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You want awards? We got awards.
SF Weekly staff writers have been honored recently in competitions sponsored by the some of the nation's most prestigious journalism organizations.

The California awards are rolling in, too.
Last week, staff writer George Cothran won the PEN Center USA West award for journalism for “Shut Up, Little Man,” a story about the pop-culture marketing of two hard-drinking San Francisco cult icons. The PEN West competition honors outstanding literary work and is open to writers living west of the Mississippi. Former Music Editor Sia Michel was a finalist in the same category for “Runaway Train,” an article chronicling the death of a teen-age runaway.

Other SF Weekly honors come from a broad spectrum of journalistic institutions.

Staff writer Ellen McGarrahan was a finalist in Northwestern University's John Bartlow Martin Awards for “Ship Happens,” the story of a tanker that nearly rammed the Golden Gate Bridge while carrying deadly cargo. Sponsored by the acclaimed Medill School of Journalism, the Martin Awards honor public interest journalism that promotes policy change and inspires “other journalists to make a difference with their words.”

Contributing writer Tom McNichol was a finalist in the single story category of the Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards for his “Cyberpornocopia.” The award is sponsored by the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Design Director Kim Klein will be honored later this year by the Society of Newspaper Design for her layout of the story “Drag Kings,” and for a portfolio of her work at SF Weekly.

Former Calendar Editor Johnny Ray Huston won the criticism/review category of the 1996 Music Journalism Awards for his piece “Food Sexy.” The Music Journalism Awards, a national competition honoring excellence in reporting, writing, and broadcasting about popular music, also named Michel as a finalist.

In addition to his PEN West honors, Cothran captured a Maggie award for his profile of Mayor Willie Brown, “The Last Seduction.” Sponsored by the Western Publishing Association, the Maggies recognize excellence in journalism published in the western United States. SF Weekly was named a finalist for most improved publication in its circulation category.

McGarrahan claimed second place for growth and development reporting in the Best of the West competition for her story “Bolinas? Baloney!” Michel placed second in the long form feature-writing competition with “Runaway Train.” Best of the West honors excellence in journalism and is open to writers in 13 western states.

Clubs Editor Silke Tudor earned an honorable mention from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for a selection of her weekly “Night Crawler” columns.

Last and absolutely not least, former staff writer Amy Linn, McGarrahan, and Michel will be honored next month in the 1995 California Newspaper Association Better Newspapers Contest. Their awards — honoring excellence in environmental reporting, sports writing, and general writing, respectively — will be announced on July 27 in San Diego during the CNPA's 108th annual convention.

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