Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Detroit Free Press Scores 2 Online Emmy Awards

Kudos to the Detroit Free Press ( for winning two national Emmy Awards for video packages in news and documentary programming.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognized for "40 Years of Respect," which commemorated the 40th anniversary of Aretha Franklin's hit song "Respect," and "Pit Bulls: Companions or Killers?" which examined the pros and cons of owning pit bulls.

We're proudly showcasing both stories on KobreGuide this week:

Forty Years of Respect

Pit Bulls: Companions or Killers?

And over the next few days, we'll be posting more outstanding winners of the 29th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, so stay tuned!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Law in Motion at KobreGuide

Our old friend and colleague Victoria Pynchon, a top-notch writer, lawyer and mediator, publishes the quintessential blog about alternative dispute resolution: .

We had the privilege of catching her attention today, in this post:

Are you spending too much time surfing channels or cruising YouTube for quality documentary film?

Absent my NetFlix picks, I'd be wailing 600 channels and there's NOTHING to see!

Now there's KobreGuide with its own law channel here.

The Guide takes its name from its publisher and editor Ken Kobré whose textbook has been widest-selling text on photojournalism in the world for nearly thirty years.

I'd be excited about this new way to find quality moving journalism on the 'net whether or not my good friend Jerry Lazar wasn't serving as Editorial Director -- a guy with some of the best instincts for quality journalism in the country.

Variety's Anne Thompson: KobreGuide Launches!

Thanks to Deputy Editor Anne Thompson for kind words on her revered "Thompson on Hollywood" blog today:

Photojournalist Ken Kobre and online journalist Jerry Lazar are launching, which showcases their picks of the Web's best multimedia and video journalism. They're calling it "the thinking person's YouTube."

KobreGuide is focusing on produced stories, not one-on-one interviews. According to Lazar, there are already plenty of outlets for celeb interviews, nor are they posting speeches or "how to" video, which are not in keeping with their mission, which is to promote nonfiction documentary-style storytelling.

They're still adding new material, and seeking feedback before the site goes public October 1:

When you find stories on KobreGuide that strike a chord, go ahead and comment on them... And then click that "Share This" button at the top of the Web page, which makes it ultra-easy for you to spread the word, via email or social-networking sites such as Facebook...