Breaking news coverage dominates the January DFMies and Tout Bout

Breaking news coverage won more than half of January’s DFMie and ToutBout awards.

Six of the awards were won by staffs or individuals responding to breaking news situations:

  • Metro DFMie: The Los Angeles News Group won for its team coverage of the Colby Fire that raged through the Angeles National Forest.
  • Tout Bout (in app): The Colby Fire coverage also resulted in the Tout Bout winner for videos shot in the Tout app. John Valenzuela of the Los Angeles News Group won for video (above) of destruction at the Singer Mansion.
  • PA/NJ/WV DFMie: The Charleston Daily Mail won the Pennsylvania/New Jersey/West Virginia cluster DFMie for its coverage of the water contamination crisis in West Virginia.
  • Northeast DFMie: The Berkshire Eagle won for its coverage of a fatal crash at Pittsfield High School.
  • Tex-Mex DFMie: Zack Ponce of the Carlsbad Current-Argus won for his coverage of a school shooting in Roswell, N.M.
  • Midwest DFMie: Stephanie Metzger and Eric Bonzar of the Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio, won for their coverage, including video, of police killing a pit bull that had attacked a 6-year-old boy.

LA Area News Group DFMie: A seventh award, the LANG cluster DFMie, went to anniversary coverage of a breaking story from 20 years ago, the Northridge earthquake.

The January DFMies also honored other areas of journalism:

  • CO/UT DFMie: Watchdog reporting was represented in Sarah Kuta’s coverage of sexual harassment allegations in the University of Colorado philosophy department, winner in the Colorado/Utah cluster.
  • NorCal DFMie: Event reporting was represented in the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s coverage of the Mavericks big wave surfing contest, repeating the Sentinel’s DFMie for coverage of the same event in 2013.
  • Bay Area News Group DFMie: Entertainment reporting won the Bay Area News Group DFMie, where daily TV and music tips by Chuck Barney and Jim Harrington.
  • Tout Bout (shot outside of app): Feature storytelling won the Tout Bout for videos shot outside the Tout app for Karl Mondon’s story of the Kickstarter fund-raising campaign to save the huge dog heads from a business called Doggie Diner (below).

A series of subsequent posts in the coming days will provide more links and details on all the winners, along with advice from the winners.

Steve Buttry

By Steve Buttry

Steve Buttry is Digital Transformation Editor for Digital First Media. He oversees our efforts to transform newsroom operations and culture to more effectively pursue our digital goals. His duties include responsibility for social media and community engagement. He has visited most DFM newsrooms personally, leading workshops and coaching editors and other journalists in following the Digital First approach.

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