At this weekend's 55th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards in downtown Los Angeles, OC Weekly--while in competition with the likes of the Associated Press and Los Angeles Times--won eight awards*** in a range of categories including news, entertainment, business and sports reporting as well as art design.
First place honors went to Michelle Woo (personality profile) for "Jason Quinn Will Meet You at the Playground;" Matt Coker (sports reporting) for "Dick Baney and the Other Lost Boys of Summer;" and Gustavo Arellano (business reporting) for "Is Aaron Kushner the Pied Piper of Print?"
Second place honors went to Nate Jackson (entertainment news or feature reporting) for "The Ballad of Wade Michael Page;" Laila Derakshanian (art design) for "Anaheim Calling;" and Joel Beers (sports reporting) for "Muffin Spencer-Devlin is the Best Lesbian . . ."
Former Weekly staffer Vickie Chang won second place honors in the online feature category for her piece in The Atlantic, "The Punk Rocker Who Would Be Judge."
Martin Henderson, editor at the Rancho Santa Margarita Patch, was named online journalist of the year and given this weighty, deserving tribute by the judges: "His work serves as a model for the future of journalism on the Internet."
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In the talk/public affairs category for television, Rick Reiff, David Nazar and George Barker won third place honors for their work on the "SoCal Insider."
***The Orange County Register won one award, a third place for sports coverage.