The Washington Blade won three first-place awards in this week’s Dateline Awards competition sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists D.C. chapter.
Blade features editor Joey DiGuglielmo won the award for best feature story in the weekly newspaper category for “Remembering Sean Sasser,” about the former “Real World” cast member who died last year.
“The piece goes beyond the usual ‘he was such a great guy and will be missed’ obit to include the significance of his TV appearance and the career he crafted for himself after the cameras move on,” the judges wrote. DiGuglielmo also won the award for best arts criticism for his piece on organ music in D.C. titled, “Dynamic differences.”
Blade editor Kevin Naff won his eighth SPJ award, taking first place in the editorial writing category for a piece titled, “Victory, vindication and tears” about last year’s Supreme Court rulings in the DOMA and Prop 8 cases. “The editorial has a sound analysis of the court’s opinion and asks readers to contemplate several ‘tantalizing questions for the future’ of gay rights in states without marriage-equality laws,” the judges wrote.
Publisher Lynne Brown noted the timing of the awards.
“The Blade is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year,” Brown said. “These awards demonstrate we haven’t let up in our commitment to quality journalism and to serving the local market.”