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Small-Town Newspapers Thrive as the Big Boys Fade

USC Annenberg journalism professor Judy Muller has an op-ed in today’s LA Times lauding America’s small-town newspapers. which she says are “doing just fine, thank you,” despite the collapse of their larger, big-city brethren.

Some 8,000 weekly papers still hit the front porches and mailboxes in small towns across America every week and, for some reason, they’ve been left out of the conversation. So a couple of years ago, I decided to head back to my roots, both geographic and professional (my first job was at a weekly), to see how those community papers were faring. And what I found was both surprising and inspiring. …

The “holy trinity” of weekly papers consists of high school sports (where even losing teams benefit from positive spin), obituaries (where there’s no need to speak ill of the dead because everyone in town already knows if the deceased was a jerk) and the police blotter. The latter can be addictive, even to outsiders. These items, often lifted intact from the dispassionate log of the sheriff’s dispatcher, are the haikus of Main Street: “Caller states that there is a 9-year-old boy out mowing the lawn next door and feels that is endangering the child in doing so when the mother is perfectly capable of doing it herself.” Or: “Man calls to report wife went missing 3 months ago.”

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Author Lauds Achievements of Small-Town Community Newspapers

What better place for Pacific Palisades native and veteran journalist Judy Muller to discuss her book about the valiant work being done by North American community newspapers than her hometown beacon the Palisades Post? The newspaper is one of LA’s oldest such publications, dating back to 1928.

Muller, a USC prof and contributor to KCET’s SoCal Connected, has worked for NPR, ABC, and CBS. She tells Post senior editor Libby Motika that the idea for her colorfully titled tome Emus Loose in Egnar: Big Stories from Small Towns (University of Nebraska Press, July 1st) sparked three years ago, after she took part in yet another “newspapers are dying” panel:

All Muller could think about was the feelings she had at her first job at the Colonial News in Freehold, New Jersey, a free newspaper where ‘the owners didn’t care about the editorial content, but we did,’ Muller says…

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KCET’s SoCal Connected Wins duPont Award

What a way to end the year. After scoring a George Foster Peabody Award in June, KCET’s weekly newsmagazine SoCal Connected has landed the equally prestigious broadcast journalism honor of an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

Among the program’s cited reports were a trio about LA’s marijuana mess. “Up in Smoke” looked at legal loopholes being exploited by dispensaries; “Cannabis Cowboys” followed federal agents sniffing out Mexican drug cartel weed patches in California parklands; and “The Doctor is In” proved just how easy it was for LA Times columnist Steve Lopez to get a medical marijuana prescription filled.

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Weed Stories Win SoCal Connected a Peabody

SoCal Connected wins every award its eligible for. It’ll either get canceled and be the “Arrested Development” of local PBS news programs or do a nightly show and actually build a real audience. We hope for the latter and expect the former.

kcetlogo1.pngKCET also was noted for Inventing LA. Watch the episode here.

Here’s the release in full:


KCET’s PBS Presentation of “Inventing LA: The Chandlers & Their Times,” also Wins Peabody

LOS ANGELES – March 31, 2010 – Two KCET programs have won the prestigious Peabody Award, for the best in electronic media, it was announced today by the University of Georgia. KCET’s six-time Emmy® Award-winning weekly news program SoCal Connected
received the Peabody for “Up in Smoke,” an investigation into the proliferation of medical marijuana facilities in the Los Angeles region, and “Cannabis Cowboys,” an insider’s view of a 36-hour sting operation to destroy marijuana crops run by drug cartels inside California national parks.

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KCET Wins Two Golden Mike Awards

Golden Mike award.pngWe are very excited to announce that our little local TV program, SoCal Connected has won two Golden Mike Awards. We like any news that has nothing to do with people losing their homes, jobs, minds (Rob Blagojevich that’s aimed at you and your aluminum hat).

Anyway, SoCal Connected Executive Producer Bret Marcus used to work on “The News with Brian Williams” on MSNBC for all you stalkers out there.

KCET’s SoCal Connected, which launched
on-air and online in September 2008, this weekend won two Golden Mike Awards for Best News Public Affairs Program and for Best Original News Commentary.

The rest of the release after the jump.

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Town Hall Los Angeles Hosts Prop. 8 Debate

Think this will get heated?

Next week Wednesday lawyers on both sides duke it out at Town Hall LA. Gloria Allred and Andy Pugno are the guest speakers. It will be moderated by USC’s Journalism Professor Judy Muller.

All event information and entire press release after the break.

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