Washington City Paper leads the field with six nominations in the eighth annual awards contest, followed by the Dallas Observer with five. Among individual contestants, Thomas Francis of Cleveland Scene and Heather Swaim of OC Weekly are nominated twice. The order of finish in the contest will be announced June 6 at the AAN Convention.
Will Swaim now oversees all of OC Weekly’s business operations and editorial content in a promotion announced recently by Village Voice Media CEO David Schneiderman. Swaim, who once wanted to be a priest but became a punk rocker instead, is “the spiritual and intellectual leader” of the alt-weekly, Schneiderman says.