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Reader politics reporter Ben Joravsky and media columnist Michael Miner have been named finalists in the 2011 AltWeekly Awards, presented by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.
Joravsky, whose work chronicling Mayor Daley’s favorite financing tool — TIFs — has brought scrutiny upon the program, is a finalist for best political column (circulation over 50,000) for three stories: Me and My Mayor, The Head Cheerleaders, and Go On, Smash It. The other finalists are Jim Schutze of the Dallas Observer, Larry Gabriel of Detroit’s Metro Times, and Chuck Strouse of the Miami New Times.
Miner is a finalist for best media reporting/criticism (circulation over 50,000) for his stories Opinionating Is Cheap, When Hyperlocal Journalism Does Its Job, and The Martyr and the Stool Pigeon. Also named finalists were Scott Henry of our sister paper in Atlanta, Creative Loafing, Amy Kingsley of Las Vegas CityLife, and Christopher Twarowski and Michael Patrick Nelson of the Long Island Press.
The winners will be announced July 22 at AAN’s conference in New Orleans. Eighty-eight publications across the U.S. and Canada submitted more than 1,000 entries to the competition.