Winners Gallery from the Pictures of the Year Photojournalism contest. This is one of the top two US contests. Here.

Vernon Robinson, Republican, is running for Congress in North Carolina’s 13th District. Check out his campaign ad via the link at WFMU.

From Editor and Publisher, the finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, photography:

SPOT NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

Los Angeles Times (Gaza pullout)
Dallas Morning News (Katrina)
The Associated Press (Katrina)

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Los Angeles Times (Catholic priests in Alaska)
Rocky Mountain News (death sentence)
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Holocaust survivor)

From The Salt Lake Tribune, here.
A third outpost created by followers of fugitive polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has been discovered in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

From Photo District News, the photo editing process at US Weekly. Here.

Senior editor Albert Lee picks up a picture of Jennifer Garner clowning around in her Oscar dress.

“What the hell is she doing?” Lee cries. “Eff her!” He casts Garner aside.

Interview at Wired with Fumito Ueda, one of the most creative videogame designers. Here.

“I really like boss fights in video games, and I wanted to create high-quality ones. When I start playing a game, I want to get to the boss fights quickly. Fighting a boss is a really fun element in games, and I wanted to have a lot of that.”

From the NYT:

“The labels are shooting themselves in the foot,” said Tim Quirk, executive editor of the Rhapsody music service. To the labels, Mr. Quirk advises, “every single track that you are worried about is available for free whether you want it to be or not.”

Photography – Olivier Rebbot, gallery link after Peter Howe introduction

Photography – John Ficara’s Black Farmers in America

Photography Dispatch – Iraqi Special Police Commandos by Guy Calaf

Film Review – Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye

Photography – Idols + Believiers by Jocelyn Bain Hogg

Artist – Christian-themed artist Thomas Kinkade is accused of ruthless tactics and seamy personal conduct

Balkans – Milan Babic kills himself

Punk Rock – Riot at British Invasion concert

Punk – Anti-Flag releases third song from their upcoming major label album, “For Blood and Empire” (I’ve heard the album, it ain’t bad. Listen to the song The Press Corpse to hear Anti-Flag at their best.)

Punk – FatWreckChords new podcast

Photography – Getty Images editorial photography grants to Andrew Testa and Kristen Ashburn (portfolios)
Gaming – Wired interview with David Jaffe

CBC – Pets dumped in Moscow’s “Forest of Death”

Wash Post video – AP video of Bush receiving warnings of Katrina

NYT – Taliban still menacing Afghan south, have closed down 200 schools, by Carlotta Gall

Photography – USA Today photographer Robert Hanashiro on Torino
Photography – Photographer Brad Mangin: Spring Training ‘Death March’

Photography – Darrell Miho on the LPGA credential controversy

Photography – Pictures of the Year winners gallery

Artist – Jude Buffum, does hilarious art with classic 8-bit videogame imagery

Yahoo war reporter Kevin Sites is now in Chechnya

Q&A with Kevin Sites

WFMU – Compilation of the month: Shut up and Play (mp3’s of inane between-song banter). Featuring Slayer, Mercyful Fate, and the infamous Venom in Cleveland tracks

WFMU – And if you liked those, in this post are a few Paul Stanley from KISS clips

KSL – Family resolution causes concern in Kanab

Iraq – Toll in Iraq’s deadly surge: 1,300

CIA – Pillar to press: don’t get fooled again

NYT – More tin than gold for Olympic spots

NYT – poor and muslim? jewish? soup kitchen is not for you

Artist – Megan Whitmarsh (especially look at the embroidery)

Photography – Anti-racist demonstration in Paris, by Gueorgui Pinkhassov

Wired – Scenes from the MySpace backlash

NYT – Another White House briefing, another day of mutual mistrust

NYT – Dungeon masters in cyberspace, D&D MMORPG

NYT – Army to pay Halliburton unit most costs disputed by audit

NYT – Chaos in Iraq sends shock waves across Middle East

NYT – Cyberthieves silently copy as you type

NYT – Presidential passage through India, quickly

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