Over the weekend, Managing Editor Sayaka Matsuoka and Publisher Brian Clarey visited Chicago where they spent four days hanging out with dozens of other alternative newspaper publications from around the country.

Despite being probably the smallest paper in the organization, Triad City Beat was up for three awards and got Second, Third and an honorable mention for our pieces which were chosen as three of the 95 finalists out of the 560+ submissions! So we’re definitely punching above our weight class here and we’re proud to do the work here and are so thankful and grateful to have you all with us!

In the category for Special Vaccine Coverage, Sayaka Matsuoka won second place for her piece about how formerly vaccine-hesitant people changed their minds about getting the shot, which was published on Aug. 26, 2021. You can read the full piece here!

In August 2021, Sayaka Matsuoka wrote a piece about how and why people changed their minds on vaccines.

In the category for Political Column, Publisher Brian Clarey won third place for his Editorial Column, most notably for his columns about Marcus Deon Smith, which you can read here and here.

Marcus Smith

And lastly, former Senior Editor Jordan Green won an Honorable Mention for his reporting for the Right-Wing Extremism coverage for his story about three North Carolinians who were indicted for working with the Oath Keepers during the Jan. 6 insurrection. You can read that story here.

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