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Miami New Times, Palo Alto Weekly, Westword Win Sigma Delta Chi Awards

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism are given out by the Society of Professional Journalists. (FULL STORY)
SPJ  |  04-22-2014  4:30 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

How I Got That Story: Alan Prendergast

Coming from a liberal arts education and working with publications such as The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Newsweek, Alan Prendergast acknowledges his background is “a little different” from other reporters within the alternative press. (FULL STORY)
AAN Staff  |  08-05-2011  7:26 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Best of the West 2011 Honors Seven Altsnew

The recent Best of the West journalism contest honored several alt-weeklies, including the Houston Press, Phoenix New Times, SF Weekly and Denver's Westword, which each picked up first-place honors.
The Best of the West  |  06-22-2011  4:06 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

SPJ Announces Sigma Delta Chi Awardsnew

Writers for Miami New Times, Philadelphia City Paper, and Westword have been named as Sigma Delta Chi Award honorees by the national Society of Professional Journalists.
The Society of Professional Journalists  |  05-10-2011  4:31 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Westword Pot Critic Helps Change Colorado Driving-While-Stoned Bill

A Colorado Senate committee this week amended a proposed bill that would have set THC driving limits, saying the limit needed further study, thanks to an assist from Westword's pot critic. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  04-20-2011  2:40 pm  |  Industry News

New York Times Avoids Gratuitous Puns in Medical Marijuana Storynew

The New York Times says medical marijuana ads are giving alt-weeklies a financial boost.
New York Times  |  10-05-2010  9:52 am  |  Industry News

VVM Releases Five Free iPhone Apps

City Pages (Twin Cities), Houston Press, Phoenix New Times, Village Voice, and Westword have each released free iPhone apps with event listings, restaurant reviews and slideshows. (FULL STORY)
Village Voice Media  |  07-29-2010  3:35 pm  |  Industry News

CNN Interviews Westword's Pot Criticnew

Westword medical marijuana critic William Breathes was interviewed by CNN for a yet to be aired business segment.
Westword  |  07-22-2010  3:32 pm  |  Industry News

Record Crowd Shows Up For Westword Music Showcasenew

Over 11,000 people attended the sixteenth annual Westword Music Showcase in Denver over the weekend. It was the highest attendance in the history of the annual event, of which Westword's Dave Herrera said is "like Denver's answer to South By Southwest."
Westword  |  06-21-2010  2:03 pm  |  Industry News

The Pitch Names New Editornew

Current Westword web editor Joe Tone has been named the next editor of The Pitch. He will take over for C.J. Janovy, who is moving on to a communications job at the University of Kansas Medical Center. "I'm just thrilled about getting to Kansas City and getting to work," says Tone, who has also served as the managing editor at Cleveland Scene. "The city is obviously brimming with great stories, and The Pitch newsroom is well armed to tell them. Filling those ass-kicking boots of C.J.'s is going to be no small feat, but I'm looking forward to trying."
The Pitch  |  06-09-2010  11:26 am  |  Industry News

Westword Receives Award for its Medical Marijuana Coveragenew

The Denver alt-weekly received a "press vape" award for the best medical marijuana coverage of last year at the Colorado Cannabis Caregiver's Cup this weekend. Timothy Tipton, owner of the Rocky Mountain Caregivers Cooperative and organizer of the Cup, says Westword has excelled at covering "the medical marijuana community from a political standpoint, as well as making extra efforts to do reviews ... and provide service to the community."
Westword  |  06-03-2010  10:51 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Three Alt-Weekly Writers Pick Up James Beard Awardsnew

Writers from the Chicago Reader, L.A. Weekly and Westword all took home top prizes at this year's James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards, which recognize excellence in food writing. The Reader's Cliff Doerksen won in the Newspaper Feature Writing category for his feature on mince pie, and Westword's Jared Jacang Maher came out on top in the Newspaper Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs category for his piece on the pay-what-you-want SAME Cafe. Meanwhile, the Weekly's Pulitzer-winning food critic Jonathan Gold added another awards notch to his belt with a win in the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Reviews category.
James Beard Foundation  |  05-03-2010  1:56 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

The Daily Show Stops by Westword's Office to Hang with the Pot Criticnew

The Daily Show is in Denver this week to report on the city's booming medical marijuana industry, and a crew stopped by the Westword office on Monday, where correspondent Jason Jones interviewed pot critic William Breathes -- and took a hit off a gas mask bong.
Westword  |  04-15-2010  9:17 am  |  Industry News

Westword Staff Writer Gets CJR Laurelnew

Calling Alan Prendergast's reporting on how a Wisconsin-based insurance company fought one of its policyholders in court a "riveting tale," CJR's Trudy Lieberman says he "revealed much about the inner workings of an insurance company ... provid[ing] a kind of an insurance 101." She concludes that Prendergast's work proves that the alternative press "can expose the real story" while the mainstream media "continues its obsession with politics and pony races."
CJR  |  03-31-2010  9:27 am  |  Industry News

Columnist: Westword Editor 'is a Denver Fixture'new

Saying her presence in Denver is "as durable as the U.S. Mint," Denver Post columnist Bill Husted sits down for a few drinks with Patricia Calhoun for his "Bar & Grilled" column. Their wide-ranging conversation touches on everything from why she drinks beer ("I read an article that said women in business should not drink beer because it wasn't professional. And I am enough of a contrarian that I decided to embrace beer with a vengeance.") to why she's stayed with Westword for 33 years ("I guess I haven't found anything more interesting than what I am doing now.") to how she would describe the alt-weekly ("We're bossy, and we're glossy.").
Denver Post  |  03-26-2010  8:53 am  |  Industry News