Dilemmas in the Newsroom

CALEB HANNAN

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BY ALISON SARGENT Name: Caleb Hannan Born: ca. 1983 Nationality: USA Country or countries where the journalist has worked: United States In January the Denver journalist Caleb Hannan set off what the Nieman Journalism Lab called “one of the more heated story dissections in recent memory” with a piece published in Grantland titled “Dr. V’s […]


WOJCIECH JAGIELSKI

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BY ANNA SIATKA Name: Wojciech Jagielski Born: September 12, 1960 Nationality: Polish Country or countries where the journalist has worked: Poland, Afghanistan, Chechnya, the Caucasus, Uganda, South Africa Jagielski was born in Goworów, Poland. At the beginning of his career he worked as a journalist for the Polish Press Agency for five years. He then […]


PHILIP GOUREVITCH

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BY STAV ZIV Name: Philip Gourevitch Born: 1961 Nationality: USA. His parents emigrated to the U.S. from Europe, having escaped the Nazis Country or countries where the journalist has worked: Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as in the United States Gourevitch’s first book—We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with […]


GLENN GREENWALD

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BY DUSTIN VOLZ Name: Glenn Greenwald Born: March 6, 1967 Nationality: USA Country or countries where the journalist has worked: USA and Brazil Few journalists have riveted the public’s attention as strongly as Glenn Greenwald, who rose to international fame in the summer of 2013 with his reporting for The Guardian on the U.S. government’s […]


CHRIS HONDROS

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BY DANIELLE TCHOLAKIAN Name: Chris Hondros Years of Birth/death: 1970-2011 Nationality: USA Country or countries where the journalist has worked: Kosovo, Afghanistan, the West Bank, Iraq, Liberia, Haiti, Egypt, Libya “Hondros’ photos stood out for his ability to capture moments of clarity in tense, difficult situations. Not just dangerous situations, with bullets and mortars and […]


JARED DIAMOND

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BY KATE NEWMAN Name: Jared Diamond Born: 1937 Nationality: USA Country or countries where the writer has worked: New Guinea (and others) In his 2008 article for The New Yorker, “Vengeance is Ours: What can tribal societies tell us about our need to get even?” Jared Diamond shares the story of Daniel Wemp, a member […]


NICHOLAS KRISTOF

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BY KATE WILKINSON Name: Nicholas Kristof Born: 1959, in Yamhill, Oregon Nationality: USA Country or countries where the journalist has worked: United States; publishes and travels internationally Nicholas Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The New York Times. He writes a regular op-ed dispatch from whichever part of the globe he happens to […]


DAN SAVAGE

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BY GRAHAM CLARK Name: Dan Savage Born: Oct. 7, 1964 Nationality: USA Country or countries where the journalist has worked: Based in the United States, publishes internationally Covering issues of civil rights always raises questions of boundaries. Where should the line be drawn between activists working on behalf of a cause and journalists reporting on […]


GENE WEINGARTEN

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BY MARTINE POWERS Name: Gene Weingarten Born: 1951 Nationality: USA Country or countries where the journalist has worked: USA There’s no doubt about it: Gene Weingarten is a funny guy. After years as a reporter and editor at the Detroit Free Press and the Miami Herald, he’s become renowned as the humor columnist at the […]


JAMES RISEN

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BY SAMANTHA PICKETTE Name: James Risen Born: 1955 Nationality: USA Country or countries where the journalist has worked: United States As a journalist who focuses mainly on issues of national security, the ethicality of James Risen’s work is often called into question. On the one hand, exposing CIA secrets could be seen as a threat […]


JONAH LEHRER

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BY LEAH FINNEGAN ­Name: Jonah Lehrer ­Born: 1981 ­Nationality: USA ­Country or countries where the journalist has worked: United States In an article in Tablet.com in July 2012, Michael Moynihan revealed that Jonah Lehrer, a staff writer and science blogger at The New Yorker, had fabricated or manipulated at least seven quotations that he attributed […]


LARA LOGAN

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BY KAREN PETREE Name: Lara Logan Born: 1971 Nationality: South Africa Country or countries where the journalist has worked: United States and South Africa Until last November, Lara Logan had worked all over the world and won many awards for her reporting from war zones. Logan started working for a local newspaper while in high […]