Nashville Scene, San Francisco Bay Guardian recognized
Two AAN members, the Nashville Scene and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, snagged 11 awards, including five first-places, in the NNA’s Better Newspaper Contest non-daily division, announced August 2.
The San Francisco Bay Guardian received three first-place awards. In the Freedom of Information category, the Guardian took first place for its Annual FOI Issue. “This is a complete, comprehensive annual review, update and analysis of FOI activities in the San Francisco area and how government is complying. It is a solid report to the people,” the judges wrote.
A. Clay Thompson took a first in Best Sports Feature Story or Series for “Go Huge,” which the judges called a “nicely developed, off-the-beaten-path feature.” Dan Zoll and Pratap Chatterjee won first place in the Best Business Story category for “The Water Pirates,” which the judges called a “great look at a global issue, which became a community issue.” The Guardian also picked up an honorable mention in Newspaper Promotion.
The Nashville Scene picked up two first-place awards, in the Best Feature Story category for Rob Simbeck’s “Feathers and Blood,” which also received a second place in the 2001 Alternative Newsweekly Awards contest.
Scene columnist Margaret Renkl received a first place in the Best Education/Literacy Story category for “Failing Efforts” about Tennessee’s academic testing program and a second place in the Best Serious Column category for “Truth in Alabama,” a feature on the men accused of the1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four young girls.
The Scene’s Walter Jowers took a second in the Best Humorous Column category for his Helter Shelter “Making a Stink” column about efforts by Brazilian authorities to combat the smell of urine in public places and a third place in Best Sports Feature Story or Series for “Women at Work,” on women’s softball training.
The paper also received a second place in Headline Writing, (“Original heads. Great grabbers!”) and a third place in Excellence in Typography, (“It’s nice to see ‘fatter’ typefaces used effectively. Great Look! Don’t change anything.”)