July 4, 2006

Disaster news dominates new-media Emmy noms

By Paul J. Gough

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Coverage of natural and
manmade disasters dominated the nominees for the inaugural
nontraditional News/Documentary Emmy Awards, which were
announced Monday.

Receiving nominations were MTV News on Overdrive, National
Geographic on MSN.com, three projects from NYTimes.com and two
projects from WashingtonPost.com.

The award seeks to honor news and documentary programming
that appear on such nontraditional delivery platforms as
broadband, iPod video, mobile phones and other portable media
players. The nominees' entries must be original to new media
and not debut on TV or radio and then be repurposed into the
new media.

The award will be presented September 25 at the Marriott
Marquis in New York.

The nominations went to:

* "The Diary of Gideon in Pakistan," MTV News on Overdrive.
Three segments by producer-reporter Gideon Yago from October
2005 at the site of the deadly Pakistan earthquake. Included
are Web reporting and photo "flipbooks" that spotlighted a
university where 400 students were killed almost instantly,
profiles of two Dallas youths who flew to Pakistan to provide
support and life in a refugee camp in the Kashmir province.

* "Hurricane Katrina Batters Gulf Coast," National
Geographic/NationalGeographic.com on MSN.com. Four-part
background piece that gave in-depth reporting about how
Hurricane Katrina formed and the devastation it caused, as well
as a daily chronology of what happened in September.

* "Op-Ed Special Report: The Forgotten Genocide,"
NYTimes.com. Documentary designed for the Web by New York Times
columnist Nicholas Kristof discussing the genocide in the
Darfur region of Sudan. It was timed to a column Kristof wrote
from Dubai.

* "A Shifting Bolivia," NYTimes.com. Two pieces timed to
New York Times print edition stories on the presidency of
Bolivia's Evo Morales.

* "Child Porn: Interviews With Justin Berry," NYTimes.com.
Growing out of Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald's investigation
of the child pornography business, these were interviews with a
19-year-old who had been running his own webcam porn business
since he was 13.

* "Fueling Azerbaijan's Future," WashingtonPost.com.
Documentary about problems facing the former Soviet republic.

* "Hurricane Katrina Coverage in New Orleans,"
WashingtonPost.com. The work of WashingtonPost.com's video
journalist Travis Fox, who used a digital camera to document
the lives of the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

The academy, which has been rolling out the
broadband/new-media Emmy for all its major awards, said Monday
that it also would present awards in that category later this
year for Business & Financial Reporting and Community & Public
Service. Awards already have been handed out in the Sports
Emmys and Daytime Emmys.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter