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Journalists Who Broke NSA Story Receive George Polk Awards (The Guardian)
The three journalists who broke the National Security Agency revelations from Edward Snowden in The Guardian are among the recipients of the prestigious 2013 George Polk Awards in Journalism. Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras will receive the award for national security reporting, along with Barton Gellman of The Washington Post. Janine Gibson, Guardian U.S. editor-in-chief, said: “We’re honored by the recognition from the Polk awards and delighted for Ewen, Glenn, Laura, Barton and their colleagues that their work has been recognized. NYT In all, 30 reporters representing 15 news organizations were recognized in 13 categories. Reporters from The New York Times won three of the awards, as did reporters from the Post. “In the tradition of George Polk, many of the journalists we have recognized did more than report news,” said John Darnton, the curator of the Polk Awards, referring to the CBS News correspondent who was killed while covering the civil war in Greece in 1948. The award for political reporting will go to Rosalind Helderman, Laura Vozzella and Carol Leonnig of the Post for reporting on the relationship between former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and a wealthy entrepreneur. Their stories spurred a federal investigation that resulted in a 14-count indictment of McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Politico / AP Columnist, author and editor Pete Hamill will be honored with the George Polk Career Award, which is named in memory of Professor Robert D. Spector, chair of the George Polk Awards for 32 years until his death in 2009.

Did NBC Olympics Reporter Go Too Far With Bode Miller Interview? (TVNewser)
Christin Cooper, a former World Cup skier who is working for NBC Olympics covering alpine events, is getting criticism for her questions following Bode Miller‘s bronze medal-winning super-G. Cooper asked three different times, in various ways, about Miller’s brother who died last April of an apparent seizure. NYT NBC had already established Miller’s quest as an emotional story line, putting a microphone on his wife, Morgan, to hear her reactions to his races, and having the couple sit for an interview with Tom Brokaw. He was being humanized — as the changed man, the family man, the mature 36-year-old whose brother had died last year. This is the type of storytelling that lubricates NBC’s primetime Olympic engine. This time, the engine backfired. Gawker Cooper has drawn criticism for pressing Miller on his brother well after Miller became visibly uncomfortable. Even as Miller began to cry, she asked if his performance was for Chilly. When she asks whether he had been talking to his brother when he looked up at the sky before the Super G start, he fully breaks down.

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Into (USA Today)
The Syrian Electronic Army, the cyber wing of Bashar al-Assad’s army, said it hacked Friday, claiming it compromised user data, defaced Web pages and posted a fake story to the site. A Forbes spokesperson Sunday confirmed that the site had been hacked and that some user data may have been compromised. Re/code Forbes admitted in a statement posted to its Facebook page and on Twitter on Friday night that the email addresses of its users may have been exposed, but it did not explicitly confirm that the data had been published online. The company said passwords were encrypted, but advised its users to change passwords on services and systems where they used the same passwords. Engadget The site has since returned to normal, but the company says it’s in contact with law enforcement to identify exactly what happened. Between this and the recent Kickstarter hack, it’s been a lousy few days for database administrators.

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