Work on the new Slugger Awards has been in abeyance, partly because of an enormous workload over November. For reference you can check out the post from when we first called for new categories last September. But we’re keen to get the new categories tied down quickly over the next week or so.
To recap, we are asking you to tell us what qualities or aspects we should be rewarding in politicians, the media and public bodies. It’s your chance to say which behaviours would help our calipered democracy work better. Now, whilst I can sympathise with the rip it up and start again school of thought, that kind of criticism is beyond the scope of this exercise.
I think we have a quorum of ideas in the media section. So I’m looking for another two or three political pitches and then we’ll move on to public bodies. Given the interest we’ve had in the likes of the Northern Ireland Water story I’m hoping some interesting and useful submissions on that score.
Send your pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org with a suggested title for your category and a 100 word outline of what it means in practice and we’ll give it space at the top of the blog. For the next day or two, let’s stick primarily with the political category…
Note: The next stage will be the shortlisting of candidates for the new awards, at the Big Political Breakfast on the 13th January (book quickly since there is limited space and nearly half of them are gone already).
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty