Finalists Announced in Alternative Newsweekly Awards

Washington City Paper, Dallas Observer garner most nominations

Washington City Paper leads the field with six nominations for Alternative Newsweekly Awards this year, followed by Dallas Observer with five.

The order of finish in each category of the eighth annual contest will be announced June 6 at the Alternative Newsweekly Awards luncheon during the AAN Annual Convention in Pittsburgh. Other papers taking multiple awards this year are Chicago Reader, Pittsburgh City Paper, LA Weekly, The Texas Observer, The Pitch, Gambit Weekly, Cleveland Scene, all with three, and The Village Voice, MetroBEAT, San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Local Planet Weekly, Phoenix New Times, Charleston City Paper, Seven Days, Cincinnati CityBeat, OC Weekly, Folio Weekly, City Pages (Twin Cities) and Miami New Times, with two each. It was an auspicious debut for Greenville, South Carolina’s MetroBEAT, which matched The Local Planet Weekly’s record for new-member nominations set last year. MetroBEAT was the only paper admitted to the association at the 2002 Convention in Madison, Wis. Among individual contestants, Heather Swaim of OC Weekly and Thomas Francis of Cleveland Scene were the only AAN members nominated in two categories. Swaim was selected in cover design and editorial layout, while Francis picked up nominations in media reporting and news story.

Several individuals who were previous winners in the contest were nominated again this year, including Francis, Nate Blakeslee of The Texas Observer, Tricia Booker and Walter Coker of Folio Weekly, Jim Schutze of Dallas Observer, Monica Kendrick of Chicago Reader, Barbara Solow of Independent Weekly, Amy Silverman of Phoenix New Times, Glenn Dixon and Jason Cherkis, Washington City Paper, Chris Potter, Pittsburgh City Paper, David Jayne, Reno News & Review, Bill Smith of LA Weekly, Amy Pastre and Nancy Santos of Charleston City Paper, Brad Zellar, City Pages (Twin Cities), and Dora Sison, Sara Roahen and Scott Jordan of Gambit Weekly. And in the Cartoon category, Chris Ware, Garret Gaston and Ruben Bolling (Ken Fisher) have all been winners in previous years. For Blakeslee it was the sixth nomination in the last four years, and for Folio Weekly Photo Editor Coker, it was the fifth year that he has been nominated. New Times LA, which was shuttered late last year, was nominated for Ron Russell’s investigative story, “Mouth Wide Shut.” Al Diamon was nominated for his political column, which he brought to the Portland Phoenix last March after being fired along with the rest of the Casco Bay Weekly editorial staff. Casco Bay Weekly was later closed, and then reopened as a community paper. Judges in the arts feature and column categories declined to present any awards this year in the small circulation division. And in editorial layout, the judges didn’t select a first-place winner among the small papers. In several other categories, only first-place winners were named, ending the drama of declaring a victor. So congratulations can now be extended to: Barbara Solow of Independent Weekly for her business story “Blue Notes;” Chuck Strouse of New Times Broward-Palm Beach for column writing; Leslie Blade of Cincinnati CityBeat for her investigative story “Piling On;” and to Monica Kendricks of Chicago Reader and Scott Jordan of Gambit Weekly for music criticism.

Following are the nominees in alphabetical order by the name of the newspaper:

ARTS CRITICISM Circulation < 50,000
Rodney Welch, Columbia Free Times
S. Michael Bowen, Pacific Northwest Inlander
Margaret Regan, Tucson Weekly

Circulation > 50,000
John Powers, LA Weekly
Joy Press, The Village Voice
Glenn Dixon, Washington City Paper
Robert Lalasz, Washington City Paper ARTS FEATURE Circulation < 50,000
No award Circulation > 50,000
“Temma Lowly and the Meaning of Life,” Fred Camper, Chicago Reader
“Plays Well with Others,” Andy Newman, Pittsburgh City Paper
“Dancing with the Butoh Masters,” Bernice Yeung, SF Weekly BUSINESS REPORTING Circulation < 50,000
“Blue Notes,” Barbara Solow, Independent Weekly Circulation > 50,000
“Enough to Make You Sick,” Thomas Korosec, Dallas Observer
“Accounting for Anguish,” Gayle Reaves, Fort Worth Weekly CARTOON 4 or fewer papers
“La Petite Camera,” Garret Gaston
“Slowpoke,” Jen Sorenson
“Suspect Device,” Greg Peters
Various Strips, Chris Ware 5 or more papers
“The City,” Derf (John Backderf)
“Tom the Dancing Bug,” Ruben Bolling (Ken Fisher) COLUMN Circulation < 50,000
No award Circulation > 50,000
Chuck Strouse, New Times Broward-Palm Beach COLUMN-POLITICAL COMMENTARY Circulation < 50,000
James Shannon, MetroBEAT
Al Diamon, Portland Phoenix
Nate Blakeslee, The Texas Observer Circulation > 50,000
Jim Schutze, Dallas Observer
Robert Nelson, Phoenix New Times
Chris Potter, Pittsburgh City Paper COVER DESIGN Circulation < 50,000
Amy Pastre, Charleston City Paper
Dora Sison, Gambit Weekly
David Jayne, Andrea Diaz & David Robert, Reno News & Review
Alex Abatie, Santa Barbara Independent
Don Eggert & Diane Sullivan, Seven Days Circulation > 50,000
Bill Smith, LA Weekly
Heather Swaim, OC Weekly
Brian Hogan, Philadelphia City Paper
Tricia Reinhold, Heather Mull & Brian Holderman, Pittsburgh City Paper
Todd Bates, Weekly Planet (Tampa)
Jay Vollmar, Westword EDITORIAL LAYOUT Circulation < 50,000
Honorable Mention: “Driving Green,” Monterey County Coast Weekly Circulation > 50,000
“Hope in Hell,” Frank Goodenough, Dallas Observer
“Bombshell,” Heather Swaim, OC Weekly
“Oh, My Goth,” Doug Kubert & Jay Thornton, The Pitch FEATURE STORY Circulation < 50,000
“Jump Jim Crow,” Ron Netsky, City Newspaper
“Long Lost Friend,” Tricia Booker, Folio Weekly
“Five Days in the Psych Ward,” Adrienne Martini, Metro Pulse
“Justice Denied,” Jill Kramer, Pacific Sun Circulation > 50,000
“Little Big Man,” Brad Zellar, City Pages (Twin Cities)
“Crazy White Mother,” Glenna Whitley, Dallas Observer
“The Others,” Jason Cherkis, Washington City Paper
“Little Big Shot,” Annys Shin, Washington City Paper FOOD WRITING

Circulation < 50,000
Sara Roahen, Gambit Weekly
Gary Laing & Sam Lange, The Local Planet Weekly

Circulation > 50,000
Dara Moskowitz, City Pages (Twin Cities)
Naomi Wise, San Diego Reader
Paul Reidinger, San Francisco Bay Guardian


Circulation < 50,000
“Does Your Vote Count?” Ryan Greis & Sean Hughes, Cincinnati CityBeat
“Overwhelmed,” Gregory Dickens, MetroBEAT
“Fat Chance,” Harry Bliss, Seven Days

Circulation > 50,000
“How to Succeed in Business,” Josef Gast, Cleveland Scene
“Campbell’s Cuts,” Jeremy Bruneel, The Georgia Straight
“To Dive For,” David Terrill, The Pitch
“Lien Times,” Christiane Granert, Washington City Paper


Circulation < 50,000
“Piling On,” Leslie Blade, Cincinnati CityBeat

Circulation > 50,000
“The Sinister Side of Yusuf Bey’s Empire,” Chris Thompson, East Bay Express
“Mouth Wide Shut,” Ron Russell, New Times Los Angeles
“The Lush Life of a Rudy Appointee: Russell Harding,” Tom Robbins, The Village Voice


Circulation < 50,000
“The State of Radio,” Jeremy Hadley, Tom Grant & Rob Wilkinson, The Local Planet Weekly
“Copping Out,” Maria Luisa Tucker, Santa Fe Reporter

Circulation > 50,000
“Hip-Hopcrisy,” Thomas Francis, Cleveland Scene
“Reality TV Bites,” Jennifer Mathieu, Houston Press
“Incessant Static,” Kathy Glasgow, Miami New Times
“Professor Soundbite,” Amy Roe, Willamette Week


Circulation > 50,000
Scott Jordan, Gambit Weekly

Circulation > 50,000
Monica Kendrick, Chicago Reader


Circulation < 50,000
“Schenectady Calling,” Nancy Guerin, Metroland
“A Trial in Tulia,” Liliana Ibara, The Texas Observer

Circulation > 50,000
“Killer on the Loose,” Mike Sala, Chicago Reader
“Dirty or Duped?” Mark Donald, Dallas Observer
“Drugstore Cowboys,” Justin Berton, East Bay Express
“The Bishops Set Me Up!” Jason Cherkis, Joe Dempsey, Sarah Godfrey, David Morton, Annys Shin, Chris Shott, Elissa Silverman and Erik Wemple, Washington City Paper


Circulation < 50,000
Terje Langeland, Colorado Spring Independent
Traci Moyer, Illinois Times
Tim McGivern, Weekly Alibi

Circulation > 50, 000
Thomas Francis, Cleveland Scene
Amy Silverman, Phoenix New Times
Joe Miller, The Pitch


Circulation < 50,000
“Portraits and Profile,” Nancy Santos, Charleston City Paper
“Through the Lens,” Walter Coker, Folio Weekly
“Brotherhood of the Neighborhood,” Bill Kennedy, The Texas Observer

Circulation > 50,000
“Microbat, Broken Skulls …,” Max S. Gerber, LA Weekly
“We’re #1,” Steve Satterwhite, Miami New Times
“Local Discovery Awards,” Saul Bromberg & Sandra Hoover, San Francisco Bay Guardian

Finalists Announced in Alternative Newsweekly Awards

Five papers pick up five nominations each

Gambit Weekly, Independent Weekly, LA Weekly, Willamette Week and Creative Loafing Atlanta lead the pack in nominations for the seventh annual Alternative Newsweekly Awards with five each.

The exact order of finish in each category will be announced later this month at the Alternative Newsweekly Awards luncheon at the AAN Convention in Madison, Wis.

Among other papers taking multiple awards this year, The Village Voice and Monday Magazine each have four nominations.

Newly admitted AAN members fared well this year. The Georgia Straight has one nomination while The Local Planet Weekly and Creative Loafing Sarasota each snagged two. All three papers were admitted to AAN in 2001.

On the individual side, Mara Shalhoup of Creative Loafing Atlanta, Brian Hogan of Philadelphia City Paper, Anne Reeser and Martin Thiel of Willamette Week and Nancy Santos of Charleston City Paper each have two.

Several individuals who were previous winners in the contest were nominated again this year, including Willy Stern of the Nashville Scene (five previous awards), Anne Schindler of Folio Weekly (four), Brendan Bernhard of LA Weekly (four), Nate Blakeslee of The Texas Observer (four), Stephanie von Buchau of Pacific Sun (three), Walter Coker of Folio Weekly (three), Jim Schutze of Dallas Observer (three); Clancy DuBos of Gambit Weekly (three), Melinda Ruley of Independent Weekly (three), Darrow Montgomery of Washington City Paper (three), and Lisa Horstman of Metro Pulse (three).

Repeat nominees from last year’s contest are Kent Williams (Isthmus) for arts criticism, Alan Pogue (The Texas Observer) in photojournalism, Joe MacLoed (Baltimore City Paper) for cover design, and Joey Sweeney of Philadelphia Weekly for music criticism. Scott Jordan (Gambit Weekly) is nominated in music criticism after winning a first-place in sports reporting in 2001.

Judges were only obliged to choose a first-place winner, and in several cases, that is just what they did. So without further ado, congratulations to Clancy DuBos and Katy Reckdahl of Gambit Weekly, who are both the only winners named in their respective under-54,000 circulation categories. DuBos takes first-place for column/political commentary writing, called “an original voice” by the three-judge panel. Reckdahl is the winner in the news feature category for “Louisiana Lockdown,” a seven-part series on juvenile justice. The judges said the series is “packed with power and pathos — a standout in every way.”

Congratulation also to Ken Fisher (Ruben Bolling) and Garret Gaston, the first-place winners in the two divisions of the cartoon contest.

Gaston, whose “La Petite Camera” runs in the Chicago Reader and the San Diego Reader, won first place among cartoonists whose work appears in fewer than f ive AAN papers. The judges said, “The writing is off-the-wall fanciful, and the artwork reflects the feeling that the feature is capable of going anywhere the cartoonist wants it to go. The artwork is well researched, highly imaginative and visually intricate.”

Fisher’s “Tom the Dancing Bug,” which runs in 12 AAN papers, is the winner among cartoonists who are more widely syndicated. “The writing is excellent,” the judges said. “Fisher is a true original, willing to take creative risks in order to get his ideas across. He employs a variety of cartoon styles, which utilize his keen sense of parody to maximum effect. The feature is eminently readable and very funny.”

The Alternative Newsweekly Awards recognize superior journalism and graphic design among the 121 AAN member papers, which include alternative newsweeklies across the United States and Canada.

Following are the nominees in alphabetical order by the name of the newspaper:

Arts Criticism

Circulation < 54,000
Bob Lancaster, Arkansas Times
James Morrison, Independent Weekly
Stephanie von Buchau, Pacific Sun

Circulation > 54,000
Kent Williams, Isthmus
Brendan Bernhard, LA Weekly
Greg Tate, The Village Voice

Arts Feature

Circulation < 54,000
“A Small World,” John E. Citrone, Folio Weekly
“Catching Fire,” John Threlfall, Monday Magazine
“Chronicle of the Lost Nashville,” Michael Kreyling, Nashville Scene
“Trojan Horses,” Eric Rezsnyak, Syracuse New Times

Circulation > 54,000
“True Stories,” Andy Markowitz, Baltimore City Paper
“Mind the Arts Gap,” Scott Henry, Creative Loafing Atlanta
“Namdi’s Biggest Gamble,” George Tysh, Metro Times
“Sounds of Success,” Matt Palmquist, SF Weekly


Appearing in fewer than five AAN papers
“La Petite Camera,” Garret Gaston

Appearing in more than five AAN papers
“Tom the Dancing Bug,” Ken Fisher (Ruben Bolling)


Circulation < 54,000
Melinda Ruley, Independent Weekly
Briony Penn, Monday Magazine
Retha Oliver, San Antonio Current

Circulation > 54,000
Toni Schlesinger, The Village Voice
Dave McKenna, Washington City Paper
Mark Zusman and John Schrag, Willamette Week

Column-Political Commentary

Circulation < 54,000
Clancy DuBos, Gambit Weekly

Circulation > 54,000
Jim Schutze, Dallas Observer
Ray Hartmann, Riverfront Times

Cover Design

Circulation < 54,000
Kimberly Miers & Jessica Kourkounis, Blue Dog Press
Jessica Thomas, Ryan Heck & J.J. Marley, Orlando Weekly
Laura Egley Taylor, Santa Fe Reporter
Matt Youngmark, Tacoma Reporter

Circulation > 54,000
David O. Barranco, Joe MacLeod & Nolen Strals, Baltimore City Paper
Annette Waurick, The Georgia Straight
Brian Hogan, Philadelphia City Paper
Basil Childres, Anne Reeser & Martin Thiel, Willamette Week

Editorial Layout

Circulation < 54,000
Nancy Santos & Amy Pastre, Charleston City Paper
Anthony Udrovich, Cityview
Lisa Horstman, Metro Pulse
Todd Bates, Weekly Planet Sarasota

Circulation > 54,000
Bill Smith & Anne Fishbein, LA Weekly
Dean Sebring, Miami New Times
Brian Hogan, Philadelphia City Paper
Anne Reeser & Martin Thiel, Willamette Week


Circulation < 54,000
“Little Monster,” Anne Schindler, Folio Weekly
“Collateral Damage,” David Potorti, Independent Weekly
“Seven Days at Ground Zero,” Multiple authors, The Local Planet Weekly

Circulation > 54,000
“Forget Me Not,” Charles Siderius, Dallas Observer
“Crossing to the Other Side,” Michael Kamber, The Village Voice

Health Care

Circulation < 54,000
“Slice of Life,” Michael Tisserand, Gambit Weekly
“Frozen Out” Barbara Solow, Independent Weekly
“Loss of Life,” Kelly Davis, Ventura County Reporter

Circulation > 54,000
“Dealing Drugs the Legal Way,” Mara Shalhoup, Creative Loafing Atlanta
“Losing Dorothy,” Sara Catania, LA Weekly
“The New Drug War,” Patty Wentz, Willamette Week


Circulation < 54,000
Rhett Thiel, Gambit Weekly
Cathie Hahnel, Monday Magazine
Dan Brawner, Nashville Scene
Ryan O’Rourke, Weekly Planet Sarasota

Circulation > 54,000
David Hollenbach, City Pages (Twin Cities)
Brian Stauffer, LA Weekly
Craig La Rotunda, New Times Los Angeles
Paul Moch, Washington City Paper


Circulation < 54,000
“Moving Violations,” Doug Trapp, Cincinnati CityBeat
“A Wayward Shepherd,” William Dean Hinton, Orlando Weekly
“The Number’s Game,” Nate Blakeslee, The Texas Observer

Circulation > 54,000
“The Bad Cops Club,” Mara Shalhoup, Creative Loafing Atlanta
“The Kids Are Not All Right,” Amy Silverman, Phoenix New Times
“Fallout,” Lisa Davis & John Mecklin, SF Weekly

Media Reporting

Circulation < 54,000
“All in the Family,” Larry Shook, The Local Planet Weekly
“Grading the Daily,” Willy Stern, Nashville Scene

Circulation > 54,000
“Satan or Savior,” Thomas Francis, Cleveland Scene
“Bad News,” Bob Whitby, New Times Broward-Palm Beach

Music Criticism

Circulation < 54,000
Scott Jordan, Gambit Weekly
Chris Herrington, Memphis Flyer
Chad Nichols, The Texas Observer

Circulation > 54,000
Roni Sarig, Creative Loafing Atlanta
Joey Sweeney, Philadelphia Weekly
Chris Baty, SF Weekly

News Feature

Circulation < 54,000
“Louisiana Lockdown,” Katy Reckdahl, Gambit Weekly

Circulation > 54,000
“Miracles and Pain,” Celeste Fremon, LA Weekly
“Devil Fish,” Multiple Authors, Phoenix New Times
“The Poisoning of Whitaker,” Nigel Jaquiss, Willamette Week

News Story

Circulation < 54,000
“Huckabee Frees Career Burglar,” Michael Haddigan, Arkansas Times
“East Camden Safety Concern,” Michael Haddigan, Arkansas Times
“The Poster Police,” Jon Elliston, Independent Weekly
“Fishing for Answers,” Andrew Findlay, Monday Magazine

Circulation > 54, 000
“Mystery Money,” Kevin Griffis, Creative Loafing Atlanta
“A Sorry Excuse,” Bob Norman, New Times Broward-Palm Beach
“Cop Out,” Amanda Scioscia, Phoenix New Times
“Prison Coffee,” Erica Barnett, Seattle Weekly


Circulation < 54,000
Nancy Santos, Charleston City Paper
Walter Coker, Folio Weekly
Alan Pogue, The Texas Ob server

Circulation > 54,000
Michelle Gienow, Baltimore City Paper
Andre Souroujon, The Village Voice
Darrow Montgomery, Washington City Paper

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