The all-knowing judges of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia's annual awards — the Georgetown University Master's in Professional Studies Program in Journalism — have named Creative Loafing as a finalist in five categories, pitting your humble scribes and designers against some of the top alt media in the country. And yes, best staff blog is one of 'em.
CL's editorial board has been nominated in the categories of column (I; II; III) and political column (I, II, III). Staff Writer Rodney Carmichael's "Body Politic" cover story is in the running for best LGBT/Gender Equality coverage. Design Director Wes Duvall has been named as a finalist in the illustration category for his work on Carmichael's piece. And Fresh Loaf, this wretched stream of consciousness and bile you see before you, is in the running for best staff blog. We won first place last year in the same category.
Fellow travelers on the Southcomm Mothership also fared very well. In the over 45,000 circulation division, The Washington City Paper has been nominated for best beat reporting, food writing, photography, and multimedia presentation. The Nashville Scene is competing in the column, music writing, food writing, public service, editorial layout, and illustration categories. The Pitch is a finalist in the arts criticism category for publications with circulation under 45,000. And the Cinncinnati City Beat is competing for best arts feature, cover design, and innovation/format buster awards.
Here's the full list of finalists with links. Winners will be announced on July 18 at the AAN Convention in Salt Lake City.
About a week ago, I got an email from Dan Smigrod, a local photographer who specializes in interactive digital tours through his company We Get Around. He said he had some new tech he thought we might like to experiment with in a story. We've collaborated with Dan before on 360-degree panoramic tours of Pullman Yard and the Clermont Hotel. He now had the ability, he explained, to create virtual 3-D models of multi-level spaces, kind of like digital dollhouses for viewers to explore. The tech has been used to showcase real estate, but what about storytelling?
John Ruch's story about Civil Rights Tours Atlanta, Tom Houck's three-hour bus tour that stops "at popular Civil Rights Movement destinations like Ebenezer Baptist Church as well as lesser-known landmarks like [Martin Luther King Jr.]’s final residence located at 234 Sunset Avenue in Vine City" was already slated for publication this week. The 47th anniversary of King's assassination is April 4. CL Photo Editor Joeff Davis suggested a tour of Ebenezer Baptist Church, a place many people around the world have heard of because of King and the Civil Rights Movement, but may not have necessarily visited. So we sent Dan to Auburn Avenue to see how close his 3-D tour might feel to the real thing. Here, he answers some questions about the Matterport 3-D platform he used to create the tour, how you can use it to explore Ebenezer Baptist Church, and how virtual reality might impact the future of journalism.
Nearly every day of the week, the staff of CL opens up their laptops and writes blog posts. And nearly every day, people read 'em. Some posts do well. Others don't! Over the past year, we've covered political campaigns, city controversies, and cultural issues. We've marched alongside Ferguson protesters and survived the Snowpocalypse. As we prepare to power down the compound for the evening, we look back on the year's most widely read blog posts.
1. "On sex tapes, shower rods, and porn's racial politics." Rodney got deep on this one.
2. "Krog Tunnel buffed in protest of masquerade ball." A party promoter's plan to close off the graffiti-covered tunnel and throw a masked soiree didn't sit well with residents. Or artists who had painted the tunnel over the years.
3. "Shower, massage, sex." This post is actually from 2008 but for some reason — we're guessing it's the headline, search-engine optimization, and Atlantans and tourists' curiousness about massage parlors — generates large numbers of pageviews.
4. "Witnesses: motorist intentionally hit bicyclist in Piedmont Heights, left scene." The hit-and-run case involving bicyclist and Atlanta Time Machine creator Greg Germani outraged the community.
5. "The Gold Dome bill to regulate Uber and Lyft has been introduced and it's a doozy." The legislation regulating the tech companies ultimately went nowhere but supporters will try again during the next legislative session.
6. "Goodbye, Atlanta Braves. Hello, Atlanta Surge?" Two professional baseball teams in metro Atlanta? Say what?
7. "'Kick-Ass Mall Cop' Darien Long is back at Downtown's Metro Mall." You can't keep a GoPro-outfitted mall manager who's quick with a tazer down.
8. "Blondie gives Lady Gaga a piece of her mind at the Clermont Lounge." Learn from the master.
9. "Work begins on mammoth Your DeKalb Farmers Market expansion." In the quest to make one of metro Atlanta's largest grocery stores even more massive, a forest becomes a moonscape.
As always, thanks for reading, commenting, sending us tips, disagreeing with us, agreeing with us, critiquing us, and helping us explore the city. We wouldn't be here without our readers. Have a safe and happy night. We'll see you in 2015.
If you're reading this you should be back in bed. It's a holiday and we, the tireless writers and photographers, of the Creative Loafing family are nestled in our bomb shelters. Or we went fishing or something. Expect light posting today unless major news breaks. We'll be back tomorrow. Have a safe and happy holiday. Thanks for reading.
It's Dec. 19 so it's time for a list. But a list you won't find anywhere else on the internet. This week I asked CL editorial staffers to each pick her/his ultimate best favorite Creative Loafing story from 2014 that they didn't write. Of course, most people sent over multiple picks rather than just one. The following group of stories includes everything from blog posts about comics to longform investigations. It shows the breadth of coverage CL accomplished in the past year and the versatility of the writers here. I'd be interested to know what our readers might add to this list from the past year, and what y'all would like to see more of in the future in the comments below. Here's to 2015!
Debbie Michaud, Editor: My favorite part of my job is working with writers over a period of weeks and sometimes months to develop cover stories. We had some great ones this year, from Max's oral history of the Rock*A*Teens to Rodney, Gavin, Christina, and Dustin's work on "Straight Outta Stankonia" to "Body Politic," Rodney's smart, compelling, and fresh look at the economics and gender politics behind ATL strip clubs. (I'm already listing too many.) But my favorite story is probably the immigrant photo essay Joeff Davis made for our July 4 issue. This was a verrrry last minute idea I had to fill a cover hole and Joeff jumped at the opportunity. In about a week, amid everything else he was doing, he made time to scout, interview, and photograph a diverse group of Atlantans. The result was an incredibly personal look at the complex range of people and experiences that make up Atlanta. On a very tight deadline nonetheless. Shout out to Thomas Wheatley for the smart intro for that feature.
I also really loved Jennifer Zyman's Kimball House review!
Meagan Mastriani, Digital Editor: This is tough, but Rodney's cover "Searching for Sweet Auburn" is an all-time favorite of mine. It has everything you want in a story: engaging characters, powerful imagery, and compelling personal narratives framed by a larger (well-researched) social and historical context. It raises important questions about redevelopment, seeks answers, and then questions those answers. It leaves you thinking (and feeling).
Chad Radford, Music Editor: I liked reading "How Sally Bethea cleaned up Atlanta’s water."
Max Blau, Staff Writer: There were a lot of stories I loved from CL staffers and contributors this year (in chronological order): Joeff Davis' Clermont Hotel photos, Matt Garbett's "Atlanta's not a world-class city" column, Stephanie Dazey's piece on the history of Atlanta's farmers markets, and Thomas Wheatley's HIV reporting. But the story that I liked the most had to be Rodney Carmichael's piece "Meet the Babymaker" that looked at the lives of Alana Thompson and Tonya Allen, a same-sex couple who went through the long and (technically) illegal process of artificial insemination. The two did so in a state where gay marriage is illegal, yet where family values are traditionally embraced. His story humanized their relatively simple desire to start a family and how it became far more complicated than it should ever be.
Yes, even the hard-working drones of Creative Loafing take holidays off. We'll be dining on tofurky, sipping aged boxed wine, and speaking in very loud voices with family members today and tomorrow.
If you're hankering for some reading material to save you from Uncle Felton's political monologues, revisit our rundown of Tuesday night's protest coverage, Curt Holman's holiday movie preview, an undocumented immigrant's take on President Barack Obama's immigration overhaul, or an interview with MINT Gallery's new creative director.
Expect few updates aside from our daily rundown of things to do around town unless major news breaks. Have a safe and happy holiday. As always, thanks for reading and helping make this city a wonderful place.
You can cast your vote until Friday, Sept. 12. Winning stories will be announced during a "special event" at the Atlanta History Center on December 9. Help us live forever!
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