The deadline for the Edward R. Murrow Awards has been extended until February 15th!

 Just got word on this:

You have until Monday, February 15th to enter the Edward R. Murrow Awards. The late fees have been waived.  Be part of the most prestigious awards program for electronic journalists – enter your best work to win a 2010 Edward R. Murrow Award.  

Please use the links at the bottom of this message to familiarize yourself with the process and enter the Murrows by February 15th. 
–Online News Organizations are now welcome to enter any of the categories. This means that audio and video that appeared exclusively online is eligible to win in each of the categories. Entrants will be identified as Small Market Radio Station, Large Market Radio Station, Radio Network/Syndication Service/Program, Small Market Television Station, Large Market Television Station, Television Network/Syndication Service/Program and Online News Organization.  Click here for specifics on each of these designations.

–All entries must be submitted online. All accompanying media must be uploaded. DVDs/CDs will not be accepted. If the accompanying media can be found online, links to that media can be provided for judging. However, that media is subject to the same entry requirements as if it were uploaded –i.e. if the entry media provided goes over the time limit, the entry will be disqualified.  For specifics on each category,  click here and then click on the specific category you’re interested in.  For technical requirements for upload, click here .  Please note they have changed since last year’s contest.

–Upon completion, instructions to upload your entries will be emailed to the address on file of the person entering. If technical assistance is needed, you’ll be able to submit a trouble ticket to deal with technical personnel directly.

–Time limits for some categories have changed. All the time limits will be on each of the individual category pages below or, for all the specifics for each award in one document, click here .

The deadline for entries is February 15, 2010.  The late fees have been waived.  Entries received after February 15, 2010 will not be accepted.  

–Not sure what a Murrow Award winner entry looks like?  Want an idea of what the judges look for when they judge the Murrow Awards?  Check out 2009 winners here.  


There are only 18 days left to get your Murrow Award entries in!

FROM RTDNA: There are only 18 days left to get your Murrow Award entries in!   Be part of the most prestigious awards program for electronic journalists – enter your best work to win a 2010 Edward R. Murrow Award.  

There are a few new features for the 2010 Murrow Awards – see below for a summary.  Please use the links at the bottom of this message to familiarize yourself with the process and start the entry process today.

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Full Text of Conan Note to NBC

The world is abuzz with speculation on the impact of Conan O’Brien telling NBC to, in the words of Johnny Paycheck, “take this job and shove it”. What I appreciate most is the sytle and tone of Conan’s writing. 

  Here it is in its entirity. 
“People of Earth:

In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.

So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.

There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.

Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.



Create an app for your station for $200

Re-posting this great idea from Lost and Steve Safran ⋅ January 5, 2010 ⋅

Now there’s no excuse. AppMakr has a service that will create a full-fledged mobile app from your RSS feed for $200. For $600, you can create an app without AppMakr’s branding on it. Both apps allow you to include advertising. The site can’t guarantee you will get approved by Apple’s mercurial process, but the reasons apps get rejected are laid out on the site and seem easy to avoid. You will have one chance to get on the “palmtop” of someone’s mobile. If your competition beats you to it – you’re done. Nobody’s going to have multiple apps that tell them local news. (Via mocoNews)

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91 Journalism Blogs and Websites You Will Love

It is gratifying to see Outside The News Box listed with a new collection of “must see” journalism blogs and websites.

91 Journalism Blogs and Websites You Will Love by Jeremy Porter

If you read Journalistics a lot, you know we love us some journalism. We know you love journalism too. The truth is, there are a lot of other journalism blogs and websites out there that do a better job at it than we do. If it weren’t for the 91 journalism blogs and websites on this list, we’d be clueless about what’s going on out there.

There is no ranking or secret formula to this list. We’ve done our best to break this list into some bite-sized categories (big bites), but there is no science behind our organization. It’s just a list of journalism blogs and websites we like – many of which you probably know about already. Then again, your new favorite blog might be on this list. There’s only one way to find out…