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09/06/12

AFJ names winners in Awards Competition 2012

The Association of Food Journalists announces 42 winners in its Awards Competition 2012. The Awards recognize excellence in all aspects of food journalism. The winners were named at a luncheon in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6. Cash awards are $300 for first place and certificates for all winners. The competition received 250 entries worldwide. Competition was suspended in two categories: Best Food Feature in a Magazine and Best Food Multimedia Presentation.

Nancy J. Stohs, food editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is chair of the competition. Other committee members include Susan O. Nicholson, R.D. L.D., Atlanta; and Greg Morago, food editor at the Houston Chronicle. AFJ, now in its 38th year, is a professional journalism association that encourages communication among professional writers specializing in all aspects of food and food-related journalism.

AFJ upholds and fosters professional ethical standards, attempts to increase knowledge about food and encourages and promotes a greater understanding of food news among fellow journalists and those who manage news dissemination organizations.

For more information on AFJ, contact http://www.afjonline.com.

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD COVERAGE
135,000 & Under Circulation
FIRST: Akron Beacon Journal, Akron OH, Lisa Abraham, Food Writer
SECOND: News and Observer, Raleigh NC, Andrea Weigl, Food Writer
THIRD: Reno Gazette-Journal, Reno NV, Johnathan L. Wright, Food and Drink Editor, and Laura Longero, Food and Wine Writer

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD COVERAGE
135,001-200,000 Circulation
FIRST: San Antonio Express-News, Karen Haram, Food Editor
SECOND: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nancy Stohs, Food Editor
THIRD: Kansas City Star, Jill Silva, Food Editor

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD COVERAGE
200,001 & Over Circulation
FIRST: San Francisco Chronicle, Food & Wine Staff
SECOND: Boston Globe, Sheryl Julian, Food Editor
THIRD: Chicago Tribune, Joe Gray, Food Editor; and Carmel Carrillo, Dining Editor

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD FEATURE
Under 200,000 Circulation
(tie for third place)
FIRST: Daniel Neman, The Toledo Blade, “No Zest for Energy Drinks”
http://www.toledoblade.com/Food/2011/02/06/Intrepid-food-editor-takes-the-plunge-into-popular-energy-shots.html
SECOND: Gretchen McKay, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “How to Roast a Whole Pig”
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sectionfront/life/how-to-roast-a-whole-pig-its-easier-than-you-think-312841/
THIRD: Cindy Hoedel, Reporter The Kansas City Star, “Culinary Diplomacy”
THIRD: Lauren Shockey, The Village Voice, “Tracking Down the City's Moonshiners”
http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-08-03/news/brooklyn-nyc-moonshiners-distillers-whisky/

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD FEATURE
200,001 & Over Circulation
FIRST: Lee Dean, Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Pop! Pop! Popcorn!”
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/taste/116324499.html
SECOND: Renee Enna, Chicago Tribune, “Devil in Disguise”
http://pdfarchive.usa.tribune.com/archive/2011/06/20110629/CT/FOOD-FOOD/300dpi/06-29-11_CTC_FOOD_WED_N_6_6-7.pdf
THIRD: Rick Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Wild Thing”
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/taste/112902719.html?refer=y

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD NEWS STORY
(tie for third place)
FIRST: Beth Barrett, LAWeekly, “L.A. Farmers Markets Exposed”
http://www.laweekly.com/2011-11-10/news/l-a-farmers-markets-exposed/
SECOND: Brett Anderson, The Times-Picayune, “Oyster Business Still Has Troubles by the Sack”
http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2011/05/new_orleans_family_oyster_comp.html
THIRD: Stacy Finz and Amanda Gold, San Francisco Chronicle, “As State's Farmers Age, a New Breed is Meeting Growing Need for Food”
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/California-s-young-farmers-break-traditional-mold-2424450.php
http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Dinner-Bell-Farm-s-new-breed-of-ranchers-2424448.php
THIRD: Lisa Sorg, Independent Weekly, “Chew on This”
http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/why-you-should-care-about-the-food-safety-modernization-act/Content?oid=1950088

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD COLUMN
FIRST: Jason Wilson, columnist writing inThe Washington Post
SECOND: Jason Wilson, columnist writing in San Francisco Chronicle
THIRD: Jennifer Bain, Food Editor, Toronto Star

BEST NEWSPAPER RESTAURANT CRITICISM
(tie in second place)
FIRST: Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic, The Philadelphia Inquirer
SECOND: Michael Bauer, Executive Food and Wine Editor, San Francisco Chronicle
SECOND: Leslie Brenner, Restaurant Critic and Dining Editor, Dallas Morning News
THIRD: Brett Anderson, Restaurant Critic and Features Writer, The Times-Picayune

BEST NEWSPAPER SPECIAL FOOD PROJECT
FIRST: Creative Loafing (Atlanta), “The Food Issue”, Besha Rodell, Food & Drink Editor
SECOND: San Francisco Chronicle, “49 Mile S.F. Food Tour”, Food & Wine Staff
THIRD: Seattle Times, “Feeling the Weight: A Children's Tale of Temptation, Comfort and Compulsion”, Maureen O'Hagan, Reporter

BEST INTERNET FOOD NEWS OR FEATURE STORY
FIRST: Katharine Shilcutt, Staff Writer, Houston Press, “Tale of Two Dinners”
http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/2011/12/a_tale_of_two_dinners_ava_kitc.php
SECOND: Michele Kayal, Contributor, Associated Press, “For Pepin, Cooking is About Technique, Not Stardom”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/jacques-pepin-career_n_917335.html
http://french.efoodgate.com/2011/12/21/jacques-pepin-cooking-all-about-technique/
THIRD: Jane Lear, Freelance Writer, The Zenchilada.com, “Putting the Gullah Back in Gumbo”
http://issuu.com/TheZenchilada.com/docs/issueno.3/63

BEST FOOD VISUAL
FIRST: St. Louis Post-Dispatch for “Blueberries”, Laurie Skrivan, Photographer
SECOND: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for “Apples & Honey”, Larry Roberts, Photographer
THIRD: St. Louis Post-Dispatch for “Bunches of Biscuits”, Stephanie Cordle, Photographer

BEST FOOD BLOG
(tie in third place)
FIRST: The Village Voice, Staff
SECOND: LAWeekly, Amy Scattergood, Food Blog Editor
THIRD: San Francisco Chronicle, Paolo Lucchesi, Staff Writer; Michael Bauer, Executive Food & Wine Editor, & Jon Bonné, Wine Editor
THIRD: The Seattle Times, Nancy Leson, Food & Restaurant Columnist

BEST FOOD ESSAY
FIRST: David Hagedorn, writer/columnist writing in The Washington Post, “Mothering Heights”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/mom-i-cook-because-of-you/2011/09/26/gIQAMdeMLL_story.html
SECOND: Nancie McDermott, Edible Piedmont magazine, “Lunch Counter Sit-Ins”
http://onlinedigeditions.com/publication/?i=91646
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THIRD: Laura Hahnefeld, Phoenix New Times, “My Year of Eating Dangerously”
http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2011-01-20/culture/my-year-of-eating-dangerously/

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