Conflicts of Interest, Managing Editor Baynard Woods' column on arts and culture, which featured run-ins with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, was named a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsmedia award.
Nashville Scene's Advice King and a collection of columns by seven different writers in Creative Loafing Atlanta are the other contenders in the category for papers with a circulation of 45,000 and over.
According to AAN, an organization that represents 113 alternative outlets across the country, the awards "recognize the best in alternative journalism and are a unique chance for alt-weeklies to compete directly against the work of their peers in cities across the continent."
As Woods wrote in a column typical of Conflicts of Interest's self-referential style, he is taking a step back from the paper to work on long-form stories and develop "Coffin Point," a television series based on his book of the same name. The column will continue to appear in City Paper.