CL named AAN Award finalist in two categories

Carmichael recognized for columns; Davis, Chambers, English nominated for photography


  • Joeff Davis
  • This image from a recent photo essay about people who live under bridges along the Downtown Connector was one of nine that helped CL earn a nomination in the Photography category.

Gather ‘round, friends and enemies! The Association of Alternative Newsmedia this afternoon announced the finalists for the organization’s 2013 awards - and CL snagged several slots.

CL staff writer Rodney Carmichael has been nominated in the Columnist (Circulation over 50,000) category for his print and online columns about the portrayal of African-Americans in the media, going shopping for guns with his mom, and visiting New Birth Baptist Church in the wake of President Barack Obama’s about-face on gay marriage - and Pastor Eddie Long’s scandal. Carmichael was part of the team that produced the AAN Award-winning 2010 Music Issue, which featured his oral history about the making of Outkast’s “Aquemini.”

CL’s photo team of Joeff Davis, Dustin Chambers, and Brandon English were named finalists in the Photography (Circulation over 50,000) category for a wide range of photos, including images from our election coverage, photo essay about homeless people living under bridges along the Downtown Connector, and CL’s Favorite Places special issue. Here’s a gallery of the images we submitted for consideration. Today’s announcement marks the fourth year in a row that Davis and CL have been recognized for its photography. (The photo desk won the award two of those years.)

It was a good day for the entire Southcomm family, actually. The Nashville Scene received four five nominations for its arts features, music blog, staff blog, music criticism, and editorial layout. Davis’ photos helped earn CL’s sister paper in Tampa a nomination in the Photography (Circulation under 50,000) category. The paper was also recognized for its coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. CL Charlotte’s John Grooms is a finalist in the Column-Political (Circulation under 50,000) category. Washington City Paper earned a nomination for its cover designs by Jandos Rothstein. And the Kansas City Pitch is vying for awards in the beat reporting and arts criticism categories.

And we’d be remiss for not applauding the Chicago Reader, a former sister paper led by former CL editor Mara Shalhoup which is now owned by the Chicago Sun-Times’ parent Wrapports, for its three nominations.

The winners will be announced on July 13 in Miami.