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Archives: June 2009

Harry Chapin Media Award Winners Announced

why.pngWHY, a nonprofit organization that combats hunger and poverty, recently announced the winners of its 2008 Harry Chapin Media Awards, named in honor of co-founder and singer Harry Chapin.

Although the awards, presented by WHY and Mediabistro, will be awarded at a ceremony in New York in September, only one New York media outlet was named a winner. The New York TimesLydia Polgreen received a Judge’s Award for her work on “The Spoils,” an in-depth article about the Congo and the renegade troops that control the mineral-rich area.

Other award winners include The Washington Post‘s Debbie Cenziper and Sarah Cohen and CQ Weekly‘s Aliya Sternstein.

A full list of the winners after the jump

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Breaking: OC Register Announces 5% Paycut

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Sources tell us OC Register just announced a 5% paycut company wide. We’re assuming that’s for all Freedom Communications papers.

We’ll post more information as we get it.

National Enquirer Got One Right

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Lighting struck.

TMZ got some credibility for breaking the news of Michael Jackson‘s untimely death? Why not National Enquirer for finally predicting it correctly?

Eep.

via Reddit

Drex Heikes To Be New Editor at LA Weekly

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From the LA Weekly blog:

Long-time Los Angeles journalist Drex Heikes will return to California this summer to become LA Weekly’s next editor. His homecoming follows another happy event: his acceptance last month of the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service on behalf of the Las Vegas Sun for an investigation he assigned and edited.

During an 18-year career at the Los Angeles Times, Heikes served as editor of the Sunday magazine–where he directed both long-form news journalism and the coverage of local arts and culture–and as foreign affairs editor in the paper’s Washington bureau. He spent the fall of 2001 in New York City supervising the Times’ coverage of the World Trade Center attacks.

Welcome back home Heikes.

Notes From The Personal Democracy Forum: Talks About Social Media, Transparency and Government

pdf.jpgToday and tomorrow, FishbowlNY will be reporting from the Personal Democracy Forum, a conference that focuses on the intersection of politics and technology.

This morning, after a keynote from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (in which he revealed that his home phone number was listed in the phone book for many years until a reporter discovered it and published it) we sat through presentations by Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com, Ning.com founder Gina Bianchini, Harvard researchers Danah Boyd and David Weinberger and media critic Jeff Jarvis.

(Photo: Jeff Jarvis presents at the Personal Democracy Forum on Monday morning)

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Madoff Sentenced To 150 Years

madoff.jpgIf one thing could push Michael Jackson‘s death off the front pages of news Web sites around New York, it is the sentencing of Ponzi scheme perpetrator Bernard Madoff.

Earlier today, a federal judge sentenced Madoff to 150 years in prison — the maximum sentence. Madoff’s attorneys had requested a 12-year sentence, citing his age of 71 years. But the seemingly endless sentence handed down today speaks to the seriousness of Madoff’s crimes, and there was reportedly applause in the courtroom when Judge Denny Chin announced his decision. Now, he will definitely be in jail for the rest of his life.

Prior to the handing down of his sentence, Madoff was confronted by a number of his victims, who spoke of their experiences after losing their life savings in the investor’s scheme. Of course, the New York — and international — media was there to capture it. Here are some stories currently circulating the Web (and we’ll bring you tomorrow’s front pages as well, which are no doubt going to be Madoff-heavy).


Where did you go to get more news about the Madoff sentencing?(polls)

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More On MJ, Billy Mays And The Death Of Traditional Journalism On The Menu

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Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and Matt Van Hoven of AgencySpy were joined again by FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst.

The podcast opened with talk about Michael Jackson and how Amanda and Matt are covering his death on their blogs. Matt then spoke about infomercial pitchman Billy Mays, who died suddenly yesterday, and his impact on the advertising industry.

The group also discussed author Alice Hoffman‘s decision to post a book reviewer’s phone number and email address on Twitter after she disagreed with a review of her book “The Story Sisters.”

Lastly, Matt brought up a news report that ad sales on television was down. The group discussed the implications of decreasing ad sales across all of media and how journalists need to adapt in order to survive the slow death of traditional media.

Tomorrow, Jason and Matt will welcome author Alyssa Katz, who just debuted a new book about real estate in the U.S. “Our Lot.”

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

FBLA Exclusive Interview With This is Why You’re Fat Co-Founder

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In-N-Out Animal Style French Fries

We’re obsessed with ThisisWhyYoureFat.com. We are. It’s like a watching a deep-fried bacon-infused lava lamp – mesmerizing.

Jessica Amason, Lead Blogger for AOL’s Urlesque.com and co-founder of the site ThisisWhyYoureFat.com sat down with us for a little Q&A.

FBLA:Is this satire or food porn?

JA:It’s both really. Some of these items are horrifying, some are enticing and some (the best ones) have a little of both. The fact that these gnarly items are given the “food porn” treatment, i.e. simple design, image-heavy with little text, is a bit silly. We often call what we do: “junk-food porn.”

FBLA: When does the book come out?

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Steve Lopez to Other Columnists: ‘Leave Your Desks’

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Robert Downey Jr. impersonator Steve Lopez was the keynote speaker Friday at the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

Anne Kallas at Ventura County Star writes:

Prize-winning columnist Steve Lopez said the work of newspaper columnists has become more important than ever in the wild and wooly frontier of digital communications.

“Opinions are a dime a dozen all the more reason to get up and leave the desks behind to go out and find stories,” said Lopez, a columnist with the Los Angeles Times.

Whole piece can be found here.

Magazines Remembering Michael Hit Newsstands

time.pngForget Jon & Kate, Michael Jackson‘s death may be the latest event to help resuscitate the faltering magazine industry. After news of his death broke on Thursday afternoon, magazines rushed to honor the pop star.

Today, Time magazine has a commemorative issue hitting newsstands. The issue features memories of Michael from a laundry list of his famous friends and admirers, including Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Nancy Reagan.

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