Miami New Times, Jackson Free Press and The Memphis Flyer each received first-place Green Eyeshade awards from the SPJ southeastern division.
Illinois Times took home five awards Friday during the Illinois Press Association's annual convention.
The Hustle for Mayor event, which is scheduled for tomorrow night, will feature campaign-themed drink specials and a "no-holds-barred rhyme-off" between the candidates. "I've been to tons of election forums where the candidates outnumber the folks in the audience," says forum creator and host Wells Dunbar. "With The Hustle for Mayor, the Chronicle and I are really excited to promote and present a fun and informative forum, one that we think will attract younger voters who wouldn't ordinarily turn up."