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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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The Awl Hires Matt Buchanan from The New Yorker [Updated]

TheAwlLogoIt’s a big day for The Awl. The site, which began looking for a new editor months ago, might have finally found one in Matt Buchanan, who left The New Yorker to come aboard. One doesn’t just leave The New Yorker without the promise of something big, do they? As of now, there’s no word on exactly what Buchanan will be doing at The Awl.

Further muddying the waters is the fact that John Herrman is joining Buchanan at The Awl. As Capital New York notes, Buchanan and Herrman worked together at BuzzFeed’s tech vertical, and both are former Gizmodo editors.

Maybe Buchanan isn’t The Awl’s new editor, and he’s teaming up with Herrman to launch a new tech site for The Awl? Or maybe Buchanan is The Awl’s new editor and Herrman is heading up the new tech site by himself? Or maybe they were both hired because they make excellent smoothies???

Those are all legitimate questions. We’re reached out to Choire Sicha, The Awl’s founder, for answers. We’ll update when we hear back.

Update (10:08 am):
Sicha, in a note on The Awl, explained that Buchanan and Herrman will both be running The Awl, starting next month. There will not be a tech vertical. Click through for Sicha’s full memo.

The Awl Launches Awl Music

The New York Observer is reporting that The Awl has expanded once again. This time it has launched Awl Music, a radio/video site. It’s kind of confusing, we know. Basically it’s a music site that shows videos, curated by the Awl’s staff, guest DJs and Eric Spiegelman.

You can also skip songs like when you’re listening to a CD (we’re old!); if you’re not feeling Kate Bush or whoever happens to show up when you navigate to the site, that is.

“We’re getting the jump on The Future here, when we all have Google TVs or whatever. But really? It’s totally just for fun and giggles, and uses a dreamy interface,” said Choire Sicha, in an email explaining the project.

The Best Romenesko Reactions

You probably already know this by now, but last night Jim Romenesko — a man widely respected in the media world — resigned early after a ridiculous piece by Poynter’s Julie Moos went up during the day. In the article, Moos attacked Romenesko for the very thing everyone thinks he does the best: Crediting sources and linking.

Moos’ take was so off base and wrong that everyone immediately lashed out at it and her. Romenesko was taken aback by it too, so he quit earlier than he planned to, telling the New York Times, “This really did throw me for a loop.”

A loop is putting it lightly and politely. Romenesko was Poynter, and for them to do that to him was almost surreal. We hope Moos enjoyed writing that, because now that Romenesko is gone, the site’s traffic will disappear too. But enough from us, let’s take a look at some of the best reactions from around the blogosphere.

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What Choire Sicha Reads

Choire Sicha, the Co-Founder of The Awl, is the latest to take part in The Atlantic Wire’s Media Diet series. As someone who runs a great site, we’re surprised that he reads as much as he does, but maybe that’s what makes The Awl so good.

So what does Sicha read? First he goes to Twitter, Tumblr and The New York Times (though he does say “After breakfast you can’t really look at the front page — it’s useless.”). He says that he checks college papers, like from Harvard, Yale and UCLA, which is pretty interesting. He also reads a slew of local news sites — Gothamist, City Rooom, EV Grieve — and he eventually makes his way to other major papers, like The LA Times.

Sicha is also a supporter of print, which is always nice to hear. He says he subscribes to The New YorkerHarper’sArchitectural DigestN+1The Atlantic, Meat Paper and Lucky Peach.

There’s quite a bit more (BBC, Al Jazeera, The New York Observer, Europopped), and maybe it’s too much — Sicha says he usually falls asleep reading on his iPhone.

HuffPo Faces Criticism After ‘Indefinitely’ Suspending Writer for Over-Aggregating a Post

Earlier today, we aggregated curated an Ad Age post by Simon Dumenco, where he described how Huffington Post’s aggregation of his article gave it only a meager bump in traffic, calling into question HuffPo’s rationale that aggregation drives major traffic to smaller sites. FishbowlNY itself noted that HuffPo’s aggregated version of Dumenco’s piece was around 250 words long — and the original article was about 676 words — so we weren’t surprised that HuffPo’s near full-on rewriting enticed only a few to check out the original piece.

HuffPo took notice. Poynter has posted an email to Dumenco from HuffPo Executive Business Editor Peter Goodman, in which Goodman apologizes for this “unacceptable” occurrence (great!) and adds that “the writer of the offending post has been suspended indefinitely” (what?!) The full email is below the jump.

This has struck some as an extreme, even aggravating reaction. For one, many who might want to speak publicly about their experiences with HuffPo may now prefer to hold back out of fear of getting a writer — who seems to have just been doing her  job — fired.  Choire Sicha writes at The Awl, “This is along the lines of arresting hookers instead of johns, or drug users instead of drug importers, or something.” He goes on to write:

The writer, who seems to be Yale class of (something fairly recent), Amy Lee, was doing pretty much what she’d been trained to do, either overtly or covertly, and she took the fall for the HuffPo, which is so obviously baloney… So the Huffington Post thinks it gets off clean from these entrenched practices by temporarily canning a smart young person who’s doing one of their terrible jobs as a way to get into writing and as a way to pay bills. It shouldn’t.

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Jane Pratt’s Website Off to a Rough Start

Yesterday Jane Pratt launched her new website, xojane.com, and just as we expected, the beginning was a little rough around the edges. As Maura Johnston at the Village Voice points out, there was a piece longing for more female singer-songwriters, even though there’s actually plenty of those on the radio if one actually listens. Johnston rattles off a few names of artists in her criticism of the xojane article, but her reply to a commenter sums it up well:

This bit of dreck kind of reminds me of a piece I recently read that was all, ‘WHERE ARE THE DARIAS ON TV NOW?’ that should have really been titled ‘Nobody is telling me about the snarky smart women on tv and I can’t exactly be arsed to go FIND them.’ Just lazy lazy lazy, especially when you have, I don’t know, the WHOLE INTERNET in front of you. And no, Jane, your edits don’t help. They only call attention to the amateurism.

Boom!

Johnston and Choire Sicha at The Awl came right out and nailed xojane, but The Hairpin – one of xojane’s competitors – posted a flimsy welcome to at least act like it was excited about the content on the new site. But shockingly enough, the commentors on The Hairpin weren’t too pleased with xojane either.

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The Awl Turns Two

Two years ago today, Choire Sicha, David Cho and Alex Balk launched The Awl, and the eclectic website keeps getting better with each passing day. It’s a site that all of New York media has celebrated, and rightfully so.

If you’re one of the few who haven’t visited the site, do yourself a favor and check it out. Oh, and while you’re there, wish them a happy birthday. But don’t sing. We’ve heard your voice and though we think it’s beautiful, others might not recognize it right away.

Looking at Tina Brown’s First Newsweek

We know, more Newsweek! But it’s a big story, so hush. The first redesigned issue hit newsstands today, and for the most part, people are down on it. Dylan Stableford says it’s just more of the same:

At a quick glance, the new Newsweek looks … a lot like the old Newsweek. A political figure — Hillary Clinton — on the cover, and a coverline touting an article on ‘political frenemies.’

Choire Sicha at The Awl says the magazine is like a warm bath, and not in a good way:

Mmm, it’s like soaking in a nice warm bath of a comfortable yesterday—a happy, mature place of sort-of kind-of powerful people.

For FishbowlNY, the worst might be the “Five Places to See Before The Revolution,” slideshow featured today, which sounds like an Onion headline, but sadly, isn’t. The piece features places that people should visit before there’s a revolution, like the Galapogos, in Ecuador:

Opposition forces have been gathering momentum in Ecuador since September, when President Rafael Correa declared a state of emergency after being attacked with tear gas by rebellious police officers. If protests heat up, access to the Ecuadoran archipelago could be limited.

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The Awl is Going to Start Paying Writers…Money

Yes, we all missed our chance to suck up to Choire Sicha and Alex Balk. We could have worked for free all these years and look where we’d be now. Damn.

Seriously, this is some of the best news we’ve seen all year. The Great Recession doesn’t even come close to describing the slaughter fest journalists have endured in the last three years. We keep on searching for signs that it’s getting better. And while this is not exactly the LAT hiring hundreds of people, The Awl paying people shows that someone can start something and pay people eventually. It makes us suspect (maybe) the darkest (at least) has passed.

Just a couple thousand more Awls and we’ll be solid.

Joe Pompeo at Yahoo News writes:

The Awl, Choire Sicha and Alex Balk’s irreverent and idiosyncratic 2-year-old journalism start-up, will as of Jan. 1 start paying the writers who have helped turn the site into a culture and media must-read with half a million monthly visitors.

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