‘L.A. Weekly’ Leads Yearly AAN Awards

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By: E&P Staff

At the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ annual AltWeekly Awards on June 17 in San Diego, L.A. Weekly led the pack, receiving four first-place awards in the high-circulation category.

The L.A. Weekly, a member of the Village Voice family of newspapers, placed first in the editorial layout, food writing, special section, and “format buster” categories.

Four newspapers won first place in two categories each: the Chicago Reader, the Folio Weekly in Jacksonville, Fla., the Jackson Free Press in Jackson, Miss., and the Orlando Weekly.

Nigel Jaquiss, whose expos? of former Oregon governor Neil Goldschmidt’s alleged past sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, added the AAN’s first place investigative reporting trophy to the Portland, Oregon-based Willamette Week’s collection.

Two first place winners were diversity fellows in 2004: Ayana Taylor at the Jackson (Miss.) Free Press won for short form news story, and Abraham Mahshie of the San Antonio (Texas) Current was part of a reporting team that won for media reporting/criticism.

The first place awards for both high- and low-circulation arts criticism went to the same to writers who won in 2001: Godfrey Cheshire of Independent Weekly in Durham, N.C., and Kent Williams of Isthmus in Madison, Wisc.

Rick Sealock won first place for illustrations in both the small- and large-paper divisions for illustrations for the Reno (Nev.) News & Review and the Sacramento (Calif.) News & Review.

A full list of the winners and links to the winning work are available at the AAN Web site.

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