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CENTRAL VOICE, based in Middletown, Penn., received top honors in the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation’s annual Newspaper of the Year contest. In addition to being named second place for Newspaper of the Year in its division, it also was the winner of a General Excellence Award. The newspaper took first place awards in Advertising Excellence, Diversity and Community Service. Second place honors were won in the categories of News Presentation Excellence, Editorial & Commentary Excellence, Best Use of Photography, and Promotion.
JEN COLLETTA, former editor and current columnist at PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS, and her wife ASHLEE TURTURRO welcomed their son JACKSON ANTHONY into the world on August 7, 2018.
DAVE RHODES’ HUMP DAY news blog on www.THELEATHERJOURNAL.com celebrated its first anniversary on August 9, 2018.
GOGUIDE MAGAZINE, based in Iowa City, Iowa, entered its third year of publication with its September 2018 issue, which is also its annual Campus Edition.
PINK TRIANGLE PRESS, Canada’s leading LGBT media organization and parent of XTRA and DAILYXTRA.com, announced the appointment of RACHEL GIESE as XTRA’s director of editorial, effective November 5, 2018. She will lead a team of journalists in Toronto and Vancouver. An award-winning writer and editor based in Toronto, Giese recently published her first book, “Boys: What It Means To Be A Man,” which will be released in the U.S. later this year by SEAL PRESS. She also writes a column for CHATELAINE magazine, where she has been editor at large for four years.
LYDIA POLGREEN, editor in chief at HUFFPOST, is the recipient of the 2018 RANDY SHILTS Award for LGBTQ Coverage. She was named editor in chief in December 2016 after spending nearly 15 years at THE NEW YORK TIMES, where she most recently led an initiative to expand its audience outside the United States. Prior to that, she served as deputy international editor, the South Africa bureau chief, a correspondent for the New Delhi bureau and chief of the West Africa bureau. Before joining The Times, Polgreen was a reporter in Florida and New York. She began her career as assistant editor and business manager for THE WASHINGTON MONTHLY in D.C.
DONNA SACHET, an entertainer and activist in San Francisco, is the new columnist at the SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIMES. The column, called “Donna’s Chronicles,” will bring readers a personal view of important events in the LGBT community and San Francisco at large.
THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIMES hosted a 40th anniversary panel, called “Four Decades of an LGBT Free Press,” on September 28, 2018, at the GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM reuniting the newspaper’s founding members, including CLEVE JONES, RANDY ALFRED, DR. BILL LIPSKY, ANDREA SHORTER, RAFAEL MANDELMAN, SUSAN CALICO and M.J. LALLO.
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