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Studio City Freelancer Among This Year’s S.I. Newhouse Finalists

Remember all that business last spring about The Hobbit’s 48-frames-per-second technology? Among the reporters covering the topic at that time was Studio City-based freelance writer Hugh Hart for Wired magazine.

While Peter Jackson’s 48-fps experiment didn’t exactly set the movie business on fire, it has paved the way for Hart to travel this summer to New York City for the S.I. Newhouse School Mirror Awards, which honor the best reporting about digital media. His Wired feature is a nominee in the Best Single Article category alongside The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone, Media Matters’ Joe Strupp and three others.

Hart did a great job in the Wired piece of framing the historical Hollywood context, moving in his first two paragraphs from a current studio to Thomas Alva Edison circa 1890. The reporter also landed the holy grail for this sort of piece – an interview with James Cameron. (Hart also spoke with visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull and several others.)

One of the great things about the S.I. Mirror Awards is that it’s a short list of just seven categories. At the June 5 ceremony, Syracuse Class of 51 alum Dick Clark will also be posthumously honored. Accepting will be Clark’s widow and daughter, who graduated from Syracuse in 1986.

All in all, it should be a very heady way for Hart to kick off the summer, rubbing shoulders with The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta, ForbesJeff Bercovici, TIME’s James Poniewozik and others. To find out more about this local nominee, read some of his other clips and listen to his music, go here.

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