Let’s answer them.
These came to us via email, Twitter, and Reddit. They’ve been edited for brevity but not profanity…
Q. Nominations from fucking New Yorker and Guardian? How’s TechRaptor and Eurogamer supposed to compete?
You’re right, it’s damn near impossible for small media to beat big media in categories like, “Best Overall Coverage.”
But the Kunkel Awards recognize individual stories and streams. And while mainstream media outlets have more staff, they don’t have more niche knowledge.
Mano-a-mano – or womano-a-womano – a savvy gaming journalist can crush a mainstream journalist who’s just parachuting in for a single story.
Q. I’m a bit confused about how this is judged – using journalists who don’t have experience with gaming or games journalism. Since they’re not gamers, how exactly can they judge the accuracy of the article?
The judges will winnow entries to 10 per category, which we’ll share with the gaming public. If anything’s amiss, we’re reasonably sure we’ll hear about it. Gamers aren’t shy about expressing themselves.
At the same time, judges will choose three finalists per category, fact-checking as they go. Of course, this being our first year, we could still screw it up. If we do, we expect to hear about that, too.
By the way, one of our judges met his wife through gaming. None of the judges cover gaming, though.
Q. I’m worried about awarding shitty journalists that do consistent shit work at shit outlets that briefly managed to put out something good.
We’d love that shit!
If a slimy journalist accidentally produces a discrete unit of media excellence, he’ll indeed win a Kunkel Award – and maybe, just maybe, he’ll see more upside in being ethical than click-baity.
Not only do we get an asshole off the street, we convert him to our cause. That’s a two-fer.
Q. How many “photography, illustration, and infographic nominations” you got?
One so far. We knew that category would be sparse, but we wanted to encourage quality artwork – it shouldn’t just be in the games, it should be in the game coverage.
Maybe this category flops, but there’s no reason not to try.
Q. Who the fuck decided this shit?
If you mean, “Kind sir, please describe how the Kunkel Awards were shaped,” here’s what happened. I recruited four experienced gamers for help:
- a gaming editor (James Fudge)
- a gaming reporter
- a noted GamerGate supporter (Mark Ceb)
- a noted GamerGate opponent
The gaming reporter (who works for a major outlet) and GamerGate opponent want to remain anonymous. I respect their wishes, and so do James and Mark.
All four approved every decision, although Mark and his GamerGate opponent had some terse exchanges – which I found encouraging, because they actually agree on more than you might think, and they disagreed without killing each other or ignoring each other.
Both sides of GamerGate could learn a lot from them.
Got more questions? Holler. Next week: 5 serious doubts.