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Alt-Weeklies Win Four Ohio Journalism Awardsnew

In the 2007 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, Cleveland's Scene won in the Best Non-Daily Newspaper: Alternatives category, with Cincinnati CityBeat coming in second. Other first place finishes: Cleveland Free Times' Michael Gill in Essays; The Other Paper's Karen E. Graves in Reviews/Criticism; and the Scene's Pete Kotz in Column Writing. The awards, sponsored by the Press Club of Cleveland, were presented at a reception on Friday.
Press Club of Cleveland Press Release  |  06-26-2007  8:24 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Alt-Weeklies Win Three James Beard Awardsnew

City Pages' Dara Moskowitz was the big winner last night as the annual James Beard Foundation Media Awards were announced in New York. She took home first place prizes in two categories: Newspaper, Newsletter, or Magazine Columns and Newspaper Writing on Spirits, Wine, or Beer (which she shared with The Wall Street Journal's Eric Felten). The Cleveland Scene's Elaine Cicora placed first in the Newspaper Feature Writing Without Recipes category. This marks the second year in a row that Moskowitz has won a James Beard Award.
James Beard Foundation  |  05-07-2007  2:49 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Religious Group Regularly Steals Cleveland Scene From Librarynew

Scene (bottom of page)  |  09-07-2006  1:07 pm  |  Industry News

Scene Can Expect Subpoena About Source of FBI Memonew

The Cleveland Free Times  |  07-07-2006  8:43 am  |  Industry News

Cleveland Scene Editor Dispenses Advice on White Trash Manners

Pete Kotz's upcoming book, "White Trash Etiquette" -- written under the nom de plume Dr. Verne Edstrom, Esq. -- merited his inclusion in a March 18 Washington Post article on "Trailer Park Chic," apparently a hot trend. He was also quoted in an April 3 San Jose Mercury News article on the trashy appeal of the TV show "My Name Is Earl." When questioned on his credentials by AAN News, Kotz said, "I'm probably a half-breed. I'm really good at drinking way too much whiskey and passing out on the asphalt behind the gas station, but I also have this sissy desk job, and the other day I used the word 'poignant,' which is like a gateway drug to much harder sins, like taking up golf. " Broadway Books will release "White Trash Etiquette" on June 13 with a beer-cozy tie-in.
04-03-2006  11:15 am  |  Industry News

Ohio 'Studying' Village Voice-New Times Mergernew

According to Cleveland's The Plain Dealer, Attorney General Jim Petro is looking for potential antitrust violations that would result from the merger. The paper quotes a senior attorney with Petro's office who said the deal "raises new concerns that combining these two publishing companies would eliminate or restrain competition between them in some markets where they operate rival newsweeklies with overlapping advertising and news coverage." (Ed.: VVM and New Times no longer operate "rival newsweeklies" in the same market.) The attorney was commenting in response to a letter complaining about the merger written by Terry Smith, the editor of AAN-member paper The Athens News.
The Plain-Dealer  |  12-19-2005  3:19 pm  |  Industry News

Adult Ad in Scene Newspaper Led to Blackmail of Amish Man

According to a United Press International story, a prostitute who advertised her nude house-cleaning service in Cleveland's Scene newspaper was arrested along with her boyfriend for allegedly scamming $67,000 from a 75-year-old Amish customer. The woman and her boyfriend were charged with extortion, theft from an elderly person and burglary for threatening to distribute incriminating pictures of the man to his church community.
12-16-2005  10:42 am  |  Industry News

Former Cleveland Scene Publisher Brings Amish News to the Web

Keith Rathbun has been the publisher of the Budget, a weekly newspaper for Amish and Mennonite readers, since he left the Cleveland Scene in 2000. Last week in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Rathbun announced plans to launch an online version of the Budget. (Of course, the Budget's typical reader doesn't access the Internet, so the Web site will be designed for those doing research.) Rathbun said the Budget is "a lot like the old Scene. That was a special paper, and I had a great time. I was a music fan, but I wasn't a big nightclub guy. I would rather kick back in this kind of lifestyle. It's fun again to publish."
11-28-2005  10:41 am  |  Industry News

Cleveland Plain Dealer Runs Probe Story After Scene Breaks Itnew

Editor & Publisher  |  07-21-2005  4:47 pm  |  Industry News

Cleveland's Scene Goes Where the Plain Dealer Won'tnew

Doug Clifton, editor of the Cleveland daily, recently admitted to keeping two stories "of profound importance" from readers. His contention: The stories, based on leaked documents, could ultimately force reporters to reveal sources or go to jail (see: Miller, Judith). This week, Scene broke one of those suppressed stories -- about the FBI's probe of former Cleveland Mayor Mike White -- in a cover story by Pete Kotz titled "City for Sale."
Scene  |  07-20-2005  5:52 pm  |  Industry News

Cleveland's Scene Turns 35new

Scene  |  07-07-2005  2:04 pm  |  Industry News

New Times Writers Dominate NABJ Awardsnew

The recipients of this year's National Association of Black Journalists Awards were announced Oct. 9 in Washington, D.C. New Times writers fared impressively, winning nine of the 22 awards handed out to newspapers with a circulation of 150,000 or less. Dallas Observer, Cleveland Scene, Phoenix New Times and New Times Broward-Palm Beach each had writers take home awards, while Riverfront Times writers won four awards -- including a clean sweep of the business category by Randall Roberts and Mike Seely. According to the NABJ, the awards recognize "outstanding coverage of people or important issues in the African diaspora."
National Association of Black Journalists  |  10-18-2004  2:43 pm  |  Industry News

AAN Papers Gorge on Food Journalism Awardsnew

On Oct. 9, the Association of Food Journalists named winners in its 2004 AFJ Awards Competition -- and Association of Alternative Newsweeklies member papers came out looking like pigs in the "Under 150,000 Circulation" division. Willamette Week, Independent Weekly, Creative Loafing (Atlanta) and Cleveland Scene each took home an award, while Houston Press garnered a pair. According to the AFJ Web site, the awards "recognize excellence in reporting, writing, and photography in all media, and newspaper food section design and content."
Association of Food Journalists  |  10-13-2004  11:32 am  |  Industry News

New Times Fares Well in Salute to Excellence Awardsnew

Finalists have been announced in the annual Salute to Excellence Awards sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists. More than half of the finalists named for papers with a circulation under 150,000 are from New Times papers. The Riverfront Times of St. Louis has four stories nominated, including two by staff writer Mike Seely. The Cleveland Scene boasts two finalists. Phoenix New Times, Dallas Observer and New Times Broward-Palm Beach are also represented on the short-list. Winners will be announced at the NABJ's awards banquet Oct. 9 in Washington, D.C.
National Association of Black Journalists  |  09-02-2004  6:08 pm  |  Industry News