Three Flyer Writers Named Finalists for National Awards

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The Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) has announced the finalists for its annual national writing awards. Three Memphis Flyer writers are among them.

Toby Sells is a finalist in the Long-Form News Story category for "The Brady Bunch," a deep look at the Brady Law violations and other self-inflicted problems at DA Amy Weirich's office.

Chris McCoy is a finalist for Arts Feature for his story on the locally made documentary film, Best of Enemies, about political rivals Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley.

Eileen Townsend is a finalist in Arts Criticism for her film column on Fifty Shades of Grey, and two art columns: “Is Loving Local the Wrong Approach?” and “'I Thought I Might Find You Here,' at Clough-Hanson.”

Finalists were chosen as the most outstanding from a field of 821 entries submitted by 70 alternative publications across the U.S. and Canada. The AAN Awards recognize the best in alternative journalism and offer a chance for alt-weeklies to compete directly against the work of their peers in cities across the continent. Judging was conducted by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

The winners will be announced July 9 at the AAN Convention in Austin, Texas. Each finalist is assured of no worse than a third-place award.

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