Deputy editor Joe Piasecki was chosen last month for the Annenberg Fellowship at the University of Southern California, which requires two semesters of study in USC's graduate-level Specialized Journalism program and includes a $20,000 stipend. In addition, a number of Pasadena Weekly writers, along with scribes from sister papers LA CityBeat and Ventura County Weekly, have been been nominated for the Los Angeles Press Club's 51st Annual Southern California Journalism Awards. L.A. Weekly and OC Weekly also have a large number of nominees in the awards contest.
With web archives getting more robust by the day, more sources are asking editors to change or delete old quotes and comments, Online Journalism Review reports. Reporter Elizabeth Zwerling talks to a few papers about how they've handled such requests, including the Pasadena Weekly, which in 2006 decided to remove the name of an ex-con from an archived story, six months after it came out in print. The story, on Crips co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams, featured quotes from a man who said he'd been in prison with Williams. The man had been charged with raping and sodomizing his former girlfriend, and convicted of assault -- information that was included in the story, along with the man's claims of innocence. "Our first reaction was 'no don't change it'," deputy editor Joe Piasecki says. "I tend to say that unless (the reporter) screwed up, don't change it." Piasecki, who was also the reporter for the story, says the paper made an exception in this case because the man wasn't familiar with the internet and his quotes weren't that important in the context of the story. The paper ultimately took the man's name out but kept the quotes in. "The guy said every time he applied for a job they Googled his name and this was the only hit," Piasecki says. "We took his name out so he could move on with his life."
Joe Piasecki's "Throwaway Kids" investigative series examining flaws in the foster care system was awarded the 2007 Price Child Health and Welfare Journalism Award by The Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law. "This outstanding series focuses much-needed attention on the dangers and pitfalls that await thousands of youth aging out of the foster care system each year," reads a notification letter from the institute.
Deputy Editor Joe Piasecki's five-part series on foster care and homeless youth, "Throwaway Kids," won a first-place award in the National Low Income Housing Coalition's first-ever Cushing Niles Dolbeare Media Awards, the group announced on Tuesday. Piasecki's series, the publication of which spanned over a month and 16,000 words, received the $2,500 prize in the Non-Daily Newspaper or Magazine category.