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Feb29

Book Night: ‘The Red Hotel’ and ‘Putin’s Exiles’

The OPC is bringing together two authors whose new books detail Russia’s repressive tactics in two different eras – and how some Russians rebel against them…

Book Night: ‘The Red Hotel’ and ‘Putin’s Exiles’

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Date&Time: 29 February 2024 - 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Online via Zoom

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The OPC is bringing together two authors whose new books detail Russia’s repressive tactics in two different eras – and how some Russians rebel against them.

Alan Philps, a former Moscow correspondent for Reuters and the Daily Telegraph, wrote The Red Hotel: Moscow 1941, the Metropole Hotel, and the Untold Story of Stalin’s Propaganda War. Paul Starobin, former Moscow bureau chief of Businessweek and a frequent reporter on Russia, is the author of Putin’s Exiles: Their Fight for a Better Russia.

The Red Hotel is available for purchase here.

Putin’s Exiles is available for purchase here.

The Red Hotel explores the gilded cage of the Metropol Hotel from 1941 to 1945, where English and American journalists in Moscow covered the Eastern Front of WWII. To turn these reporters into Kremlin mouthpieces, Philps details how Stalin imposed the most draconian controls – unbending censorship, no visits to the battlefront, and a ban on contact with ordinary citizens. But they enjoyed lavish supplies of caviar and had their choice of young women to employ as translators and share their beds. While some of the translators turned Western journalists into robotic conveyors of Kremlin propaganda, others were secret dissidents who whispered to reporters the reality of Soviet life and were punished with sentences in the Gulag.

The struggle to cover Russia accurately continues to this day. Putin has cracked down on anyone opposing the invasion of Ukraine in person, on social media, or in the press. The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Gershkovitch is in prison in Siberia. And since Putin invaded Ukraine, some one million Russians have fled the country and gone into exile. Motivated by opposition to the war, by guilt for their country’s deeds, by personal hatred for Putin, and by a vision of a better Russia, Starobin describes how the exiles have mounted an organized resistance to Putin’s rule. Many of them are young, tech-savvy Russians in revolt against their parents’ generation, which kept Putin in power. Others are journalists, dissidents, and Orthodox priests. Others are actively providing military assistance to Ukraine, from a distance.

Moderating the discussion are: Beth Knobel, associate professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, a former Moscow Bureau Chief for CBS News and a governor of the OPC; and Patricia Kranz, executive director of the OPC and a former Moscow bureau chief for Businessweek.

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Mar13

Book Night: ‘Newshawks in Berlin – The Associated Press and Nazi Germany’

Newshawks in Berlin, by Larry Heinzerling and Randy Herschaft, with Ann Cooper, reveals how The Associated Press covered Nazi Germany from its earliest days through the aftermath of World War II…

Book Night: ‘Newshawks in Berlin – The Associated Press and Nazi Germany’

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Date&Time: 13 March 2024 - 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Online via Zoom

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Newshawks in Berlin, by Larry Heinzerling and Randy Herschaft, with Ann Cooper, reveals how The Associated Press covered Nazi Germany from its earliest days through the aftermath of World War II. Heinzerling and Herschaft accessed previously classified government documents; plumbed diary entries, letters, and memos; and reviewed thousands of published stories and photos to examine what the AP reported and what it left out. Their research uncovers fierce internal debates about how to report in a dictatorship, and it reveals decisions by AP that sometimes prioritized business ambitions over journalistic ethics. The book also documents the AP’s coverage of the Holocaust and its unveiling.

Newshawks In Berlin is available for purchase here.

Larry Heinzerling (1945–2021) was a reporter, foreign correspondent, and news executive during a forty-one-year career at The Associated Press. He worked in foreign bureaus in Nigeria, South Africa, and Germany and served as director of AP World Services and deputy international editor.

Randy Herschaft has been an investigative journalist at the AP for three decades. The recipient of a George Polk and an Overseas Press Club Award in 2000 for “The Bridge at No Gun RI”, which uncovered, nearly 50 years later, a massacre of civilians by U.S. troops during the Korean War. Randy was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for their work on the story.

Ann Cooper, Heinzerling’s wife, worked with Herschaft to complete the book following Heinzerling’s death in 2021. She is professor emerita at the Columbia Journalism School, a former executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and former NPR bureau chief in Moscow and Johannesburg.

From the Foreword to the book: Newshawks “describes the journalists and their work through a real-time prism….Issues they faced – how to report in a dictatorship, whether to embed with military forces, how to report on accounts of atrocities that cannot be independently verified – these all remain dilemmas for today’s journalists covering war in Ukraine, protests in Iran, dictatorship in Myanmar, or human rights violations in every region of the world.

Moderating the discussion is Andrew Nagorski, a journalist and author who spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek, serving as bureau chief in Hong Kong, Moscow, Rome, Bonn, Warsaw, and Berlin.

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Apr25

OPC Annual Awards Dinner

  Click here to RSVP >> The Overseas Press Club is excited to announce that its 85th anniversary awards dinner will take place on April 25th at Cipriani in New York City. Maria Ressa, co-founder and CEO of Rappler and winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, will be the keynote speaker. David Remnick, editor…

OPC Annual Awards Dinner

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Date&Time: 25 April 2024 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Cipriani, 25 Broadway, New York City

 

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The Overseas Press Club is excited to announce that its 85th anniversary awards dinner will take place on April 25th at Cipriani in New York City.

Maria Ressa, co-founder and CEO of Rappler and winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, will be the keynote speaker.

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for his book Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire, will receive the President’s Award for lifetime achievement.

You can pay by credit card after clicking on the image or RSVP link above, or send checks to the OPC at 40 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036.

Please follow us on Twitter @opcofamerica and tweet using #OPCAwards85.

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Journalism Contests

The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism

September 30, 2022
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Do you -- or a reporter you know -- have a great idea for high-impact investigative or enterprise story that "Follows the Money," but few resources to take it on?

If so, the McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism, an initiative of the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, would like to hear from you. The Fellowships provide experienced journalists with the funds and editorial support needed to produce high-impact stories on critical issues related to the US economy, business or finance.

The upcoming deadline to apply is September 30, 2022 – please note that this is a change from our earlier announced fall deadline. 

  • Each Fellow receives a grant of up to $15,000
  • Fellowships are open to both freelance and staff journalists with at least five years professional journalism experience
  • Applications accepted from both reporters and editors
  • Applications in any type of media — print, audio, video and digital — will be considered

Previous McGraw Fellows have explored a wide variety of topics — and you don’t need to be a business reporter to apply. Many have been generalists, or follow beats such as health care or the environment. Others have focused on issues such as economic justice or corporate accountability. Here are some examples of their work:

If you’d like to join them, you’ll find more information, an FAQ, and the application at www.mcgrawcenter.org. If you have further questions, you can contact us at mcgrawcenter@journalism.cuny.edu. Applications are accepted twice a year. Fall 2021 Fellowships are due September 30, 2021. Spring  2022 applications will be due March 31, 2022.

The McGraw Center for Business Journalism was established at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2014 by the family of the late Harold W. McGraw, Jr., former chairman and CEO of McGraw-Hill and long-time publisher of BusinessWeek magazine. The Center is dedicated to enhancing the depth and quality of business and economic news coverage through training, student scholarships and support for veteran journalists.

The Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in midtown Manhattan is the only publicly supported graduate journalism school in the Northeast. Led by Dean Sarah Bartlett, the School offers three 16 month Master’s degree programs: an M.A. in Journalism, Spanish Language Journalism, or Social Journalism.

CONTACT:
Jane Sasseen
Executive Director
McGraw Center for Business Journalism
mcgrawcenter@journalism.cuny.edu
917-748-8257