June 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Blade wins journalism awards
Washington Blade, gay news

Washington Blade newspapers (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Washington Blade was honored by the D.C. chapter of Society of Professional Journalists this week with two first-place awards in its annual competition.

Joey DiGuglielmo, the Blade’s features editor, took first place in the features writing category (weekly) for his piece titled, “Faith of our fathers.” The judges described it as, “a well-researched, well-structured look at the gains — and setbacks — of LGBT acceptance within the Catholic religion on the 40th anniversary of Washington’s DignityUSA chapter.”

Blade editor Kevin Naff won first place in the editorial writing category for his piece titled, “At long last, equality in Maryland,” reflecting on the enactment of marriage equality. The judges described it as a “crisp, emotional first-person account of the joys of advocacy journalism.”

In addition, Blade senior news reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr. was honored as a runner-up in the general news category for his story, “Hundreds march against anti-LGBT violence.

“We’re very proud of our staff,” said Blade publisher Lynne Brown. “Their awards reflect our ongoing, nearly 45-year commitment to quality local journalism.”

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