September Tout Bout finalists: Vote by 9/30

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Thanks to the dozens of Digital First Media journalists who submitted an entry in this month’s Tout Bout. Our panel has watched them all and selected a new batch of finalists for you to vote on below.

Remember, there are two categories – videos shot with the Tout mobile app and videos that were not shot on mobile, but were distributed with Tout. The finalists for each category were selected based on news value, production quality and, most importantly, creativity. Now it’s up to you to decide which Tout deserves the $200 and $100 prize, respectively. Review the finalist videos below, cast your vote at the bottom, and share your vote with the hashtag #ToutBout. The voting deadline is Mon., Sept. 30. 

UPDATED 9/30: Voting is now closed. The winners will be announced this week on Inside Thunderdome.

Important: After this month’s Bout, the competition will be held quarterly, rather than monthly. More details to come after we declare this month’s winners, so stay tuned here at Inside Thunderdome.


1. Catherine Bowen MijsJoel Rosenbaum and Greg Trott, The Reporter
“This Tout from the scene of a 7-alarm fire that destroyed several homes and burned 40 acres in Fairfield on Aug. 27, along with Touts by staff photographers Joel Rosenbaum and Greg Trott, helped us to tell the story in a way that words and still photos just couldn’t. As we posted each breaking Tout, more and more people began to contact us including all the Bay Area television stations that wanted our footage!” – Robin Miller

2. Paula Mitchell, Daily Freeman
“This Tout submission includes four videos as a package on a tragedy in a small town. Two teens were killed and two others injured in a car accident a week before school began. The boys were on the football team and on their way to a practice. I’m submitting the package because they appeared on our website long before the story did and covered all angles of the accident from eyewitnesses to school officials. The Daily Freeman had the story long before any other media outlet, and the Touts were the tools we used to get the details out to our readers. The videos were well-viewed, getting thousands of hits as a package. They were shot on location and edited on my iPhone (in my car).” – Paula Mitchell

3. Robert Casillas, Daily Breeze
“Shows high school game action of an athletic catch by player. The shooter didn’t flinch and move away from the action and captures the play long enough for us to catch the receiver diving into the end zone after catching a ball while being tightly defended.” – Robert Meeks


1. Clark Coleman, Monterey Herald
“I am nominating this Tout because it was filmed and edited to tell a cohesive story in 45 seconds. It was used in conjunction with a features story to tease a local film festival. This Tout stands out among other Touts because more attention was put into the production value.” – Clark Coleman

2. Karen Robes Meeks, Long Beach Press-Telegram
“Boeing Co. senior manager Dave Marendino has worked on the C-17 program since the first military plane took off from its East Long Beach ramp more than 20 years ago. Like many longtime employees, Marendino takes pride in delivering the plane for peace-keeping and humanitarian missions. The recent delivery of the final C-17 to the U.S. Air Force was emotional for many, so Marendino’s farewell to the plane as it leaves Long Beach for Charleston, S.C. was a bittersweet moment I wanted to capture. Special thanks to Robert Meeks for his help on this video.” – Karen Robes Meeks

UPDATED 9/30: Voting is now closed. The winners will be announced this week on Inside Thunderdome.

Yvonne Leow

By Yvonne Leow

Yvonne Leow is the director of video for Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome, a new initiative aimed to support local properties across Journal Register Company and MediaNews Group.

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