• I was on Editor’s Roundtable today on KPBS radio talking about, among other things, the school district’s pretty ridiculous game of hide-the-budget this week. You can listen to it here. Don’t miss the part where the LA Times’ Tony Perry spills his water on the table leaving the U-T’s Michael Smolens a bit distracted. Vladimir Kogan, voiceofsandiego.org’s education writer will be on KPBS Television’s Full Focus tonight to talk about his excellent work following the budget developments of the school district over the past few weeks.
  • In his latest TJI post, Rob was remiss not to include the awards our arts contributor Cathy Robbins won last night. Robbins writes mostly about classical music for us. A piece she did on the artwork of Edward Curtis, however, won her a first place award for criticism. She has a book coming out soon about American Indians.

I was pretty excited about our awards last night from the Society of Professional Journalists. We competed head to head with the local newspapers and we won 27 awards including Will Carless‘ best in show.

But I’m most stoked about the Best Blog award I got. Not because I came out ahead of other sites’ blogs but because I beat this one. Ha!

There are definitely going to be more entries in this category next year though, so I better step it up.

Congrats to Cathy and all the winners from all the papers and stations last night. And a job well done to my fellow SPJ board members who put on the show.

  • Incidentally, journalist Lowell Bergman spoke at the banquet and was quite engaging. I almost came out of my skin when he said, repeatedly, that the future of news looked to be both online and nonprofit. Sound familiar?

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