One of the judges for the 2016 SPJ Kunkel Awards, Brittany Ferrendi – a reporter for the South Florida Gay News outlet – has been appointed as the new director for the SPJ Kunkel Awards moving forward. Former director of the Kunkels, Michael Koretzky, has stepped down.
The wry sense of humor and self-deprecating candor of Koretzky will no longer headline, outline or organize the SPJ Kunkel Awards. Ferrendi will be taking his place.
The news was posted up over on the SPJ blog, where there’s a brief introduction to Ferrendi, who is currently playing and enjoying Killing Floor 2 and Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Ferrendi will have a large set of shoes to fill for next years awards for 2017’s journalistic entries. According to the blog, her duties will include…
- “Consult gaming journalists, readers, and developers to determine how many (and what kind of) categories the Kunkels will offer.
- “Recruit judges and sets deadlines for their wise decisions and nasty comments.
- “Writes up those comments in blog posts and winner remarks that are intended to both teach and encourage quality journalism.
- “Act as spokesperson to anyone who wants to talk or complain about the Kunkels.”
This year’s Kunkel’s saw Brad Glasgow step away with the top honors in news reporting at AllThink.
Some people thought the right people were awarded the proper recognition, others weren’t pleased with some of the same anti-gamer sites like Polygon and Kotkau making the cut. Over on Kotaku in Action some of them don’t seem particularly pleased with how Ferrendi seems to be a supporter of the kind of journalism that led to #GamerGate blowing up.
Others are willing to give Ferrendi a chance and have extended an olive branch in the form of an AMA on Kotaku in Action so they can better understand where she’s coming from. She also mentions on Twitter that she trusts the team to do the right thing when it comes to quality reporting over reputations.
— Brittany Ferrendi (@BFerrendi) April 10, 2017
You’ll have to wait until 2018 to see how well Ferrendi handles the unpaid duties of wading through all the entries for the Kunkel Awards.
Meanwhile, Koretzky is hoping in some way to get a booth setup at E3 in hopes of helping video game journalists learn a bit more about proper journalism in the field of interactive entertainment. One thing is for sure… Koretzky actually seems dedicated to pursuing the topic of ethics in media journalism.
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