The Association of Alternative Newsmedia is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 AAN Awards. The winners below were chosen as the most outstanding from a field of over 600 entries submitted by 55 alternative publications across the U.S. and Canada.
The AAN Awards recognize the best in alternative journalism and are a unique chance for alt-weeklies to compete directly against the work of their peers in cities across the continent.
The winners were announced during a reception on July 13 at the AAN Convention in Boulder. First place winners received a commemorative plaque, sponsored by Popmount. 2nd and 3rd place winners may receive a certificate by request. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to all award winners!
Arts Criticism (Jim Ridley Award)
Winner received $500, funded by the Nashville Scene in honor of Jim Ridley.
Best Nonprofit Collaboration (The BINJ Award)
Winner received $500, funded by the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism
1st PLACE: INDY Week, with The Appeal: The Cheat Sheet Taught N.C. Prosecutors How to Get Rid of Black Jurors by Jacob Biba
3rd PLACE: INDY Week, with NC Health News: State Law Orders Insurers to Cover Autism Therapies. Why Are So Many Families Going Without? by Sarah Ovaska-Few
Winner received $250, funded by The Billy Manes Foundation.
Winner received $250, funded by The Billy Manes Foundation.
Winner received $500, funded by Isthmus Founder Vince O’Hern.
1st PLACE: Chicago Reader: Justice Delayed by Maya Dukmasova, Dave Newbart
2nd PLACE: Riverfront Times: The Pool Repairman and the Hollywood Hustler by Robert Langellier
3rd PLACE: Chicago Reader: The trials of Stuart V. Goldberg, Chicago’s flashiest defense attorney by Maya Dukmasova, Kevin Penczak, Jake Malooley
HONORABLE MENTION: INDY Week: Ronnie Long Has Spent Four Decades in Prison for Rape. Did He Really Do It? by Erica Hellerstein
Free Speech & Open Government
One $500 prize will be awarded, funded by Monterey County Weekly founder & CEO Bradley Zeve.
2nd PLACE: The Memphis Flyer: Behind Closed Doors by Toby Sells
3rd PLACE: Dig Boston: The Massachusetts Public Records Law Fails Three out of Three Times by Maya Shaffer
Investigative Reporting (David Carr Award)
Winner received $500 prize.
Winner received $500, funded by Boulder Weekly publisher Fran Zankowski.
1st PLACE: Washington City Paper: Asylum Seekers by Andrew Giambrone
2nd PLACE: Tulsa Voice: Every single other: Tulsa’s LGBTQ+ community comes to worship by Fraser Kastner
3rd PLACE: Orlando Weekly: Say Her Name by Monivette Cordeiro, Colin Wolf
HONORABLE MENTION: Salt Lake City Weekly: Pride Issue by Enrique Limón & City Weekly Staff
Salesperson of the Year
This year, an additional competition took place, in which AAN Member papers submitted nominees for Salesperson of the Year, based on a winning pitch deck that demonstrates a focus on meeting client needs, offering creative and integrated solutions. Three finalists were chosen by a judging panel of past AAN Ad Directors. All three finalists receive free registration for the AAN Convention and tiered cash prizes, funded by The Media Audit.
1st PLACE: Pittsburgh City Paper: Kaitlin Oliver
2nd PLACE: The Georgia Strait: Robyn Marsh
3rd PLACE: Pittsburgh City Paper: Blake Alexander Lewis
1st PLACE: Willamette Week: Roll of a Lifetime by Matthew Singer
2nd PLACE: Good Times Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz Goes Dark by Steve Palopoli
3rd PLACE: Colorado Springs Independent: Beam me up, Grandma by Alissa Smith
HONORABLE MENTION: Cincinnati CityBeat: Magical Realism by Zachary Petit
1st PLACE: The Inlander: Don’t Sauté Your Laptop (and Other Home Cooking Tricks) by Daniel Walters
1st PLACE: INDY Week: The Hunted: What’s Life Like for a Young North Carolina Man After Being Deported to El Salvador? by Victoria Bouloubasis
2nd PLACE: INDY Week: Credible Fear: A Triangle Woman Says She Could Be Killed If She’s Deported to Honduras by Erica Hellerstein
3rd PLACE: The Memphis Flyer: There Is No Line: The Troubled State of our Immigrant Community by Maya Smith
HONORABLE MENTION: Westword: Here Today, Here Tomorrow by Chris Walker
Long-Form News Story
1st PLACE: Seven Days: Sheriff, Inc. by Alicia Freese
2nd PLACE: The Inlander: A Long Road to Die by Samantha Wohlfeil
2nd PLACE: San Antonio Current: Ada Vox: How a Singing Drag Queen from San Antonio Got America to Listen Up by Chris Conde
3rd PLACE: Charleston City Paper: From hip-hop veterans to freshly tapped talent, meet the women who are changing the local rap game by Kelly Rae Smith and Heath Ellison
HONORABLE MENTION: Cincinnati CityBeat: Revenge of the Synth by Mike Breen
1st PLACE: Nashville Scene: Summer Guide by Elizabeth Jones
2nd PLACE: Eugene Weekly: I Married A White Supremacist by Tracy Sydor, Trask Bedortha, Todd Cooper
3rd PLACE: Las Vegas Weekly: Life Is Beautiful by Ian Racoma
HONORABLE MENTION: City Newspaper: The Fate of Parcel 5 by Ryan Williamson
1st PLACE: Nashville Scene: Bonnaroo Bingo by Holly Carden
2nd PLACE: Riverfront Times: Title Mine by Evan Sult
HONORABLE MENTION: Las Vegas Weekly: Raiders: The New Gruden Era Begins by Ian Racoma
3rd PLACE: Orlando Weekly: Havana or Bust by Robert Bartlett
HONORABLE MENTION: Washington City Paper: 2018 by Darrow Montgomery
1st PLACE: Seven Days: Give and Take Series (I, II, III, IV, V) by Paula Routly , Paul Heintz, Matthew Roy , Sasha Goldstein, Andrea Suozzo, Candace Page, Alicia Freese, Mark Davis, Carolyn Fox , Elizabeth Seyler, Diane Sullivan , Taylor Dobbs, Molly Walsh, Katie Jickling
3rd PLACE: The Inlander: Miller Cane: A serialized novel printed in weekly installments by Samuel Ligon, Jacob Fries
1st PLACE: Chicago Reader: The Block Beat (series in collaboration with The TRiiBE) by Tiffany Walden, Morgan Elise Johnson, Philip Montoro
2nd PLACE: Santa Barbara Independent: Lompoc Riverbed Evictees’ Triage Center to Close by Erika Carlos
3rd PLACE: Seven Days: Stuck in Vermont: Photographer Matthew Thorsen Gets the Last Word by Eva Sollberger
1st PLACE: Salt Lake City Weekly: City Weekly’s Beer Issue by Enrique Limón & City Weekly Staff
2nd PLACE: Pittsburgh City Paper: Election Guide by Ryan Deto, Lisa Cunningham, Alex Gordon, Jared Wickerham, Amanda Waltz, Hannah Lynn, Jordan Snowden, Maggie Weaver, Tereneh Idia, Gab Bonesso, Jessie Sage
3rd PLACE: Santa Fe Reporter: Love and Sex by Alex De Vore, Anson Stevens-Bollen, Charlotte Jusinski, Hunter Riley, Anastacio Wrobel, JC Gonzo
HONORABLE MENTION: North Coast Journal: Media Literacy Issue by Staff
1st PLACE: Seven Days: From Burlington With Love: Insider Intel on What’s Good by Carolyn Fox, Dan Bolles, Cathy Resmer, Katy Isaacs, John James, Kirsten Cheney, Todd Scott, Don Eggert, Brooke Bousquet, Diane Sullivan
2nd PLACE: San Antonio Current: San Antonio Flavor – Winter 2018 by Jessica Elizarraras, Greg Jefferson
3rd PLACE: Santa Fe Reporter: Restaurant Guide by SFR Staff and Freelancers
HONORABLE MENTION: Pittsburgh City Paper: City Guide by Lisa Cunningham, Alex Gordon, Ryan Deto, Hannah Lynn, Rob Rossi