The Los Angeles Press Club published the list of finalists for the 64th annual Southern California Journalism Awards on Monday, and ScheerPost’s staff are thrilled to announce they are in the running for eight prizes. The list honors work by ScheerPost’s editor in chief Robert Scheer, columnist Chris Hedges, cartoonist Mr. Fish, and the website’s editorial staff including Victoria Valenzuela, Diego Ramos, and Natasha Hakimi Zapata.
ScheerPost, which got its start in 2020 just as the Covid-19 pandemic began, is nominated under best news organization exclusive to the internet. Chris Hedges is nominated for best online columnist for his unmissable weekly columns, which you can read here.
ScheerPost Editor in Chief is a finalist for audio journalist of the year for his KCRW-hosted podcast “Scheer Intelligence.” Three episodes of the award-winning podcast, produced by Executive Producer Joshua Scheer, have also been nominated in several radio show categories, including personality interview and public affairs. The episodes being honored are Scheer’s interviews with activist Prof. Melina Abdullah “Black Lives Matter: ‘When We Fight, We Win’” in which the two discuss the incredible rise of BLM, “MLK/ FBI” director Sam Pollard “The FBI’s Crusade Against MLK Was Darker Than You Think,” and scholar Tony Platt on how “California’s Grim Genocidal Past Implicates the University of California.”
Mr. Fish has been nominated for his editorial cartoon, “Happy Indigenous People’s Day From Those Who Made It Possible,” which you can see in full below.
Natasha Hakimi Zapata is nominated in the Foreign Correspondent category for her Nation piece “COVID-19 Is a Boon for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Buds” about the many ways Britain’s Conservative officials and their connections profited financially from the mass death event.
The winners of this year’s Southern California Journalism awards will be announced at a gala on June 25 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.