Monday, September 5, 2011

Former POYs compete for top spot in quarterly television contest

Interest remains strong with a competitive race taking shape as the ONPA Quarterly Television Clip Contest enters the halfway point. David Bradford from WJW-TV in Cleveland and Jeff Ritter from WBNS-TV in Columbus are tied for first place with 36 points with Ali Ghanbari from WJW third plac with 27 points. All three are previous quarterly POYs.

Complete results are on the ONPA website.

View all the winners from the second quarter

The deadline for the third quarter is Oct 15th.

Top Ten Standings
1st - David Bradford, WJW-TV, Cleveland - 36
Jeff Ritter, WBNS-TV, Columbus - 36
3rd - Ali Ghanbari, WJW-TV, Cleveland - 27
4th - Matthew Pawuk, WTOL-TV, Toledo - 20
5th - William Fogle, WTOL-TV, Toledo - 17
6th - Billy Muhammed, WJW-TV, Cleveland - 16
7th - Drew Yaussy, WSYX-TV, Columbus - 15.5
8th - Eric Rerucha, WTOL-TV, Toledo - 15
9th - Shawn Dunagan, WTOL-TV, Toledo - 14.5
10th - Michael Melchiorre, WNWO-TV, Toledo - 12

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Larry Price loses his job, but tells it like it is

Larry Price, director of photography at the Dayton Daily News, stepped down from his position rather than make drastic staff cuts ordered by management and reported in a story written by Dayton Business Journal reporter Ginger Christ.

Christ also quotes Price on her blog. “I’ve watched this happen in newspapers year after year now. I’ve had many, many friends that have been affected, many stellar journalists,” Price said. “These people are my group. They’re my friends. They’re my colleagues. I’ve asked so much of them in the four years I’ve been here. Every time, they’ve stepped up to the plate and delivered. It wasn’t a decision I could make in good conscience.”

Dayton blogger David Esrati, who broke the story, writes on his blog - There are ways to win back readers, but cutting content creators (especially the uniquely local aspect of photography) is like a fine woodworker selling off his miter box and chisels.

No word yet of what staff cuts did happen or plans to cut positions at the other Cox Media Group papers in the region.