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SoCalConnected Tries to Make Sense of Some Very Fuzzy Compton City Council Math

Has KCETLink’s flagship news magazine unearthed “the next Bell?” That’s the provocative sub-header question the station asks in a brief news bulletin touting this evening’s SoCal Connected look at some very questionable Compton City Council activities.

One strand relates to the short meetings council members billed for in 2012. According to reporter Laurel Erickson’s calculations, last year individuals earned $39,000 of their $55,000 annual salaries for an aggregate total of 26 hours of conferences convened for a quartet of different commissions. That works out to roughly $1,500 an hour.

The report also details $7,800 car allowances that seem out of whack with a ten-square-mile area of responsibility. Not to mention radios purchased for a police department that does not yet exist and a $3.1 million developer debt that was forgiven in 2006 as part of a complicated tit-for-tat deal. And the best part about that uncovered transaction? The developer’s attorney says his client has yet to begin repaying a different, $3.5 million part of the agreement because Compton never finished the paperwork.

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KCET, Current TV Among 2013 Alfred I. duPont Award Winners

SoCal Connected correspondent Jennifer London, producer Karen Foshay and editor Michael Bloecher have brought home a second Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University award for KCET’s nightly news magazine. Their March 16 report “Courting Disaster” highlighted the problems plaguing Los Angeles County’s Children’s Dependency Court, a branch of LA Superior Court that encompasses more than 25,000 children.

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Congrats to the rest of the “Courting Disaster” team: executive producers Bret Marcus and Justine Schmidt; videographers Dan Caston, Kenny Gioseffi and Brett Wood. “We are extremely honored to receive a second duPont-Columbia award,” said Marcus. “This type of special long-form reporting is what SoCal Connected is all about.”

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WATCH: Emmy-Winning Reports About Wi-Fi Hacking, Small Claims Scamming & HACLA Spending

For FishbowlLA’s money, one of the very best ways to get a sense of the breadth and depth of last night’s 2012 Los Angeles Area Emmy Award honorees is to take another look at some of the victorious investigative news pieces. The full list of winners is available here; in the meantime, for your Sunday non-Olympic viewing pleasure, we recommend:

1) Ana Garcia’s NBCLA look at how easy it can be for someone at a nearby table to hack into your Facebook account over a Wi-Fi network at a place like Starbucks [Winner "Light News Story - Single Report"; Daisy Lin, producer]

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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 ‘SOCAL CONNECTED’ WINS PEABODY AWARD

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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SoCal Connected Wins Six Golden Mike Awards

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If you’re not watching SoCal Connected, you’re missing out on some seriously good journalism. Just super tasty.

Below is the press release in full. Spoiler: Jill Stewart and Patt Morrison won for news commentary.

Los Angeles – January 23, 2010 – SoCal Connected, KCET’s hard-hitting weekly news program, won six Golden Mike Awards for Best News Public Affairs Program, Best News Special, Best Hard News Reporting, Best Light News Reporting, Best Individual Writing, and Best Original News Commentary.

The awards were announced on Saturday by The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California, which presents the Golden Mike Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism every year.

“SoCal Connected is honored to receive six Golden Mike Awards,” said Bret Marcus, executive producer of SoCal Connected and KCET senior vice president of programming and production. “SoCal Connected is committed to bringing viewers stories that can make a difference in their lives, and we’re proud to be recognized for our efforts.”

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Well at Least We Have SoCal Connected…


The local television news really dropped the ball on this story. How dare they give us something we can agree with Michael Antonovich about! It’s the biggest fire in LA, practically on record and the people living through it have had to watch CNN or listen to KPCC to get any practical information.

But then we saw anchor Val Zavala, producer Karen Foshay and correspondent Angie Crouch with the report posted above. And we take some of it back. Not-for-profit news seems to be doing just fine.

Where’s our checkbook…

Previously on FBLA:

  • FBLA Celebrates “No Cussing Week” by Using ‘Fucking’ in a Headline and Sharing a Fun Fact About Antonovich