Sunday, May 11, 2008

A few awards the Enquirer might win, but it's not enough

The Enquirer has been informed it's won awards in the following Cleveland Press Club award categories:

Awards will be announced in June. In the Cleveland Press Club awards, there are 66 categories in the Open Print and Daily Newspaper classes. The Enquirer is a winner in just 11 categories; they have two nominees in one category. They are not a winner in the Best Daily Newspaper category, or Best Section, or Editorial, or Criticism, or Columns. One entry is written by Chuck Martin, who is leaving the paper, and another by Jim McNair, who was let go.

State awards should be a slam dunk for good newspapers, and are most meaningful if you win your category. If you don't win, if you get a second or third or an honorable mention, they're almost meaningless. Assuming the Enquirer doesn't finish first in all these categories, it's a poor showing for a major metro daily.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Near as I can tell, they completely whiffed on all the Online categories.

Probably didn't even bother entering them.

4:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Kill this blog. You don't post often enough. You are obsessed with these inane prizes to the point of missing the inane content in the paper and online. Yesterday, what kids think of their moms as a Sunday A1 centerpiece? On the Forum cover, Moms say they are discriminated against in the workplace and are filing lawsuits. Like that's news? Don't forget the mom who is adopting on the Local News cover. Cannot wait to see the Dad's Day blitz.

Then there was that ridiculous A1 story last week about the woman who got greedy and was duped, she says, into buying houses worth millions. Readers have been writing in about that one all week.

And you have missed news of comings and goings at the paper (why is the Ky. editor now at the community news? how did the guy moved from business editor years ago to the news desk then to local news assistant bureau editor become Ky. editor? why is former biz reporter James Pilcher - a good reporter - coming back after leaving in a snit two years ago? And there's the Gannett news that it's offering 130 buyouts at its New Jersey papers, whose circ is tanking.

Maybe that's why you keep this blog going, so we can tell you all this. Not any more - it's now officially unbookmarked on my computer.

- 30 -

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And where is Chuck Martin going? Please update us on the comings and goings.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I want to know is why it's bad news when the Enquirer doesn't win awards, and also bad news when it does win awards.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

30 - Despite less frequent postings, and less inside info, this blog is still valuable. Newsache may not have access to info like once before, but those who do can still share to help out - remember, he had the guts to get it all going when others didn't.

And, by the way, other than your call to kill this blog, your observations and info are good too.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Pilcher is coming back, then does that mean the Enquirer will give more newshole to Business and/or give Reed the boot?

Though, given Reed's contributions to date, it's doubtful he'd be missed if they did.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kill this blog, and everyone goes back to the dark ages of information flow about the Enquirer (sic). Editors are not honest with staff (didn't I read on this blog that top editor Tom Callinan say the paper needs to go back to investigative reporting, then we get the big Mother's Day blowout on the front page). Management is not honest with the community about the red-lining of its news coverage and the padding of its circulation by giving away thousands of "Bonus Day" papers to people who don't subscribe.
The best way to support a blog like this is not only to send tips, but also documents. Then we can turn this into the Smoking Gun of the Enquirer (sic).

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reed's blog was on the Enquirer this morning, but apparently no where to be found on it this afternoon.

Not surprising given what was shared here earlier today, and the fact that Reed has said nothing new on his blog for more than 30 days.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Reed's blog was killed. You have to actually be writing about your beat in order to write a blog on it, instead of being thrown at every story that matches management's whims. Seems to me, he almost never gets to write on p&g - at least, not anywhere I've been looking for it.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On another topic, has anyone else had a chance to read the PR piece about the Enquirer in the latest issue of Cincinnati Magazine?

The writer misses a lot of opportunities to talk about the high costs of all this change. At least she cites this blog more than once which will hopefully drive more visitors to see what's really going on behind the scenes.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly, kill this blog? First Amendment hater, are you? Blogs are about communication, and it's a two-way street. What a freakin' whiner.

James Pilcher is returning to the Enquirer because he needs a job in Cincinnati. Pickin's are slim, in case you hadn't noticed.

Jack Cassidy trimmed Pilcher's high-end Cincinnati Bell gizmo job as a cost-cutting measure. Cassidy likes Pilcher, but never supported him at Bell.

Pilcher's a damn fine journalist. He's a REAL reporter, with a nose for news, a sense of urgency and of community. He hasn't lost that in his time at Bell. I know this both as one of his former editors, and having worked with him on a journalism project this year.

12:42 PM  
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1:52 PM  
Blogger LargeYam said...

to the anon poster who suggested killing this blog: have you ever presented topic ideas to newsache? or presented your own forum to discuss topics that newsache missed? if not, then please, shutta you piehole.

about the cincinnati magazine piece: i'd hardly call it pr, but yes, i'd say the writer missed some opportunities. it seems that the questions asked of Ms. Buchanan were soft and non-specific, and it would have been nice to tap the thoughts and opinions of editors in similar markets. but i think the piece addressed most of the enquirer's core challenges and failures and ended with a subtle but effective exhortation.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck Martin is leaving to follow his wife to North Carolina, where she has an outstanding new job. He is universally liked and admired throughout the organization. Nobody in management would have done anything to push him out the door.

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe someone in management should have done something to make the "liked and admired" Martin more productive. His byline won't be missed, because it's barely been visible. Especially during the past few years.

As for 30, at least he/she ignited the conversation. I notice that most of the comments have related to the content of 30's comment, which had more news and information about the paper than NewsAche's post.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is that defense of James Pilcher coming from? No one said anything bad about him. It was just pointed out that he returned to the paper after leaving because he hated working at the place. That is no secret. He probably is as good as he was two years ago but methinks the the climate at the paper hasn't changed since he left. Will he now become a happy Callinan camper? Ha ha ha. And isn't it odd that after months and months of looking, he could not find another job in the area. Maybe he was too picky. Enquirer salaries are good for veteran reporters and bet his decision to return is based more on wanting a fat paycheck rather than an urgent desire to do good journalism..

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re "bet his decision to return is based more on wanting a fat paycheck rather than an urgent desire to do good journalism": No kidding!? Is this really news to any thinking person, anywhere, about any job? We ALL "sell out" to the highest bidder. The only people who are in any job just for the principle of it are in the Peace Corps. We all have our sellout price, and we all have a point where we'll refuse to do the most odious of work for any price. Call it cynical or a necessary evil or whatever you want, but that's capitalism. Pilcher, or anyone else at the Enquirer, has every right to take, and keep, any job he can stand to do so he can pay the bills.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pilcher will be a boost. Too bad he wasn't on board to help the gal who wrote the column Sunday about the pre-breakup AT&T monopoly. She called it the Baby Bell era instead of Ma Bell. Pilcher would have caught that.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of awards, from E&P. I know backward Newsache dismisses all things online, but it is worth noting. You know, if we're being fair here.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous wrote: "Where is that defense of James Pilcher coming from?"

Pilcher. Who else?

11:11 AM  

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