Honoring what now passes as excellence in Journalism and the Arts
Breaking News Reporting – Staff of Uproxx.com
for its comprehensive coverage of a turtle bearing a remarkable resemblance to Lord Voldemort and the impressive follow-up reporting that explored celebrity tweets responding to the turtle’s image.
Investigative Reporting – Ethan Muckensheiener, The New Yorker,
for his stellar exploration of the current circumstances and lifestyles of Saturday morning cartoon voice actors from the early 1990’s.
Explanatory Reporting – Ursula Pungle, Upworthy.com
for her nuanced and enlightening reporting on the ways in which various moments from the sitcom Boy Meets World perfectly depict what it is like to be an introvert.
Local Reporting – @Michelle_Drongo, Twitter.com,
for her tireless, sustained pursuit of what streets in her city had their power restored at what time following a thunderstorm.
National Reporting – Micah Torggen, MicahTorggenWritesStuff.net,
for his in-depth examination of how the secret menu at In-N-Out Burger restaurants vary between locations in the United American States and those inside the Trump Republic.
International Reporting – Staff of Buzzfeed.com,
for their eye-opening account of a dozen times piles of deceased refugees rotting in the sun were all of us.
Feature Writing – D’Artagnan Peterson, The Atlantic,
for his elegant profile of the last person in Chicago yet to receive a bullet wound.
Commentary – Melissa Bawd, The Washington Post
for her insightful columns on how teaching children to read promotes an outdated, ableist agenda.
Criticism – Chad Shiring, Reddit.com,
For his exhaustive discussion of how the lack of scenes where Princess Zelda examines her vagina with a hand mirror and labels all its parts in the latest Legends of Zelda game represents a growing problem of game designers making concessions to proponents of political correctness.
Editorial Writing – Mark Cuban, The New York Times,
For his compelling and passionately delivered argument as to how he’s taller than most people.
Fiction – The Boatmaker’s Song of Shadows, by Edna Chewwe (Amazon Single)
This vividly imagined and passionately wrought erotic tale featuring hints of magical realism details the adventures of an aging middle school guidance counselor who moves to Cape Cod to become a “Boatmaker” and receives a sexual awakening at the hands of conjoined twin vampires.
Photography – Dennis Kellerhonger, Tinder.com
For his now classic profile picture, which depicts the author dressed as a fish holding a tiny man, in an expert parody of the form.
Drama – Miranda! By Hogan Lerman and Jennifer Stoat-Windsham
A landmark musical detailing the rise and fall of the man who gave the world Hamilton before going on to declare himself God-King of the United American States and then evolving into a sentient beam of light.
Poetry – The Really Great Fantastic by Premier Donald Trump, First of His Name (Great Fantastic Books)
A cycle of short poems bearing witness to all that is really great and fantastic.
History – Staff of Buzzfeed.com
For their various quizzes predicting which year readers were born based on which SNL cast member or Lucky Charms marshmallow shape they’re most here for.