2011 AltWeekly Awards Finalists Announced

july 5, 2011  12:25 pm
2011 AltWeekly Awards Finalists Announced
Eighty-eight publications across the U.S. and Canada submitted over 1,000 entries to the 2011 AltWeekly Awards. The following list of finalists is a collection of some of the best and most provocative work to appear on the pages and websites of the alternative media in 2010.

The final rankings of the winners will be revealed on July 22 at a reception in New Orleans during AAN's 34th Annual Convention. (You can still register for the convention here)

The Village Voice, competing in the large-circulation division, led all publications with eight awards. In the small circulation division, Nashville Scene led all contenders with seven awards.

Seven Days and The Texas Observer also fared well, taking six honors, while Boston Phoenix, Creative Loafing (Atlanta), Fort Worth Weekly, Independent Weekly (NC), L.A. Weekly, Miami New Times, and Riverfront Times will each receive five prizes at the awards presentation in two weeks.

Other notable winners include the Dallas Observer, Houston Press, Las Vegas Weekly, Pacific Northwest Inlander, Phoenix New Times, and SF Weekly, which will each take home four awards.

In its first year of eligibility, Lagniappe of Mobile, Ala. is a finalist in the Short Form News Story category.

The finalists below are listed in alphabetical order by newspaper within each category.

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    COVER DESIGN circulation 50,000 and over

    City Pages (Twin Cities): Thinkers, Commix Issue, and Winter Guide by Nick Vlcek and Mike Kooiman

    Dallas Observer: Fatal Flaw, Forked Up, and Return To Sender by Alex Flores

    Riverfront Times: Down on the Farm, The Gay Divorcees, and 2010: The Year in Movies by Tom Carlson

    SF Weekly: Terminal People, Head Case, and Worlds Apart by Andrew Nilsen and Brian Stauffer

    COVER DESIGN circulation under 50,000

    Boston's Weekly Dig: Palin, Yummy Bears, and Initiation Rites by Tak Toyoshima and Scott Murry

    The Portland Mercury: Kitchen Kama Sutra, Betty White + John Ritter + Flaming Chainsaw, and In Defense of Sanity and Fear by Justin "Scrappers" Morrison

    San Antonio Current: Operation: CPS, The Music Issue, and 2010 Sucked by Chuck Kerr

    Seven Days: The Animal Issue, The Money Issue, and New Years' Cootie Catcher by Diane Sullivan, Celia Hazard, Matthew Thorsen and Jeff Drew

    EDITORIAL LAYOUT circulation 50,000 and over

    Boston Phoenix: Real Gifts for Real People by Kristen Goodfriend

    Las Vegas Weekly: 2010 Vegas' Best by Ryan Olbrysh

    NOW Magazine: BBQ Special by Troy Beyer

    Phoenix New Times Picking Up Steam Punk by Peter Storch

    EDITORIAL LAYOUT circulation under 50,000

    Arkansas Times: Big Ideas by Kai Caddy

    Gambit: Veganize Me by Lindsay Weiss

    Nashville Scene: We Are Nashvill(ians) by Elizabeth Jones

    Style Weekly: Power List by Jeff Bland

    ILLUSTRATION circulation 50,000 and over

    Houston Press: Turkeys of the Year by Jesse Lenz

    Las Vegas Weekly: Escape the Fate by Chris Morris

    SF Weekly: Best of San Francisco Cover 1, Cover 2, and Cover 3 by Chris Koehler, Reuben Rude and Brian Barneclo

    SF Weekly: Wounded Pride by Scott Bakal

    ILLUSTRATION circulation under 50,000

    Independent Weekly (NC): Dad Rock by Nathan Golub

    Pacific Northwest Inlander: Five Lessons from Local Schools Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 by Jeff Drew

    Tucson Weekly: The 9 Types of Arizona Politicians by Lloyd Dangle and Jim Nintzel

    VUE Weekly: Sam Beckett by Pete Nguyen

    PHOTOGRAPHY circulation 50,000 and over

    Baltimore City Paper: Photography by Ryan "Rarah" Stevenson

    Creative Loafing (Atlanta): Photography by Joeff Davis

    Las Vegas Weekly: Photography by Leila Navidi

    Riverfront Times: Dr. Peanut by Jennifer Silverberg

    PHOTOGRAPHY circulation under 50,000

    Fast Forward Weekly: Photography by Ryan Creary

    Nashville Scene: Photography by Eric England

    New Times San Luis Obispo: Photography by Steve E. Miller

    Pacific Northwest Inlander: Photography by Young Kwak


    ARTS CRITICISM circulation 50,000 and over

    Austin Chronicle: The Human Centipede, Winter's Bone, and Skyline by Marjorie Baumgarten

    Creative Loafing (Atlanta): I Miss My Weird, F*%ked Up Theater, Cult Following, and Beast of Burden by Curt Holman

    OC Weekly: Family Not-So-Friendly, Man Loves Goat, and Teen Cheerleader Orgy Porn by Joel Beers

    ARTS CRITICISM circulation under 50,000

    Fort Worth Weekly: Wall Street, Greenberg, and Why Are You Shooting at Me? by Kristian Lin

    Independent Weekly (NC): Chinese Artists and Three Gorges Dam, Vorticism at the Nasher, Portraiture at the Ackland by Chris Vitiello

    Tucson Weekly: The Whole Picture, Tile Roofs and Borrowed Styles, and Deposited by Angels by Margaret Regan

    ARTS FEATURE circulation 50,000 and over

    Miami New Times: Marked for Death by Gus Garcia-Roberts

    Philadelphia City Paper: The Island by Holly Otterbein

    The Village Voice: Revenge of the Losers by Camille Dodero

    Willamette Week: I Think I Was There by Casey Jarman

    ARTS FEATURE circulation under 50,000

    Fort Worth Weekly: Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives by Jimmy Fowler

    Independent Weekly (NC): Little Brother Breaks Up by Grayson Currin

    San Diego CityBeat: For the Record by Kinsee Morlan

    Seven Days The Breakout by Dan Bolles

    COLUMN circulation 50,000 and over

    Baltimore City Paper: Mr. Wrong: Make Money. Gamble Better., Booooooooooooooooooooooo, and Fall Preview Review by Joe MacLeod

    L.A. Weekly: Candyland: The Man Who Wants Another 'Life', Maggots and Aliens and Clowns, Oh My, and Giddyup by Gendy Alimurung

    The Village Voice: Kicked in the Groin at Every Glittery Turn, Where's My Book, and Year in Review by Michael Musto

    COLUMN circulation under 50,000

    Jackson Free Press: Ain't That Something, For the Kids, All God's Children by Donna Ladd

    LEO Weekly: Bar Belle: Drinks with Tyler Allen, Bar Belle Turns in Perfect Attendance, and Bourbon Soup for the Soul by Sara Havens

    Metro Pulse: Midpoint: Rest in Peace, J.D. Salinger, A Luddite Listens, and The Art of Waiting by Stephanie Piper

    Weekly Alibi: Miss Diagnosis: Seduction of a Nurse, Robbins Burns Rubbers, and Life and Death on the Night Shift by Whitny Doyle

    COLUMN (POLITICAL) circulation 50,000 and over

    Chicago Reader: Me and My Mayor, The Head Cheerleaders, and Go On, Smash It by Ben Joravsky

    Dallas Observer: Hammer Time, Mr. Unknown, and Low Riders by Jim Schutze

    Metro Times: Sexy Detroit Men, Why to be Paranoid, and Bing's Open-Secret Plan by Larry Gabriel

    Miami New Times: Terrorist with Friends, School of Hard Knocks, and Forgotten War Hero, Part 1 by Chuck Strouse

    COLUMN (POLITICAL) circulation under 50,000

    Cincinnati CityBeat: Porkopolis by Kevin Osborne

    Creative Loafing (Charlotte): At the Crossroads, Fully Human, and 'We Can Make Him Disappear' by John Grooms

    Nashville Scene: Center of Controversy, Southern Inhospitality, and Electoral 911 by Jeff Woods

    The Pitch: Transparently Awful, Missed Goals, and No-Shows by David Martin

    FEATURE STORY circulation 50,000 and over

    Houston Press: Asylum Denied by Chris Vogel and Patrick Michels

    Las Vegas Weekly: Citizen of Nowhere by April Corbin

    Miami New Times: Blow Hard by Gus Garcia-Roberts

    Sacramento News & Review: Default! by Rachel Leibrock

    The Village Voice: Bad Lieutenant by Steven Thrasher

    FEATURE STORY circulation under 50,000

    Jackson Free Press: Rush to Judgement: Trying Kids As Adults by Valerie Wells and Donna Ladd

    Missoula Independent: A Call For Help by Alex Sakariassen

    Monterey County Weekly: Fable Enabled by Kera Abraham

    Nashville Scene: The High Cost of Hope by Brantley Hargrove

    The Texas Observer: Children of the Exodus by Melissa del Bosque

    FOOD WRITING circulation 50,000 and over

    Dallas Observer: Artless, Work Release, and Forked Up by Hanna Raskin

    L.A. Weekly: Stomp: The Restaurant, 99 Things to Eat Before You Die, and Beware the Dangerous Cemita by Jonathan Gold

    Philadelphia City Paper: Minette Men, Here Come The Rooster, and Waiting For Good Dough by Drew Lazor

    The Village Voice: An Open Letter to Josh Ozersky, May We Interest in Some Egg Fetus?, and Siam I Am by Robert Sietsema

    FOOD WRITING circulation under 50,000

    Columbia Free Times: All's Fair in Food & War and Holiday Surprise by Tug Baker

    North Bay Bohemian Coldest Beer in Town, Black Diamonds, and Building a Better Berry by Alastair Bland

    Seven Days: Three-Bird Night, Fresh Fare, and Raising the Steaks by Alice Levitt

    Weekly Alibi: Le Fooding, An Offal Story, and Chewing the Fat by Ari LeVaux

    INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING circulation 50,000 and over

    Boston Phoenix: Troubled Over Bridgewater Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 by Chris Faraone

    Long Island Press: Toxic Time Bomb: Nassau County Sewage Plants Investigative Series Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 by Christopher Twarowski and Joel Cairo

    Miami New Times: Disorderly Conduct by Tim Elfrink

    The Village Voice: The NYPD Tapes Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 by Graham Rayman

    INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING circulation under 50,000

    Fort Worth Weekly: Arlington Heights High School Investigation Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 by Betty Brink

    Nashville Scene: Dr. Asa Andrew's Medicine Show Part 1 and Part 2 by Brantley Hargrove

    New Times San Luis Obispo Where Are They? by Robert McDonald

    The Texas Observer: Agency of Destruction by Forrest Wilder

    MEDIA REPORTING / CRITICISM circulation 50,000 and over

    Chicago Reader: Opinionating Is Cheap, When Hyperlocal Journalism Does Its Job, and The Martyr and the Stool Pigeon by Michael Miner

    Creative Loafing (Atlanta): Adios, AJC by Scott Henry

    Las Vegas CityLife: A Tale of Two Newsrooms by Amy Kingsley

    Long Island Press: Destroying Newsday by Christopher Twarowski and Michael Patrick Nelson

    MEDIA REPORTING / CRITICISM circulation under 50,000

    Charleston City Paper: The Case Against Nikki Haley by Chris Haire

    Fort Worth Weekly: Aggie Secrets by Jeff Prince

    Illinois Times: Watchdogs Flee Springfield by Rachel Wells

    San Antonio Current: Remains of the Daily by Enrique Lopetegui

    MUSIC REPORTING / CRITICISM circulation 50,000 and over

    The Memphis Flyer: Refuge in the Blues, Many Voices, Many Rooms, and Life and Death by Chris Herrington

    Metro Times: Promises Fulfilled, Ballad of Mr. X, and Riff-A-Rama by Bill Holdship

    OC Weekly: Don't Start A Riot by Nick Schou

    Willamette Week: The Odd Couple, Sexy Back, and Agalloch by Michael Mannheimer

    MUSIC REPORTING / CRITICISM circulation under 50,000

    East Bay Express: Insane Clown Posse Drops the Hatchet, Ferocious Tornado Rider, and Thomas Pridgen's Rock-Soul Revival by Rachel Swan

    Nashville Scene: Everything but the Burden by Steve Haruch

    Orlando Weekly: Rhythm Nation 2814, The Sore Thumb, and Frame of Mind by Jason Ferguson

    Seven Days: Lady Lioness, Durians, and the le duo by Dan Bolles

    NEWS STORY (LONG FORM) circulation 50,000 and over

    Houston Press: Victims' Wrongs by Chris Vogel

    Riverfront Times: Dog Beat Dog by Keegan Hamilton

    Westword: You're in Bad Hands by Alan Prendergast

    Westword: Martial Law by Joel Warner

    NEWS STORY (LONG FORM) circulation under 50,000

    Fort Worth Weekly: Private Prisons, Public Pain by Peter Gorman

    Independent Weekly (NC): The Ultimate Betrayal by Lara Torgesen

    The Texas Observer: A Bloody Injustice by Dave Mann

    San Diego CityBeat: The Unintended Consequences by Kelly Davis

    NEWS STORY (SHORT FORM) circulation 50,000 and over

    City Pages (Twin Cities): Bed Hopping, Monster at the Tea Party, and Cop Killer by Jessica Lussenhop

    Miami New Times: The Last Temptation, George Rekers is a Homosexual, and Things Rekers Said... by Penn Bullock and Brandon Thorp

    OC Weekly: Will This Pot Case Get Weeded Out?, Crash First..., and Murder? Are You Crazy? by Nick Schou

    Philadelphia Weekly: Under Press-ure, Electile Dysfunction, and Not a Pretty Picture by Aaron Kase

    NEWS STORY (SHORT FORM) circulation under 50,000

    Lagniappe: Nipples Catch ABC's Eye (pdf link), Katrina Cut Project Needs Revision, and Sand Search Progresses by Peter Teske

    Monterey County Weekly: Grease Clogs Green Transit, Racism, In Deed, and Scenic Spraying by Kera Abraham

    Pacific Northwest Inlander: Between Rocky and a Hard Place, Lost at Sea, and Budding Tax Bracket by Nicholas Deshais

    San Diego CityBeat: Lab Rats, The Snitch is Back, and Zapf Dingbats by Dave Maass

    PUBLIC SERVICE circulation 50,000 and over

    Houston Press: Prison Pays by Craig Malisow

    L.A. Weekly: City of Airheads by Patrick Range McDonald

    New Times Broward-Palm Beach: Crash Course by Lisa Rab

    Phoenix New Times: Amongst Us Series: Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Reign of Terror, Badlands, Get Out!, Seized, Grinding Justice, Russell Pearce, and Cloaked Brutality by Staff Writers and Editors

    PUBLIC SERVICE circulation under 50,000

    Colorado Springs Independent: Community Centers by J. Adrian Stanley

    Jackson Free Press: Domestic Violence Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, and Part 10 by Ronni Mott, Lacey McLaughlin, Donna Ladd, Kamikaze, Casey Purvis, and Sophie McNeil

    Pacific Northwest Inlander: Injustice Project by Jacob Fries, Nicholas Deshais, Kevin Taylor, Leah Sottile, and Young Kwak

    The Texas Observer: DNA Tests Undermine Evidence in Texas Execution by Dave Mann

    SPECIAL TOPIC: DRUGS REPORTING circulation 50,000 and over

    Baltimore City Paper: Cleaning Up Series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Follow-Up by Edward Ericson Jr.

    L.A. Weekly: The Killer of His Daughter's Mother by Christine Pelisek

    Seattle Weekly: Toke Stoking by Nina Shapiro

    The Village Voice: Widespread Panic Over the Nitrous Mafia by John Tucker

    SPECIAL TOPIC: DRUGS REPORTING circulation under 50,000

    North Coast Journal: General Lee by Hank Sims

    Pasadena Weekly: Blunting Inequity by Jake Armstrong

    The Pitch: Buzz Factory by Peter Rugg

    The Texas Observer: Gone Rogue by Michael May


    BLOG (GROUP OR STAFF) All Publications

    Arkansas Times: Teaching Hate: Clint McCance by Max Brantley and David Koon

    Nashville Scene: Pith in the Wind -- Posts by Liz Garrigan, Betsy Phillips, and Jeff Woods

    Phoenix New Times: Chow Bella -- Posts by Erica O'Neil, Wynter Holden, and Jonathan McNamara

    SF Weekly: The Snitch -- Posts by Lauren Smiley, Joe Eskenazi, and Peter Jamison

    The Village Voice: Runnin' Scared -- Posts by Foster Kamer, Tony Ortega, and Jen Doll

    BLOG (INDIVIDUAL) All Publications

    Creative Loafing (Tampa): Life As We Blow It by Scott Harrell (Posts on Jan. 27, Feb. 15, and Jun. 21)

    New Times Broward-Palm Beach: The Daily Pulp by Bob Norman (Posts on Mar. 3, Sep. 15, and Sep. 26)

    Phoenix New Times: Feathered Bastard by Stephen Lemons (Posts on July 29, Sep. 22, and Nov. 29)

    Washington City Paper: Housing Complex by Lydia DePillis (Posts on July 16, Aug. 18, and Aug. 31)

    CARTOON All Publications

    Failure by Karl Stevens (Boston Phoenix)

    Loon Star State by Ben Sargent (The Texas Observer)

    Search and Destroy - Cartoon Blog from Afghanistan by Ted Rall

    Worst Case Scenario by Kenny Be (Westword)

    INNOVATION / FORMAT BUSTER circulation 50,000 and over

    Creative Loafing (Atlanta): The Dunwoody Journal-Constitution by Creative Loafing Staff

    Metro Times: To Bobb or Not to Bobb by Sandra Svoboda

    Riverfront Times: Literary St. Louis by Aimee Levitt

    Washington City Paper: D.C. Elections 2010 by Alan Suderman, Dave McKenna, Lydia DePillis, Mike Madden, Jason Cherkis, and Jonetta Rose Barras

    INNOVATION / FORMAT BUSTER circulation under 50,000

    Santa Fe Reporter: Anatomy of a Downfall by Alexa Schirtzinger and Larry Kohr

    Seven Days: The Twitter Cover by Don Eggert, Cathy Resmer and Eva Sollberger

    Style Weekly: Rock 'N' Roll Hotel by Staff

    Tucson Weekly: Beyond the Border by Students of the University of Arizona School of Journalism

    MULTIMEDIA All Publications

    Boston Phoenix: 50 Bands, 50 States by Boston Phoenix Staff

    City Pages (Twin Cities): Hip Hop High: Article, Slideshow, and Video by Emily Kaiser and Nick Vlcek

    Santa Fe Reporter: Election 2010 by Alexa Schirtzinger and Julia Goldberg

    Seven Days: Stuck in Vermont: East Charlotte Tractor Parade by Eva Sollberger

    MUSIC BLOG All Publications

    Dallas Observer: DC9 at Night by Pete Freedman, Cory Graves, and Nick Rallo

    New Times Broward-Palm Beach: County Grind by Reed Fischer (Posts on Sep. 30, Oct. 21, and Nov. 10)

    North Bay Bohemian: City Sound Inertia by Gabe Meline (Posts on Jul. 23 and Jul. 29)

    The Village Voice: Sound of the City by Rob Harvilla and Zach Baron (Posts on Mar. 11, Jun. 15, and Aug. 25)

    SPECIAL SECTION circulation 50,000 and over

    Boston Phoenix: Boston Survival Guide by Staff and Contributors

    Creative Loafing (Atlanta): Music Issue by Rodney Carmichael and Staff

    L.A. Weekly: People 2010 by Staff

    Riverfront Times: Best of St. Louis by Staff

    SPECIAL SECTION circulation under 50,000

    C-VILLE Weekly: Food and Drink Annual by Coogan Brennan, Chiara Canzi, Andrew Cedermark, Brendan Fitzgerald, Cathy Harding, Caite White and Bill LeSueur

    Independent Weekly (NC): Hopscotch Guide by Staff

    Maui Time Weekly: Best Of Maui 2010 in 3D by Chris Skiles and Brad Parker