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Posts Tagged ‘Kristen Hare’

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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Sochi Drag Queen Manhandles Ball State Student

On Poynter this week, Kristen Hare had an interesting article about a team of Ball State journalism students who paid their own way via Amsterdam to Sochi to cover the Olympic Games. Embedded in her report was a link to an even more fascinating blog item by team member Matt Amaro, a photography major.

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Titled “The Best Little Gay Bar in Sochi,” the item relates the experiences of Amaro, teacher Ryan Sparrow and fellow student/reporter Ryan Howe when the trio visited Cabaret Mayak, a place where drag queens perform. Howe is openly gay and, as Hare notes, wrote ahead of departure for The Advocate about his fears regarding visiting Sochi. From Amaro’s blog item:

After the first drag queen performed, she started talking with and reading people in Russian. “Because reading is what?! FUN-DE-MENTAL!” She walks over to where I am knelt on the side of the stage. She tells the bar that I am one of her friends.

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