Robservations: Media Burn wins grant to launch Guerrilla Television Network
Observations on the media beat:
that of Chicago Independent Video Archive Media Burn received a grant of $ 459,150 from Library Resource Board collaborate with the University of Chicago to digitize hundreds of unreleased video tapes from the 1970s. In addition to content from Media Burn, the new Guerrilla TV network will include work from Appalshop, Community TV Network, Experimental TV Center, Kartemquin Films and New Orleans Video Access Center. Grant marks significant expansion for nonprofit treasure founded in 2003 by legendary Chicago producer Tom Weinberg. Executive director Sara chapman said that it is vital to preserve and make available the guerrilla videotapes of the 1970s, because “they represent such innovative and unique content that will be lost and forgotten forever,” adding: “It will be a milestone towards the elevation of these under-recognized works to the place they deserve in cultural history.
More than a year after being named recipients of Ring Lardner Award for excellence in sports journalism, Toni Ginnetti, Dan Roan and the end cooper finally receive their due. On April 29, the three will be in the spotlight during a virtual program from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Here is the Zoom link to register.) The event will be organized by Alex Maragos, news anchor on WMAQ-Channel 5, owned by NBC. A pioneering sports writer, Ginnetti joined The Sun-Times in 1981 after nine years as a reporter for the Daily Herald. She retired in 2014. Roan, who started her career at WCIA, the CBS subsidiary in Champaign, joined Nexstar Media Group WGN-Channel 9 as sports director and sports presenter in 1984. The 35-year career from Rollow to the Chicago Tribune included eight years as a sports editor. The awards, founded in 2002 by the Chicago Athletic Association, honor broadcasters and writers who “exemplify the spirit and warmth” of the famous sports journalist, comedian and satirist. They are a benefit to the nonprofit Union League Boys & Girls Club, which organizes the awards.
Julie Bosman, a national correspondent who covers the Midwest for the New York Times, was promoted to Chicago bureau chief. Calling Bosman a “spectacular writer for both the company and the breaking news,” her editors said, “She brings great empathy to her subjects and earns their trust. She has a huge intellectual range. . . . And Julie is also a natural leader, someone who thinks of ways to strengthen our team by taking care of colleagues. The Kenosha, Wis. Native and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate joined The Times as Maureen Dowd’s press assistant in 2002.
Native of the North Shore Justin Breen, the former editor of DNAinfo Chicago who started the PR and communications company BrEpic in 2017, is set to unveil BrEpic Network, a premium invite-only connection platform for the who’s who in business, philanthropy and global leadership. He founded it in partnership with a financial advisor based in San Francisco. Marc Fujiwara. Calling it “a perfect complement to BrEpic because BrEpic is essentially a giant incubator of geniuses around the world, and we are constantly showing up for mutual gain,” said Breen: “BrEpic Network will bring simple but powerful technology to this network of visionary leaders and connectors. Executives want instant, credible, controlled access to other leaders, and they want deliverable results. The BrEpic network will allow this to happen at an exponential rate.
Colleagues mourn the passing of Mike Jacobsen, 35 years old, former producer at Nexstar Media Group news / talk WGN 720-AM and the former sports / talk FM station known as The Game 87.7. He died on March 29 in Phoenix, where he had been a producer at KTAR. A native of Schaumburg and a graduate of the University of Iowa, Jacobsen started out as an intern at ESPN sports / talk WMVP 1000-AM. Prior to joining WGN, he worked for Yahoo! Sports Radio and KLAA in Los Angeles. He then served as Director of Education and Instructor at the Illinois Media School and Program Director for WTLX in Madison, Wisconsin. “My life is better because Mike was there” Mary Sandberg Boyle, vice president and general manager of WGN, wrote the Facebook. “I will always miss you, Mike, but your memory only grins.”
Sunday’s commentary: Ron Mager: Hard work and probably more pain to come, but keeping a bad actor’s gooey hands out of Trib’s properties would be cause for hope.