For those of you have been waiting to find out what the best things in Tucson are, we've got you covered.
This week's issue is the 26th annual Best of Tucson®, where we'll be announcing the best that the Old Pueblo has to offer as decided by both our readers and our staffers.
But we know that many of you hate waiting — you DEMAND to know where you should be going to get great Chinese food, jewelry, books and tortillas, and you need that information today.
Well, we've got your back there, too. In the lead up to the official Thursday release of BoT 2012, we're leaking bits of the best on our Facebook page. Interested in seeing what's there and finding out how to get more results? Then make your way over, and we'll do our best to satiate you 'til the full issue is released later this week.
Hey Weekly Rangers, I'm David Mendez.
You may remember me from such Range posts as "Chuck Norris' Family Claims Obama Re-election Will Bring 1,000 Years Of Darkness," or "Geraldo Rivera, Semi-Officially U of A's Most Embarrassing Alumnus?" Earlier this year, I interned with this fine publication, where The Powers That Be were impressed enough to ask me to take care of The Range as They searched for someone to replace departed Web Producer and Range Overlord Dan Gibson.
As it turns out, I'm that someone.
What you've seen over the past few weeks is much of what you'll be getting in the future: a potpourri of news, politics and the arts; stories about Tucsonans doing awesome things; criticism of those who deserve it; dumb jokes; and the usual top-quality posts from the Weekly's fine lineup of staffers, contributors and interns.
On top of that, we've got a number of fun changes coming down the pipeline — the most prominent being the forthcoming launch of Tucson Weekly's yet-to-be-named music blog (mentioned here and here) — which you'll be learning more about in the coming weeks.
But remember folks: I'm here as much for you (and the glory of blogging!) as you are for me (and the chance to yell at someone on the internet). If there's something you're itching to see, hear or read about, please mention so in the comments. Even better, send an email to either our mailbag or to me directly.
Thanks for giving me the chance to be here, folks. Now, let's have some fun.
For some reason, I started my time here on The Range with a post about the Insane Clown Posse, so it seems to make as much sense as anything else to end my time here with an embedded video from one of the group's thoroughly terrible cover tracks from the bonus album Smothered, Covered and Chunked, out today. You probably shouldn't press play. It's really awful, but I try to keep some sort of narrative thread through my work.
Anyhow, it's been an exciting 673 days and 2446 posts for me here at the Weekly, but tomorrow I'll be somewhere else, and in a few weeks, someone else will be the proverbial captain of the ship. A sincere thanks to nearly all of you who left comments, shared our posts on Facebook or Twitter, who entered contests, or who mentioned that they enjoyed something I wrote.
In some ways, writing for a living online has robbed me of some of my ability to have human emotions about my work, but there have been some great moments for me here and I've had the opportunity to meet a lot of people who give me great hope about the city I live in. Then again, all of that is generally balanced by someone leaving a comment suggesting that I "shove a bat up [my] ass."
I won't miss waking up to some guy leaving fifty comments in all caps about how the city of Tucson killed his dog, Suki, the snarky remarks from the typo police, or people who feel the need to comment on posts about a concert that the band mentioned sucks, but tomorrow I'll probably see an amusing news story about robots or hear about something cool happening in town that I'll want to share and I won't really have a place to do so. It'll be weird, but I'm sure the internet could also use a break from my opinions.
Most of all, thanks to everyone I've worked with here, both the staff in the office and everyone who contributed to The Range. See you around town.
Congratulations to us, I guess, for winning Best Blog Initiatives in Classes C & D Combined in the Local Media Association's annual Community Website Contest [link to a PDF] for The Range. The judge or judges commented "Lots of variety, they have fun with it, they don't take themselves too seriously, it's breezy, brief and easy to read ... downright enjoyable."
Thanks to the Local Media Assocation, the judges from the Missouri School of Journalism and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, and everyone who contributed to The Range during the judging period. Yay for winning things!
I readily admit our website isn't perfect, which is why we're always working on improving the functionality and design, moving things around and trying new things ahead of a forthcoming full redesign. But still, the search can be kind of wonky, some of the pages get a little ragged at the bottom, and there's always a list of things I want to find time to work on. Still, while I think TucsonWeekly.com largely does what its supposed to, as the web producer, I'm always willing to hear out suggestions of what we can do better.
However, a quick note to "Dave," who left me a message on my voicemail yesterday: calling me and telling me how you can't find a list of concerts on our "piece of shit" website and suggesting we hire a high-schooler so that we have "someone who knows what they're doing" isn't terribly helpful at all. I appreciate that you think that we're Tucson's community newspaper and I guess I'm sorry that we disappoint you, but hey, if you can't find where we keep the concert listings on our website, here's a step-by-step guide:
1. Go to TucsonWeekly.com, but I imagine you figured that part out.
2. Click on the "MUSIC" tab on our toolbar...I used MS Paint to illustrate where to go:
3. Under the "MUSIC" tab, click "Live Music Calendar (New)" It says new, because it is.
4. Then, shazam! There's our music calendar, with shows across town and the ability to listen to music by the groups performing. Sorry to break it to you, but Hoobastank canceled tonight's show, but that frees you up to see the B-Side Players and the Jons at the Rialto, so it all works out.
How easy is that? Almost easier than picking up the phone and dialing a number to leave a rude, anonymous voicemail! Hope that helps, Dave! I would have called back to walk you through the process personally, but you didn't leave a number for some reason. Anyhow, thanks for visiting TucsonWeekly.com!
The AltWeekly Awards will be handed out at the Association of Alternative Newsmedia Convention in Detroit early next month, and one of our own is among those nominated. Since 1,108 entries were received from 90 member publications, it really is an honor to be nominated, like Renée Downing was for her column writing this year. Read the columns that attracted the attention of the judges, below:
COLUMN (POLITICAL) circulation under 50,000
East Bay Express: Cops Charging Overtime to Clubs; Marcie Hodge Loses, Again; and The Absent Police Chief by Robert Gammon
Jackson Free Press: Hazardous Civility; Immigrants vs. Profit; and And the Good News Is... by Tom Head
Monterey County Weekly: Reefer Madness; Shared Sins; and Shut 'Em Down by Mary Duan
The Tucson Weekly took home five awards this year in the Arizona Press Club’s annual contest—including a first-place award for Margaret Regan in the Arts Criticism category.
The results of the awards, for work done in 2011, were announced Saturday, May 19, at The Duce in Downtown Phoenix. In the contest, the Weekly competes in the Metro category, along with all of the state’s largest newspapers, including The Arizona Republic, the Arizona Daily Star and the Phoenix New Times.
Regan—the dean of Tucson arts writers who is widely regarded as the state’s top arts scribe—won two awards, including the aforementioned Arts Criticism first-place, for a selection of her 2011 arts reviews. About Regan’s work, judge Ben Waterhouse remarked: “Regan’s admirably jargon-free essays show both an impressive descriptive ability and a strong awareness of the greater cultural context in which the art exists. Not many visual art critics are capable of both.”
Regan’s other award came in the Arts Reporting category, in which a selection of her work took home third place.
Tom Danehy nabbed second place in the Sports Reporting category (behind only The Arizona Republic's investigation of the Fiesta Bowl scandal) for “Rez Ball” (March 3, 2011), his report on the love of high school basketball in Arizona’s Native American communities.
Leo W. Banks earned the third-place honor in the Immigration Reporting category for “Digging for Dollars” (April 7, 2011), his report on drug tunnels in Nogales.
Finally, Mari Herreras won third place in the Social Issues Reporting category (behind two Phoenix stories) for “Family Portraits” (Pride, June 16, 2011), her report on the struggles that nontraditional families are having in Arizona.
Craig Harris, of The Arizona Republic, was named the Virg Hill Journalist of the Year, in part for his aforementioned Fiesta Bowl-scandal coverage.
Other big awards went to Nick Oza of The Republic (Arizona Photojournalist of the Year), Mike Rice of the Arizona Daily Star (Arizona Designer of the Year), Beatrice Richardson of the Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review (Arizona Community Photojournalist of the Year) and Marley Shebala of the Navajo Times (Arizona Community Journalist of the Year).
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