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Thoughts on journalism and history
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  • 03/23/11--06:08: More news about the news
  • By Chris Daly More news today about journalism. ~First, an update from the NYTimes about the harrowing captivity of four of its own journalists (including Tyler Hicks, a BU alum who will be the commencement speaker this spring at BU’s … Continue reading

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  • 09/21/11--07:24: On photography in a disaster
  • I am posting the following essay by Tyler Hicks — an award-winning news photographer for the New York Times (and B.U. Journalism alum). It was sent by the Times via email, “exclusively to Times subscribers.” But I cannot imagine that … Continue reading

    profdalyThe New York Times | THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY : Exclusively for Times SubscribersprofdalyThe New York Times | THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY : Exclusively for Times Subscribers

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  • 02/10/12--12:58: Powerful photo
  • By Chris Daly From the New York Times comes this powerful photo by photographer Andrea Bruce. It is lit almost like a Caravaggio painting, with its dramatic chiaroscuro. The lighting that falls on the averted face at the lower right … Continue reading

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    By Chris Daly One of the most important photographers and photo editors of the last century has died. Horst Faas, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner during his long career at The Associated Press, was 79. Obits are here and here and here. Horst Faas in a … Continue reading

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    By Christopher B. Daly Anyone who has ever ridden the NYC subways has probably thought about it as you stand on the platform waiting for a train. What if some crazy bastard snuck up behind me and pushed me onto … Continue reading

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  • 01/25/13--13:19: The big picture
  • By Christopher B. Daly  In case you missed it, here is the Washington Post‘s panoramic photo of Obama’s second inaugural, which is quite impressive. (I’m just not crazy about those tags. They take up a lot of space and block … Continue reading

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    By Christopher B. Daly The intrepid Tyler Hicks, conflict photographer for The New York Times, has made it to Timbuktu, recording the campaign to oust the Islamic militants who briefly held the remote city and the aftermath of the city’s … Continue reading

    profdalyAn ancient manuscript saved from destruction. Photo by Tyler Hicks / NYTprofdalyAn ancient manuscript saved from destruction. Photo by Tyler Hicks / NYT

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    By Christopher B. Daly Finally, it’s here: the electronic version of my book about the history of U.S. journalism, Covering America. Just in time for the anniversary of the rollout of the hardback, this prize-winning book is now available in … Continue reading

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    By Christopher B. Daly  A recent obituary reminds us that during World War II, President Roosevelt created and operated a wide-ranging and largely effective program of censorship of all news media. The news is the death, at age 94, of … Continue reading

    profdalyPhoto by George Strock/ LIFE magazine.profdalyPhoto by George Strock/ LIFE magazine.

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    Here is a new  Times “Lens” blog, with more on LIFE magazine photographer George Strock.     Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: censorship, journalism history, photojournalism

    profdalyPhoto by George Strock/ LIFE magazine.profdalyPhoto by George Strock/ LIFE magazine.

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    By Christopher B. Daly Thanks to The Associated Press, there’s a new book of news photographs from the American war in Vietnam that will remind us of all the chaos, confusion, heroism, beauty, and tragedy of those years — as … Continue reading

    profdalyA Vietnamese farmer holds the body of his dead child while a group of South Vietnamese soldiers looks on.  Photo: Horst Faas.profdalyA Vietnamese farmer holds the body of his dead child while a group of South Vietnamese soldiers looks on. Photo: Horst Faas.

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    And they should get it (much as I would like to side with B.U. alum Pete Souza, the official White House photographer). Here’s a version.   Filed under: Journalism, journalism history, New York Times, Obama, Photography, Photojournalism, Politics, President Obama, … Continue reading

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    By Christopher B. Daly  A hat-tip to journalist and educator Ted Gup for a terrific story about his discovery of a classic work of journalism history — the copy of How the Other Half Lives that was owned and annotated … Continue reading

    profdalyprofdaly"The Italian Rag-picker," by Jacob Riis, from his book, How the Other Half Lives. Photo from Museum of the City of New York.

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    By Christopher B. Daly The remarkable Tyler Hicks seems to have a knack for being present where things happen. Hicks, the NYTimes photojournalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news this year for his 2013 photos of a mass … Continue reading

    profdalyThe Times' caption: The aftermath of an airstrike on a beach in Gaza City on Wednesday. Four young Palestinian boys, all cousins, were killed. Tyler Hicks/The New York TimesprofdalyThe Times' caption: The aftermath of an airstrike on a beach in Gaza City on Wednesday. Four young Palestinian boys, all cousins, were killed. Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

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    by Christopher B. Daly Plenty. The little-known artist Alfred Waud was one of the most important “visual journalists” covering the greatest conflict in American history. Along with the young Winslow Homer and Thomas Nast, Waud was assigned to cover the … Continue reading

    profdalySketch of action at Gettysburg by Alfred Waud for Harper's Weekly. Library of Congress.  Alfred Waud, at Gettysburg. Library of CongressprofdalySketch of action at Gettysburg by Alfred Waud for Harper's Weekly. Library of Congress. Alfred Waud, at Gettysburg. Library of Congress

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    By Christopher B. Daly  Where will the new Hong Kong protests lead? Hard to say. For decades, it has been widely assumed that if there were a serious blow delivered against the regime in China, it would fall at Tiananmen … Continue reading

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    With the release of the terrific new film "Spotlight," here's a list of my favorite films about journalism. Let me know your favorites. Continue reading

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