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Saturday 30 October 2010 will be the date of the inaugural 5cc tabloid bullshit of the month awards.
On the last Saturday of each month, I will choose my favourite tabloid article from the preceeding month for the honour. Criteria will be entirely arbitrary and subject to my whims, but based loosely around whether the story is churned, how much truth has been distorted, whether minority groups are demonised, how close to the end the truth is buried, etc. The story does not necessarily have to be one that's been covered by me on this blog, but I will give full credit to any other bloggers who have covered each entry.
If a particular story has been covered by multiple outlets, I'll choose my favourite version to be winner. In cases where it is too difficult to pick the best, there can be multiple joint winners.
I'll email the winning journalist (for unnamed generic reporters, I'll email the editor) with a crudely drawn picture of an award and a rundown of what I thought was particularly impressive about their effort, plus links to any media-watching blog posts about the article. I'll reproduce the email on this blog. Hacks will be given the option of having an acceptance piece published here if they like.
At the end of the year, I'll tally up the results. The journalist with the most entries will be awarded 5cc tabloid bullshitter of the year - which will basically be more of the same, but I might stretch to a tin of Quality Street or something for the winner. Since we're starting in October this year, I'll roll 2010's results into 2011. You'll have to wait over a year for the first one, I'm afraid.
I pretty much have this month's winner all picked out, but I am open to suggestion and may change my mind if I'm convinced of a deserving winner by any of you. If you have a particular favourite bullshit story from the last month, let me know in the comments. It can come from broadsheets as well as tabloids if you like.
BE - excited - B-E - excited!