Missing New York Times Journalists Return; Famous Women, Blow Jobs Save Newspapers

Though reporters are still missing, being killed and deported across Syria, Libya.html and the upheaved Middle East, there was some cause for celebration among the media today as the four missing New York Times journalists came home to a hero's welcome. The group has already detailed the brutality they faced in two articles and now there's an accompanying video feature, which notes that their Libyan driver is still missing, but has the four talking candidly about their experiences. "In six days we didn't see one Libya, we saw three Libyas," one explains. The quartet was greeted in the Times newsroom today and even for an outsider, it was quite moving. More on newspaper woes and wins inside our daily media column, Press Clips.

Home Sweet Home: The Times video of the saga is extremely well done and informative.

Elsewhere, the photographer Lynsey Addario detailed the experience again on the Lens blog, responding to comments on the group's original account, some of which read: "How dare a woman go to a war zone?" and "How could The New York Times let a woman go to the war zone?"
To me, that's grossly offensive. This is my life, and I make my own decisions.

If a woman wants to be a war photographer, she should. It's important. Women offer a different perspective. We have access to women on a different level than men have, just as male photographers have a different relationship with the men they're covering.

She closes by stating bravely, "I will cover another war. I'm sure I will. It's what I do. It's important to show people what's happening." Read the rest here.

Earlier today, the four journalists -- Addario, along with Tyler Hicks, Anthony Shadid and Stephen Farrell -- were greeted in the newsroom by what looks like everyone. There were tears all around. Times reporter Nick Bilton snapped this picture, which tells a story on its own:


Big Money, Bold Names: In other good newspaper news, Arianna Huffington and Joan Didion led The Columbia Spectator's annual Blue Pencil dinner to a haul of $95,921, the Observer reports based on an alumni newsletter. Being that the paper's employees are actually volunteers, that's a nice sum made even more impressive by the fact that plates were only (only?) $250. Didion presented an award and keep an eye out for her guest-blogging stint. (JK.)

Op-Ed Savior: After two high-profile departures from the New York Times op-ed page, and a handful elsewhere, the paper has managed to hang on to one big name, a casualty of the New York Times Magazine redesign. Viriginia Heffernan, whose "The Medium" column was scrapped, will be moving to the Opinion pages, says Adweek, where she'll probably write about the internet, thereby pissing off people on the internet.

Young People Don't Know What They Want: Some optimists across the internet are flouting a study of 18-to-29-year-olds in which 49 percent of the "Millenials" said they would prefer to get their political news from national newspapers instead of their friend's on Facebook (35 percent), official Facebook pages (29 percent), biased blogs (22 percent), mobile alerts (19 percent) and unofficial or official Twitter pages (17 percent and 16 percent). This means nothing because kids answering survey questions know what adults want to hear, hope to sound smarter than they are and will still never pay for day-old dead trees.

You Know How to Really Sell Newspapers?: Blow jobs.

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]

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