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  • David Frum apologizes for tweets on Gaza images

    The Atlantic

    David Frum wrote an apology Wednesday about tweets he sent out last week calling photos taken in a Gaza hospital fake.

    The mistake involves a series of photos from Khan Younis hospital in Gaza. AP, Reuters, and The New York Times posted images of two blood-covered men. The men were identified as brothers who had just seen their father killed in an Israeli strike. In three tweets, I expressed disbelief in the authenticity of the images. Michael Shaw at the Bag News blog painstakingly argues that I was wrong to do so.

    On review, I agree that Shaw is right and that I was wrong. These images do appear authentic, and I should not have cast doubt on them. I apologize especially to Sergey Ponomarev of The New York Times, whose work I impugned.

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  • AP is reviewing its procedures after third revised tweet in a week

    What’s going on with the AP Twitter account lately? After this masterpiece Wednesday:

    School in Gaza hit, 15 dead; kids go missing, no reports made; Ticket me Elmo in #AP10Things: http://t.co/SnmLdWrYXW

    — The Associated Press (@AP) July 30, 2014

    The AP revised.

    Gaza school hit, House weighs VA overhaul and more in #AP10Things: http://t.co/JA91XTQr0H. (revises this tweet: http://t.co/6UMMSr1Ybt )

    — The Associated Press (@AP) July 30, 2014

    On Tuesday it revised a tweet about Gaza. And last Wednesday it revised a clumsily worded tweet that many people misread. “The Elmo cite, included in an @AP tweet because of our ’10 Things to Know for Today’ item about Times Square impersonators, was part of a regrettable juxtaposition,” AP spokesperson Paul Colford told Poynter.… Read more

  • Sam Sifton named NYT food editor

    Sam Sifton is The New York Times’ new food editor. The paper will also rename its Dining section Food.

    Memo to staff from Executive Editor Dean Baquet:

    To the staff:
    Take the Dining section. Add the new NYT Cooking site and app. Mix the ingredients together – a vast menu of easy-to-search recipes, restaurant and wine reviews, food and restaurant news – and you have a great buffet of offerings for Times readers.
    That is why we are combining the two enterprises in a new department bearing the name it had in the days of Craig Claiborne: Food. The editor of this new department will be Sam Sifton. Susan Edgerley will be his deputy editor, helping to oversee the expanded group.
    Joining them will be the Dining staff, as well as the team of journalists working on NYT Cooking.

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Saundra Smokes

The Post-Standard

Herald-Journal

Herald American

"I see through the eyes of a Christian, an African-American, a woman, a journalist, an aunt, a daughter. Someone who feels at ease with all kinds of people. I try to bring that varied perspective to my columns," says Saundra Smokes.

"Sandy," as she is known to friends and colleagues, became the first person of color in the history of the Syracuse Newspapers to sit on the Herald-Journal's editorial board in 1985. She also is the first person of color to write a full-time opinion column for the newspapers.

She has won numerous honors and awards as her career climbed from reporter to local columnist, to the editorial board, to syndicated columnist, and then back to The Post Standard as an editorial writer, copy editor, and editorial board member.

Upon her return to the editorial board in 2003, she initiated the series, "Taxpayers Held Hostage," which won a first place community service award from the New York State Publishers Association. Sandy also received awards for commentary (editorials and columns) in 1993 and 1994 from the Associated Press.

A Syracuse native, Sandy started writing while in elementary school and continued with soap operas about her middle-school classmates. After graduation, she attended the University of Buffalo. In 1978, she joined the Herald-Journal as a "copy kid," an employee who does all sorts of odd jobs in the newsroom. Soon, however, she began writing feature stories. She was promoted to reporter covering city and county news, and later, she became a copy editor.

In November 1992, a column on the outcome of the first trial of Los Angeles police officers accused of beating motorist Rodney King, was picked up by newspapers nationwide. The following year, Sandy began writing a regular opinion column for the Syracuse Newspapers.

Seven months after she began writing the local column, United Features Syndicate selected Sandy to write a column they would syndicate across the United States. Twenty-two newspapers picked up her work each week for eight years. In 2003, she returned to The Post-Standard to write editorials and work on the copy desk.

Her awards include the 1998 Urban League Harriet Tubman Award, the Ann Felton Memorial Award and Community Service Award from the Syracuse Chapter of the NAACP, Citizen of the Year from Omega Psi Phi fraternity at Syracuse University, the Great Leader Award from the Onondaga County Political Women?s Caucus, the Marjorie Dowdell Fortitude Award from Delta Sigma Theta fraternity at SU, and the Pit Bull Award from the Greater Syracuse Communications Group. She also received the Syracuse Press Club's Selwyn Kershaw Professional Stands Award.

Sandy also writes plays, including "A Tribute to Motown" and "In Our Own Backyard," and a video drama, "Daddy's Home," which won a Cable Ace award. --Joseph A. Porcello

 

 

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Club President: 1956, 1963

For more than six decades, Claude "Red" Parton reigned as the 'voice of sports’ in Syracuse -- an achievement that earned him the honor of being the first journalist to be inducted in the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.
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