"Louisiana Purchased," the investigation into money in state politics by NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune and WVUE-TV, has won another national Edward R. Murrow Award. Murrow awards, named for the pioneering CBS News investigative reporter, are given by the Radio Television Digital News Association and are one of the highest honors in electronic journalism. Last year, NOLA.com, The Times Picayune and television partner WVUE won a Murrow award, in the News Series category, for the first installment of "Louisiana Purchased" focused on campaign contributions. This year's award, for Investigative Reporting, went to the second month-long installment which focused on campaign spending. Reporters examined more than 280,000 records of campaign spending totaling $196 million over four years. They showed how politicians spent lavishly on sports tickets, meals, casinos, Mardi Gras krewes, jewelry and more. Viewers could search a database of campaign spending detailing exactly [...]
Cartoon by Jeff Darcy, Northeast Ohio Media Group The Plain Dealer was honored once again as the state's best large daily newspaper in the Press Club of Cleveland's 2015 All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards. Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group staffers won 33 individual awards, including 12 first place honors. "Best in Ohio" honors were won by Marvin Fong for photography, by Andrea Levy for illustration and by Bob Proske for headline writing. First-place awards went to Andrea Simakis, in arts and entertainment, for her story about playwright Eric Coble; Olivera Perkins, in business, for her coverage of unemployment in Ohio; and Brie Zeltner, Jo Ellen Corrigan and Lynn Ischay for the personality profile "Breaking the cycle: From heartbreak to hope." First-place awards in visual categories went to Lynn Ischay and David Kordalski for their multiple-page design of "Heartbreak [...]
A new company, Southeast Regional Media Group, will launch later this year combining the current NOLA Media Group and Alabama Media Group. NOLA Media Group includes NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune, while Alabama Media Group includes AL.com and GulfLive.com, plus The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times, The Press-Register (Mobile) and The Mississippi Press. Ricky Mathews, current president of NOLA Media Group, will continue in that role and also assume the same role with the new company. Tom Bates, current president of Alabama Media Group, will continue to be based in Birmingham working closely with Mathews. David Francis, currently executive vice president at NOLA Media Group, will also assume the role of publisher in New Orleans. Jim Amoss, VP of content for the NOLA Media Group, and Michelle Holmes, VP of content for Alabama Media Group will continue in those roles. Their [...]
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