Reason Nominated for 16 L.A. Press Club Awards


I am as pleased as Tom Harkin on an ethanol bender to announce that the 2007 staff of this here magazine and multimedia juggernaut hauled in a stunning 16 nominations from the Greater Southern California Press Club Awards (covering San Diego to Santa Barbara), with the winners to be announced June 21.

reason dominated the magazine category, earning 10 of the 20 finalist spots, including:

Who Owns Your Body Parts? Everyone's making money in the market for body tissue—except the donors, by Kerry Howley.
CSI Mississippi: A case study in expert testimony gone horribly wrong, by Radley Balko.
The Trouble with Troubled Teen Programs: How the "boot camp" industry tortures and kills kids, by Maia Szalavitz.

Thank Deng Xiaoping for Little Girls: The tyrannical roots of China's international adoption program, by Jacob Sullum.
Bums: Why there are no "happy hobos," by Peter Bagge.
Be Afraid of President McCain: The frightening mind of an authoritarian maverick, by Matt Welch.

The Politics of Pants: It was consumers, not marketers, that made jeans a symbol of youthful revolt, by Charles Paul Freund.
Say You Love Santa: Pop culture's war on secularists, by Greg Beato.
Florida's Forgotten Rebels: Rediscovering the most successful slave revolt in American history, by Amy Sturgis.

Robert Heinlein at 100: How the science fiction master created the template for our looser, hipper, more pluralist world, by Brian Doherty.

In the Online Column/Commentary/Criticism category, there were these two:
America's No. 1 Endangered Species: Is the middle class losing "its place at the table?", by Nick Gillespie.
The Secrets of Intangible Wealth: For once the World Bank says something smart about the real causes of prosperity, by Ronald Bailey.

In addition, the blog you are reading is up for Best Group Blog, and the website it's on is nominated for Best News Organization Website and Best Design and Layout. And last but not least, let's all smell the freedom of a man who probably didn't imagine himself being nominated for journalism awards a few years back: Drew Carey is up for Best Multimedia Package:

Let the betting commence! Vote for your favorite pieces in the comments! Even better yet, subscribe to this fantabulous magazine for less than $20 a year!

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  1. Radley deserves a Pulitzer. Not sure if the Pulitzer deserves Radley though!

  2. Not to belittle in any way any of the other nominees (reason or otherwise), but if Balko doesn’t win, “investigative journalism” means nothing anymore.

  3. Man, no love for Weigel at all.

  4. Its nice that Balko got nominated for Mississippi (and he deserves to win this and the Pulitzer), but how about his “Yet Another Isolated Incident” series? Have they not made anything but blogs, have they been in the print edition?

    Speaking of which, Radley, if you are reading this, when is YAII going to hit bookshelves? (If you arent writing it, why not?)

  5. You didn’t get nominated for your Ron Paul expose?

  6. Congrats!

  7. I agree with all the praise above, and additionally I found Sullum’s piece on the Chinese adoption program both heart-warming and saddening at the same time.


  8. Epi,

    Weigel typically writes shorter but more frequent pieces that are less likely to be stellar/noteworthy.

    Also, it’s quite possible that he’s used the phrase “rEVOLution” simply too many times to ever get an award, ever.

  9. Do you lose points for closing with fantabulous?

  10. it’s not worth it to sell out Ron Paul if one was to gain the world — but to do it for a few LA Press Club nominations?

    oh yeah, and “reason sucks”

  11. i love reason, and yes i’ll subscribe!

  12. Do you lose points for closing with fantabulous?


  13. I vote for Drew Carey’s Package. Dude, nice Package!

  14. You know, I forgot to say:

    Congratulations Boys.

    [shaddup you know I mean girls too]

  15. Be Afraid of President McCain: The frightening mind of an authoritarian maverick, by Matt Welch.

    I think that is the last issue of Reason i ever read…

    I didn’t stop reading it cuz i was upset or anything just like a month later i got a postcard from reason that they could not find my address…..which made me wonder how they sent the post card….anyway i never got another issue and have not resubscribed for fear that they can’t send it to me…

    Crap…why did i trash that post card…that would be some funny shit to post on the internet.

  16. You didn’t get nominated for your Ron Paul expose?

    Cuz the New republic scooped em.

  17. Man, no love for Weigel at all.

    Well, he is the primary contributor on Hit & Run, and “Best Group Blog” isn’t exactly nothing…

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