See our fourth finalist staffer in the update near the end of this post.
Three Four OC Weekly staffers are finalists for awards in the Los Angeles Press Club's 52nd annual Southern California Journalism Awards, including nominees for journalist and designer of the year.
As previously announced, R. Scott Moxley, the Weekly's senior editor of news & investigations, is up for "Best of Show Journalist of the Year" in the print category for publications with more than 50,000 circulation. Other nominees in that category include two reporters from our sister publication, LA Weekly: Patrick Range McDonald and Christine Pelisek. Rounding out the category is Amy Alkon of Creator's Syndicate (she is also up for the same award in the under 50,000 circulation category) and Alana Semuels of the Los Angeles Times. Whoever is singled out receives a $1,000 cash prize.
OC Weekly art director Kelly Lewis and LA Weekly creative director Darrick Rainey are alone in the Designer of the Year print category for publications with more than 50,000 circulation.
Both also have work nominated in the Design category for daily or weekly newspapers with more than 50,000 circulation. Lewis is up for "Best Of OC 2009," while Rainey gets three nods: "Bad Little Suburban Boys"; "Left To Themselves" and "Help Is On The Way." Also named as a finalist is the Los Angeles Daily News staff for "Transformation."
OC Weekly staff writer Gustavo Arellano is a finalist for his Ask a Mexican column. Other finalists in the Columnist category for daily or weekly newspapers with more than 50,000 circulation are: Gendy Alimurung, LA Weekly; Mariel Garza, LA Daily News; and LA Times veterans Patrick Goldstein ("The Big Picture") and George Skelton ("Capitol Journal").
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Awards will be presented at a June 27 gala at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. It's been announced that CNN's Anderson Cooper, CBS2/KCAL9 political reporter Dave Bryan and NPR foreign correspondent Anne Garrells will receive the club's highest honors.
Vickie Chang, OC Weekly's web editor, is a finalist in two categories for publications with more than 50,000 circulation. Her story on Skitch Hitchcock is up for Personality Profile, against pieces by LA Weekly's Pelisek and former film editor Scott Foundas, the LA Times' Esmeralda Bermudez and a single piece by Kevin Butler, Pamela Hale-Burns, Kristopher Hanson and Karen Robles Meeks of the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Meanwhile, Chang's story on Josh Freese is a finalist for Entertainment News or Feature. Other finalists in that category are John Horn of the LA Times, Martha Sarabia of La Opinion and Bloomberg News' Andy Fixmer, for one piece with Sarab Rabil and a second with Michael White.
Our Orange County Register pals Peggy Lowe, Michael Goulding, Lenin Aviles and Julie Gallego are also up for an award for their Multi Media Package titled "work." The four other finalists in that category are from the LA Times.