Your favorite rag did pretty damn good last night at the Los Angeles Press Club Awards considering we're not even from Los Angeles. Daffodil Altan won first place for Sports profile in a paper with a circulation under 100,000 for her profile of SanTana boxer Ronny Rios, while former staffer Luke Y. Thompson was a winner in the Entertainment criticism category under 100,000 for his review of Transformers. Even more impressively, however, this very Navel Gazing won for best group blog in Southern California media, beating out Reason magazine and the Los Angeles Times. Lil' ol' us!
Those of us in attendance thought we lost for sure after presenter (and KTLA-TV Channel 5 entertainment reporter) Sam Rubin said the winning blog was “hugely popular”–we know ustedes readers love us, but not that much! Judges said of Navel Gazing, “This blog covered a nice range of subjects, with sharp writing, It was analytical and interesting.” Special congrats to former Weekly web editrix Janine Kahn, now spreading her magic at our sister paper, SF Weekly. And, of course, this blog would be nothing without our faithful commentators–y'all know who you are. Gracias on behalf of all of us at Navel Gazing–until then, keep leaving wacky comments!