The awards you love to hate

The fourth annual Kunkel Awards have just begun, and you’re our only hope.

Unlike all other journalism contests, the Kunkels are free to enter – and you can enter as often as you want.

That’s because the Kunkels are a bastardized People’s Choice award. Anyone can nominate a story or video in any category. You don’t need to be the author, just an admirer. From there, three pro journalists will argue amongst themselves – and they do argue – before choosing the winners.

On this blog, we document the judges’ debates in excruciating detail. No other contest does that. Which is too bad, because I’d love to read about the Pulitzer committee lobbing a few “fuck you’s” at each other. Or maybe that only happens here.

Anyway, in the interest of continuity and harmony, we’re keeping all the same categories from last year, when I abdicated my role as Kunkel director and appointed Brittany Ferrendi, who wisely decided a second year at the helm was a lot like a crystal meth relapse – you don’t need to do it twice, because the rush is halved and the pain is doubled.

Like or hate ’em, the Kunkels are the only video game journalism awards in the entire galaxy. So join us, and complete your journalism training. Nominations close at 11:59:59 pm on February 4.


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