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RTCA Honors Vic Ratner with Career Achievement Award

20140612_193948At last night’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association annual Congressional correspondents’ dinner, recipients of several awards were recognized for excellence in areas of television and radio reporting.

The evening’s comedic guest was Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation.” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also offered remarks. Honored guests included Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Michael Steel, press secretary to the Speaker of the House; Adam Jentleson, communications director to the Majority Leader of the Senate; Drew Hammill, communications director to the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; Mike Mastrian, director of the Senate Radio-TV Gallery; Olga Ramirez Kornacki, director of the House Radio-TV Gallery; and comedienne Megan Mullally.

Click through for a list of the evening’s award recipients and here for our list of the top ten comedic fails of the night. Read more

The Top Ten Comedic Fails at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 10.26.12Last night at the newly opened Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC, the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association hosted its annual Congressional correspondents’ dinner, where recipients of several awards were recognized for excellence in areas of television and radio reporting.

The evening’s comedic guest was Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation.” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also offered remarks.

But as usual, out of town comedians in Washington and non-professional comedians don’t always come up with the funniest of lines. Below are the top ten comedic fails of the night from Offerman and McDonough’s time at the podium.

10 – Nick Offerman: “The eighth amendment protects us from cruel and unusual punishment. Which apparently does not include strapping a citizen to a table and murdering them. I guess that’s some sort of judgement call.”

9 – Nick Offerman: ”Some people assume that because I’m an actor, I’m a Democrat. And other people assume that because I like to hunt and build things, I’m a Republican. I am neither. I’m a proud bull moose.” Read more

RTDNA Announces 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award Recipients

5390b7c0-2c28-43ac-b4af-54b8ac110342The Radio Television Digital News Association today announced the winners of the 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, recognizing the best reporting by radio, television, and online news organizations. For the second consecutive year, The Washington Post received the Overall Excellence Award in the large online news organization division as well as a Feature Reporting award.

ABC News earned five Murrows, including both Overall Excellence in Television and Overall Excellence in Radio. National Public Radio won the award for best network radio website for the sixth year in a row, as well as awards for Investigative Reporting and News Series.

The association named 98 national Edward R. Murrow awardees in 13 categories and received more than 4,000 entries during the 2014 awards season, 500 more than in 2013. National awards will be presented in New York City on October 6.

For a full list of recipients, click through to RTDNA.

WaPo’s Erik Wemple Snags 2014 Mirror Award

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This afternoon in New York City, Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications hosted the eighth annual 2014 Mirror Awards competition, honoring excellence in reporting on the media industry. “CBS This Morning” co-host and editor at large Gayle King emceed the event, held at Cipriani 42nd Street.

The afternoon recognized the work of several Washingtonians including The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple for Politico’s Mike Allen, native advertising pioneer in the “Best Single Article – Digital Media” category.

Also recognized, Michael Meyer of the Columbia Journalism Review for False frontsUnfinished business, and News havens in the “Best Commentary – Traditional/Legacy Media” category and CQ Researcher’s Frank Greve for “Combat Journalism” with the John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting.

Special awards were presented to Discovery Communications CEO and president David Zaslav, who received the Fred Dressler Leadership Award and Washingtonian Walt Mossberg, along with his co-executive editor of Re/code Kara Swisher, who received the i-3 award for impact, innovation and influence.

WaPo’s Mary C. Curtis Named Finalist by National Society of Newspaper Columnists

NEW SIG MUG FOR REDESIGN. Mug of Mary C. Curtis. PHOTO BY WENDY YANG.The National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) named finalists for its 2014 annual column contest and just one person from the Washington media is among the list. The Washington Post’s Mary C. Curtis is one of three finalists in the “Online, Blog and Multimedia Columns” category for those with more than 100,000 monthly unique visitors, alongside LA Weekly’s Gendy Alimurung and the late movie critic and blogger Roger Ebert.

Curtis contributes to The Washington PostShe the People” blog – for which she was nominated – as well as TheRoot.com, theGrio.com, and NPR. Previously, she was a national correspondent for AOL’s PoliticsDaily.com and has worked at The New York Times, Charlotte Observer, Baltimore Sun, Arizona Daily Star and the Associated Press. Read more

Samuel Alito and Jake Tapper to Receive 2014 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Awards

At this year’s Medal of Honor convention in Knoxville, Tenn., two familiar faces are set to receive 2014 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Awards.

US Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., and CNN Anchor Jake Tapper will be honored at the convention, scheduled for Sept. 10 -13. Alito, an Army veteran, will receive the Patriot Award. Tapper, who authored The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, will receive the ”Tex” McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism.

For a complete list of award winners and event info, click on over to Knoxville’s WBIR.

Daughter of Playboy Founder, Christie Hefner Presents First Amendment Awards

20140520_203217 (1)Last night at the Newseum, the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation announced the recipients of its 2014 First Amendment Awards honoring “individuals who have made significant contributions in the vital effort to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans.”

Christie Hefner, daughter of Playboy legend Hugh Hefner, established the awards named after the magazine founder in 1979 in conjunction with the magazine’s 25th anniversary.

Most notably, Tuesday’s ceremony honored the work of The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald - who’s reporting detailed NSA surveillance programs based on classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden - in the journalism category. Read more

Nominations for National Capital Emmy Awards Announced

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 10.11.37The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the 2013 Emmy® Award nominations. Leading the list locally is NBCWashington with 24 nominations. WJLA earned 13 nominations, while WUSA and WTTG earned 10 and 7, respectively. Comcast SportsNet received 12 nominations.

Emmy® Awards are presented in various sectors of the television industry, including entertainment, news and documentary, and sports programming by 19 chapters across the country. The Washington market is part of the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter.

Awards will be announced at The 56th Emmy® Awards on Saturday, June 14 at The Fillmore. For a full list of nominations, click here.

CPI Hires Media Relations Specialist in Wake of Pulitzer Controversy

Fresh off their controversial Pulitzer win, the Center for Public Integrity announced today the hiring of a new Media Relations Specialist, William Gray. Gray had been an operations producer at C-SPAN, handling breaking news and live and overnight coverage for each of the three C-SPAN networks. The announcement says Gray will be responsible for “enhancing exposure and outreach for the organization’s landmark journalism.”

CPI has been embroiled in a back and forth with ABC News over whether reporters Brian Ross and Matt Mosk should have been given more credit for a series of articles written about black lung disease in coal miners in West Virginia. ABC News President Ben Sherwood has requested that CPI reporter Chris Hamby share his Pulitzer with Ross and Most. CPI contends that Hamby did almost all the work on the story and that ABC merely repackaged his reporting for television. You can read Sherwood’s letter to CPI here, and CPI Executive Director William Buzenberg‘s response here.

CPI also announced today the hiring of Eleanor Bell as  multimedia producer. She comes to the Center from a different ABC -the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She had been a multimedia reporter there.

DC Journalism Awards Round Up

It’s award season and, as always, DC journalism is receiving top accolades from all corners. Here’s a run down of the Washington journos and outlets that have been honored most recently:

Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic has won the Sidney Hillman Award for Excellence in Reporting in Service of the Common Good in Magazine Journalism for his story, “The Hell of American Daycare.” The award will be presented on May 6th at the Times Center in New York City.

George E. Condon Jr. of the National Journal  has won the newly created President’s Award from the White House Correspondent’s Association. The award will be presented on May 3rd at the WHCA Dinner.

The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications Hall of Achievement at Northwestern University has inducted a new batch of honorees including William Eaton, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and former President of the Washington Press Club, who will be honored posthumously. Mary Pat Flaherty of The Washington Post was also honored. They will be officially inducted at a ceremony on May 15 at the Chicago History Museum.

And WTOP has been awarded five Regional Edward R. Murrow awards by the Radio Television Digital News Association, including one for Overall Excellence and one for Breaking News for their coverage of the Navy Yard shooting. WTOP’s Kristi King was also  recognized for feature reporting, Jonathan Warner for Sport Reporting, and Lori Lundin for Hard News Feature Reporting.

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