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GLAAD responds to criticism over Atlanta Journal-Constitution media award nomination

A Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation spokesperson responded tonight to my criticism of their selection of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of the nominees for the gay media watchdog group's annual Media Awards in the “Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage” category.

Also nominated were the Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and the Salt Lake Tribune.

Rich Ferraro, GLAAD's Director of Communications, sent our Dyana Bagby the following e-mail late tonight:

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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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Atlanta Journal Constitution skips Atlanta Pride

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta’s only daily print news outlet, completely skipped coverage of this year’s Atlanta Pride festival in its print edition. Atlanta Pride drew tens of thousands of people to Piedmont Park and was celebrating its 40th anniversary Oct. 8-10.

In an e-mail exchange with AJC’s Public Editor Shawn McIntosh, GA Voice reader Mike Canfield takes the newspaper to task for failing to cover one of the city’s largest annual festivals in its print edition.