Mirror Awards finalists announced

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The 2014 Mirror Awards, which honor media industry reporting, announced their finalists Tuesday. Winners will be announced June 4.

Poynter’s Kristen Hare is a finalist in the Best Single Article – Digital Media category, for her story last November about how the Toronto Star reported on Rob Ford. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple is a finalist in that category, too, for his piece the same month about Politico’s Mike Allen.

Mimi Chakarova’s story in Vice of posing as a prostitute in a Turkish brothel is nominated in the Best Single Story – Radio, Television, Cable or Online Broadcast Media category. Carrie Ching, who produced that story, told Poynter she’d begun a series of journalist “confessions” because she’d “heard so many stories from colleagues, personal stories that just weren’t being told.”

Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey’s story in Deadspin of Manti Te’o’s fictional girlfriend is among the finalists for the John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting. Burke told Mallary Tenore last January the fact that other journalists didn’t look beyond the surface of Teo’s supposedly inspirational story was “Perhaps a reflection on the diminished role investigative journalism plays” now.

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