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Maine Member Proves Emmys Aren't Just TV's Domain

Broadcasters look out: You’ve got new competition for those coveted Emmy awards, and the Portland Press Herald’s Amelia Kunhardt is proof. Kunhardt, a video editor and member of the News Guild of Maine, won a Boston/New England regional Emmy award on Saturday night for a 13 ½-minute video, “Three Shots on Roy Road” about an officer-involved shooting. “The other finalists were TV stations,” Kunhardt says, referring to the “Societal Concerns” category she’d entered. “I thought we had a really powerful story, but technically we’re not like television. We do things differently. When they called our name, I was pleasantly shocked.” While Kunhardt is self-taught in video editing, she produces her videos with Final Cut Pro X, the same program taught in the hugely successful CWA/NETT Academy course.

NY Times' Risen Vows to Continue Fight to Protect Source

Lena Williams, a retired New York Times reporter and Guild leader who will be helping the Guild cover press freedom issues, follows up on the news yesterday that the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Times' reporter James Risen. The appeal sought to stop the federal government from forcing Risen to reveal a source. Risen faces jail if he refuses, which he says he will continue to do. Having exhausted his legal appeals, the Justice Department is now Risen’s court of last resort., Williams writes. The hope is that the DOJ will listen to the judicial reasoning of Judge Roger Gregory who disagreed with the Fourth Circuit on Risen’s case, writing: “The majority exalts the interests of the government, while unduly trampling those of the press, and in doing so, severely impinges on the press and the free flow of information in our society.”