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THE CENTRAL VOICE, based in Middletown, Penn., won second place in in its division for Newspaper of the Year by the PENNSYLVANIA NEWSMEDIA ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION. It also won the General Excellence Award as well as first place awards in Advertising Excellence, Diversity, and Community Service. It won second place honors for News Presentation Excellence, Editorial & Commentary Excellence, Best Use of Photography, and Promotion.
ROWAN COLLINS announced last month that he is stepping down as editor of THE EMPTY CLOSET, based in Rochester, N.Y. He is also leaving his position as Communications Director at the OUT ALLIANCE, which publishes the magazine.
ECHOMAG, based in Phoenix, Ariz., celebrated its 29th anniversary with its October 2018 issue.
CHARLES FLOWERS, founder and editor of the LGBTQ literary magazine BLOOM, was officially appointed the new City of West Hollywood Poet Laureate on October 17, 2018, by WeHo’s City Council.
GOGUIDE MAGAZINE, based in Iowa City, announced that it is fully funded through 2019.
HOTSPOTS, based in Oakland Park, Fla., announced that HARRY MIRANDA is its new Account Executive for Central Florida. He has been perviously associated with the magazine as an event planner and marketing specialist.
OUT IN JERSEY, based in Trenton, N.J., entered its 24th year of publication with its December 2018 / January 2019 issue.
PEACH ATL, based in Atlanta, introduced a new feature in its October 24, 2018, issue called KING’S CORNER. In it, columnist SCOTT KING offers advice and wisdom based on reader questions.
THE PRIDE, based in Los Angeles, entered its third year of publication with its November 2, 2018, issue.
Q, based in Atlanta, celebrated its first anniversary with its November 15, 2018, issue.
SOUTH FLORIDA GAY NEWS, based in Wilton Manors, Fla., won five FLORIDA PRESS CLUB Excellence in Journalism Awards last month, including two first place wins. Executive Editor JASON PARSLEY won three of the awards, including first place in General Writing and Minority Reporting as well as second place for in-depth reporting. Art Director BRENDON LIES took second place in Artist Illustration, and the newspaper took third place in the Special Section category for its coverage of the one-year commemoration of the Pulse nightclub massacre, which included stories by freelancers DENISE ROYAL and MICHAEL D’OLIVEIRA.
JIM STEWART, a columnist for the BAY AREA REPORTER’s BARTAB section and a Folsom Street leather pioneer, died on October 15, 2018 of pneumonia at his home in Ludington, Mich., where he had retired. He was also the author and cover model of his 2011 award-winning memoir FOLSOM STREET BLUES as well as a photographer for DRUMMER magazine. Stewart was 75.
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