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Getting to Know Some of This Year’s SoCal Journalism Award Finalists

Congrats to all finalists (so far) for the LA Press Club’s 55th annual SoCal Journalism Awards, to be presented at the Biltmore Hotel Sunday June 23. In perusing the honor rolls, here are some of the categories that most intrigued us:

Journalist of the Year – Print (Over 50,000 Circulation):

The name we were not completely familiar with – alongside those of Gustavo Arellano (OC Weekly), Matthew Belloni (THR), Gene Maddaus (LA Weekly) and Matthew Garrahan (Financial Times) – is U-T San Diego’s Fred Dickey (no relation to TMZ managing editor Josh). Even if this Dickey wins, he will still have a tough road to hoe in that department at home. According to his website bio, microbiologist wife Kathleen has lent her name to nine U.S. patents.

Journalist of the Year – Online

These are dark days for Patch, with a conference call last Friday as reported by Romenesko revealing more rough tactical agenda items. But here in SoCal, the sun is shining on Rancho Santa Margarita local editor Martin Henderson. He is nominated in this category together with Dennis Romero (LA Weekly), Dylan Howard (Celebuzz), Chris Hedges (Truthdig) and Catherine Green (Neon Tommy). This guy has paid his dues, winning his first journalism award in high school and starting at the LA Times all the way back in1990.

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Simone Wilson on Trading LA Weekly Beat for the Holy Land

When FishbowlLA tweeted out an LA Weekly-themed #FF group last Friday, one friend-follower handle was conspicuously absent (@simone_electra). That’s because Simone Wilson, for several years a tireless shotgun partner on the LA news beat with Dennis Romero, is now living and working in Israel.

“I actually quit my job at LA Weekly at the beginning of October, but because I still had a couple print stories in the tubes, it took readers a while to notice I was gone,” Wilson tells FishbowlLA via email. “It was 100% my decision to leave. Management at the paper made it clear that they would have loved to have me stay.”

“But for health reasons (I have cystic fibrosis, and the 24/7 news grind was rough on me) and wanting-to-see-the-world reasons, it just felt like the right time to move on,” she adds. Another reason Wilson chose Tel Aviv is that her boyfriend’s family owns an apartment building there, making it very cost-efficient for them to relocate.

Last week, Wilson had a solid piece in the Jewish Journal about Israeli Army conscientious objector Natan Blanc. She plans to do more freelancing for the SoCal paper and has other outlets in her sights as well.

“I actually just spent about a month writing a story involving the recent Israel-Gaza conflict for a major U.S. magazine, but I’d rather not say who until it runs,” Wilson teases. “I’ll also be pitching stories to alternative magazines and other U.S./international outlets.”

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Gay Radio Show Billboard Vandalized a Second Time

A mid-city billboard for The Craig & Robbie Hour, a gay-themed talk show broadcast online every Thursday at 5 p.m., has been defaced for a second time.

Per a report by LA Weekly’s tireless crime tracker Dennis Romero, the incidents occurred within the space of a few months. The show’s broadcaster also allegedly has an idea of who might be responsible for the vandalism:

The same thing happened – the billboard was painted over – several months ago, says Global Voice Broadcasting (GVB). The company says the matter has been reported to the LAPD.

The billboard is at Beverly Boulevard and Formosa Avenue, near Hollywood. The broadcaster has a theory about who’s behind this, but it’s one that unsubstantiated and, thus, one we can’t repeat.

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LA Weekly Scores Home Run with Scandalous CrossFit Gym Photos

Here’s an item that has the scandalous, photo-driven hallmarks of a classic LA Weekly “The Informer” dispatch. The only anomaly is that it comes not from Dennis Romero or Simone Wilson but rather first-time freelance contributor Jonathan Maseng.

Just ahead of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games this weekend at the Home Depot Center, LA Weekly has published some absolutely disgusting Facebook photos shared by the the owner of the LA downtown end of the CrossFit operation. The pictures, which you’ll have to click through to see, feature in one case GymFit personnel gleefully standing above a homeless man passed out on a sidewalk.

LA Weekly editor-in-chief Sarah Fenske tells FishbowlLA that Maseng’s story started blowing up this morning around 9 a.m. PT, three hours after it was posted. “Right now we’re getting three times the normal traffic on laweekly.com, entirely thanks to that story.”

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LA High School Grad is Apple of Tech Journalism’s Eye

Thanks to a flurry of effusive media coverage, 18-year-old graduating Milken Community High School student Mark Gurman (pictured) is getting a unique sendoff as he prepares to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Abor this fall.

Gurman’s ability to publish scoop after Wall Street Journal-beating Apple scoop on the blog 9to5mac.com was first heralded this week by CNN Money/Fortune magazine. From there, he has been trumpeted by The Huffington Post, NBC Southern California, LA Weekly and The Daily Mail. With more dings sure to follow.

Our favorite perspective on what this all means for Gurman comes from LA Weekly’s Dennis Romero. At the very end of the piece, the reporter wonders if the newly anointed blogging star might continue down this path professionally:

So, is he ready for a long life of journalism? Noooo! He’s a smart kid, remember? “I want to pursue journalism as a passion in the future, but I plan on steering into business and computer science,” Goldman said.

Smart kid indeed.

[Photo courtesy markgurman.com]

Patch Editor Captures Santa Monica College Pepper Spray Mayhem

This ranks as one of the most dramatic bits of footage shot by a member of the AOL Patch SoCal family. Last night, Santa Monica Patch local editor Jenna Chandler was at a Santa Monica College Board of Trustees meeting when all hell broke lose.

In the face of an overflow of concerned students there to make their voices heard regarding proposed tuition fees, Santa Monica College campus police officers pepper-sprayed the crowd. Chandler’s film runs only 17 seconds, but that’s more than enough to chillingly capture the chaos:

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Wonkette Editor and LA Weekly Reporter Engage in Twitter Blood Sport

Wonkette’s editor and new owner Rebecca Schoenkopf got into a tiff Monday with LA Weekly staff reporter Dennis Romero over a Tweet containing a grammatical error. Then, thankfully, things snowballed.

This Fishie wandered into the flamewar a little late, and by then the catfight was in full swing. “You got butthurt,” Rebecca taunted Dennis, “Admit something for once in your life.” Dennis replied, “Glad to see I’m still in your thoughts. I, like the rest of the planet, had forgotten u exist.”

It was too juicy to ignore.  So we did a little digging and here, dear readers, is how journos bitch slap each other via the humble Tweet:


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Janice Min’s Dismissive Remarks Anger LA Journos

Yesterday we shared with you some juicy snippets of a Mediabistro interview with Janice Min, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, in which she said that Los Angeles was seriously lacking in talented journalists.

“Hiring out here is hard,” Min complained. “There is not a bench out here at all. You struggle to find enough working journalists out here to staff your publication and to even interview.”

Min’s statements left many local journos rolling their eyes. “Gee, sorry we letcha down, Janice,” tweeted Jon Weisman of Variety.com. “That’s Minsanity,” quipped David Young of True Blue LA. LA Weekly‘s Dennis Romero called Min’s remarks B.S. “Tons of great journalists in this market,” he said.

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LA Weekly Reporter Becomes Chuck D’s Public Enemy

Last Friday, LA Weekly city chronicler Dennis Romero posted a preview item about “Occupy Skid Row,” a free Sunday concert event in downtown LA organized by Public Enemy.

In his piece, Romero noted that the event lacked proper permitting for a concert performance and also questioned the happening’s confusing connection to the broader Occupy movement. Supporters of PE front man Chuck D, as well as D himself, did not take kindly to the tone of the article. This afternoon, after six updates to the original article, various reader comments and some angry back-and-forth tweets, Romero sums up the brouhaha that ensued and this final Twitter volley:

After Chuck D accused me of being a tool of corporate media, I had to point out that he had hired a lying corporate publicist and is, as far as we can tell, a member of the so-called 1 percent of American income-earners that are the ire of the Occupy nation.

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Supposedly Drunken City News Service Journo’s OccupyLA Arrest Caught on Video–Stone Cold Sober

When City News Service reporter Calvin Milam was arrested while covering the LAPD crackdown on OccupyLA earlier this month, police initially told LA Weekly’s Dennis Romero that Milam had been drunk and failed to identify himself as a journalist As you can see from this video, however, shot by Alex Mannone of The Occupied Venice Journal, Milam appears perfectly sober and clearly presents his press pass to officers prior to his arrest. The City Maven did some digging and found out that, since the official story and the video are so at odds, Milam’s case has been referred to LAPD internal affairs.

Milam was forced to post a $5,000 bond for attempting to cover the crackdown, and has an arraignment hearing scheduled on Jan. 6, 2012.

Milam’s arrest is at the 3:22 mark in the video.

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