"…the Los Angeles Press Club can’t honestly call its contest the “National Entertainment Journalism Awards” if Deadline Hollywood, Variety, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Forbes, Fortune, Time, The Daily Beast/Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, the network news shows, and a myriad other national media outlets covering entertainment didn’t participate."
Deadline founder Nikki Finke on why she led the publication’s decision to boycott the National Entertainment Journalism Awards sponsored by the LA Press Club.
She has a few other pungent observations about the awards that are probably more entertaining than the event itself was. Read them here: http://www.deadline.com/2012/11/proof-la-press-clubs-national-showbiz-journalism-awards-are-just-a-big-joke/
Deadline’s Nikki Finke explains why she chose, with other Deadline reporters, to boycott the “National Entertainment Journalism Awards” conducted by the L.A. Press Club this year: http://www.deadline.com/2012/10/why-deadline-is-boycotting-la-press-clubs-entertainment-awards-contest-this-year/
It’s a long list of concerns about the awards, the way they’re judged, who participates, and the Press Club’s motivations. It’s definitely worth pondering as other news outlets trumpet their nominations as a badge of honor.
It’s also an opportunity for Columbia Journalism Review or American Journalism Review to take a closer look at the awards themselves. I’m betting Nikki might share a couple of pungent opinions with any AJR/CJR reporter who gave her a call.
And yes, to Nikki’s point, it will be great when the awards process involves more knowledgable judges, higher standards for qualifying stories and much more.
If you’re a journalism geek, this project is a must: Tom Hanks’ Broadway debut, as Newsday’s legendary cop reporter Mike McAlary, in Nora Ephron’s last project. That McAlary and Ephron both had great careers cut short by cancer adds a bittersweet piquancy to the whole thing.
To read more about this extraordinary project, with Deadline’s Mike Fleming talking about the Mike McAlary he knew while a cub reporter, go here: http://www.deadline.com/2012/10/tom-hanks-to-play-crime-reporter-mike-mcalary-in-nora-ephron-penned-lucky-guy-on-broadway/
Former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw stopped by Jon Stewart’s Charlotte DNC lair for a thoughtful conversation about journalism, fact-checking on the fly and the challenges of covering a tightly scripted and themed informercial like a major political party’s convention.
Read more here: http://www.deadline.com/2012/09/jon-stewart-tom-brokaw-fact-checking-journalism/
CNN, facing cratering ratings and examining what kind of programming it can roll out that might be kind of news-ish but not just ratings-death news, has come up with an idea for its weekend programming: Supersize It! With Morgan Spurlock!
Read more here about the new news-ish project for the always interesting doc maker (and now avid contemporary art collector) Morgan Spurlock (not to mention other initiatives including notables such as Anthony Bourdain):
Deadline’s Nikki Finke has a respectful farewell for Patrick Goldstein, the sometimes cantankerous columnist who wrote “The Big Picture” for the LA Times for more than a decade.
Goldstein’s last column ran today for the ever-shrinking Times, whose long-suffering denizens now face the uncertainty of life after the parent Tribune Co. finally comes out of bankruptcy in coming weeks. His departure suggests that more staff departures may be coming, cause for a sigh among all of those who still have friends at the papee.
Nikki, never one to reserve her opinions on the Times or competitors’ work, accords Goldstein some very kind words for his work despite what she calls their more than occasional “differences of opinion and fact.”