Like almost every other newspaper in the state, the Weekly took home some awards from the Arizona Newspapers Association Better Newspapers Contest. We took home 10 of 'em, in fact.
In the non-dailies more than 10,000 circulation category, the Weekly earned four first-place honors: Renée Downing, in the Best News Feature Story category, for "Deadly Waters" (Nov. 6, 2003); Margaret Regan, in the Best Lifestyle Feature category, for "Margaret Sanger: Tucson's Irish Rebel" (March 11); and, most stunningly, James DiGiovanna, in the Best Column, Feature or Critic category, for his extremely controversial "The Gore of the Christ" (March 4). Finally, Weekly staff and contributors won first place for Reporting and News Writing Excellence.
Second-place winners were Jim Nintzel, in the Best News Story category, for "Budget Crunch" (April 29), and Tom Danehy, in the Best Column, Analysis/Commentary category, for "Off Color" (Oct. 9, 2003).
Third-place winners were Margaret Regan, in the Best News Feature Category, for "A Christmas Crossing" (Dec. 25, 2003), and Weekly staff and contributors for Page Design Excellence.
Honorable mentions went to James Reel, in the Best News Story category, for "Up in Smoke" (June 26, 2003) and Weekly staff and contributors for Departmental News and Copy Editing excellence.
Congrats to all the winners.