The May 21 issue includes a profile of Dr Bill Sears and leads with a shot of 26-year-old Jamie Lynne Grumet feding her son Aram.
Grumet told the magazine that she was breastfed until she was 6 years old, and added: “I grew up this way and never thought about raising my kids differently.
“People have to realise this is biologically normal. The more people see it, the more it’ll become normal in our culture. That’s what I’m hoping. I want people to see it.”
Following the controversy surrounding the image, Time editor Stengel said: “It’s certainly an arresting image. It’s an image to get people’s attention about a serious subject.
“Some people think it’s great and some people are revolted by it. That’s what you want, you want people talking.”
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Soon after Narendra Modi was featured on the cover of Time magazine last month, his media managers went into overdrive saying the Gujarat chief minister was the firstIndian OBC leader to get this distinction.
Surprising this from a former poster-boy of Hindutva who has shunned the caste tag for wider acceptance in the majority community.
But as he faces assembly polls later this year – and aspires for a larger national role later – Modi is clearly positioning himself as an OBC leader for two reasons. First, he is wooing the OBCs to offset a deviant Patel vote-bank. At another level, he is pitching himself against two possible NDA contenders for prime ministership – Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan – both OBC leaders. The strategy makes sense. OBCs constitute about 30% and Patels around 20 % of the population in Gujarat.
Besides writing an award-winning piece that gained national recognition and awards, Michael Berens and Ken Armstrong decided to give back. They took their $10,000 prize money and paid for IRE training for their colleagues at The Seattle Times.
Horvit quotes Manny Garcia, the IRE Board President, “Mike and Ken have always been unselfish with their time and talent,” Garcia said. “They both exemplify what IRE is all about: equipping and training journalists world-wide to produce important investigative work. It speaks to their character and the quality news organization that is The Seattle Times.”
According to Horvit’s article, these two men are the second major award winners to do this sort of philanthropic work in the last few years.
This is important news to include these days. Why? The news about the news doesn’t always have to be critical, or negative or controversial. Gestures like this will keep journalism moving forward, steadily toward improvement. Reporting, writing and investigating are skills that canalways be improved upon. I’ve re-discovered that just by keeping this blog. These two men, decided to invest in the important work that investigative journalists do every day. Honing their skills, and now making that practice available to others in the business through this training, is invaluable to the industry.
Journalism is not only learning about what we report, but how and why we report.
There is a quote by Thomas Griffith, a former editor for Time, Inc., “Journalism is in fact history on the run.” That would be something difficult to chase without the necessary skills. Berens and Armstrong are setting a good example in this industry and they are providing those skills to their fellow staffers. Kudos to them. (courtesy: WatchingTheWatchdog)
They are the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world. Meet the breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons who make up this year’s TIME 100
I met Anjali Gopalan in 1995, when I was researching a new disease whose name was spoken only in whispers in India. At the time, doctors and nurses in some Delhi hospitals would not touch people infected with HIV. Gopalan not only touched them; she took them into her home and danced with them. She escorted me to the hidden places where gays and lesbians met: in Nehru Park on Sunday evenings and at a party where men arrived garbed as Bollywood heroines from the 1950s and ’60s. It was a threatened world, and Gopalan had returned home from Brooklyn to protect it.
Through her work at the Naz Foundation, Gopalan, 54, has done more than anyone else to advance the rights of gays and the transgendered in India, successfully petitioning the courts to get rid of a British-era law against sodomy. But her work isn’t just in courtrooms. She also runs a home for HIV-positive orphans.
Gopalan has brought about a revolution in the status of sexual minorities in India — and has done so joyously, dancing.
Though much of Indian society remains hidebound in patriarchy and tradition, strong women still prevail in the nation’s political life. Mamata Banerjee rose to the fore last year when she and a movement she built from the grassroots wrested control of her home state of West Bengal, ending 3 ½ decades of sclerotic communist rule. Banerjee, 57, spent years struggling on the margins, her Trinamool Congress Party a feisty rabble compared with the leviathan of West Bengal’s communists. Referred to by her supporters as Didi, or “elder sister,” she was labeled by critics as a mercurial oddball and a shrieking street fighter. But ultimately she proved to be the consummate politician. Through successive elections, Banerjee steadily expanded her power base while chipping away at those of her opponents. Her lower-middle-class background was no obstacle in a country notorious for its dynasties. In New Delhi’s back rooms, where political horse trading is the name of the game, she excelled. On the streets, she out-Marxed the Marxists. And as chief minister of her home state, she has emerged as a populist woman of action — strident and divisive but poised to play an even greater role in the world’s largest democracy.
(courtesy: Suketu Mehta, Ishaan Tharoor & TIME)
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