The finalists for the annual Peter Lisagor Awards, conferred by the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, were announced today and two of the Reader's star columnists are in the running.
Michael Miner and Ben Joravsky are finalists in the "nondaily newspaper, magazine or newspaper magazine section" division.
Ben's nominated in "best in-depth reporting in a general interest publication" for Apparently Money Does Grow on Trees, an expose about yet another government boondoggle, the Park District's $22 million Streeterville headquarters.
And Miner's a finalist in the category of "best news column or commentary" for The Greater of Two Evils, a piece on Alton Logan--imprisoned for killing a security guard--and the lawyers who knew he was innocent but kept it to themselves. (This is a follow-up to that harrowing story.)
Here's the entire list of Lisagor finalists. Congratulations to the bunch.