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2014 Mirror Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2014 Mirror Awards — which celebrate the best in media reporting — have been announced. The winners will be announced June 4 at Cipriani on East 42nd Street.

Below are all the finalists. Congrats to everyone who was nominated.

Best Single Article – Traditional/Legacy Media

 Best Single Article – Digital Media

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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

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: Liberal, Censor-Avoiding Apples

    This week from On the Media we learned that:

  • Co-host Brooke Gladstone is willing to joke about her liberal self. In a story about how conservative bloggers (the “right-o-sphere”) are being skeptical of their skepticism of the mainstream media’s Iraq war coverage:
  • “Some conservative bloggers, mired in the ugly truth about the war in Iraq, are wondering whether they should have spent less time attacking the MSM and more time believing it. We thought we’d get into the argument, so we’ve enlisted prominent conservative blogger Ed Morrissey, AKA Captain Ed (pictured). We’ll take the position of — surprise, surprise — the liberal blogs.”

  • People in countries with less-than-free access to the Internet can get around the censor by getting a favored uncle or cousin or someone in a more free place to install Psiphon on their computer and let them in.
  • Apple’s new cell phone device thingy — there, that puts the iPhone in its place — was the big story of the week. And there weren’t enough skeptical stories. (We agree, but we’ll still gladly do some shameful and self-damaging act to get our hands one.)
  • 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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