Magazine article Nieman Reports

Jim Boyd

Magazine article Nieman Reports

Jim Boyd

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Jim Boyd, deputy, editorial page editor at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Minnesota, received the 2005 Arthur Ross Award for Distinguished Reporting and Analysis on Foreign Affairs, given by The American Academy of Diplomacy, "for critical, perceptive and nonpartisan commentary on the policies of governments and international organizations, reflecting exhaustive research, a willingness to tell truth to power, and a consistent appreciation for the importance of cooperation among nations."

Here is a brief excerpt from Boyd's acceptance speech:

"... The last three years have been difficult. The pushback for our aggressive views has been intense. Radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt organized a campaign to get people to drop subscriptions; we lost about 200, and it scared my superiors. Bloggers like Power lane harassed us continuously. A senator who shall go unnamed--hint: he's no fan of Kofi Annan--had breakfast with our publisher and warned him that we were beginning to be associated with the loony left and that I had an angry agenda. Well, you folks are not the loony left. So thank you for honoring me; it will help.

"I want to assure you that 1 am not an angry bomb thrower. Most of my writings on foreign affairs involve topics such as: Can the E.U. make the single currency succeed: must NATO go 'out of area or out of business?' Should NATO be enlarged? Should we ratify the CWC treaty, the ICC treaty,? Whither Russia? And so on. ...

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