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by Staff 06.27.2013
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CityBeat Wins Mad Awards

Recognized by Cincinnati SPJ chapter for design, arts, sports, news and investigative work

CityBeat writers, editors and designers received a variety of awards at last night's Society of Professional Journalists Cincinnati chapter awards banquet and hall of fame induction ceremony. During an event that ended with our designers DRINKING TOO MUCH WINE, BREAKING THEIR SHOES AND RIDING HOME IN THE TINY SEATS IN PICKUP TRUCKS, CityBeat was recognized for a range of work published in 2012, from investigative stories that were finalists for the local chapter's top honor to news stories, design work, special sections and various online categories.

The ceremony, which took place at the office of Frost Brown Todd in Great American Tower, was followed by an informal celebration at the Bar at Palm Court, where our designers SHOWED UP BAREFOOT AND THEN BROKE GLASSES. We look forward to attending next year’s ceremony AND ACTING MUCH MORE MATURE. 

Two investigative stories were named finalists for the Cincinnati SPJ chapter’s top honor, the Gerald White Memorial Prize for Investigative Reporting. They were James McNair’s investigation into test-score discrepancies at Taft High School (“Miracle or Mirage,” issue of Feb. 22) and Danny Cross’ explanation of how Western & Southern Financial Group could have purchased the Anna Louise Inn long before entering into a dirty legal battle that ultimately forced the nonprofit to give up its building (“Surrounded by Skyscrapers,” issue of Aug. 15). 

CityBeat’s ongoing Anna Louise Inn coverage by Cross, German Lopez and Hannah McCartney won first in the Continuing Coverage or Series category. 

CityBeat won first place in two design categories: Julie Hill’s info-graphic illustrating Gov. John Kasich’s claim that the state’s natural gas can produce $1,000,000,000,000 in revenue ("What's Worth $1,000,000,000,000?," issue of Aug. 8) won Best Informational Graphic, and her Afghan Whigs cover illustration (“Rebirth of the Cool,” issue of Oct. 17) won Best Photo or Art Illustration. Hill was also a finalist in the illustration category ("Goodbye Cruel World!," issue of Dec. 12), as was CityBeat Creative Director Rebecca Sylvester in the Page Design category (“The Great Cincinnati Music Trivia Challenge,” issue of May 9).  

McNair and C. Trent Rosecrans took first place in the Sports Feature category for their investigation into Aroldis Chapman’s off-field issues ("Life in the Fast Lane," issue of July 11), and Maria Seda-Reeder won the Arts/Entertainment Issues category for her feature on local bar/artsy haunt Rake’s End and its relevance to recent history in Brighton and the West End (“Brighton's Shiniest," issue of July 25). Cross, Rosecrans and Kevin Goheen were finalists in the Sports Feature category for their 2012 NCAA Tournament preview package (issue of March 14).

CityBeat Music Editor Mike Breen was a finalist in the Arts/Entertainment Issues category (“The Great Cincinnati Music Trivia Challenge,” issue of May 9), and he won the Arts/Entertainment Criticism category for a body of work that included an essay on the Afghan Whigs’ relevance to his life during struggles with drugs and alcohol (“My Dark Passenger,” issue of Oct. 17), along with a review of the Music of Change exhibit at the Freedom Center (“Power of Music celebrated in ‘Music of Change,’” issue of Aug. 8). A collection of CityBeat contributing visual arts editor Steven Rosen’s “The Big Picture” columns was a finalist in the Arts/Entertainment Criticism category, as was a collection of CityBeat contributing theater editor Rick Pender’s “Curtain Call” columns. 

CityBeat staff won first place for Special Section (“Best of Cincinnati,” issue of April 4), Online Presentation (“Anna Louise Inn Coverage”), website (“CityBeat.com”) and News Blog (“CityBeat Politics/Issues Blog”). 

CityBeat writers were also recognized as finalists for news coverage ranging from business and education ("Not So Simple," issue of May 15 and "Miracle or Mirage," issue of Feb. 21, both by McNair) to community issues and developing news ("Losing Fight," issue of April 4 and "If These Walls Could Talk," issue of june 20, both by McCartney), as well as column writing by Kathy Y. Wilson (“(Not) Your Negro Tour Guide)”) and a collection of political commentaries by Lopez.

The contest was judged by an SPJ chapter somewhere in the middle of nowhere in northwestern America. The following is a list of CityBeat’s 10 first-place awards and 15 finalists. 

Print: Continuing Coverage or Series

WINNER: Danny Cross, German Lopez, Hannah McCartney

"Anna Louise Inn Coverage"

Print: Sports Feature

WINNER: James McNair and C. Trent Rosecrans

"Life in the Fast Lane"

Print: Arts/Entertainment Issues

WINNER: Maria Seda-Reeder

"Brighton's Shiniest"

Print: Arts/Entertainment Criticism

WINNER: Mike Breen

"Body of Work"

Print: Special Section


"Best of Cincinnati"

Design: Informational Graphic

WINNER: Julie Hill

"What's Worth $1,000,000,000,000?"

Design: Photo or Art Illustration

WINNER: Julie Hill

"Rebirth of Cool"

Digital: Website

WINNER: CityBeat Staff


Digital: Online Presentation

WINNER: CityBeat Staff

“Anna Louise Inn Coverage”

Digital: News Blog

WINNER: CityBeat Staff

"City Beat Politics/Issues Blog”

Print: Gerald White Memorial Prize for Investigative Reporting

FINALIST: James McNair

"Miracle or Mirage?" 

FINALIST: Danny Cross

"Surrounded By Skyscrapers" 

Print: Developing News Feature

FINALIST: Hannah McCartney

"If These Walls Could Talk" 

Print: Sports Feature

FINALIST: Danny Cross, Kevin Goheen, C. Trent Rosecrans 

"2012 NCAA Tournament Preview"

Print: Business Feature

FINALIST: James McNair

"Not So Simple"

Print: Education Coverage

FINALIST: James McNair

"Miracle Or Mirage?" 

Print: General Column Writing 

FINALIST: German Lopez

"Body of Work"

FINALIST: Kathy Y. Wilson

"(Not) Your Negro Tour Guide"

Print: Community Issues

FINALIST: Hannah McCartney

"Losing Fight"

Print: Arts/Entertainment Issues

FINALIST: Mike Breen

“The Great Cincinnati Music Trivia Challenge”

Print: Arts/Entertainment Criticism

FINALIST: Steve Rosen

"The Big Picture" 

FINALIST: Rick Pender, CityBeat

"Curtain Call"

Print: Special Section

FINALIST: CityBeat Staff, CityBeat

"Annual Manual"

Digital: Page Design

FINALIST: Rebecca Sylvester, CityBeat

"The Great Cincinnati Music Trivia Challenge"

Digital: Photo or Art Illustration

FINALIST: Julie Hill, CityBeat

"Goodbye Cruel World!"

by Jac Kern 06.25.2013
Posted In: TV/Celebrity, Humor, Movies at 03:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

James Gandolfini, who rose to icon status with his leading role in The Sopranos, died Wednesday in Italy from a heart attack. He was 51 years old. Holsten’s, the New Jersey ice cream shop featured in the final scene of the legendary television series’ finale, paid tribute to Gandolfini by reserving the booth where he and his on-screen family filmed their last shot. Let’s remember Tony Soprano by watching this 2002 clip of Jim on Sesame Street, where he talks to Zoe about how it’s OK to feel scared sometimes. Hold me.

Via Jezebel:

Pageant hopefuls are no strangers to harsh public scrutiny – just ask Miss Utah USA, Marissa Powell. But most contestants don’t have to worry about being criticized for being too cute. At the 25th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Calif., freaky is fabulous. You’ll find everything from hairless, cross-eyed mutts with missing body parts to patchy, freckled pooches with potbellies and snaggleteeth. The Chinese crested, seen here, is an iconic “Ugly” dog with features often exhibited by this contest’s winner — but not this year.

                                           Pictured: a NOT UGLY ENOUGH DOG

This weekend, Walle, a “late entry” 4-year-old beagle-boxer-basset mix, won the crowd over with his gigantic head (ugly?), the hump on his back (ugly?) and the ability to sit upright on his butt (ugly?!). Like Potter Stewart, when it comes to ugly, I know it when I see it and I ain’t seein’ it. Sashay away, Walle. You’re too pretty for this game.

What do you get when you cross the egotistical prince of Hip Hop with a beloved stylistic filmmaker? Kanye Wes.

Molly Miley Cyrus’ evolution into full-on festival groupie/Tumblr chick is complete. Check out her new vid for “We Can’t Stop,” featuring cameos by taxidermy, a My Size Barbie, Pepto-Bismol blood, smoke bomb crotches and a hot dog piñata:


Noisey raises some “important questions” about the video since it is both impossible and futile to even form an opinion about it. All I know is Miley’s fervent ass shaking/slapping and non-drug references are making me totally uncomfortable. Just a few years ago I relied on older friends to explain drug stuff to me and now I’m feeling totally weirded out by Miley and her rolling (or whatever the term is now), twerking, thumb-sucking friends. Yet, I can’t stop…watching this freaky mess over and over!

Is your stockpile of Twinkies starting to dwindle? Fear not, Tallahassee, because select Hostess snacks are set to be back on store shelves July 15. Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management teamed up to buy Twinkies, CupCakes, Donettes and other Hostess cakes so we can continue to fill our bodies with preservative-rich baked goods for years to come.

The Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher is in theaters Aug. 16. Check out the new trailer:

Ashton’s Steve Jobs is legit but, so help me God, if I have to hear that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis song one more time…

Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda crossed a gorge near the Grand Canyon on live television Sunday, walking 1,500 feet above the ground on a two-inch cable, and didn’t fall to his death. Good job, Nik! Wallenda comes from a family of tightrope walkers — his great-grandfather Karl Wallenda, born in Germany in 1905, began performing at age 6. Nik became the first person to cross Niagra Falls on a high wire last June and Sunday’s stunt gave him the title as the first aerialist to walk directly over the Little Colorado River Gorge. There weren’t any harnesses, cables or safety nets — just a pole to hold for balance. Wallenda prayed loudly to Jesus throughout the 23-minute spectacle. At the peak of the gorge crossing, 13 million viewers tuned in either on TV or online, a staggering number compared to the 2.7 million who tuned into the game-changing Mad Men finale also on Sunday night (the series’ biggest audience ever). Why do people watch this stuff? It's kind of sick, even if there's a 10-second body splatter insurance delay.