February 24, 2016

The New York Times has awarded its David Carr fellowship to three writers. John Herrman of the Awl, Amanda Hess of Slate, and Greg Howard of Deadspin will be joining the Times for a two-year stint in the newsroom. Executive editor Dean Baquet explained why the award went to three applicants rather than just one: “We found these three candidates so compelling that we decided to select all of them. They are thoughtful, deep reporters. We will learn as much from them as they will from us.”

Amanda Hess

Amanda Hess

John Herrman’s coeditor at the Awl, Matt Buchanan, is also moving on from the site, which is now searching for their replacements.  

Buzzfeed has launched a series of essays in which women writers share their ideas about Hillary Clinton. In the first installment, poet-novelist Eileen Myles (who was a write-in candidate for president in 1992) explains why she thinks Clinton is the best presidential candidate. “I actually trust a person who can change their tune,” Myles writes. “I trust her.”

The finalists for the LA Times Book Prizes have been announced.

The Man Booker International Prize is going to start giving translators more recognition.

At the New York Times, Mark Bowden, the author of Black Hawk Down, reviews Playing the Field by Michael V. Hayden, the four-star Air Force general who led the NSA and the CIA during George W. Bush’s presidency, and oversaw many of that administration’s post-9/11 surveillance programs. Bowden calls out (and pokes fun at) Hayden’s animosity toward journalists more than once. “He seems to have more ill will for pesky journalists than for the terrorists in his cross hairs, although his efforts are likely to have the opposite effect intended,” Bowden writes. “Those whom Mr. Hayden brands as openly opportunistic or “agenda-driven,” like Tim Weiner, Jane Mayer, Glenn Greenwald, James Risen and others, will hardly find their journalistic stature diminished by his disdain.

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