Best AltWeekly Writing and Design 2005

Edited by
Ruth Hammond & LaShonya McNeil
Association of Alternative Newsweeklies
Washington, DC

© 2005 Assoc. of Alternative Newsweeklies
272 pages

0-9770471-0-5 (paperback)

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From the Back Cover --

Best AltWeekly Writing and Design 2005 collects the 40 first-place winners of the 2005 AltWeekly Awards contest. It showcases the best writing, reporting, cartooning and design work found in the 126 newsweeklies that belong to the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.

Nigel Jaquiss of Willamette Week reveals that Oregon’s former governor, Neil Goldschmidt, sexually abused a 14-year-old babysitter three decades ago, when he was mayor of Portland. Jaquiss’s exposé was also awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting.

Mara Shalhoup of Creative Loafing (Atlanta) gives a vivid account of the circumstances that led 18-year-old prostitute Falicia Blakely to become a serial killer, murdering three men in one night.

Steve Bogira of the Chicago Reader gets Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner to explain what motivates his relentless interruption of lawyers presenting oral arguments.

Donna Ladd of Jackson Free Press describes a Catholic family that struggled to keep its faith after all three sons disclosed that a priest had sexually abused them.

Harvey A. Silverglate, a columnist for The Boston Phoenix, decries how easy it is for an innocent person to be erroneously convicted under the American justice system.

Ayana Taylor of Jackson Free Press writes of the stir created when a white supremacist was granted permission to have a booth soliciting support for an accused Klansman at the Mississippi State Fair.

Ann Mullen describes in Metro Times the methods Detroit police used to pressure a 13-year-old to confess that he and his 18-year-old friend had killed the boy’s mother, an admission the boy later recanted.

Melissa Maerz, writing for City Pages (Twin Cities), takes readers on an ego-bruising road tour with the Minnesota band Friends Like These.

Photojournalism student Nick Goodenough braves the jostling crowd to capture the music-club scene for the Ventura County Reporter.

Other finalists’ entries and supplementary material can be found on the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ Web site at

See review under Reviewer's Choice in the Midwest Book Review at



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