Association of Food Journalists Awards: We Take a Bronze

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Sorry for the self-promotion here, but I wanted to share some exciting news. The food section at The Journal News took third place in the Association of Food Journalists contest.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Omaha World-Herald took first and second in the circulation category. In the higher circulation category, the winners were the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. The winners were announced at the annual conference last night.

Also, Suffern resident Gerry Dawes, a former JN restaurant critic, won second place for his writing in Food Arts magazine, and Pat Mack, former food editor of The Record in Bergen County, took third.

After the jump, a look at all the winners:

ASSOCIATION OF FOOD JOURNALISTS, INC. PRESS RELEASE

AFJ Names Winners in AwardsCompetition 2009

The Association of Food Journalists announced 42 winners at its Awards Competition 2009 banquet Thursday, Oct. 8, in New Orleans, site of AFJ?s annual conference.

The awards recognized excellence in reporting and writing in all media, newspaper food section design and content, and food photography. A total of $7,200 was awarded in 12 categories. There were 235 entries in the competition. Cash awards are $300 for first place; $200 for second place; and $100 for third-place. All winners receive certificates.

Nancy J. Stohs, food editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is chair of the competition. Other committee members include freelance food writer Angela Allen of Portland, OR, and Susan O. Nicholson, R.D. L.D., Atlanta.

AFJ, now in its 35th year, is a professional journalism association that encourages communication among journalists devoting a substantial portion of their working time to the furthering of the public?s knowledge of food. It upholds and fosters professional ethical standards and attempts to increase knowledge about food and encourage and promote a greater understanding of food news among fellow journalists and those who manage news dissemination organizations. For more information on AFJ, contact its Web site at http://www.afjonline.com.

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD COVERAGE
Circulation Under 215,000
FIRST: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Bob Batz Jr., Food Editor, & Food Department
SECOND: Omaha World-Herald; Nichole Aksamit, Food Reporter, & Contributing Staff
THIRD: The Journal News,White Plains NY; Liz Johnson, Food Editor

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD COVERAGE
Circulation 215,001 and Over
FIRST: San Francisco Chronicle, Miriam Morgan, Food Editor, & Jon Bonné, Wine Editor
SECOND: The Washington Post, Joe Yonan, Food Editor & TheWashingtonPostFood Staff
THIRD: Chicago Tribune, Carol Mighton Haddix, Food Editor

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD FEATURE
Circulation Under 250,000
FIRST: Besha Rodell, Food & Drink Editor, Creative Loafing,Atlanta, “The Food Issue—My Week of
Local Eating”
SECOND: Andrea Weigl, Reporter, The Newsand Observer, Raleigh, “Starlu Goes Dark”
THIRD: Kristen Hinman, Staff Writer, Riverfront Times, “The Pope of Pork”

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD FEATURE
Circulation 250,001 and Over
FIRST: Kim Honey, Food Editor, Toronto Star, “Incredible Edibles”
SECOND: Jane Black, Reporter, The Washington Post, “The Chef Who Makes Perfect Happen”
THIRD: Stacy Finz, Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle, “Mina?s Magic Touch”

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD NEWS STORY
FIRST: Ben Montgomery, Staff Writer, St. Petersburg Times, “TV Chef Spiced Up His Past Exploits”
SECOND: Amanda Gold, Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle, “Bay Area Consumers Can?t Stomach
High Price of Bread”
THIRD: Stacy Finz, Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle, “Kitchen Cutbacks”

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD COLUMN
FIRST: Lisa Abraham, Food Writer, Akron Beacon Journal
SECOND: Rob Kasper, Columnist, The Baltimore Sun
THIRD: Debbie Moose, Columnist writing in the News and Observer

BEST NEWSPAPER RESTAURANT CRITICISM
FIRST: Jonathan Kauffman, Staff Writer, Seattle Weekly
SECOND: Tom Sietsema, Food Critic, The Washington Post
THIRD: Bill Addison, then Restaurant Critic, Dallas Morning News

BEST NEWSPAPER SPECIAL FOOD PROJECT
FIRST: Jane Black, Anthony Faiola, Dan Morgan & Steven Mufson, The Washington Post, “Clipping,
Scrimping, Saving”
SECOND: Andrew Schneider, then Senior Correspondent, then Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “A Sticky
Trail of Intrigue and Crime”
THIRD: Bill Daley, Evan Osnas, Alex Rodriquez & Christine Spolar, Chicago Tribune, “World of
Change in Winemaking”

BEST FOOD FEATURE IN A MAGAZINE
FIRST: Jeffrey Schwarz, Contributing Author, Food Arts; “BLT (Busy Laurent Tourondel)”
SECOND: Gerry Dawes, Contributing Author, Food Arts; “Over the Foaming Wave”
THIRD: Patricia Mack, Writer, New Jersey Countrysidemagazine, “Warm Food From the Cold War”

BEST FOOD COVERAGE ON THE INTERNET
FIRST: Rebekah Denn, then Reporter, then Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “Kate?s Perfect Pie Crust”
SECOND: Rebekah Denn, then Reporter, then Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “Behind the Recipe on the
Cake Flour Bag”
THIRD: Jason Wilson, Editor, Table Matters, “On the Nose—Can You Smell What I Smell?”
BEST FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY
FIRST: Steve Rice, Photographer, Star Tribune, “Mudbugs”
SECOND: Richard Stokes, Photographer, Reno Gazette-Journal, “Vodka”
THIRD: Chris Oberholtz, Photographer, The Kansas City Star, “Pickles”

BEST FOOD BLOG
FIRST: Michael Bauer, Executive Food & Wine Editor, www.sfgate.com/food
SECOND: Carolyn Jung, Writer/Editor, www.foodgal.com
THIRD: Jan Norris, Publisher/Editor, www.JanNorris.com

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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