PGN wins a slew of awards, again

by Chuck Colbert
Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) has done it again, recently winning a slew of awards from the Local Media Association and five from the Society of Professional Journalists.
“Please note that those awards represent almost all the departments here at PGN,” said publisher Mark Segal, writing in his “Mark My Words” column on April 30. “It’s why I am so proud of each and every one who works so hard each week to put out a product that not only we can take pride in, but is worthy of being published in the nation’s most LGBT-friendly city.
“While we’re proud of the awards we get from LGBT organizations, we are most proud of those we get from non-LGBT journalism media or press associations because we’re up against every weekly, or in some cases every newspaper, in the nation. And in that field, we can easily say we are the most award-winning newspaper for the LGBT community in the nation, period.”
Here is a list of the accolades:
• Community Service Award, third place
• Best Special Section, second place: World AIDS Day Supplement
• Best Opinion Column, second place: Mark My Words
• Best Breaking News Story, first place: “Pennsylvania Says ‘I Do’”
• Best Breaking News Story, honorable mention: “PA Treasurer Enters Marriage Fray”
• Best Local Election Coverage, second place: Philadelphia 2014 Primary Election
• Best Front Page, second place
• Best Non-Page One Layout, second place: Arts & Culture Feature    Story 
• Best Coverage Life Under 30, first place: LGBTQ Youth Supplement
• Best Arts & Entertainment Feature Writing, second place: “Meshell Ndegeocello’s New Album Burns Bright”
• Best Arts & Entertainment Writing, honorable mention: “Runaways Singer to Perform in Philly”
• Photo Story, first place: Philly Pride 2014 by Scott A. Drake
• Spot News Story, first place: “Pennsylvania Says ‘I Do’” by    
Jen Colletta, Angela Thomas, Scott A. Drake and Sean Dorn
• Editorial Writing, second place: Jen Colletta
• Spot News Story, second place: “City Mourns LGBT
director Gloria Casarez” by Jen Colletta and Sarah Blazucki
• Commentary, third place: “Mark My Words” by Mark Segal
In addition to these 16 recent awards, Segal noted, “Scott A. Drake received the SPJ’s 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Sports Photography — a first for any LGBT publication in this category. The Sigma Delta Chi Awards date back to 1932 and are among the premiere prizes given for professional journalism.”
Segal noted that last year, PGN was the first media for the LGBT community to win the Investigative journalism award along with the Wall Street Journal.
Volume 17
Issue 2

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