By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
Phoenix New Times won 14 first-place awards in the state Press Club's 2010 Best Journalism in Arizona contest — including for the paper's comprehensive national immigration series, "Amongst U.S."
The newspaper received more than 40 awards overall for work during 2010.
Sarah Fenske, a former New Times staff writer and columnist who now is managing editor of this publication's sister paper in St. Louis, was named first runner-up for the Virg Hill Journalist of the Year Award, and New Times art director Peter Storch was first runner-up for Designer of the Year.
Storch also won first place in Cover Design, sharing the honor with assistant art director John Walters and photographer Jamie Peachey, for work on "Tater Tot," the cover image for a feature on now-Congressman Ben Quayle. The judge said, "The image says it all. Love the restraint here."
Michael Lacey, Monica Alonzo, and Stephen Lemons won in the Project, Explanatory Writing, and Public Service Journalism category for the series examining the U.S. government's failed immigration policy and what it has wrought.
"A deeply sourced series that tells the stories of what happens to Latino immigrants in America and those trying to come here," the judges wrote. "The strength of this undertaking is its humanity — this is no retelling of events based on official records. These reporters are at the border, in Mexico, in the courtroom, in jail, in the health center, in people's homes. These stories paint a picture that is compelling, heartbreaking, infuriating — and all too real."
Former editorial fellow Malia Politzer won first place in Immigration Reporting for "Return to Sender" (January 14), a story that the judge said created "searing portraits of children of illegal immigrants, now reaching adulthood, caught in the middle of Arizona's immigration policies."
Paul Rubin took first place in Social Issues Reporting for "Honor Thy Father" (April 1), a story about a Glendale man of Iraqi descent who killed his daughter because he felt she was too Americanized.
It is a "chilling tale, compellingly written with great detail," the judge wrote. "Rubin captured the atrocity of the crime while providing the cultural context for how something so unimaginable in the Western world could occur."
New Times swept the Illustration Design category, with Kyle T. Webster nabbing first place for "Phantom Murder."
The judge said, "This entry easily stood out from the field in its ability to leverage several key storytelling formats — thoughtfully compiled vignettes, tightly-edited video, great photography and playful interactivity — with impressive dexterity. This is a shining example of the quality of work that multimedia journalists should strive to produce."
Martin Cizmar won for Best Opinion Blog, which the judge said is "very funny and clear. His columns are wonderfully explanatory and hilarious commentaries on politics and music. His barbs can get personal and mean, but are irresistible. A delight to read."
Alonzo and James King won News Blog first places for their work in "Valley Fever."
The judge said Alonzo's "great persistence reporting on a revealing story about a powerful politician, Mayor Phil Gordon, neatly marries the great tradition of watchdog journalism with the new Internet age."
About King, the judge wrote, "[He] follows the great tradition of 'alternative' media by writing with attitude and verve."
AWESOME!! The New Times is THE ONLY OUTLET FOR HONEST JOURNALISM IN THIS STATE! I for one salute you for your integrity, tenaciousness and bravery. THANK YOU FOR STAYING ON THE MCSO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well done New Times !Once again you proved that honest journalism is not dead in Maricopa County.
Of course the brain dead will never understand the value of the New Times publication and the honesty it represents.
Congrats, and nice work.
I love this ""The strength of this undertaking is its humanity — this is no retelling of events based on official records. These reporters are at the border, in Mexico, in the courtroom, in jail, in the health center, in people's homes. These stories paint a picture that is compelling, heartbreaking, infuriating — and all too real.""
When the PNT is at its best, its out there going to places others won't - like Lemons going into a scary, scary Tuscon Ethnic Studies classroom - a place all those who claim they know what's "really" going on in those classes.
Oddly, where the PNT is at its worst also brought a honor. The Judge - the real one, not the one for the writing contest - chastised the press, Rubin included, for wrongly, for despicably and inexplicably, calling the Glendale killing an honor killing when by objective, academic and religious standards it wasn't.
We're all still waiting for Rubin to write the follow-up article about how the Muslim community was affected by his overtly playing on racialism to gain readership, and it seems, an award.. Sadly, the Press Club sends the wrong message: slime a religion win a prize. Nice work if you can get it.
So you don't think the PNT did a great job covering immigration?
Or you disagree the judge in the murder case chastised the press, which includes Rubin, for falsely using the blood libel "honor killing?" The judge's comments are part of the public record, so there really isn't anything to disagree with.
Perhaps you disagree that sliming a religion is "nice work if you can get it." Well, dear girl, that was sarcasm. Rubin's laziness in resorting to racialism is not nice work. On that we seemingly agree.
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I find it interesting that they won any awards. Most of the journalism is similar to the rhetoric you two are spewing here..... Uneducated and hateful.
The only time I even look at this paper is when I go camping.....
I grab 8-10, to start my camp fires.
I remember when you used to take me camping...
Those lovely evenings under the stars. Those roaring fires ( never did catch us for burning down that forest up north - haha ). We'd smoke a big-ass blunt, slop down a quart bottle of "Old Smiley" and then you'd get all frisky and start nibbling my ear and burping and shit...And then...
Slowly, ever so slowly, you'd start taking off your uniform, first the top and then your shoes and trousers...
And then you'd tell me those 7 magic words...
Davey Lover, I need my diaper changed.
Goddamn it, I miss the old times.
All My Love,Davey Hendershott
Joe, you've been a farce and a jok for years, now you are nothing more than a common crook. HOW DOES AN EXLECTED OFFICIAL WITH A FIXED SALARY, AMASS THE HUGE NET INCOME THAT JOEY HAS PUT TOGETHER? It CANNOT be done legally, IMO! My opion is not merely that of an interested and angery reader. I am an expeerect in accounting, forensic accounting (one of six being credited with the development of foresence accounting into a forensic science, fully recognized in the courts. I am an experet in economices, and the impact to be expected in different sectors, during timess of semi-manufactured econ. I am an exoert in accounting for not-for-profit entities, and govenmental operation units.
Why doesn't the BOS have ANY interest in getting to the bottom of this whole thing? This counity is packed witth experts, fully prepared to dedicate their time to, at last put this to rest. They wait only to be asked! There would be no or very little expendature of taxpayer money, as services would be pro bono. The Atty General would have to empower a group like this, so there is credibility, AND NO ONE, could interfer with their work. They would be responible to the AG. And the AG's opinion is ?????? It would either be "uncover everything" or "walk away"
The response SHOULD BE OF THE CITIZENS HIGEST PRIORITY!
I consider that a compliment........
They've tried for YEARS to nail Joe. Nothing, NADA, just loud mouths spouting off.
Why do you think Joe is the most RE-Elected sheriff??? He has the Balls to do a job, the people that elected him to do, without worry from IDIOTS like you.
Go Jow 2012
SB 1070 all the way!!!!!