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NPR’s Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak elected 112th National Press Club President

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Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, the health policy correspondent for NPR, was elected the 112th president of the National Press Club, the world's leading professional organization for journalists, on Friday, December 7, 2018.

A three-time George Polk Award-winner over the course of her lengthy career in both print and broadcast journalism, Kodjak will officially assume the duties of the presidency on January 11, 2019. Kodjak, in her acceptance speech before her fellow members in the Club's Truman Lounge, pledged to uphold the work of her predecessors in advocating for press freedom worldwide: "My goal as president is to see the club become a central player in the fight for the future of quality, fact-based journalism here in the US and fight for the freedom of our colleagues around the world." A lofty mission, Kodjak continued, made more achievable through collaboration and fellowship: "Journalists today are under a huge amount of pressure. There are economic challenges – but even more difficult are the attacks on our credibility and character. And by habit, we tend to stay in our lanes – we work for the Post, AP or CNN and we compete. We belong to our own groups – WHCA, IRE or NABJ. But the National Press Club is a place where we break those walls down and gather – maybe over a beer -- enjoy each other's company, and help each other become better journalists." Kodjak, who has enjoyed a successful career covering a wide array of subjects in a variety of platforms, is well-suited to foster that sense of camaraderie amongst her journalism colleagues. Before joining NPR in 2015, Kodjak spent two years at the Center for Public Integrity, leading projects in financial, telecom, and political reporting. Prior to joining the Center, she spent more than a decade at Bloomberg News, where she wrote about the convergence of politics, government, and economics, and as part of Bloomberg's investigative team, reported on the bankruptcy of General Motors Corp. and the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. A graduate of Georgetown University and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Kodjak is also the co-author of the book "In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race that Took It Down," published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons. A January 12 inaugural gala is planned for the new president of the Club, which was founded in 1908 and includes thousands of members worldwide. Also elected in Friday's Club elections were: Michael Freedman (UMUC, GW, The Kalb Report) as vice president; Peter Urban (Freelance) as treasurer; and Fouad Arif (Morocco News Agency) as secretary. Elected to the Board of Governors were: Lisa Matthews of the Associated Press, Ferdous Al-Faruque of MedTech Insight, Emily Wilkins of Bloomberg BNA, Del Quentin Wilber of the Los Angeles Times, freelance journalist Antonella Ciancio, and Danny Selnick of Business Wire.

AURN Expresses Disappointment Over President Trumps Attacks on Journalists

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AURN Responds To President Trump's Attack On White House Journalists

"We condemn these personal attacks as a campaign of intimidation putting April Ryan at risk as well as the entire press corps," said Chesley Maddox-Dorsey, CEO of AURN.  In addition to Ms. Ryan, over a 48 hour span last week the President also attacked two other prominent African American female journalists, Abby Phillip of CNN and Yamiche Alcindor of PBS. "On this Veterans Day we recognize that African Americans have participated in every fight to protect and defend the United States.  Many in our audience have family members who have given their lives to uphold the foundations of a democratic civil society and we treasure the reality and the spirit of a free and robust press representing all of the people of these United States," said Maddox-Dorsey. We will continue to strive even harder to ensure that our audience is able to enjoy the foundations of a democratic civil society. AURN's April Ryan helps Americans engage with and learn from—almost as if they were there themselves--the powerful and revered US Presidency and team.  She is a reporter committed to the exemplary standards required of all media outlets but further refined by her training, her experience and her work at the White House. AURN's  President of Program Operations and Vietnam Veteran,  Jerry Lopes says it best, "We, like all Americans, have a vested interest in the success of the office of the Presidency and the person who occupies it.  Let us all  move forward together for the good of our country, and as a nation we shall overcome."
Stranger Fruit Documentary Sheds New Light on Mike Brown Murder

Stranger Fruit Documentary Sheds New Light on Mike Brown Murder


rfocus.orgThere are three sides to every story. His story, her story, and the truth.  If you don't recall, August 9th, 2014 an unarmed 18-year-old named Michael Brown was killed by Officer Darren Wilson. Michael's death instantly became viral news and sparked protests for him worldwide. The sad part is Mike Brown never had the opportunity to tell his side of the story.  

So what really happened in Ferguson, Missouri? "Stranger Fruit" is the story of what happened to Mike Brown, told through the eyes of those closest to him. Michael Brown's family members bravely retell the worst event of their lives to try to help the world understand the facts around what took place. Filmmaker Jason Pollock delivers an in depth look at the facts of Mike Brown's case in an effort unravel the mystery. 

This film was the talk of SXSW film festival as  Jason Pollock acquired the new tape of Mike Brown at the infamous convenience store. This new footage challenges the police narrative that Brown committed a strong-armed robbery when he returned to the store around noon that day.  The filmmaker believes that the new video shows Mike Brown giving a small bag of marijuana to store employees and receiving cigarillos in return as part of a negotiated deal. Pollack is insulating that Mike Brown left the cigarillos behind the counter for safekeeping.  Although lawyers representing the store vehemently deny there was some sort of exchange, the video appears to show different. 

You can check out the new footage below via a cnn segment that talks about the new footage and what it means for Ferguson police and police across the country.