French photojournalist killed in Central African Republic

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Central African Republic

The body of French photojournalist Camille Lepage was found in the Central African Republic, the BBC reported Tuesday.

Ms Lepage had been working in CAR for several months, having moved to South Sudan in July 2012.

Her last tweet, a week ago, said she was travelling with the anti-balaka militia by motorbike to an area 120km from Berberati, where 150 people had been killed by Seleka rebels since March.

In this file photo taken Oct. 6, 2013 in the Bonga Bonga stadium in Bangui, Central African Republic, French photojournalist Camille Lepage smiles with a local dancer. Lepage, 26, was killed while covering the deteriorating situation in the Central African Republic Monday May 12. (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui, File)


Several media outlets have written about Lepage and her photography, including the Huffington Post. On Wednesday, Catherine Taibi wrote that “her work published by several news outlets including the New York Times, LA Times, International Herald Tribune, Al Jazeera, Le Monde newspaper, Vice magazine, and the Guardian.”

Ukraine

A group of news sites are working together to cover Ukraine with #UkraineDesk, Jason Mojica reported in VICE News on Tuesday.

We’re excited to begin an experiment we’re calling Ukraine Desk. Starting today, leading digital media organizations Mashable, Digg, Mother Jones, Quartz, Breaking News Online, and VICE News (of course) will be tagging tweets about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine with #UkraineDesk. We’ll also have a joint Twitter account, @UkraineDesk.

 

On Tuesday, Mathew Ingram wrote about the new project for Gigaom.

In a brief phone interview, Mashable editor and former NYT staffer Jim Roberts said that he doesn’t know where the venture will ultimately end up: “It is my desire that this is more than a hashtag play, but we are taking it one step at a time… I think we’re all contributing to a body of knowledge in a way.”

Ukrainian media itself also got attention Tuesday in a piece by Maxim Eristavi for the Columbia Journalism Review. Eristavi wrote that journalists in Ukraine “are struggling to find a balance between being ‘patriotic’ and unbiased.”

Should the Ukrainian government revoke visas of all foreign journalists refusing to use the word ‘terrorist’ in their Eastern Ukraine coverage? That’s the view of a group of 10 local journalists, including a couple of high-profile names, like Natalka Zubar, editor in chief of the “Maidan” website and a well-known civil rights campaigner, who made the request of officials in a recent public letter, published on Facebook and Maidanua.org. It generally reflects a larger and contentious debate journalists and their audience are now having on a daily basis now in Ukraine.

Australia

From The Courier-Mail, in Brisbane, Australia, (courtesy Newseum) a new diet plan just in time for summer.

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