Emmy nominations are almost always fun. There are a couple of exceptions. One: When the “academy” fails to recognize your award-worthy work. Two: When your work gets nominated, but lo and behold, your name somehow fails to get on the entry form.
For example, Manuel Bojorquez of WSB apparently did a pretty outstanding job of covering Tropical Storm Fay. Bojorquez is nominated for an Emmy in the Spot News category. But if a photographer shot Bojorquez’s story, somebody apparently decided the photog wasn’t worth including in the nomination. Bojorquez is nominated all by himself.
Likewise, WAGA’s I-team produced a series of stories that exposed a shady Marietta mail-order company called Digicom. Randy Travis had undercover video that showed salesmen in a call center tricking people into ordering videos like “Girls Gone Wild.” A photographer shot a classic parking lot confrontation. Travis got a Consumer Reporting nomination, along with a producer and an editor. (Undercover newsgathering truly takes a team effort.) But the photog didn’t make the list of nominees.
WAGA’s photog probably got squeezed by Emmy rules, which often restrict the number of nominees in a particular category. Bojorquez’s photog, however, just got left by the side of the road.
Other noteworthies from this year’s Emmy list:
- As noted elsewhere, many of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s nominees have since been laid off.
- Smaller markets once again owned the Feature Reporting category. Last year, John Le from Asheville won that category. He’s nominated again.
- Andrew Young — yeah, that Andrew Young — is nominated for two Emmys.
- Bishop Eddie Long is nominated for an Emmy.
- Coverage of the March 2008 tornado garnered nominations for dozens of Atlanta news folk.
- WYFF in Greenville got at least 17 news nominations.
- Under-watched WXIA got at least 30 nominations. Its brainy-blonde general assignment triumverate of Jaye Watson, Duffie Dixon and Jennifer Leslie got eleven among them.
- Under-watched WGCL got a paltry three nominations
Find the complete list here. The award ceremony will be held in June.