RE: KATIES

An independent ink-stained FBvian takes us all to task after the jump.

As a journalist who paid for her own membership to the Dallas Press
Club, I won’t say it doesn’t concern me that Elizabeth Albanese may
have rigged the Katies to her own benefit.

But I’m also getting a little tired of the handflapping going on
amongst us actual journalists regarding the matter. Sure, we can beat
our chests and express outrage, but in the end, what have we
accomplished?

The thing is, the press itself has allowed the DPC to become the
cobbler’s daughter. Look at the Board of Directors – how many working
journalists do you see on it? We as a group are trained to sniff out
the weird, unlikely, and fraudulent, yet we happily accepted our
Katies year after year and only just now thought to question
Albanese’s wins. She won 10 awards in four – FOUR – years, and we’re
just now looking at it?

There’s enough blame and shame to be spread around, and I don’t think
we -  as the journalism community in Dallas as a whole – are willing
to accept our own culpability in this whole mess.

Sure, handflap all you want – but when are we actually going to do
something substantive?

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