logo for the first time in 30 years. [Poynter]
More on Reuters' Pultizer-friendly long-form makeover. [The Baron]
The Times' banking reporter who took a buyout now works for the U.S. Treasury Department. [New York Observer]
A Gothamist commenter was arrested for threatening Ray Kelly. [New York Post]
Earlier on Capital, in case you missed it...
Bill Keller talks about Iran coverage, Bill O'Reilly, liberal bias and the advancement of women at The New York Times.
Whitney Houston's death was the third-biggest news story last week.
Re-capping an evening with The Atavist.
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