Terrorism connects all of us, even as it is futile in advancing the mad goals of the perpetrators. The National Press Foundation condemns it and extends deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all who have been victimized. Terrorism cannot succeed at anything other than showing that barbarity exists. It is despicable and beyond comprehension.
Terrorism attacks the innocent. It crushes those seeking to live their lives or help others. In this last category fall three fallen journalists, Steven J. Sotloff and James Foley, and also Daniel Pearl, all of whom were killed trying to do what journalists do – seek out knowledge and bring that knowledge to others. Mr. Pearl was on staff at The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Foley were independent journalists, filing stories from locations where there were few borders and no bureaus. Two hundred eleven journalists have been imprisoned since 2013 and 34 have been killed in 2014, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Terrorism attacks the survivors, those who worked with or loved those who perished. Mr. Sotloff was friends with a member of the NPF extended family, who is devastated by his loss. The day Mr. Pearl’s 2002 death was announced, the paper’s editor, overcome with grief, was unable to attend an NPF event honoring his leadership of – what else? – The Journal’s coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. On that infamous day, 2,977 people died, on the ground and in the air. Only a few of those dead were military, and they were working in offices. The others were simply leading their lives.
Terrorism destroys the fragile connections between those who seek to help and those who want to help. This foundation has for more than a decade produced programs for international journalists on health issues. We started in 2002 when I telephoned Professor Joep Lange, at his lab in Amsterdam. Dr. Lange was then president of the International AIDS Society, and I wanted to test his interest in NPF developing programs for non-U.S. journalists in conjunction with the upcoming AIDS conference in Bangkok. He liked the idea, approved it, and put me in touch with IAS staffers with whom we collaboratively developed the program. More than 600 journalists from 93 countries have attended our journalist-to-journalist programs over the years, launched when Dr. Lange said Yes to an idea that help others.
Dr. Lange was one of 298 people killed in the rocket attack on Malaysian flight 17 last July. Also killed on that flight was Glenn Thomas, a communications consultant with the World Health Organization with whom we had worked on both AIDS and tuberculosis programs. The flight was over Ukraine and intelligence sources said the rocket had been fired by pro-Russian separatists – terrorists.
With the world flooded with weapons, and sectarian militias glorying in asymmetrical warfare, there is not going to be an end to terrorism anytime soon. Which means more people, including journalists who’ve calculated the risks, and also the unaware innocent, will die. These horrific deaths, of people born into the wrong sects, of airline passengers five miles above the ground and headed a thousand miles away, of office workers, of children in refugee camps, of women who get in the way, diminish us all. It is mind-boggling and insane, and at the moment it is what we have to live with.
In a letter to President Obama, journalist organizations complain of restrictions on reporters covering The White House. Click HERE to read the full story.
The National Press Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free professional development programs to journalists to increase their knowledge of complex issues. NPF seeks a responsible, creative, and detail-oriented intern to assist staff with varied projects. Responsibilities include:
- Assist Media Team with social media presence, webpage maintenance and creative new media initiatives.
- Complete research for special projects and compile metrics and data when needed.
- Research, fact-check and prepare content for agency entries in our Washington Beat Book (http://nationalpress.org/programs-and-resources/washington-beat-book/) under the supervision of Director of Programs.
- Support Programs Assistant with logistical planning for all journalist training programs. This will include programs in Washington D.C. and may include international programs, depending on NPF’s developing programs calendar.
- Assist Director of Operations with planning and promoting the 32nd Annual Awards dinner.
- Assist with all general needs of the National Press Foundation office.
NPF is looking for a candidate with an interest and/or background in journalism and digital media who is willing to take on diverse projects. This is a great opportunity for the right candidate to gain quality, hands-on work experience and be an integral part of our small staff. Applicants should be aware that this position involves a variety of tasks that are more administrative and desk heavy. The intern should be very self-motivated and eager to take initiative, and add personal detail and creativity to each task. Interns are welcome to attend any and all local NPF journalist training programs. The right candidate could be an upper-level undergraduate, graduate student, recent graduate or young professional looking to gain more experience.
Additional Qualifications Needed:
- Interest in journalism required with journalism experience preferred
- Strong research and writing skills
- Knowledge of and experience with Excel, Microsoft office including Publisher and Photoshop
- Added experience in html and Expression Engine a plus
- Interest in business and digital marketing
- Language skills a plus
NPF is looking for an intern to start sometime in late August/early September. Internship may last until December 2014 or may be extended into the spring should both the intern and NPF be agreeable. Part-time (at least 20 hours per week) or Full-time hours (40 hours per week) are preferred, although some flexibility may be possible. A stipend will be provided and will be determined based on the work schedule established (typically $500 per month for part time work and $1000 per month for full time work).
To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. All application materials will be considered on a rolling basis until August 1, 2014.
NPF is expanding! We are building a state-of-the-art webinar studio right next door. Stay tuned for construction updates and the grand opening party! Below you will find some images from the first stages of construction.
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The EYD Studio!
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Jenny's new office!
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Reyna's new office!
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Brianna Keilar of CNN will receive the Aldo Beckman memorial Award for repeated excellence in White House coverage. A second winner this year is Glenn Thrush of POLITICO. Before moving to the White House beat, Keilar covered Congress for CNN. Her work there earned the National Press Foundation's 2009 Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress. At the NPF Award Ceremony her acceptance speech references early work in Yakima, Washington, where she covered a bear stuck in a tree and fell off a mechanical bull on live television. NPF congratulates Brianna Keilar on how far she’s come.
CLICK to watch Keilar accept the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress. Her award will be presented at the WHCA May 3 scholarship dinner.
Other WHCA awards this year are here.