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LA Times Wins Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism

The LA Times has won the prestigious Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism for the paper’s 18-month, 6-part investigation into the $5.7 billion plan rebuild nine community colleges in Los Angeles. Michael Finnegan and Gale Holland were the lead reporters on the pieces, along with investigative reporter Paul Pringle, data specialists Doug Smith, Sandra Poindexter and Ben Welsh and graphics producer Raul Ranoa.

“This was an extraordinarily challenging reporting assignment that documented pretty much every abuse of the public trust that could be made by public officials when they have a lot of taxpayer money to spend,” said Bingham award judge Walter Robinson. “This was an important public works project whose biggest beneficiaries should have been working class community college students. Instead, the funds were used to award lucrative contracts to politically connected companies, with lax oversight. The result, richly documented and compellingly presented by the Times, was wasteful spending for inferior design, shoddy construction, excessive and unchecked billing practices, and a boondoggle for the relatives and friends of many of the decision-makers. This work by the Times is a stark reminder of the importance of the watchdog role the press plays when government spends scarce public funds.”

The Bingham award comes with a $20,000 prize. Not too shabby. Congrats to all involved!

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Pulitzer Prize Winners Anounced

Your FBLA editors didn’t win a goddamned thing. But southern California was not without some victories in the journalism categories:

WINNER Explanatory Reporting-
Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart of the Los Angeles Times for their fresh and painstaking exploration into the cost and effectiveness of attempts to combat the growing menace of wildfires across the western United States.
Read the winning story at www.latimes.com/bigburn

WINNER Editorial Cartooning-
Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune for his agile use of a classic style to produce wide ranging cartoons that engage readers with power, clarity and humor.

FINALIST Investigative Reporting-
Paul Pringle of Los Angeles Times for his meticulously researched stories that, in the face of threats, exposed financial abuses by the head of California’s largest union, leading to investigations, the leader’s departure from office and repayment of misappropriated funds.

FINALIST Breaking News Photography-
Carolyn Cole of Los Angeles Times for her valorous on-the-spot coverage of political violence in Kenya, capturing the terror as rebellion and reprisals jolted the nation.

See the complete list of winners here.

Polk Awards Announced: Barstow, Talese Among Winners

talese_1web_3.jpgThe annual Polk Awards have been announced, and a number of the winners are being recognized for work done at newspapers currently struggling to keep their newsrooms alive.

Eric Nalder of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer won for his two-part series ‘Demoted to Private: America’s Military Housing Disaster’ and Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times was tapped for “unearthing corruption in the Service Employees International Union.”

The NYT‘s David Barstow has been tapped for his much discussed two part series about retired military officials working as on-air network analysts while still being paid to be defense industry consultants.

Meanwhile legendary writer Gay Talese has been named this year’s career achievement recipient. Talese, who began his career as a Times copy boy, and went on to work for many years as a reporter, is also considered on of the “pioneers” of new journalism. Full list of award winners here.

SPJ/LA Honors Journos

Journalism1111.jpgNo this isn’t like the Pulitzers last year…this time LA won…ahem.

And no, we just never get tired of that joke…ever.

Society of Professional Journalists – Greater Los Angeles Chapter will honor five local journalists, a photographer and two attorneys at its 33rd annual awards banquet this spring.

The Distinguished Journalist honorees are Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times, Terri Vermeulen Keith of City News Service, John Schwada of KTTV Fox 11, and Frank Stoltze of 89.3-KPCC. Kevin Roderick of LAObserved is the first recipient of the chapter’s Distinguished Work in New Media Award. Thomas Newton and Jim Ewert, of the California Newspaper Publishers Association, will receive the chapter’s Freedom of Information Award and Nick Ut, Pulitzer-winning photographer with the Associated Press, will receive a special Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information on the honorees or for dates for the banquet go here.

In The Trades: Real Life, Re-Makes, Real Weird

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Shirley McLaine and Olympia Dukakis reteam in a black comedy Poor Things, to be directed by Ash Baron Cohen (brother o’ Borat). They’ll play two con-artist women who befriend and murder homeless men in order to collect their life insurance policies. Paul Pringle reported the real story in the LAT. The NYT isn’t the only true-life story source in the world, just the only Man-Date source.

Harold Ramis is on board to direct Atlanta, CBS’s comedy pilot about a couple who meet cute at a funeral. Scott Winant might replace Brett Ratner as director of ABC’s drama pilot Women’s Murder Club, starring Angie Harmon. Ratner is too busy doing whatever to Rush Hour 3.

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The Weinsteins, Sydney Pollock and Anthony Minghella are all good for another three years. Pollock and Minghella’s production company, Mirage, will re-make The Lives of Others, the Oscar-winning German film about the Stasi, as well as I Don’t Know How She Does It and The Amulet of Samarkand, both based on the novels. Minghella will direct a tv pilot based on The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, too.

America’s Next Top Model had its best premiere ever, and gave the CW its best night yet with 5.4 million viewers overall. American Idol won the night with 29.6 million viewers overall. If Idol fans had their own country, it would be larger than North Korea. And even weirder. (And what if Idol-nation had nukes? Yikes!)