Because the Los Angeles Press Club’s annual SoCal Journalism Awards derby is a fee-based endeavor, many outlets and reporters do not participate. This year, per-item entry fees ranged from $40 to $125, depending on applicant membership status and whether the entry came in ahead of an “Early Bird” deadline.
Still, it all goes to support a great, non-profit organization, and the range of local and regional outlets represented remains impressive. You can read the extensive list of finalists here. In the meantime, a few quick FishbowlLA observations:
– Although the president of the LA Press Club worked at KCRW, all four finalists fo Radio Journalist of the Year are from cross-town public radio rival KPCC (Kitty Felde, Molly Peterson, Susan Valot, Brian Watt). So you definitely can’t accuse the organization of favoritism.
– We have a soft spot for the great March 11th LA Times Calendar headline for an article about possible Wizard of Oz remakes, so it’s nice to see the Linda Whitmore “Toto Recall” article banner represented in a newspaper headline bracket.
– Finally, we were not overly familiar with syndicated San Diego political columnist Thomas Elias. But after seeing his name listed as a “Commentary” category finalist, we will definitely check him out. Good luck to all.