The latest journalism on Ukraine-Russia and other notable media news

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We start today with, again, the situation in Ukraine, followed by some of the latest news from the media.

Here is the latest notable journalism regarding Ukraine and Russia:

And now, on to other media news…

People magazine’s Virginia Chamlee has an exclusive story with this headline: “‘The Stuff of Movies’: How Fox News rushed to help its reporters after they came under fire during an invasion.”

It details how Fox News managed to get journalist Benjamin Hall out of Ukraine after he was seriously injured while covering the war. Hall was injured in the same attack that killed cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and Ukrainian reporter and fixer Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova.

Jennifer Griffin, who covers national security and the Pentagon for Fox News, helped reinvigorate efforts to get Hall out of Ukraine after learning of the attack. Chamlee’s story tells how Griffin and other Fox News staffers worked with the Pentagon and a team of specialists to reach him.

Griffin called taking Hall out of Ukraine to safety and world-class medical care “the stuff of movies.” Discover the story.

Hall is now back in the United States recovering at a medical facility in Texas.

Last week’s Gridiron dinner in Washington, DC, was marked by Republican New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu calling former President Donald Trump “(beep)crazy,” among other remarks.

But he’s starting to be known for something else: an outbreak of COVID-19.

According to Paul Farhi, Roxanne Roberts and Yasmeen Abutaleb of The Washington Post, several politicians and journalists present at the dinner tested positive for COVID-19. On Wednesday, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-California), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Attorney General Merrick Garland all announced they had tested positive.

The Post wrote, “In addition, approximately half a dozen reporters and White House and National Security Council staffers also said they tested positive following the event. Their names are withheld as they have not publicly announced their status.

The Post noted that the dinner drew about 630 guests, including members of Congress, Cabinet, the diplomatic corps, the military and businesses. The Post wrote, “After a pre-dinner cocktail, guests sat together at long, narrow tables for hours and watched skits and songs performed by the members. When the event ended, the guests joined hands for the traditional song of “Auld Lang Syne”.

As CNN’s Oliver Darcy noted in a tweet“This news comes just weeks before the White House Correspondents Association hosts its first dinner party in three years, an event that also comes with plenty of parties throughout the weekend.”

Also check out this story – ‘Elite DC seems to be getting bludgeoned with COVID’ — for Politico by Eugene Daniels, Sam Stein and Steven Overly.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter. (AP Photo/Scot Tucker)

Earlier this week, I mentioned how ESPN signed NFL insider Adam Schefter and NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski to contract extensions. They are two of ESPN’s most valuable reporters. What value? Look at this. New York Post sports media columnist Andrew Marchand reports that Schefter will earn around $9 million per year with his new contract, and Wojnarowski will be around $7 million. Each agreement is for five years.

The announcement comes just weeks after ESPN lured Fox Sports’ top NFL broadcast team — Joe Buck and Troy Aikman — to call “Monday Night Football.” ESPN will pay Buck $75 million over five years and Aikman will earn $90 million over five years.

Marchand writes, “ESPN just spent about $250,000,000 on four sports media personalities. A quarter of a billion! So what does ESPN do?

Marchant then answers his question: “ESPN is trying to conjure up emerging platforms, other major networks, and digital entities in an increasingly crowded space. There’s an argument to be made against spending too much money — it’s delightfully ridiculous — but if you’ve got the money, why not shop at the top of the market? You know, be “The World Leader in Sport”.

Skateboarder Tony Hawk in 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

HBO’s new documentary about skateboarding legend Tony Hawk – ‘Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Drop’ – is causing quite a stir. (Here is the trailer.)

Glenn Kenny of The New York Times wrote“More than a portrait of an individual athlete, the film turns into a slightly terrifying portrait of duress. Although officially retired, Hawk cannot stop. His skater friends and rivals say they have so much damaged their body that they can’t sleep at night because of the pain.

Awful Announcing called the doc “masterful” and Andrew Bucholtz wrote: “This documentary has lots of great new interview footage with Hawk, as well as some great archival footage of him, but what stands out most are the expanded perspectives of other skateboarding personalities. and Hawk’s family. Tony Hawk’s name is a great way to catch casual viewers, and his own story is fascinating and is the main focus of this movie, but it can also be seen as kind of a complete history of skateboarding in recent times. decades. .”

The film is directed by Sam Jones, who is probably best known for his interesting “Off Camera” show where he interviews celebrities. The Ringer’s Katie Baker has a great story too on the documentary.

Sports Emmy nominees came out on Wednesday.

Notable nominees? Peyton Manning was nominated for Best Game Analyst for his work on the “Monday Night Football” ManningCast, which was also nominated for Outstanding Live Series. Tom Brady’s ‘Man in the Arena’ was nominated for Best Documentary Series.

The nominees for best play-by-play announcer were Mike Breen, Joe Buck, Ian Eagle, Al Michaels and Jim Nantz.

The nominees for Best Game Analyst were all football related. College football analysts Kirk Herbstreit and Gary Danielson were joined by NFL analysts Troy Aikman, Cris Collinsworth and Peyton Manning. Where was the love for other sports, like John Smoltz of baseball, Jeff Van Gundy of the NBA, Doris Burke and Hubie Brown, and John McEnroe of tennis?

Again, Click here for the full list of nominees.

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