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Houston Press writers do well in several contests

From the national to the local, writers for the Houston Press were recognized in several journalism writing contests last week.

In the national AltWeekly awards sponsored by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, staff writer Craig Malisow is a finalist in the Public Service category for "Selling You" and Editor Margaret Downing is a finalist in the Feature category for "Mental Anguish." Winners will be announced on June 26 at the AAN annual convention in Tucson, Arizona.

In another national contest, Press frequent contributor Randall Patterson received finalist recognition in two categories from the National Association of Black Journalists. He is a finalist in the Single Story category for "Don't Nobody Cry" and a Commentary finalist for "To Catch a Rapist." Former Press staffer Todd Spivak is also an NABJ finalist in the Single Story category for "Obama and Me." Winners will be announced in August at the NABJ national convention in Tampa.

In the Lone Star Awards, a statewide contest sponsored by the Houston Press Club, the following Press writers and photographer were named as finalists:

Staffer Chris Vogel for Print Journalist of the Year for "Crime Doesn't Pay(back)," "Prison Cover-up" and "Dead End." Vogel is also a finalist in Investigative for "Crime Doesn't Pay(back)," in Politics/Government for "Prison Cover-up" and in Internet/Hard News (with Paul Knight) for a series on KBR and rape victims.

Craig Malisow is up for Print Journalist of the Year for "Selling You," "Language Barrier" and "Man on Fire."

Photographer Daniel Kramer is a finalist for Photojournalist of the Year for a collection of images, in Sports Photo for "boxers" and in Photo Package for "Ike photos."

Paul Knight is a finalist in the Feature category for "Gone to Hell," in Public Service for "Home Bound," in Sports Story for "No Pressure" and in Internet/Hard News (with Vogel) for the KBR series.

Randall Patterson is a finalist twice over in the Commentary/Criticism category for "To Catch a Rapist" and "Quality Assurance."

Craig Hlavaty is a finalist in the Internet Opinion category for "Metallica at Toyota."

John Nova Lomax is a finalist in the Internet Feature category for "San Leon After Ike."

And Margaret Downing is a finalist in the Business Story category for "Blind Faith." Winners will be announced June 26 at a banquet at Brady's Landing.

On the local front, Paul Knight received a Merit Award in the Francis C. Moore Medical Journalism Awards contest sponsored by the Harris County Medical Society. Knight got his award in the Medical Economics category for "Home Bound."

And Knight and former Press fellowship reporter Russell Cobb were named finalists for "Wet Foot, Dusty Foot," a story they co-wrote with Francisco Alvarado from our sister paper, Miami New Times, in the regional Green Eyeshades Award contest sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, covering 11 southeastern states. Winners will be announced later this year.

CORRECTION

The Night+Day article "Kidd Stuff" [by Lee Williams, May 7] contained a misspelling of graphic designer Chip Kidd's name.

The Houston Press regrets the error.

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