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Alibi wins an AltWeekly Award for Sam Adams’ “Breaking Bad” arts feature!

Three cheers for the Alibi’s very own patriot / arts editor, Sam Adams! His fascinating profile on the Albuquerque-centric AMC show “Breaking Bad”—including candid insights from actors Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn—garnered a second-place spot in the super-competitive 2012 AltWeekly Awards. Take a moment to revisit “Raising Hell in the Land of Enchantment,” then raise a glass of Sam Adams to Sam Adams.

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5th Annual Scavenger Hunt is this weekend!

Sign-up deadline is 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19

For the last four years we've asked readers to scour the city, taking pictures of themselves with assigned objects and sending them in to yours truly. This year, we're doing it again! You hunt for objects, and we'll comb through the entries and tally the scores. The winner gets their choice photos and an interview in the paper, along with heaps of fabulous prizes. This year, that could be you!

Here's how it works: Log on to alibi.com and fill out the registration form by Friday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. (If you don't have an alibi.com account, click here.) At 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, we'll e-mail you the Scavenger Hunt list. Each item on the list will have a different point value (a picture of you with a cockroach might be worth 10 points, while a picture of you with the Pope might be worth 10,000 points). Rack up as many points as you can.

You've got until Monday, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m. to submit your pictures online or in person. We'll give instructions on how to do so when we e-mail you. Please add scavenger-hunt@alibi.com to your address book so we get by your junk mail filter! The Scavenger Hunt issue hits stands Dec. 2!

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I’ll be teaching journalism to teens

In my early single-digit years, I used to go from table to table at restaurants and ask people questions. I have cassette tapes of interviews I conducted on my brown Fisher Price recorder. In middle school and high school, I ran an “underground newspaper,” which was basically just a ranty ’zine.

I had no idea I wanted to be a journalist.

Maybe you know some people ages 12-20 who show all the signs of becoming exporters of media. Send them to Warehouse 508. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, Juli Cobb and I will co-teach the after-school Hype 508 course.

The pitch:

Interview your favorite artists and musicians, review CDs, dig up the news and write for an audience in this student-directed class. Using the net and DIY-style publication as our means of distribution, we will blog and create digital packages and put out a monthly zine. Build a collection of clips that will help you apply to college or for internships in the publishing world.

The 14-week class costs $20 total. Register here.

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The Alibi Wins National Awards!

Competing against newspapers across the U.S., the Weekly Alibi placed first in the nation for food writing and lifestyle/entertainment page editing. The National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest geve us the nods. (The NFPW is a nationwide organization of professional women and men in the press and media fields.) The Alibi also secured second place awards for publication editing and section editing.

This comes on heels of sweeping the New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest with 12 awards. The Alibi's food writing, arts and entertainment coverage, news reporting, features, columns and editing were chosen as superlative in New Mexico.

Here's a list of the Alibi's 2010 winners:

2010 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest

First Place: Food articles, Ari LeVaux

First Place: Lifestyle/entertainment page editing, Laura Marrich

Second place: Publication editing, Laura Marrich

Second Place: Section editing, Erin Adair-Hodges

2010 New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest

First Place: News reporting, Marisa Demarco

First Place: Enterprise reporting, Marisa Demarco

First Place: Feature story, Erin Adair-Hodges

First Place: Section edited by entrant, Erin Adair-Hodges

First Place: Food articles, Ari LeVaux

First Place: Publications regularly edited by entrant, Laura Marrich

First Place: Single page regularly edited by entrant – Lifestyle or Entertainment, Laura Marrich

First Place: Organizational Sweepstakes

Second place: Personality profile, long-form, Marisa Demarco

Third Place: Arts and Entertainment articles, Erin Adair-Hodges

Honorable Mention: Investigative reporting, Marisa Demarco

Honorable Mention: Columns, Alex Limkin

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Cinco de Mayo Frito de Pie-O

Join your favorite alt.weekly for Cinco de Mayo at Downtown’s Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW, 243-0878) from 5 to 10 p.m. In addition to music and Mexican candy, we’ll be serving free Frito pie (while it lasts) on the back patio! Bring your I.D., as this party is for adults 21 and older. ¡Que viva la fiesta!

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The Alibi’s Greatest Hits

Every year, we round up articles and submit them to contests. Sorting through back issues and submitting articles can become a hectic affair of scissors, glue sticks, newspaper shreds, envelopes, sharpies, etc. Still, it’s the only time we reflect on our work as a whole.

Contests have categories and requirements. A lot of our best work last year didn’t fit in those boxes (man).

Here is but a small sampling of blue-ribbon (in my heart, anyway) 2009 features. Some of them may have been entered. It’s hard to remember after all the glue-stick huffing.

Bruised, Bloody and Bushy-Tailed: The diary of a wannabe stuntwoman (Amy Dalness)

Beware His Sting: An interview with a real-life superhero (Marisa Demarco)

Juárez: Bleeeding but still breathing (Maren Tarro)

Exonerated: A developmentally delayed man files suit against the system that put him behind bars for three years (Marisa Demarco)

Pearls Before Swine: Strong City stands by its spiritual leader and waits for deliverance—at the hands of God or the legal system (Maren Tarro)

What’s a Feminist Like You Doing in a Place Like This?: Judy Chicago’s Belen vs. The Hometown I Narrowly Escaped (Erin Adair-Hodges)

The Weatherman and Me: Mark Rudd—Political organizer, ex-federal fugitive, my pseudo stepdad (Simon McCormack)

Mixed Martial Albuquerque: Jackson’s MMA gym makes Albuquerque an unlikely stronghold for elite cage fighting (Ari LeVaux)

Blue Reporter in a Red State: A journalist burns out and breaks down in Small Town, USA (John Bear)

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The Alibi Wins 7 First-Place New Mexico Press Women Awards

Competing against newspapers across the state, the Weekly Alibi swept the New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest with 9 awards. The Alibi's food writing, arts and entertainment coverage, news reporting, features, columns and editing were chosen as superlative in New Mexico.

Seven of the entries are first-place winners and will go on to the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest, where they'll square off against every other Press Women chapter in the country. (The NFPW is a nationwide organization of professional women and men in the press and media fields.) We expect to do well there, as we've done every year that we've entered.

Here's a list of the Alibi's winners:

First Place: News reporting, Marisa Demarco

First Place: Enterprise reporting, Marisa Demarco

First Place: Feature story, Erin Adair-Hodges

First Place: Section edited by entrant, Erin Adair-Hodges

First Place: Food articles, Ari LeVaux

First place: Publications regularly edited by entrant, Laura Marrich

First place: Single page regularly edited by entrant – Lifestyle or Entertainment, Laura Marrich

Second Place: Columns, Alex Limkin

Third Place: Arts and Entertainment articles, Erin Adair-Hodges


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