Sunday, June 3, 2012

35th N.E. Emmys: No wins, a great evening nonetheless

We were nominated in two categories, but The Providence Journal did not take home an award last night at the 35th New England Emmys, held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. We congratulate all of the winners. And we were thrilled just to be nominees, watching from directly in front of the stage, at Table 3 with Connecticut Public Television, which won several awards.

Yolanda and me, at Table 3, the 35th N.E. Emmys

The Emmys, of course, are sponsored by the regional chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. And so it said something significant that not only were several newspapers nominated in several categories, but the Boston Globe, led by former Journal visuals editor Thea Breite, won eight awards by my count. The Quincy Patriot Ledger picked up one. When you consider that newspapers cannot be eligible for many categories – “Outstanding Anchor – News,” for example – it demonstrates that this ancient medium, “print,” is very much alive in the modern age.

I’d like to give a special acknowledgment to the WPRI Target 12 investigative team, led by Tim White. They won for Outstanding Investigative Report. Tim is a great person along with being a great investigative reporter.
John, Yolanda, me.
The Journal was nominated in Outstanding Societal Concerns for "Justice for Jason: Foreman family strives to change Rhode Island Law," John Freidah, video journalist, and Cecilia Prestamo, editor; and in Outstanding Documentary for "Coming Home," John, Cile and me. These two films – and more, by other Journal documentarians – will be shown and discussed during panel sessions at this summer’s Rhode Island International Film Festival, where The Journal will have a large presence from start to finish. I also am serving as a 2012 Finalist Judge. Festival founder and chief George Marshall and his crew won an Emmy last night for Outstanding Public Service. See you starting August 7 at the festival!

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