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Reason Is a Finalist for 15 Southern California Journalism Awards

Judges selected stories about hacking medical technology, black gun rights, trans activists, Venezuelan immigrants, and the threat of nationalism.

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The Los Angeles Press Club today named the finalists for the 2021 Southern California Journalism Awards. I am proud to share with Reason readers and supporters that our writers, producers, and contributors are up for the win in 15 categories across print, online, and broadcast media.

Now in their 63rd year, the Southern California Journalism Awards honor stories published in and about Southern California by a broad spectrum of media outlets and journalists. The Reason Foundation, which publishes this magazine, is headquartered in Los Angeles and has been a member of the LAPC for over a decade. We consider it an honor to have our work critically examined and recognized by members of other press clubs, who hold a range of views and serve as judges. 

Without further ado, let's fête some of that good work. Winners will be announced on October 16. 

"Every Political Ad Ever," by Reason TV Director of Special Projects Meredith Bragg, Producer Austin Bragg, and Remy, is a finalist for best humor/satire writing in the print/online category and in the broadcast category:

 

"Hospital Technicians Ignore Copyright Law to Fight COVID-19," by Reason TV Senior Producer Paul Detrick, is a finalist in the solutions journalism category: 

"Coronavirus Cuisine," written by contributor Jacob Grier and published in our August/September 2020 issue, is a finalist in the pandemic reporting category:

A few months into life under COVID-19, we're beginning to figure it out. The combination of state lockdowns and public fear of the virus has gutted the hospitality industry at all levels, taking down businesses of every size and stature. Serving a quality product and cultivating a loyal following is no guarantee of success in the present crisis. Through no fault of their own, many beloved places will shutter forever. But amid the grim news, some of the top bars and restaurants in the country are finding innovative ways to survive. They provide hopeful glimpses into the possible future of a drastically altered dining culture.

Our October 2020 special issue on fixing American policing, designed by Reason Art Director Joanna Andreasson, is a finalist for best single issue.

"Against the New Nationalism," written by Reason Managing Editor Stephanie Slade and published in our April 2020 issue, is a finalist for commentary published in a magazine: 

Today's nationalists think the federal government has an obligation to actively pursue what they call the "national interest." Any agenda that assumes the existence of such a thing must begin by making a variety of determinations, from who should be allowed to join the polity to whether to privilege the producer's bottom line over the consumer's. And in anything short of a monolithic society, that means overriding some individuals' preferences—and often their right to make choices for themselves.

Reason Editor in Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward is a finalist for magazine columnist based on the submission, "The Dangerous Lure of Political Violence," which appeared in our December 2020 issue: 

It's a mistake to conflate bad tweets with revolutionary violence, but it is worth pointing out that in the waning days of the election season, Bhaskar Sunkara, a co-founder of the aptly named Jacobin magazine, tweeted: "I think killing little Romanov children was justified. But it's not surprising why these views are controversial given most people's ethical and moral frameworks."

Sunkara ultimately took down the tweet. But the thing he may have been most wrong about was the notion that most people's moral and ethical frameworks can't accommodate violence in the name of political change. Increasing numbers of Americans see those who disagree with them as subhuman and view politics as a worthy cause for violence, even if they're not ready or willing to do violence themselves. For these new Jacobins, the romance of the guillotine persists.

"Why Does Hollywood Hate Real Estate Developers?" written by Associate Editor Christian Britschgi and published in our August/September 2020 issue, is a finalist for arts/culture feature in the magazine category: 

At the heart of all these portrayals is a fantasy of a world without tradeoffs or even annoyances, one in which the only spaces anyone needs or wants are the ones they already have. It's wishful thinking that works from the assumption that housing just exists without having to be provided. Embedded in this worldview is a denial of the fact that preventing development and change means some people inevitably have to go without, while politically connected interest groups profit from higher rents and home values. The politicians who make this all possible are in turn rewarded with campaign donations and easy reelection. The bias is toward the status quo, and a corrupt one at that.

"The Reawakening of the Black Gun-Rights Movement," by contributor Qinling Li, is a finalist in the national political/government reporting category and in the category of news feature over 5 minutes: 

"Venezuelans Fleeing Socialism Find Community at a Miami Storage Facility," by contributor Claudia Murray and Reason TV Executive Editor Jim Epstein, is a finalist in the immigration reporting category: 

"Meet the Trans Activists Fighting for Sex Worker Freedom," by contributor Qinling Li, is a finalist in the gender and society category: 

"Cypherpunks Write Code," a series by Reason TV Executive Editor Jim Epstein, is a finalist for investigative reporting: 

"OnlyFans Didn't Save Sex Workers, Sex Workers Saved Themselves," by Reason TV Senior Producer Paul Detrick, is a finalist in the documentary short category: 

And last, but not least, the Reason Roundtable is a finalist in the inaugural radio/podcast category for talk show. The episode we submitted was one of our most popular of 2020: "The Great Bernie Freakout."  

Please join me in celebrating these folks and the excellent work they did in 2020 and continue to do in 2021. I would also like to thank our donors, readers, viewers, and listeners, without whom Reason's work would not be possible.  

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  1. Is that why they shifted their views the last decade to be more in line with leftist narrative building promoted by most major media?

    I mean when the NYT is given the Pulitzer price for the Steele dossier and 1619 project are the awards of any value?

    I’d rather Reason crow about awards from a libertarian entity than a biased mainstream press corps.

    1. when the NYT is given the Pulitzer price for the Steele dossier and 1619 project are the awards of any value?

      No.

      I’d rather Reason crow about awards from a libertarian entity than a biased mainstream press corps.

      They got a sweet taste of “respectability” in the liberal journalism crowd after Rico debunked the fake gang-rape story, and haven’t looked back since.

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  2. I like Reason’s chances of taking home the most important award of all — Leading Journal of Billionaire-Funded Open Borders Advocacy.

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  4. How can an organization that puts “southern california” and “journalism” in the same sentence be eligible for anything?

    1. You were expecting Reason to win something other than the tallest midget contest? You don’t reach the golden ring with the lineup Reason’s got, it’s a rebuilding half-century.

  5. This is the place to learn nothing and get bad ideas about life.

  6. Not so sure they should be crowing about this.

  7. Ultra-woke socialist “Southern California Journalism” awards Reason, and Reason is to stupid to figure it out. I actually once used to read and respect Reason, no longer. They have become a tool of the left, and in no way libertarian. It is so sad to see the decline of this once proud, freedom supporting, common sense site. Reason should not be liberal, Reason should not be conservative. Reason should return to being libertarian. Hate is not libertarian, partisanship is not libertarian. Truth is liberation, and truth supports freedom, those Reason does not.

  8. Ultra-woke socialist “Southern California Journalism” awards Reason, and Reason is to stupid to figure it out. I actually once used to read and respect Reason, no longer. They have become a tool of the left, and in no way libertarian. It is so sad to see the decline of this once proud, freedom supporting, common sense site. Reason should not be liberal, Reason should not be conservative. Reason should return to being libertarian. Hate is not libertarian, partisanship is not libertarian. Truth is liberation, and truth supports freedom, though Reason does not.

  9. Reason Is a Finalist for 15 Southern California Journalism Awards

    I’m surprised that you actually openly admit now that Reason has become worthless as a libertarian publication.

    1. I mean, it’s been pretty obvious for over five years…

  10. Principal Sharyn Briscoe of Mary Lin Elementary School segregated classes by race. No one noticed.

    An Atlanta elementary school principal segregated its students based on race and one mom isn’t having it.

    Kila Posey filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights after claiming Principal Sharyn Briscoe of Mary Lin Elementary School put a segregation policy in place. Apparently, she thought it was best for all students.

    Posey told local WSB-TV, “We’ve lost sleep trying to figure out why would a person do this.” She and her attorney, Sharese Shields, believe the segregation policy is a violation of federal law.

    “Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 says that you cannot treat one group of people differently based upon race, and that is what is going on at Mary Lin,” Shields said.

    The mother protested the policy last year when she found out the school would be putting Black students into two different classrooms with two different teachers and white students into six classrooms with six different teachers.

    […]

    She and an assistant principal spoke about the policy on a recorded call. The administrator confirmed classroom segregation was Briscoe’s idea.

    “I just wish we had more Black kids, and then some of them are in a class because of the services that they need,” the administrator said.

    The Atlanta Public School District told WSB-TV in a statement, “Atlanta Public Schools does not condone the assigning of students to classrooms based on race. The district conducted a review of the allegations. Appropriate actions were taken to address the issue and the matter was closed.”

    1. Black mother condemns her daughter’s black Atlanta elementary school principal for SEGREGATING classes by race to give African-American kids ‘the services that they need’

      The mother… is complaining, you see. The mother. The press takes a neutral view on this. They report, you decide. Here’s a mother… who’s complaining because someone tried to right some historical wrongs. The mother… is complaining. The mother.

      1. The mother… is complaining, you see. The mother. The press takes a neutral view on this. They report, you decide.

        Well, yeah, breaking up a fight between two angry black women is how you get shot in the back while reaching for your knife.

  11. Reason Is a Finalist for 15 Journalism Awards

    These days that’s like getting an award for Best Attention Whore, Cleverest Sadist or Loudest Drunk.

  12. “The Sullum Award is given to any journalist being offered money to demagogue on behalf of a newly woke oligarch.”

    1. The Sullum Award

      If anyone deserves a Strazzy, it’s Sullum.

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