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Mirror Awards Honor Excellence in Media Reporting
(WWD / Memo Pad)
Syracuse University’s Mirror Awards, which honor excellence in media reporting, gave out its annual prizes Wednesday at Cipriani 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan. Among the most notable winners was the New Yorker’s Ken Auletta, picking up his fourth Mirror Award, this time for best single article for reporting on India’s newspaper industry. Gawker reporter Adrian Chen won the profile category for unmasking a notorious user on the social site Reddit. Deadline New York The event paid off for the school this year: The family of Dick Clark, an alum who won the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, presented Syracuse with $5 million for a state-of-the-art broadcast education facility that will open next year and be named after the American Bandstand host. The school presented its Fred M. Dressler Leadership Award To Disney/ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney and I-3 innovation award to Fivethirtyeight.com’s Nate Silver. TVNewser ABC World News weekend anchor David Muir emceed the event, which honors the year’s best media reporting. He told TVNewser being on hand for Sweeney’s award was “an honor for me.” FishbowlNY Here is a complete list of winners. Congrats to all.

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The 2013 Mirror Award Winners

The 2013 Mirror Awards were handed out today. Below is the complete list of winners. Congrats to all. Also, here’s a look back at the finalists.

Best Single Article – Traditional/Legacy Media

Best Single Article – Digital Media

Best Single Story – Radio, TV, Broadcast, Online

Best Profile – Traditional/Legacy or Digital Media

2013 Mirror Awards Finalists Named

The 2013 Mirror Awards finalists have been announced. The awards highlight excellence in media reporting. The winners will be announced Wednesday, June 5, at Cipriani. Congrats to all those nominated.

Best Single Article – Traditional/Legacy Media

Best Single Article – Digital Media

Gawker Identifies the Creepiest Troll on the Internet, and Reddit Rushes to His Defense

Under the username Violentacrez, 49-year-old Michael Brutsch of Arlington, Texas, anonymously created and maintained a multitude of racist, mysogynistic, and violent sections on the website Reddit. “Niggerjailbait” is one such example of his handiwork on Reddit, and it is as bad as it sounds – sexualized images of underage African American girls. In fact, underage girls was a specialty of Brutsch, and while he was careful to remove any content that was technically illegal, his many “jailbait” pages clearly pandered to pedophiles.

Brutsch/Violentacrez was also the moderator behind the infamous Reddit group “Creepshots,” which featured upskirt and other covert photos taken of unsuspecting women in public places. Though he was somewhat famous in the Reddit community, and had even been called out by Anderson Cooper, Brutsch’s true identity was unknown until Friday, when Gawker’s Adrian Chen published an article about him.

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New Media Criticizes Bill Keller for Criticizing Twitter

New York Times executive editor Bill Keller has written yet another piece decrying the swiftly changing media landscape. This time, it’s Twitter that is the latest hallmark of our downfall. Writes Keller:

Basically, we are outsourcing our brains to the cloud. The upside is that this frees a lot of gray matter for important pursuits like FarmVille and “Real Housewives.” But my inner worrywart wonders whether the new technologies overtaking us may be eroding characteristics that are essentially human: our ability to reflect, our pursuit of meaning, genuine empathy, a sense of community connected by something deeper than snark or political affinity … Twitter is not just an ambient presence. It demands attention and response. It is the enemy of contemplation.

Of course, that Keller finds Twitter a drain on our collective intelligence comes as a surprise to no one. But you know what else comes as a surprise to no one? New media’s reaction to what a Luddite the self-proclaimed non-Luddite Keller is.

Henry Blodget, founder of Business Insider, writes in a piece called “SURPRISE SURPRISE: New York Times Editor Thinks Twitter And Facebook Are Making Us Stupid”:

But it’s no surprise–and, in fact, it’s annoyingly predictable–that the editor of the New York Times sees mainly the negatives in the Twitter revolution. Because the New York Times, and the editor of the New York Times, would obviously be better off if everything just stayed the same.

Couldn’t the same argument be made, to an extent, for Business Insider’s defense of Twitter and the changing industry?

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