Students, alumni announced as finalists for SoCal Journalism Awards

la press clubUSC Annenberg students, alumni and faculty received more than two dozen nominations for the Los Angeles Press Club’s 55th Annual SoCal Journalism Awards.

Students from USC Annenberg’s student operated news site Neon Tommy , and USC’s television multimedia news operation, Annenberg TV News (ATVN) are up against journalists from some of the biggest outlets in Southern California including the Los Angeles Times, CNN and The Orange County Register.

“These writers have worked so incredibly hard to report responsibly and tell engaging stories for our site, all the while balancing school work and their real lives outside of Annenberg,” said Editor in Chief of Neon Tommy Catherine Green. “I’m so glad to see everyone get due credit, even though we’ve still got a month to wait before we find out who takes home a plaque.”

Green recently finished her master’s degree in journalism, was named Outstanding Graduate Online Journalism Student of her graduating class, and served as Editor in Chief of Annenberg’s highly praised Neon Tommy from May 2012 to May 2013. She was nominated for Online Journalist of the Year and two of her articles are in the running for Best Online News Story and Best Online Feature Story.

“Obviously it’s a little intimidating…I read Dennis Romero and Chris Hedges all the time,” said Green referring to her competition in the Best Online Journalist category. “It’s huge for me personally to even be in the running with them. Honestly, I’m looking forward to shaking their hands at the awards dinner in June.”

The 55th Annual So Cal Journalism Awards and LA Press Club’s Centennial Celebration will be held Sunday, June 23rd at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

A full list of finalists can be found on the LA Press Club website.

Annenberg nominations include:

Neon Tommy

Catherine Green
– Online Journalist Of The Year
– Best Online News Story, “New Details in Shooting Case”
– Best Online Feature Story, “Police-Teen Advisory Board Bridges the Gap in LA”

Paige Brettigen, Dan Watson, Danny Lee, Gracie Zheng and Aaron Liu
– Best Online Investigative Reporting, “LA’s Money, Matters, and Votes”

Paige Brettingen
– Best Online Feature Story, “iPals, Connecting Students Half a World Away”

Sarah Parvini
– Best Online Entertainment Feature Story, “The Family Arcade Holds on as the Arcade Industry Falters”

Tasbeeh Herwees
– Best Online Entertainment Feature Story, “The Last Bookshops of Los Angeles”

Matt Pressberg
– Best Online Data Driven Journalism, “Doing the Math on Guns”

Aaron Fischman
– Best Online Sports News/Feature/Commentary, “The Joys of NBA Summer Leauge”

Ann Frazier
– Best Online Sports News/Feature/Commentary, “NHL Lockout Begins; Blame the Hypocritical Owners”

Jonathan Kendrick
– Best Online Sports News/Feature/Commentary, “How High School Eligibility Rules Spiked Todd Hunt’s Football Dreams”

Andrew Seah
– Best Online Sports News/Feature/Commentary, “The New Face of American Tennis, John Who?”

Annenberg TV News

Annenberg Television News
– Youth Media, Best News Website

Vicki Chen
– Best Use of Social Media To Promote A Story, “For Garcetti, Experience is a Double-Edged Sword”

Julia Deng and Bronte Lawson Turk
– Youth Media, Best Photography, “Occupy Protester”

Ryan Kyle Williams and Bronte Lawson Turk
– Youth Media, Best Photography, “Endeavor Drives Down Crenshaw”

Faculty

Judy Muller
– Best Television Feature, KCET-TV, “Nasty Campaign Ads”
– Best Radio Use of Sound, 89.3 FM – KPCC Los Angeles, “When The Riots Began”

Adjunct Faculty

Rebecca Haggerty
– Best Television News Story, KCET-TV, “GMO’s & Prop 37”
– Best Television News Story, KCET-TV, “OC/Homeless”
– Best Television Feature, KCET-TV, “The App Economy”
– Best Television Feature, KCET-TV, “Nasty Campaign Ads”
– Best Television Investigative Story, KCET-TV, “The ‘F’ Word” & “Fracking & Earthquakes”
– Best Television Investigative Story, KCET-TV, “Family Ties”
– Best Television Sports Story, KCET-TV, “Head Games”
– Best Television Entertainment News or Feature, KCET-TV, “Geena Davis: Women in Media”
– Best Television Talk/Public Affairs, KCET-TV, ““Season 5 SoCal Connected: OC Homeless/Paula Poundstone”

Steve Proffitt
– Best Radio Use of Sound, 89.3 FM – KPCC Los Angeles, “When The Riots Began”

Alumni

Hillel Aron
– Best Daily/Weekly Newspapers Hard News, LA Weekly, “Los Angeles’ War on Street
Artists”
– Best Online Blog/Group, L.A. School Report, “Collective Weblog, L.A. School Report: November 9, 2012”
– Best Online Website, News Organization, Exclusive to the Internet, L.A. School Report, “L.A. School Report: October 11, 2012”

Tom Dotan
– Best Daily/Weekly Newspapers Entertainment News or Feature, Los Angeles Business Journal, “SideShows – Webisodes, Games Augment”

Jonathan Polakoff
– Best Daily/Weekly Newspapers Entertainment News or Feature, Los Angeles Business Journal, “Booming Bass – Korean Pop a HighVolume Import in LA”

Joe Piasecki
– Best Daily/Weekly Newspapers Investigative/Series, Glendale News-Press, “Assembly Budgets Shape Discipline, Political Goal”
– Best Daily/Weekly Newspapers Investigative/Series, La Canada Valley Sun, “Using Money To Shape Policy”

Drew Tewksbury
– Best Daily/Weekly Newspapers Entertainment News or Feature, Freelance – Los Angeles Times, “Anoushka Shankar Links Songs of India and Spanish Flamenco”
– Best Television Entertainment News or Feature, KCET-TV, “Date Farmers: Desert Detritus Becomes Chicano Pop Art”
– Best Television Feature Documentary (Over 25 minutes), KCET-TV, “Artbound Episode 1”
– Best Online Website, News Organization, Exclusive to the Internet, KCET-TV, “Artbound”

Lilly Fowler
– Best Online News Story, Fair Warning, “State Investigators, Workers Cite Labor Abuses in Warehouse Empire”

Zuade Kaufman
– Best Online Blog/Group, Truthdig, “Ear To The Ground”
– Best Online Website, News Organization, Exclusive to the Internet, Truthdig.com

Tracy Bloom
– Best Online Blog/Group, Truthdig, “Ear To The Ground”

Jessica Koslow
– Best Online Personality Profile, LA Stage Times, “Mikhail Baryshnikov: A Russian in Paris”

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