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Deep in the heart of Texas - Reason 78 why journalism awards stink

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by JayFarrar, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Football_Bat may be able to provide some more insight, but here you go:

    To sum up, the Katie awards go to media outlets in six states and with a focus on the metroplex.
    A trade publication writer was responsible for the awards last year (and has had a hand in the awards for a couple of years before that) and had won four. This caused some professional jealousy and it was looked into. Turns out the writer - no problems were found with her work - had a history of mental problems and a criminal history.
    This has caused a brouhaha of epic proportions in the media since it appears that the awards are tainted. They haven't been able to find judges, it looks the writer who was in charge just picked the awards herself.
    Sports, of course, is caught up in the mess as the awards honored large, medium and small print markets, plus radio and TV.
    Some outlets - Fort Worth - have given their awards from last year back to the press club.
    Of course the Katie awards are a big deal, fairly prestigious, but as someone who has judged awards, I can say that with a great degree of confidence that all journalism awards are a joke. Maybe joke is too strong, but they are a crapshoot.
  2. Moondoggy

    Moondoggy Member

    Unless, of course, you happen to win one :)
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    It all started in a small, 100-watt radio station in Fresno, California....
  4. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    The Katie I'd want to win isn't a trophy, I can tell you that much.
  5. jaredk

    jaredk Member

    Jay, your two threads: one of award congrats, now award dyspepsia -- which is it?
  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    good thing these awards aren't based on investigation, ya know?

  7. Ed_Hardin

    Ed_Hardin New Member

    No, I think 'joke' sums it up.
  8. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    I concur.
  9. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I really don't have anything to add. The Katies are probably a bigger deal for the TV and radio outlets than the papers, since there are only two big papers in the DFW market. Of course, it was a smaller publication, The Dallas Business Journal, which broke the story a week before the DMN ran with it.
  10. jfs1000

    jfs1000 Member

    Wow. I will never get bummed in a writing contest again. LOL.
  11. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    the katie awards aren't just limited to dallas/fort worth. newspaper entries, i believe, come from five or six southwestern states.
  12. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    from the dmn: ... the 2007 Katie Awards, which have been distributed for 48 years to reward the top work by journalists and communications professionals in Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. ...

    incidentally, the star-telegram is returning its 2007 awards and a.p. will likely follow suit. and the dallas press club is look at the legitimacy of the 2004 and 2005 and may not have 2007 katie awards.
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