Reason Nominated for a Record 19 Southern California Journalism Awards

From sex trafficking to Star Wars, criminal justice to campus rape, Reason was on it!


Last year we Reasonoids were all psyched up after being nominated for a record 18 journalism awards by the Greater Los Angeles Press Club, which covers publications and journalists between San Ysidro and Santa Barbara (we eventually took home four gold medals). Well, I'm pleased to announce that this year the Reason juggernaut, which calls Los Angeles home, saw that total and raised it one.

Here are your nominees for best work in journalism covering the calendar year 2015:

* Best Humor/Satire Writing: Austin Bragg, Meredith Bragg and Andrew Heaton, for "Star Wars Libertarian Special."

* Best Public Service News or Feature: Elizabeth Nolan Brown, for "The War on Sex Trafficking Is the New War on Drugs: And the results will be just as disastrous, for 'perpetrators' and 'victims' alike," and Robert W. Poole, Jr., for "Who's Going to Pay for New Highways? Our Interstates are wearing out. Here's what we need to do to fix them."

* Best Science/Health/Technology Reporting: Todd Krainin, for "The Alternative Medicine Racket: How the Feds Fund Quacks."

* Best Political/Government Reporting: Damon Root, for "Trump vs. the Constitution: The misguided attack on birthright citizenship," and Timothy P. Carney, for "The Crony Capitalism Litmus Test: The Ex-Im Bank won't survive 2015—if the GOP is serious about free market principles."

* Best Magazine Investigative Article: Robby Soave, for "Junk Science and Campus Rape: A new inquiry casts serious doubt on the most influential study on collegiate sexual assault."

* Best Magazine Commentary: Ronald Bailey, for "Chipotle Treats Customers Like Idiots: The burrito chain stokes bogus GMO fears and tries to profit from anti-biotech propaganda"; Matt Welch, for "It's Not Just About Race, It's About Power: Rethinking policing after the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown"; Veronique de Rugy, for "Big Data, Big Business, and Big Government: How bureaucrats are keeping people in the dark about the Export-Import Bank"; and Greg Beato, for "Cameras in the Court: Will allowing recording devices unleash the Supremes' inner Judge Judys?"

* Best Magazine Entertainment Review/Criticism/Column: Jacob Sullum, for "Bill Bennett's Pot Prevarications: A former drug czar's dazed and confused defense of marijuana prohibition," and Glenn Garvin, for "The Unbearable Awfulness of Campaign Lit: We read seven 2016 presidential wannabes' books so you don't have to."

* Best Television/Film Investigative Story: Anthony L. Fisher, for "The Disposable Life of a 20 Year-Old Confidential Informant."

* Best Television/Film News Feature: Zach Weissmueller, for "Detained for 19 Days: Immigration Checkpoint Refusal Gone Wrong."

* Best Television/Film Entertainment News or Feature: Paul Detrick and Alex Manning, for "The Star Wars Economy is Bigger Than You Think."

* Best Television/Film Personality Profile/Interview: Todd Krainin, Meredith Bragg and Nick Gillespie, for "Larry King on Drugs, Cryonics, Airplane Sex Orgies & Half-Libertarianism."

* Best Television/Film Documentary Under 25 Minutes: Todd Krainin, for "The Alternative Medicine Racket: How the Feds Fund Quacks."

* Best Group Blog: You're readin' it!

Reason's 2015 journalism was also nominated for six awards by the Western Publishing Association (which covers work west of the Rockies), winning one.

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