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FULL DISCLOSURE:The following is a self-serving blog from a shameless self-promoter. (Then again, if I have nothing to promote, why are you reading my blog, right?) First, let me apologize for not posting for a while. I am always opinionated (except when reporting), but I have an old-school print media job that often demands my full attention. Indeed, Canadian Business magazine will soon publish its Investor 500 issue, which has kept me away from this space during the day, not to mention my family and boat on evenings and weekends. But I have still seen things in the past two weeks that made me shake my head, which, of course, is the subject matter of Double Take.
The CAW negotiations are on my mind, but I will get to that soon enough. Today, I want to point out a line in a recent Globe story that I playfully find worthy of rebuttal. Last week, the National Magazine Award nominations were announced. The Globe reported the news, noting “Report on Business Magazine, published by The Globe and Mail, again dominates the business periodical category with a total of 19 nominations.” And that made me laugh, cause the awards do not have a business periodical category.
For the record, ROB, which I highly respect, was nominated for more awards than Canadian Business. There is no question that it dominated the Photojournalism and Portrait Photography categories. But then again, CB dominated in Illustrations. And as far as writing goes, ROBs well-deserved nominations were for various categories, ranging from Science and Politics to Profiles and One-of-a-Kind articles. When it comes to Business Affairs, ROB actually tied with Canadian Business, which, of course, was also nominated for Magazine of the Year.
CB was nominated for features on the Asset-Backed Commercial Paper fiascoand the fall of hedge fund Amaranth Advisors. And believe it or not, each of these tales were told through the eyes of two different Calgary guys, both named Brian Hunter, both from the oil and gas sector. So if anyone dominated anything, it was CB in the Brian Hunter from Calgary category.
For an independent summary of who should be tooting journalistic horns, go to: www. magazineawards.com
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DOUBLE TAKE:Aside from trying to promote myself while generating Web traffic that helps put bread and butter on my table, this blog aims to stir debate by taking a harder look at current news and events. I obviously enjoy voicing my own opinions, but I am a big boy and I welcome all comments that dont require R ratings. So let me have it via this blog or send me an email at tom.watson@canadianbusiness.rogers.com. I reserve the right to post email comments without disclosing the senders name. If you don’t think I am a total twit, follow my DOUBLE TAKE posts via my NotSOCRATES Twitter site at http://twitter.com/NotSocrates. THOMAS WATSONis a Senior Writer and editorial board member at Canadian Business magazine. Since winning a community journalism award as a cub reporter with the Hamilton Spectator in the early ’90s, he has covered business, finance, politics and technology for various news outlets. Prior to joining CB in 2001, he reported on the steel and automotive sectors for the Financial Post. Watson received his first magazine award nomination for exposing a stock manipulation plot aimed at Waterloo, Ont.-based Open Text in 2000, when he was head of investor relations for an international venture capital outfit in the City of London. Watson holds graduate degrees in journalism, international relations and public finance and undergraduate degrees in history and politics.