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The Hyde Collection
New York, New York! The 20th Century
Artists represented in this exhibition include Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, George Bellows, Stuart Davis, Andreas Feininger, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, Reginald Marsh, and Jim MacMillan’s moving photograph of the World Trade Center on September 12, 2001. <more>

Swarthmore College Bulletin
War News Radio Gets New Mentor
Contrary to popular opinion—or at least the opinion of a lot of other journalists—Jim MacMillan says it’s a “great time to be a journalist.” The new journalist in residence at War News Radio sees great promise in new and emerging media and is eager to share his perspective with the Swarthmore students who produce weekly radio programs that aim to fill the gaps in the media’s coverage of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. <more>

Muck Rack
Jim MacMillan interview
“I once subscribed to 40 social media networks in a day, but I am mostly active on Facebook and Twitter now. I still strive to adopt something new every day; maybe a site or an app or even an occasional device, and this leads to dipping my toe into just about every new network.” <more>

Poynter Mobile Media:
Former Newspaper Photographer Becomes Mobile, Social Journalist
“Hi, I’m Jim. I’m from the Internet.” That was the moment Jim MacMillan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, veteran of 17 years at the Philadelphia Daily News and former embedded journalist of the war in Iraq, realized the game had changed. <more>

Norton Museum of Art:
New York, New York: The 20th Century
The exhibition is drawn entirely from the Norton Collection and features artists such as Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Stuart Davis, Andreas Feininger, Edward Hopper, Reginald Marsh, and Jim MacMillan’s moving photograph of the World Trade Center on 9/12/01. <more>

Photo District News:
Jim MacMillan Joins Missouri J-School
Former Philadelphia Daily News photojournalist Jim MacMillan, whom we featured last month in our PDN story “The Five Biggest Photographers on the Internet,” has accepted a teaching position on the convergence journalism faculty at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. <more>

Photo District News:
The Five Biggest Photographers on the Internet
Since taking a buyout from the Philadelphia Daily News last September, photographer Jim MacMillan has become the Twitter king of Philadelphia news. <more>

Columbia Missourian:
MU convergence instructor creates Twitter buzz

A year ago, Macmillan left the Philadelphia Daily News for a “self-funded sabbatical to study social media.”<more>

Sunday Star Times, New Zealand
Trauma – an occupational hazard in journalism
MACMILLAN LIKE growing numbers of experienced journalists now perceives an “epidemic” of psychological distress among reporters who deal with traumatic situations. Not just war correspondents, but police reporters, spot news reporters pretty much everybody but the sports, business and arts teams is vulnerable. In cities like Philadelphia, even the education reporters frequently deal with murders. <more>

Knowledge@Wharton
Advertising Yourself: Building a Personal Brand through Social Networks
In 2007, Jim MacMillan was at the top of his profession — a photojournalist who had just shared a Pulitzer Prize for pictures from Iraq’s deadliest combat zones — but he also started to wonder what kind of future that profession had in store for him. His newsroom in Philadelphia was making steep job cuts in the face of plummeting revenues. Then MacMillan attended a BlogWorld conference and returned with a determination to re-invent himself though social networking. <more>

Philadelphia Weekly
Can Jim MacMillan’s iPhone save journalism?
Jim MacMillan didn’t have to be at the fire. The longtime photographer for the Philadelphia Daily News had left the paper a few months earlier, frustrated by the kind of budget cuts that have been plaguing so many dailies. He could’ve been sitting on his pile of severance money, waiting for a gig in academia to come along. He could’ve been sleeping.<more>

Philly.com
Attytood: Is this ex-DN photographer the future of news? If so, who’s paying?
A lot of folks — and not just in Philly — are talking today about my friend Jim MacMillan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning ex-Daily News photographer. A profile in Philadelphia Weekly points to two basic paradoxes about the MacMillan phenominon (more on what exactly that is in a minute) that to me are really the basic paradoxes of the modern news business. How is that by leaving the Daily News, and by not currently working for any news organization, MacMillan has raised his profile as a journalist higher than it’s ever been? <more>

Photo Disctrict News:
Jim MacMillan On Winning The Pulitzer, Covering Iraq
The 44-year-old Philadelphia Daily News staffer was keenly aware that history was being written in Iraq, and he was intrigued by the possibility of exploring America’s involvement in the Middle East. In short, the opportunity was too good to pass up so he applied and got the job. The rest is history. <more>

The Associated Press
Photo team in Iraq celebrates AP’s 48th Pulitzer
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Associated Press photographers Khalid Mohammed and Jim MacMillan were wrapping up yet another long day at the Baghdad bureau April 4 when they got the news: They were part of a team of AP photographers who had just won a Pulitzer Prize. <more>

AP PHOTOJOURNALISTS WIN PULITZER PRIZE
The photographers cited were Bilal Hussein, Karim Kadim, Brennan Linsley, Jim MacMillan, Samir Mizban, Khalid Mohammed, John B. Moore, Muhammad Muheisen, Anja Niedringhaus, Murad Sezer and Mohammed Uraibi. <more>

AP photographer among winners of the annual Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents
BAYEUX, France (AP) — Associated Press photographer Jim MacMillan, who covered fighting between Iraqi insurgents and U.S. troops in the holy city of Najaf, was among those honored Oct. 8 with a Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents.<more>

WHYY Philadelphia
Jim MacMillan: Images of Conflict in Iraq
“Jim went off to Iraq on a gutsy adventure and ended up winning the Pulitzer Prize,” said Daily News editor Michael Days. “What an incredible statement about the excellence of his work, his photography. We couldn’t be more proud.”<more>

Philadelphia City Paper
First Light
“Dozens, if not hundreds, of remarkable photographs by professionals and amateurs alike have been made, published and circulated during the past year,” writes Virginia A. Heckert, the Norton Museum’s curator of photography. “Jim’s is the first photograph related to Sept. 11 that has entered the collection. Since the photograph was taken on the following morning, its emphasis shifts from the tragedy itself to the rescue effort. Breaking through the cloud of dust, ash and smoke that obscures the remainder of the city’s skyline, the brilliance of the rising sun is transformed into a symbol of Americans’ hope, resilience and ability to cope with tragedy at the start of a new day.” <more>

The Sentinel, of Carlisle, PA
‘Little Jimmy’ wins Pulitzer
Jim is my best friend’s brother, and I still think of him as a chunky, freckle-faced 6-year-old padding around Jack’s house in pajamas. Well, this week “Little Jimmy,” who’s now 44, won the Pultizer Prize for Breaking News Photography for the work he’s done in Iraq over the past year. <more>

Tufts University Art Gallery
Overt/Covert:
Works by Elliott Erwitt, Andre Kertesz, Juhan Kuus, Jim MacMillan, Gilles Peress, and Yoram Wolberger September 9 – December 19, 2004 <more>

Philadelphia Daily News April 5, 2005
Daily News photog gets Pulitzer; Jim MacMillan is on assignment with AP
Jim MacMillan discovered that the safest place for a photographer in Iraq is with the troops in battle.
He also discovered after a year photographing war and its horrors that there’s no place like home.
“Until you’ve lived through more difficult experiences, you can’t understand how good we have it back home,” he said.
MacMillan, 44, a Daily News photographer who spent the past year with the Associated Press in battle-torn Iraq, will share the Pulitzer Prize with 10 other AP photographers.
The coveted prize, announced yesterday, was based on a portfolio of 20 photographs submitted by the AP staff. Three of the pictures were his.
Speaking by satellite phone from Baghdad, he said he was “thrilled” to be a winner with a photo staff that included five Iraqis and four foreign photographers.
“I’m sure this is the first time an Iraqi has won a Pulitzer Prize,” MacMillan said.
“Jim went off to Iraq on a gutsy adventure and ended up winning the Pulitzer Prize,” said Daily News editor Michael Days. “What an incredible statement about the excellence of his work, his photography. We couldn’t be more proud.”
Daily News picture editor Michael Mercanti said, “Winning this award confirms what we at the Daily News have always known. Jim MacMillan is one of the very best photojournalists on the planet.”
MacMillan is finishing up his tour, which ends in 17 days, as a photo editor in the AP office in Baghdad, but he spent almost his entire stay in Iraq embedded with troops.
His most dangerous time was when he was with a patrol during the battle for Najaf. He spent three weeks with a combat patrol at the front.
“You lose track of what’s normal,” he said. “I had more close calls than I care to remember.”
Other assignments were with troops fighting in Ramadi and Mosul, among other hot spots.
He also covered some car bombings, he said, but the AP decided the streets were too dangerous and pulled its photographers off.
“Combat missions are the safest place to be in Iraq,” he said.
Of the war, he said, “It’s tragic and horrible. It’s a fullblown insurgent war. I was stunned that there is so little coverage of it. People are dying every day. I don’t feel hopeful for the long term.”
“I learned a lot about myself,” he added. “I never imagined how much we have it made at home, how easy and safe and free.”
He was also worried about running on a leg that was badly fractured when he jumped from the back of a truck while covering the Broad Street Run six years ago.
“But I never had any problems,” he said. “I was running on rubble, on slippery ground. I only fell once.”
MacMillan was one of the Daily News photographers who covered the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.
He won the Distinguished Visual Award of the Keystone Press Association for his photo, “Ground Zero.” In 1994, he won the Pennsylvania Managing Editors’ photo award for a picture showing two grieving firefighters at the scene of a South Philadelphia church fire.
MacMillan, who joined the Daily News in 1991, plans to return to the paper on May 15.

The Philadelphia Inquirer April 5, 2005
Photographer wins Pulitzer
Jim MacMillan, a longtime Philadelphia Daily News photographer who took a year off from the paper to work as a combat photographer for the Associated Press in Iraq, won a Pulitzer Prize yesterday.
MacMillan, 44, was among 11 AP photographers who won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for their coverage of the war in Iraq. The AP group won for a submission of 20 photos taken in 2004 that showed the carnage, the bravery, and the costs of the conflict. The photos varied from pictures of an Iraqi child in his coffin to an Iraqi insurgent executing an Iraqi election worker to a burning U.S. humvee.
MacMillan took three of the 20 photos; all three featured U.S. soldiers involved in combat. MacMillan, who has worked for the Daily News since 1991, said in a phone interview from Iraq that the photographers risked their lives daily. “I’m extremely proud of the staff I’ve worked with here,” he said, calling them “brave and driven.”
“It’s been a grueling year,” he said.
MacMillan said he looked forward to coming back when his tour ends in 16 days. Because of the danger to Western journalists operating alone in Iraq, he has been able to take photos only when embedded with troops.
“I can’t take pictures on the street [here],” MacMillan said. “I’m a street photographer.”


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