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L.A. Weekly Wins Big At City Press Club Awardsnew

L.A. Weekly took home several L.A. Press Club Awards for its editorial, design and social media work. OC Weekly and Pasadena Weekly also came away as winners.
Los Angeles Press Club  |  07-08-2011  2:09 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Four Alt-Weeklies Among SoCal Journalism Awards Winners

The Los Angeles Press Club held its annual SoCal Journalism Awards last night and four AAN papers went home with honors. (FULL STORY)
Los Angeles Press Club  |  06-28-2010  5:48 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

SoCal Journalism Award Finalists Include a Handful of Alt-Weekliesnew

The Los Angeles Press Club has announced the finalists for its 52nd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards, and four AAN members and one alt-weekly affiliated columnist are in the running this year. LA Weekly has 23 finalists in 14 categories, including Journalist of the Year (Patrick Range McDonald and Christine Pelisek), Entertainment Journalist (Scott Foundas), Designer (Darrick Rainey) and Online Journalist (Dennis Romero). OC Weekly has five finalists in five categories, including Journalist of the Year (R. Scott Moxley) and Designer (Kelly Lewis). The Pasadena Weekly has seven finalists in six categories, and the Ventura County Reporter has one finalist. Meanwhile, Advice Goddess Amy Alkon is a finalist for five awards, including Journalist of the Year. Winners will be announced on June 27.
Los Angeles Press Club (PDF)  |  05-27-2010  8:54 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Nine California AAN Members Take Home State Press Awardsnew

The California Newspaper Publishers Association recently gave out 480 first and second place awards in its 2009 Better Newspapers contest, and nine alt-weeklies received at least one. The Sacramento News & Review won ten awards, including firsts for Public Service, Columns, Sports Story, Front Page, Freedom of Information. SF Weekly won seven awards, including first-place finishes for Writing, Investigative/Enterprise Reporting and Environmental/Ag Resource Reporting. The North Coast Journal won six awards, including firsts in the Writing, Local News Coverage, Business/Financial Story and Environmental/Ag Resource Reporting categories. Palo Alto Weekly took home five awards -- all first-place wins -- in the Editorial Comment, Local News Coverage, Sports Coverage, Feature Photo, Best Website and General Excellence categories. Chico News & Review won two awards, both firsts, for Editorial Pages and Special Issue. Pacific Sun also took home two awards, both firsts, for Feature Story and Lifestyle Coverage. Metro Silicon Valley, Pasadena Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian each took home one award.
California Newspaper Publishers Association  |  04-26-2010  11:14 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Pasadena Weekly Arts Writer Co-Hosting Radio Shownew

Carl Kozlowski, who is also a stand-up comic, is the co-creator and host of "Grand Theft Audio: The Jake, Brant & Carl Show," a weekly comedy show that launched in July on internet radio station LA Talk Radio.
LA Observed  |  12-10-2009  9:55 am  |  Industry News

Pasadena Weekly Celebrates 25 Years

This week's issue includes columns by former owner Jim Laris and current editor Kevin Uhrich, who has been with the paper since 1996. There's also a timeline and a series of short reminisces from a number of alumni, including former LA Reader owner James Vowell and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Steve Coll, the paper's first editor.
Pasadena Weekly  |  08-03-2009  4:17 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

L.A. Weekly Wins Big in Southern California Journalism Awardsnew

The Weekly, competing with other large-circulation newspapers, won a total of 13 awards in the annual competition sponsored by the LA Press Club. Staff writer Christine Pelisek had a big night, winning first-place honors for Feature, Hard News and Investigative/Series (where she also received an Honorable Mention). Pelisek also finished second for Journalist of the Year. The Weekly placed first in three additional categories: Columnist, Entertainment News or Feature and Political Coverage. Syndicated "Advice Goddess" columnist Amy Alkon also took home a first-place win for Headline Writing in the large-circ category. Amongst the smaller papers, three AAN members were recognized for their work. OC Weekly won three first-place awards, for Design, Entertainment News or Feature and Entertainment Reviews/Criticism/Column. Pasadena Weekly won three awards, and the late LA CityBeat won one.
LA Press Club (Word Document)  |  06-16-2009  8:48 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Pasadena Weekly Editor Gets Annenberg Fellowshipnew

Deputy editor Joe Piasecki was chosen last month for the Annenberg Fellowship at the University of Southern California, which requires two semesters of study in USC's graduate-level Specialized Journalism program and includes a $20,000 stipend. In addition, a number of Pasadena Weekly writers, along with scribes from sister papers LA CityBeat and Ventura County Weekly, have been been nominated for the Los Angeles Press Club's 51st Annual Southern California Journalism Awards. L.A. Weekly and OC Weekly also have a large number of nominees in the awards contest.
Pasadena Weekly | L.A. Weekly  |  05-18-2009  7:58 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Pasadena Weekly Editor Mourns 'A Death in the Family'new

Noting that Los Angeles CityBeat was "pretty much birthed here in the offices of the Pasadena Weekly," Kevin Uhrich looks back at the life of his Southland Publishing sister paper, which folded last week. He also asks the obvious question: Could the same fate befall the Weekly? "I don't think so," he writes. "However, I can say with some certainty -- just by virtue of being on staff with one of the few papers still upright on a rapidly diminishing print media landscape -- that if that day ever comes, there will probably be no newspapers around anymore to note our passing."
Pasadena Weekly  |  04-03-2009  9:31 am  |  Industry News

Man Who Allegedly Stole Pasadena Weekly News Boxes Arrestednew

Pasadena police say they arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of grand theft yesterday. They think he's responsible for stealing 18 Pasadena Weekly news boxes over the past few months. The boxes, which are bolted to the ground, may have been stolen for their metal, cops say. MORE: In other thievery news, Las Vegas CityLife reports that a bill is being considered in Nevada that would make taking more than 10 copies of a free newspaper a misdemeanor.
Pasadena Star-News  |  03-13-2009  9:10 am  |  Industry News

Pasadena Weekly Received Obama Assassination-Threat Letternew

In August, in an envelope with a fake name and address, the Weekly received the piece of paper pictured at left, the paper reports in last week's cover story. "After sharing the letter's twisted contents with Deputy Editor Joe Piasecki and City Reporter Andre Coleman, we duplicated it for our own investigation and possible use in a future story, and then turned all the evidence over to the cops," editor Kevin Uhrich notes. "They, in turn, turned all of that over to the Secret Service. The cops took all our names, phone numbers and emails for federal agents, but the Secret Service has not called us and will not comment now when we call them with questions. Apparently they are very busy these days with all sorts of open or veiled threats being made against our new president."
Pasadena Weekly  |  12-08-2008  2:35 pm  |  Industry News

California Alt-Weeklies Take Home Dozens of State Awardsnew

The California Newspaper Publishers Association announced the winners of its annual Better Newspapers Contest on Saturday, and nine AAN members won a total of 38 awards. The Sacramento News & Review won a total of nine awards, five of which were first-place finishes, including a General Excellence win. "The News & Review is a salty and irreverent weekly packed with excellent coverage of news and culture, multiple voices in columns and two pages of letters," the judges wrote. "Its colorful design is inviting and, praises to the sales department, it is packed with ads." In addition, Palo Alto Weekly also won nine total awards; the North Coast Journal won eight; Chico News & Review won four; the San Francisco Bay Guardian won three; Metro Silicon Valley won two; and the Pacific Sun, Pasadena Weekly and SF Weekly each took home one award. CORRECTION: The Santa Barbara Independent also won five awards.
California Newspaper Publishers Association (pdf)  |  10-27-2008  9:09 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Pasadena Weekly Contributor Co-Authors Humor Book

The satirical advice book that Weekly writer Carl Kozlowski wrote with Chicago-based standup comic Tim Joyce was actually originally published in August 2001. Back then, it was titled Life: The Final Frontier, and it was gaining steam as the authors made the press rounds to promote it, according to Kozlowski. Then came 9/11, and "book companies panicked and dumped on writers like us," he tells AAN News. The duo stuck with it, though, determined to have their book be a success. They wrote about 80 new pages of material on life amidst the war on terror and created a new version of the book, Seize the Day Job! The Humor Book Al Qaeda Kept You From Reading, which was released this May. For more, visit Kozlowski's website.
AAN News  |  09-24-2008  1:24 pm  |  Industry News

Pasadena Weekly Editors on Deleting Online Contentnew

With web archives getting more robust by the day, more sources are asking editors to change or delete old quotes and comments, Online Journalism Review reports. Reporter Elizabeth Zwerling talks to a few papers about how they've handled such requests, including the Pasadena Weekly, which in 2006 decided to remove the name of an ex-con from an archived story, six months after it came out in print. The story, on Crips co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams, featured quotes from a man who said he'd been in prison with Williams. The man had been charged with raping and sodomizing his former girlfriend, and convicted of assault -- information that was included in the story, along with the man's claims of innocence. "Our first reaction was 'no don't change it'," deputy editor Joe Piasecki says. "I tend to say that unless (the reporter) screwed up, don't change it." Piasecki, who was also the reporter for the story, says the paper made an exception in this case because the man wasn't familiar with the internet and his quotes weren't that important in the context of the story. The paper ultimately took the man's name out but kept the quotes in. "The guy said every time he applied for a job they Googled his name and this was the only hit," Piasecki says. "We took his name out so he could move on with his life."
Online Journalism Review  |  08-29-2007  8:50 am  |  Industry News