The Washington Blade was honored by the D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists with four Dateline Awards on Tuesday.
The Blade winners include:
• Features editor Joey DiGuglielmo for best feature story in the weekly category for a piece titled, “He’s for Trump, he’s for Clinton,” a profile of a local gay couple on opposite sides of the political aisle.
• International News Editor Michael Lavers for best editorial/opinion writing for “A glimpse into another side of Cuba,” a first-person account of reporting from the Communist island.
• Blade editor Kevin Naff for best commentary and criticism for “A tribute to gay bars,” a reflection on the role of safe spaces for the LGBT community in the aftermath of the Pulse massacre.
• Creative director Jim Neal for his design of several front-page covers, including “Enough,” a bold reaction to the Pulse massacre.
This year, 82 entries were finalists for their TV, radio, newspaper, magazine, newsletter/trade publication and online work.
Winners were announced at the chapter’s annual Hall of Fame dinner at the National Press Club.
“These awards are a reflection of the Blade’s nearly 50-year dedication to quality journalism,” said publisher Lynne Brown. “Congratulations to our team on their much deserved honors.”