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AJC nominated for GLAAD media award, but why?

The Atlanta Journal Constitution was nominated for this year’s GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards in the “Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage” category. Other nominees in the category include Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and the Salt Lake Tribune.

Not to rain on GLAAD’s announcement, but I can’t comprehend with the AJC was nominated for such an honor when the news outlet failed to cover this year’s Atlanta Pride festival and has largely turned a blind-eye to the city’s LGBT community since moving its base to the northern suburbs.

GLAAD should honor mainstream outlets that actually cover LGBT events (especially one of the largest such events in the country) in a positive light.

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Atlanta Eagle gay bar targeted by burglars

The Atlanta Eagle was the victim of an overnight burglary, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Only a few bottles of liquor were taken during the break-in, the AJC reported. Atlanta police spokesman...
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GA Voice’s Dyana Bagby named in top 10 Atlanta journalists on Twitter

Clay Duda from The Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University named our very own Dyana Bagby as one of the Top 10 Atlanta Journalists on Twitter. The final list was based on relevant Twitter figures (like followers, reach, interactions, etc.) and a little subjectivity.

Dyana joined such notables as Creative Loafing’s Thomas Wheatley, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jeff Schultz and Paste Magazine’s Austin Ray. To view the entire list, click here.

Congrats Dyana for using your Twitter account for meaningful, responsible and entertaining conversation!

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer says Pride doesn’t merit coverage

2010 Atlanta Pride festival

Creative Loafing has an excellent story this week on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s recent change in editorial tone in a bid to win over more readers. CL highlights the AJC’s move north to Dunwoody and points out, in great detail, the paper’s recent lack of coverage of the inner-city as it looks to win over more conservative OTP readers.

One section in particular emphasizes the AJC’s lack of coverage of this year’s Atlanta Pride festival that we covered back in October.

I blasted the AJC then for failing to include any mention of Atlanta Pride in the print edition. The AJC’s website did have an online photo gallery from the parade, but at only eight images, it was paltry at best.

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Perfect weather brings tens of thousands to 40th annual Atlanta Pride

Volunteers carry a massive rainbow flag during the Pride parade

Tens of thousands flocked to Piedmont Park last weekend to celebrate the 40th year of Atlanta Pride and were greeted with clear skies and warm weather, perfect for lying on the grass and listening to music, marching and circling the marketplace for free swag.

For organizers, this year was also one that desperately needed to go well.

“It was a really, really good Pride,” said James Parker Sheffield, executive director of Atlanta Pride, reflecting on the Oct. 9-10 festival. “Atlanta had been needing that. I was really glad we could deliver.”

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Atlanta tops list of deadliest cities for pedestrians

Atlanta has been named as the deadliest city for pedestrians, according to GOOD Magazine.

The article states that some 10.97 people die for every 100,000 residents each year.

This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to residents of Midtown who cross 10th Street on their way to Piedmont Park or Blake’s, as drivers routinely forget to stop at the crosswalks or are forced to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting those on foot. I can attest to this first-hand.

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Outspoken: Eminem, Betty White and more…

Rap star Eminem recently came out in support of gay marriage

“I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want.”

— Rapper Eminem, who has previously been criticized for anti-gay lyrics, supporting gay marriage in an interview with the New York Times Magazine (The Guardian, June 18)