On Saturday night, the Alaska Commons team (or at least those of us near Anchorage and able to find a babysitter on what also turned out to be Prom night) attended the Alaska Press Club awards dinner.
The Alaska Press Club competition is judged by peers working within the journalism industry. The awards were announced and handed at the end of the annual Alaska Press Club conference, a three-day sprint of production workshops, current events panels, and arguments over whether “Outside” should be capitalized or not (the consensus came down on the side of capitalization).
Your intrepid Alaska Commons team did not strive in vain. We are honored to report that we received a total of nine awards for our blood, sweat, and tears. Thank you, loyal readers, for your patronage and feedback over the past year. We couldn’t do what we do without you — and wouldn’t want to, that would seem a bit ridiculous, wouldn’t it?
Thanks for tuning in throughout 2013, and here’s to another year of covering this amazing community. We hope you’ll hang a round, it’s sure to be a wild ride.
Best Commentary Blog (All Media): First Place – Alaska Commons
Best Sports Game/Event Story: Second Place
- The 2013 Native Youth Olympics: “atausiq, malġuk, piŋasut, ki!” by Warren Jones
Best Headline Writing: First Place by John Aronno
- Just Another One of those Recreational Explosions
- Senator Coghill’s Substitute for Nullification: Rebuking Presumptive Federal Laws with Style.
- Bill O’Reilly Mansplains Alaska to the Boston Herald
- Mayor Sullivan’s Affordable Tennis Act
Leslie Ann Murray Award for Best Editorial or Commentary (All Media): First Place
- The Easy Way Out: Guns, Suicide, and Me by Warren Jones
Leslie Ann Murray Award for Best Editorial or Commentary (All Media): Second Place
- HB69: A National Disgrace by John Aronno
The Suzan Nightingale Award for Best Columnist: First Place
- John Aronno: On Politics by John Aronno
Best Education Reporting: First Place
- ‘UAA Ugh?’ Students Hijack University’s Branding Campaign by John Aronno
Best Short Feature: Second Place
Best Short Feature: Third Place
- Here’s to the Mothers on the Bus by Rebecca Barker
(Unless otherwise noted, all awards were placed in the Print – Small Division.)