City Paper Editor-at-Large Baynard Woods brought home the top prize for his arts column, Conflicts of Interest, at the Association of Alternative Newsmedia conference this past weekend.
Woods won first place for a column in a paper with a circulation of 45,000 or higher, besting Nashville Scene's Advice King and a collection of columns by seven different writers for Creative Loafing Atlanta.
Asked for his thoughts on winning, Woods wrote in an email: "I think that columns should be based in the street, rather than at the desk, and that was always the impetus behind Conflicts. I really admired the columns of Jimmy Breslin and hated those of David Brooks and all the other desk-bound bloviators. I think winning AAN's best column award is a vindication of that kind of column and I'm proud of that. But, you know, that also means I owe a lot to the Mayor and to Pussy Riot and the other people that hated me this year."