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Friday, 24 Feb 2012
A man attending a vigil for Shadid held a program for the memorial ceremony.
Soon after I heard the heart-wrenching news that Anthony Shadid had died in Syria, I had occasion to look back at the stories he wrote more than a decade and a half ago when he first came to the Middle East to work for The Associated Press. All this time later, those pieces still impressed. We were...
Thursday, 23 Feb 2012
Marie Colvin appeared in "Bearing Witness," an A&E documentary on women in war z

Marie Colvin gave me my first big break in the exciting world of international crisis correspondence. I hope the reader detects the slight edge of cynicism in that statement. I was a struggling local-language-speaking expatriate freelancer in Turkey doing the usual mix that kept struggling...

Monday, 13 Feb 2012
OPC President David Andelman, Matt McAllester,  Charlie Sennott and his 9-year-o

Veteran conflict reporter Matt McAllester says there’s not much to be said for war. Except, that is, the food and time spent sharing it with friends. The observation kicked off the OPC’s latest book night and soon brought about merry bouts of culinary story-swapping at Club...

Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011
Rebecca Fannin and William J. Holstein

OPC member Rebecca Fannin spoke at an OPC luncheon on November 29 to discuss her book, Startup Asia: Top Strategies for Cashing in on Asia’s Innovation Boom. About 22 people gathered around the table, many of whom also have a deep understanding of the region and the...

Saturday, 05 Nov 2011
Andy Rooney received the OPC President's Award in 2010. Here, Rooney shares one

Of all the bon mots from Andy Rooney, few had more resonance for his fellow members of the OPC than this line from his last "60 Minutes" appearance. "A writer's job is to tell the truth."

Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011
Al Kaff meets the princess, as his wife Diana looks on.

Tracy Wood, long my friend, suggested I describe the life of a correspondent in Saigon before most of the Viet Hacks arrived. So here goes. Ernie Hoberecht, then the UP vice president for Asia, sent me to Saigon in 1956, not because of any news requirement but...

Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011
MetroFocus Web Editor John Farley, kneeling, was arrested while reporting on the

Like the Arab Spring uprisings, Occupy Wall Street protests raise the issue: Who should be recognized as a journalist? OPC members: log in and tell us your views on this issue.

Monday, 24 Oct 2011
From left: Michael Holmes, Cami McCormick, Hannah Storm, Santiago Lyon and David

The International News Safety Institute marked the launch of its North American arm on Friday, October 14. A panel of celebrated reporters and industry leaders spoke about dangers and risks, in what has been one of the bloodiest in recent years for those working in journalism. Watch...

Friday, 21 Oct 2011
Lisa Anderson and Stevenson Swanson flank author Jim O'Shea and interlocutor All

When Jim O'Shea took the reins of the Los Angeles Times, he sensed a shift from quality writing to quarterly earnings. After several staff cuts over his 18 months as editor, O'Shea refused his bosses demands to cut again. The stand he took cost him his job but also...

Friday, 21 Oct 2011
From left: OPC member Brian Byrd, panelist Dr. Hina Chaudhry and OPC Executive D

The OPC, New York Women's Initiative for CARE and New York University's Wagner School hosted a panel on "Humanitarian Emergencies: the Role of the Media" at NYU on September 22. Panelists included Allan Dodds Frank, Cath Turner, Dr. Hina Chaudhry...