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AP’s CIA/Iran story wins Anthony Shadid Award

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The Associated Press announced Tuesday that two former reporters and an editor won the Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics for the December story about an American missing in Iran.

Reporters Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, and editor Ted Bridis, won for their report in December on the disappearance of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who went missing while working in Iran in 2007.

The award was announced Tuesday by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Journalism Ethics. It is named for Anthony Shadid, a graduate and former Associated Press reporter who died in 2012 while reporting in Syria for The New York Times.

According to the AP, reporters first linked Levinson to the CIA in 2010, but held off on publishing the story “because the U.S. Read more

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Anthony Shadid a finalist for National Book Awards

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Anthony Shadid is a finalist in this year’s National Book Awards’ nonfiction category. The New York Times reporter’s memoir “House of Stone” was published shortly after his death from an asthma attack in Syria this February.

The book is a memoir of Shadid’s restoration of his family’s ancestral home in Lebanon. Shadid’s father said in an interview after the book was published he was “so overcome with emotion when he looks at his son’s words that he can read only a few pages at once.”

New Yorker writer Katharine Boo and Washington Post reporter Anne Applebaum are also among the nonfiction finalists.

The winners will be announced Nov. 14.

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Keller: Shadid ‘expressed a determination to go’ to Syria

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Ed Shadid doesn’t know the name of the person who allegedly overheard his cousin, deceased New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid, argue with editors about returning to Syria. And so far he’s the only member of Anthony Shadid’s family who publicly blames The New York Times for the reporter’s death. It doesn’t look like he’s getting company anytime soon.

The Los Angeles Times’ Matt Pearce tries to track down other family members closer to the information.

  • The unnamed sister-in-law who supposedly overheard the phone argument didn’t return an email from the Times.
  • Anthony’s brother David: “I am sorry, I am not going to comment on this story in any way”
  • Anthony’s widow Nada Bakri didn’t return a phone call, but she did tweet a statement that says she does “not approve of and will not be a part of any public discussion of Anthony’s passing.”

Moreover, Tyler Hicks, who accompanied Shadid on his last story, told Pearce “We both campaigned very hard to go on this assignment.” Read more

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Anthony Shadid’s widow won’t say whether New York Times to blame for his death

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A cousin of the late New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid is claiming that Shadid was unhappy with the arrangements for his trip to Syria, and that Shadid told his wife that if he died on the trip, it would be the Times’ fault. Politico’s Dylan Byers initially reported what Ed Shadid said in a speech Saturday night to the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, and Gawker’s John Cook got more details in an interview. The video of the speech has also been posted online.

According to Ed Shadid, a security advisor for the Times “forbade” Shadid from entering Syria in December because it was too dangerous. A few months later, after CNN had gained access to a rebel stronghold, Shadid’s editors told him to go, Ed Shadid said. Read more

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Student portrait of Anthony Shadid catches widow’s eye on Twitter

Ebony Marshman was so inspired by Anthony Shadid’s work that she painted a portrait of him that was soon discovered by his widow, who requested a copy from the artist. Instead, Marshman will give Nada Bakri the original.

Marshman mixed several photographs of Shadid to create a painting that is on display until the end of the month at Western Kentucky University, where she is a student. “Portrait of a Man with Kind Eyes” got its name from the warmth Marshman saw when The New York Times correspondent was interviewed after being freed from Libya a year ago, where he was held captive with three other journalists. He died in Syria last month while on assignment for The New York Times. Read more


Buddy Shadid on son Anthony’s memoir: ‘When he wrote, it was like poetry’

Buddy Shadid is trying to get through the book, but is so overcome with emotion when he looks at his son’s words that he can read only a few pages at once.

They talked about the book often. “He wanted to please me and he would frame it in a way I would like,” he said.

“Every time I read a line, it brings back a memory.”

Juliana Keeping in The Oklahoman


Are foreign correspondents like Colvin and Shadid a vanishing breed?

Overnight, there were reports of the deaths of Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik in Homs, Syria. The correspondents were reporting in extremely hostile territory: “It’s too much of a coincidence,” the New York Times reported a Syrian activist in Cairo saying. “There are reports of planes flying around and they may be looking for the satellite uplinks.”

As foreign bureaus get rarer, people intent on covering conflicts now often have to lean on the crowd rather than the soft bosom of a wealthy journalistic institution. Read more

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New York Times publishes final story by Anthony Shadid

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Anthony Shadid’s final story for The New York Times has been published. With a Tunis dateline, here’s how the story begins:

The epiphany of Said Ferjani came after his poor childhood in a pious town in Tunisia, after a religious renaissance a generation ago awakened his intellect, after he plotted a coup and a torturer broke his back, and after he fled to Britain to join other Islamists seeking asylum on a passport he had borrowed from a friend.

Twenty-two years later, when Mr. Ferjani returned home, he understood the task at hand: building a democracy, led by Islamists, that would be a model for the Arab world.

“This is our test,” he said.

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How the Times put together Shadid’s obituary

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Anthony Shadid’s obituary in The New York Times is a marvel of the form, a remarkably complete sketch of Shadid’s very full life, his career moves, even his writing style in just 843 words. You can’t help but admire the economy of this Margalit Fox paragraph:

Mr. Shadid’s hiring by The Times at the end of 2009 was widely considered a coup for the newspaper, for he had been esteemed throughout his career as an intrepid reporter, a keen observer, an insightful analyst and a lyrical stylist. Much of his work centered on ordinary people who had been forced to pay an extraordinary price for living in the region — or belonging to the religion, ethnic group or social class — that they did.

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Anthony Shadid was our Ernie Pyle

Anthony Shadid, dead at the age of 43, was our Ernie Pyle, a war correspondent who combined physical and moral courage with the eyes and ears of a great storyteller.

Pyle died at the age of 44 from machine gun fire near Okinawa at the end of World War II. Shadid died Thursday from an apparent asthma attack, brought on by his guides’ horses, as they were trying to get him closer to the war zone in Syria.

The greatest journalism comes at the intersection of craft and opportunity, being at the right place at the right time, reporting tools in hand. Pyle and Shadid shared something more, the guts to gain access at whatever cost.

For Pyle that access came from embedding with the troops across Europe and then into Asia with the mission of recording, not the sometimes hollow aspirations of generals, but the daily experiences — the lives and deaths — of common soldiers. Read more

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