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Servatius In Awards Trifecta

CL newspapers take three first place Green Eyeshade Awards

Three Creative Loafing journalists won first-place prizes in the 55th Annual Green Eyeshade Awards, given by the Society of Professional Journalists at ceremonies May 14 in Atlanta. Creative Loafing competed in the Weekly/Monthly publications part of the competition. Tara Servatius, reporter and columnist for Creative Loafing in Charlotte, won first place for editorial writing. Her Citizen Servatius column is one of the most popular features offered by this newspaper. She won for the columns "How Charlotte Bought Off Bob: And became a 'Most Livable City' and "Selling Circles: The public art marketing racket."

Alyssa Abkowitz, a staff writer for Creative Loafing in Atlanta, won first place for non-deadline reporting for a cover story, "Trapped."

Group Senior Editor John Sugg won the serious commentary category for his "Fishwrapper" columns.

"We take seriously our commitment to serve our communities with the best in reporting and perspective," said Ben Eason, CEO of Creative Loafing. "The work of these three writers is a strong signal of that commitment."

The three first place awards tie the most given to any news organization this year. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and South Florida's weekly New Times newspapers also won three awards. The Tampa Tribune won two first place prizes, and the St. Petersburg Times and The Charlotte Observer each won one first place award.

The Green Eyeshade Awards are given for outstanding journalism in 11 Southeastern states. More than 400 entries were submitted in this year's contest.

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