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It’s V-Day for Muck Rack’s Vine Journalism Awards

VineLogoIf you have not already nominated yourself or a fellow journalist via Twitter using the hashtag #VineAwards, there’s not much time left. The submission deadline for the inaugural Vine Journalism Awards, an endeavor that triangulates the App with Muck Rack and Twitter, is 5 p.m. ET today.

From there, the impressive panel of Rachel Sklar (Change the Ratio), Jeanne Brooks (Online Media Association) and Bob Garfield (NPR’s On the Media) will judge what they feel are the best examples of micro-video reporting. The results will be announced next Wednesday at Twitter NYC headquarters:

Mark Luckie, manager of journalism and news and Andrew Fitzgerald, interim head of news, will be on hand to lead the discussion and share Vine best practices.

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Off the Media: Gates v. Garfield v. Blogosphere

“On the Media” co-host Bob Garfield this week asks America’s-richest-man, philanthropist and future thinker Bill Gates what we’ve all wanted to know: What do you think of those Mac ads on TV that make you look really doofy? “But it’s you!” Garfield quips, when Gates refuses to talk about “another company’s” ads. Evidently, not everyone got the point, and Garfield at three in the morning found himself writing a response to a commentary about what a publicity hungry hound he is. That’s almost too meta for us.

Meanwhile, laughter was heard over this script that was cleverly written in the passive voice in which good fun was made of the Administration’s — any administration’s — inability to say “Yep, we did it — sorry,” and instead say that “mistakes were made.” (Though Clinton never did say “Sex was had with that woman” — and Garfield notes that all his examples are from Republicans — we bet a few slippery Democratic examples could have been found.)

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Off The Media: Urinating Editors

Did you think we’d forgotten “On the Media”? Nah, we’ve just been a little distracted.

This week:

  • This joke co-host Brooke Gladstone told didn’t make sense to us until we read it in the transcript:

    A reporter and an editor are going through a desert. They’re really parched. They come upon a pristine pool of water. The reporter jumps right in. The editor, on the other hand, drops his trousers and begins to urinate. And the reporter says, “What are you doing? What are you doing?” And the editor says, “It’s okay, it’s okay. I’m making it better.”

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  • Off the Media: Clever Headlines, Kate Coe and Giuliani

    giuliani_to_run.jpgOK, we may be giving too much significance to just one segment on this week’s On the Media, but since it’s sister-blogger Kate Coe from our own FishbowlLA, we can’t help but crow. OTM’s Bob Garfield interviews Kate about her story for the L.A. Weekly on how little coverage a black-on-white Halloween crime received.

    What also stood out this week was these wince-inducing headlines on the OTM Web site:

    • “Clink Stained Wretch” (on San Francisco reporter Josh Wolf’s imprisonment for refusing to turn over video he took of a demonstration).
    • “A Zion in the Sand” (on whether the pro-Israel lobby is really preventing honest debate on Israel).
    • “Murder Ink” (on LA Times crime reporter Jill Leovy‘s quest to cover the crimes in The Homicide Report).”
    • “Twist of Hate” (for Kate’s story).

    Last week (which we haven’t covered, yet) there was a nice piece reminding us about how disliked Giuliani was before he became “America’s Mayor” on 9/11 (of which The Onion today names him president). A lot us remember when Rudy was not the beloved rock of 9/11, but rather an overly-controlling, press-loathing, distrustful, nightclub hating … Remember? Well, OTM notes that Mr. Presidential Candidate kid-from-Brooklyn might have to face some uncomfortable questions, again.

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    Off the Media: The Human Interest Slog

    eason_jordan_otm.jpgAhhhh, NOW we know what makes for a good cable news story. It has to be “human interest,” which to On the Media co-host Bob Garfield means “aberrant, ongoing and unresolved.” But when he says a story like the Mt. Hood climber search “affects nobody but the principles,” is he forgetting the taxpayer money spent on the rescue efforts? Besides, we’ve heard news people justify this kind of coverage as cautionary tales. (“Remember, when you’re mountain climbing, not to die a horrible death by getting lost …”) OK, sure, those stories push more “real” news aside. But isn’t that what the news business has been about since before the penny-paper days of the 19th Century?

    Impressively for a holiday week (check out the disharmonious “Fa la la la la” at 52:46 on the podcast), they managed to put a show together with no retreads of previous stuff. Co-host Brooke Gladstone interviews Eason Jordan (pictured) about his new “Iraq Slogger” venture — essentially a newswire devoted solely to Iraq that’s already, after weeks in existence, gotten about 500,000 pageviews and some 100,000 visitors, Jordan tells FishbowlNY. OTM covered half of the new business.

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