2006 AltWeekly Award Finalists Announced

june 5, 2006  05:15 am
2006 AltWeekly Award Finalists Announced
Emerging from a record-setting field of 1554 entries, the finalists in this year's AltWeekly Awards contest include a feature on home-schooling, a dining guide and an editorial layout based on a toilet in a field. Of the 99 AAN member papers that entered the contest, 66 are being honored in at least one category. L.A. Weekly and Jackson Free Press won the most awards, with six each. (L.A. Weekly's finalists include two cartoons that were submitted by the paper.) Closely following L.A. Weekly in the large-circulation category are Philadelphia Weekly, Riverfront Times and Seattle Weekly, with five finalists each, and Phoenix New Times, Washington City Paper and Westword, with four. And right behind Jackson Free Press among the smaller papers are Seven Days and The Coast, with five finalists each, and Independent Weekly and Style Weekly, with four. Gambit Weekly, the New Orleans paper that was forced to shut down for two months following Hurricane Katrina and only recently moved back into its Mid-City office, still managed to pick up two awards despite their travails. Judges in three different categories commented that the quality of the entries in the small-circulation division exceeded their expectations. "We presumed that the larger circ. papers had larger budgets, but if so, it wasn't playing out on the pages," said the judges in the Editorial Layout category. A few individuals were recognized more than once: Chris Potter of Pittsburgh City Paper, Donna Ladd of Jackson Free Press, and Paul McMorrow of Boston's Weekly Dig were each named a finalist in two different categories. And AAN members will notice other familiar names, such as last year's Pulitzer winner, Nigel Jaquiss of Willamette Week, in the Investigative Reporting category, or photographer Walter Coker of Folio Weekly, the winner of six previous AltWeekly Awards. This is the 11th year of the annual awards contest, which recognizes the best work from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies' 124 member papers. The order of finish will be announced at an awards luncheon on Friday, June 16, at the AAN annual convention in Little Rock, which will be emceed by Michael Tisserand, former editor of Gambit Weekly. Finalists are listed in alphabetical order by newspaper. Links to the winning articles will be added as they become available.



Arts Criticism
Circulation >50,000
Arts Criticism
Circulation <=50,000
Arts Feature
Circulation >50,000
Arts Feature
Circulation <=50,000
Cartoons
Appearing in four or more publications
  • E.J. Pettinger, Mild Abandon (pdf)

  • Tom Tomorrow, This Modern World: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 (pdfs)

  • Ruben Bolling, Tom the Dancing Bug

Cartoons
Appearing in three or fewer publications
  • Bruce Eric Kaplan, BEK: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 (pdfs)

  • Ed Harrington, The HR Department: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 (pdfs)

  • Dwayne Booth, Image Control by Mr. Fish: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 (pdfs)

Column
Circulation >50,000
Column
Circulation <=50,000
Column - Political
Circulation >50,000
Column - Political
Circulation <=50,000
Cover Design
Circulation >50,000
Cover Design
Circulation <=50,000
Drugs Reporting
Circulation >50,000
Drugs Reporting
Circulation <=50,000
Editorial Layout
Circulation >50,000
  • Baltimore City Paper, "XXXXXXXL" (pdf)

  • Miami New Times, "Extra Innings"

  • Miami New Times, "Cool and Collected"

  • Seattle Weekly, "Rising and Shining": 1 and 2 (pdfs)

  • Washington City Paper, "Head, Shoulders, Knees & Woes": 1, 2, 3 and 4

Editorial Layout
Circulation <=50,000
  • The Coast, "No Place to Go" (pdf)

  • The Coast, "Y"

  • Monterey County Weekly, "Inside Eden" (pdf)

  • Style Weekly, "Right Place, Right Time": 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 (pdfs)

Feature Story
Circulation >50,000
Feature Story
Circulation <=50,000
Food Writing
Circulation >50,000
Food Writing
Circulation <=50,000
Format Buster
Circulation >50,000
Format Buster
Circulation <=50,000
Illustration
Circulation >50,000
Illustration
Circulation <=50,000
Investigative Reporting
Circulation >50,000
Investigative Reporting
Circulation <=50,000
Media Reporting/Criticism
Circulation >50,000
Media Reporting/Criticism
Circulation <=50,000
Music Criticism
Circulation >50,000
Music Criticism
Circulation <=50,000
News Story - Long Form
Circulation >50,000
News Story - Long Form
Circulation <=50,000
News Story - Short Form
Circulation >50,000
News Story - Short Form
Circulation <=50,000
Photography
Circulation >50,000
  • Cincinnati Citybeat, Cameron Knight, "A Gentle Faith": 1 and 2 (pdfs)

  • Creative Loafing, Jim Stawniak, "Losing Hanna, Part 2"

  • Philadelphia Weekly, Jeff Fusco, "We Have Been Blessed": 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11

  • Seattle Weekly, Bootsy Holler, "Naked Ambition": 1, 2 and 3 (pdfs)

Photography
Circulation <=50,000
  • Charleston City Paper, Nancy Santos, "A-Z Charleston Artists - A Photo Essay"

  • Folio Weekly, Walter Coker, "Under the Bridge": 1 and 2 (pdfs)

  • Illinois Times, Michael Brown, "At the Crossroads": 1, 2, and 3

  • Ventura County Reporter, Jeff Clark, "My Cuba"

Special Section
Circulation >50,000
  • City Pages, "Minnesota's Greatest Hits"

  • L.A. Weekly, "Best of L.A."

  • Philadelphia City Paper, "CP Choice"

  • Oklahoma Gazette, "State of the Children"

Special Section
Circulation <=50,000
  • Boise Weekly, "Best of Boise 2005"

  • Charleston City Paper, "DISH"

  • The Coast, "Back to School Supplement"

  • Seven Days, "7 Nights: Regional Guide to Vermont Dining and Nightlife"

Web Site
Circulation >50,000
Web Site
Circulation <=50,000

Podcast