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“Just Married” to be featured in Boston festival

Nieman Notes September 30, 2007

Ayelet Bechar’s award-winning documentary will be screened on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Boston Palestine Film Festival. The film follows the plight of two married Palestinian couples who are not allowed to live together legally in Israel because of its new Law of Citizenship. Read more

PBS features Miller, Idaho Falls Post Register on “Exposé: America’s Investigative Reports”

Nieman Notes September 26, 2007

EXPOSÉ goes inside an extraordinary investigation that unearthed hidden court records to reveal evidence of multiple victims of child sexual abuse, raising questions about some of the most cherished institutions in Idaho Falls. Dean Miller, Class of 2008, is the managing editor of the Idaho Post Register, the paper that ran an investigative series revealing years of alleged pedophile abuse by local Boy Scout leaders. Read more

The Story We Needed Ken Burns to Tell

Nieman Notes September 22, 2007

Cecilia Alvear, Class of 1989, recently attended a screening of highlights of Ken Burns "The War," and I found it "stunning, moving and sadly incomplete. Alvear notes that Burns managed to leave the half million Latinos that fought in World War II out of the PBS documentary. Read more

Jamai addresses the need for change in Morocco’s press

Nieman Notes September 21, 2007

Aboubakr Jamai, the former publisher of the independent weekly Le Journal Hebdomadaire and member of the Class of 2007, spoke passionately about the need for change in Morocco’s press at an event co-hosted by the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press. A frequent palace critic, Jamai was sued for defamation at home. Read more

The Power of Strong Opinions: Jim Boyd Joins Minnesota Monitor

Nieman Notes September 18, 2007

After 25 years at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jim Boyd — Class of 1980 — has begun a new venture where hard news and opinion meet: he's Minnesota Monitor's new editorial mentor. Charged with helping shape the vision and scope of the site's coverage, he'll be working to improve the writing and news sense of its journalistic fellows. Read more

‘Jack’ Kole, Class of 1963, dies at 73

Nieman Notes September 15, 2007

John William "Jack" Kole died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County after an apparent heart attack. He was Washington bureau chief for the Milwaukee Journal from1970 to 1989, and press secretary for Rep. David R. Obey (D-Wis.) until retiring in 1997. Read more

Anthony Day dies at 74

Nieman Notes September 4, 2007

Anthony Day, a longtime editorial page editor of The Los Angeles Times who helped transform the paper into a respected voice in national affairs, died Sunday at a hospice in Santa Fe, N.M. He was a member of the Class of 1967. Read more