The Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism are given out by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Coming from a liberal arts education and working with publications such as The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Newsweek, Alan Prendergast acknowledges his background is “a little different” from other reporters within the alternative press.
The recent Best of the West journalism contest honored several alt-weeklies, including the Houston Press, Phoenix New Times, SF Weekly and Denver's Westword, which each picked up first-place honors.
Writers for Miami New Times, Philadelphia City Paper, and Westword have been named as Sigma Delta Chi Award honorees by the national Society of Professional Journalists.
A Colorado Senate committee this week amended a proposed bill that would have set THC driving limits, saying the limit needed further study, thanks to an assist from Westword's pot critic.
The New York Times says medical marijuana ads are giving alt-weeklies a financial boost.
City Pages (Twin Cities), Houston Press, Phoenix New Times, Village Voice, and Westword have each released free iPhone apps with event listings, restaurant reviews and slideshows.
Westword medical marijuana critic William Breathes was interviewed by CNN for a yet to be aired business segment.
Over 11,000 people attended the sixteenth annual Westword Music Showcase in Denver over the weekend. It was the highest attendance in the history of the annual event, of which Westword's Dave Herrera said is "like Denver's answer to South By Southwest."
Current Westword web editor Joe Tone has been named the next editor of The Pitch. He will take over for C.J. Janovy, who is moving on to a communications job at the University of Kansas Medical Center. "I'm just thrilled about getting to Kansas City and getting to work," says Tone, who has also served as the managing editor at Cleveland Scene. "The city is obviously brimming with great stories, and The Pitch newsroom is well armed to tell them. Filling those ass-kicking boots of C.J.'s is going to be no small feat, but I'm looking forward to trying."