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The Las Vegas Sun is in very good company. The newspaper, as part of Columbia University’s latest Dart Awards, which recognize exemplary reporting on the effects of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events, is one of two 2014 winners, alongside Ira Glass‘ This American Life. The awards will be presented May 8.
The editorial series that won the Sun its prize is heartbreaking. Titled “Grace Through Grief,” it details the aftermath of a home invasion suffered by the Martinez family, during which mom and daughter were killed, and dad was gravely injured:
Judges called “Grace Through Grief” a “deeply reported and inspiring portrayal of a family in the aftermath of horror.” They called Jackie Valley’s prose “exceptional” and Leila Navidi’s photographs “powerful” and “intimate without being disruptive.” They praised the series’ “creative subversiveness,” going far beyond conventional crime reporting in “bringing the reader on a journey of faith, fatherhood, recovery and resilience.” Judges also recognized the “careful restraint” used in bringing forward the perspectives of Arturo Martinez’s young sons.
Madeleine Brand launched her new KCRW show “Press Play” on Monday after spending over a year off public radio airwaves.
Long a rush-hour fixture in Los Angeles, she quit her top-rated morning news show on KPCC in September 2012 after the Southern California Public Radio station forced her to take A. Martinez, a former sports commentator, as a co-host. KPCC, a rival NPR-affiliate to KRCW, was required to hire a Latino co-host to receive the full payment of a $1.8 million grant from the Corporate for Public Broadcasting.
A few years ago, NPR’s This American Life highlighted comedian Mike Birbiglia’s struggles with sleepwalking. This summer, that report has morphed into the semi-autobiographical feature comedy Sleepwalk with Me, produced and co-written by show host Ira Glass. The film opened in New York last week and expands tomorrow to LA’s Nuart Theatre and several other cities.
As Glass and his star tell LA Times reporter Amy Kaufman, there was a key difference between the radio and film production processes. The decibel level:
“We turned a corner where you felt comfortable shouting at me,” Birbiglia said. “And vice versa,” Glass added with a smile.
Out of 184 applicants, Berlin-based SoundCloud has chosen 15 finalist projects for its 2012 Fellowship program. LA came out swimmingly, with four locals among this well-deserving group:
David Weinberg (Random Tape): Random Tape will create a series of special episodes that would involve tape that listeners would submit through SoundCloud… A game of telephone around the globe using SoundCloud. They will start with a recorded phrase then post it on SoundCloud for people to translate, record and then post again to translate and record, etc. They also want to have a “Random Skype Day” where they pull people’s Skype handles out of a hat and have them call each other.
Jack Kennedy (NightBus Radio) We’re traveling across North America, writing one song in each town with a stranger, recording their stories, and releasing them online in radio style program, Once a week for three months… an audio version Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums. For the digital age, by Greyhound Bus.
“This American Life” has retracted its HUGE story on working conditions at Apple’s Foxconn factory in China. It turns out major parts of the piece were fabricated by performer Mike Daisey–who drew material for his story from his one-man show “The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.”
From a TAL release:
During fact checking before the broadcast of Daisey’s story, “This American Life” staffers asked Daisey for this interpreter’s contact information. Daisey told them her real name was Anna, not Cathy as he says in his monologue, and he said that the cell phone number he had for her didn’t work any more. He said he had no way to reach her.
“At that point, we should’ve killed the story,” says Ira Glass, executive producer and host of This American Life. “But other things Daisey told us about Apple’s operations in China checked out, and we saw no reason to doubt him. We didn’t think that he was lying to us and to audiences about the details of his story. That was a mistake.”
The ruse was uncovered by “Marketplace” reporter Rob Schmitz, who tracked down Daisey’s Chinese translator Li Guifen after the show aired. She disputed much of Daisey’s story–including Daisey’s claim to have interviewed workers suffering from n-hexane poisoning.
“We’re horrified to have let something like this onto public radio,” says Glass. “Our program adheres to the same journalistic standards as the other national shows, and in this case, we did not live up to those standards.”
In the wake of the reporting from – wait for it – Glenn Beck‘s website saying that the James O’Keefe‘s newest selectively edited hit piece on NPR – Ira Glass asks for public radio to stand up for itself.
At the end of the clip On the Media agrees that they will take on the challenge of sticking up for themselves against accusations of liberal bias.
Hat tip TPM
Ira Glass is a story teller but he’s also a journalist and Steve Poizner current State Insurance Commissioner now vying for the Republican nomination for governor warranted some investigating. Uber-rich Poizner was a volunteer teacher for a month seven years ago at a high school in San Jose. He wrote a book about it titled “Mount Pleasant” that is thought to largely be an exaggeration, at least when held up to scrutiny. Anyway, the This American Life piece about it is fascinating as always.
So, leave it to Chicago Public Radio to vet our California politicians. How embarrassing.
Here’s the story.
This honor highlights NYU’s ability to recognize great journalism more than anything else.
The press release in full:
“THE GIANT POOL OF MONEY” DISTINGUISHED BY NYU AS ONE OF THE TOP TEN WORKS OF JOURNALISM OF THIS DECADE
CHICAGO PUBLIC RADIO’S THIS AMERICAN LIFE AND NPR SHARE HONOR
FOR LAUDED EXPLAINER OF SUBPRIME MORTGAGE CRISIS
April 5, 2010; Washington, D.C. – It was a compelling, even humorous, hour of radio, making sense of the mortgage crisis and Wall Street turmoil, and in the process creating one of the finest pieces of explanatory journalism on the economy – months ahead of its collapse. Now, “The Giant Pool of Money,” an hour-long documentary co-produced by NPR News and This American Life from Chicago Public Radio and distributed by Public Radio International, has been named one of the decade’s best.
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