Christopher Lloyd takes first place in A&E contest

Dateline: Fri 17 Jul 2009

 Congratulations to Chis Lloyd, the former flilm/movie critic at the Indianapolis Star. I always loved his reviews in the newspaper --- they were intelligent -- and I have enjoyed continuing to read his perspective on his blog,

  Here is what he announced today on his blog:

"I innocently made a post on Facebook last week, saying I'd just gotten a very pleasant phone call. I got somewhat swarmed with inquiries about whether I'd gotten a new job, or at least a job interview, or whether Jean and I were pregnant. The answer is no to all of the above.

"Apologies for ratcheting expectations up so high. So here's the real news. It's not such a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it still made me very happy.

"I won first place for A&E Commentary in the annual American Association of Sunday and Features Editors contest. This was for a series of film reviews that appeared in The Herald-Tribune of Sarasota, my chief freelance client. I believe it was for reviews of "The Tale of Despereaux," "Speed Racer" and "Nights in Rodanthe."

"Your average news consumer probably doesn't give a hoot, but in journalism circles it's a fairly big award. The AASFE are the biggest, most prestigious awards geared specifically to features journalism.

"I'm very pleased, of course. In the current situation, every little bit of spackling to the facade of my professional dignity is most welcome."

Again, and again, and again: this proves there is life after Gannett. Chris, who was downsized last winter, is now free to write as many reviews as he wishes, of movies of his own choosing; he has an internet presence, and now he has the hotshot award to go with it.

Terrific! Congratulations, Captain Critic.


starmanz1228 [Member] said:

Excellent, Chris. The Star lost a good one. As usual, they always seem to lay off or chase away the talented ones.

2009-07-19 09:18:13

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