2012 National Edward R. Murrow Award winners

The Radio Television Digital News Association has announced the 2012 National Edward R. Murrow Award winners. The awards honor excellence in electronic journalism.

For the fourth consecutive year, NBC News won the Edward R. Murrow award for Overall Excellence in the network television grouping. NBC News also won National Murrows for Video Newscast and Writing.

In the same television grouping, ABC News earned three Murrow Awards in 2012 – for Video Breaking News Coverage, Video Continuing Coverage and Video Reporting: Hard News.

CBS News took the awards for Video Feature Reporting and Video Investigative Reporting in the network television grouping.

In all, 67 news organizations are being honored with 99 awards, listed after the jump.

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OTNB IDEA: The Difference between Journalism and Media

Thinking Ahead: The Difference between Journalism and Media
By G. Stuart Adam – as published on poynter.org

Last month, Kimn Swenson Gollnick, a graduate student at the University of Iowa, posed some questions about the future of journalism to G. Stuart Adam, a journalism professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Adam, a Poynter affiliate, wrote Journalism: the Democratic Craft with Roy Peter Clark. This is an edited version of their exchange.

Kimn Swenson Gollnick: How can newspapers survive? What is the future for students studying journalism?

G. Stuart Adam: I suggest that in order to reflect on the future — and to encourage a more sanguine view of the situation — you distinguish between journalism as a cultural practice, on the one hand, and media, on the other. The term “media” blends (and blurs) concepts of culture and technology. When used as a synonym for journalism, the term “media” pushes technology into the foreground and conceals the fact that “journalism” is one thing and “media” is another. The latter refers mainly to technologies of various effects and uses.

With this distinction in mind I encourage you to think of journalism as a form of expression or brain work that includes making news judgments, gathering evidence, constructing narratives and making sense of things. It is a method of capturing and representing the world of events and ideas as they occur. While there is no doubt that the journalistic method developed in newspapers, that it established itself later in the broadcast media and that it is media-dependent, it is nevertheless a distinctive form of expression on which modern democratic societies depend. Now it is surfacing in the Internet. So the future of journalism, while dependent on media, is not wholly dependent on newspapers.
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Deja Vu All Over Again?

While searching Journalismjobs.com I came across this dated, but telling, list of media layoffs from 2000-2003.  If you are looking for work, take heart.  Our business is cyclical, times will get better!

Job prospects for journalists have improved in 2003, but some companies are still cutting jobs or leaving some jobs unfilled. Below is a list of layoffs in the past 2 1/2 years, with the news source listed after each item. The list totals about 30,000, and includes editorial and business side cuts. The list only reflects published reports of layoffs.

February 2003

  • Red Herring says March 2003 will be its last issue after publishing for more than 10 years; 31 staffers lost their jobs.
    (San Francisco Chronicle, Feb 28, 2003).
  • San Francisco Examiner fires most of its staff (about 40 staffers); two reporters, three editors and two columnists remain. The paper may become a free city daily.
    (San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 22, 2003).
  • Reuters reports record loss, plans to eliminate 3,000 jobs worldwide. (Reuters, Feb. 16, 2003).
  • Missoula, Montana’s Missoulian, a Lee Enterprises paper, lays off nine workers. (Missoula Independent, Feb. 10, 2003).