Alta Journal Wins Two Awards from the Los Angeles Press Club

Graphics by Mark Smith and design by John Goecke take top honors at the annual National A&E Journalism Awards.

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The Los Angeles Press Club announced the winners of the 14th annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday night, and Alta Journal took home two awards and eight second- or third-place finishes. The publication was nominated in 17 categories for everything from photography to feature writing.

Mark Smith won for his graphics accompanying “The Search of a Lifetime,” by Julian Smith. “These graphics were extremely compelling and inviting, helped to tell the story—everything you look for in visual storytelling,” the judges wrote.

Alta Journal art director John Goecke won for the magazine’s special Noir Issue, from Fall 2020.From cover to comic, the design is carried through the entire package convincingly. The eye always knows where to start and finish on each page. Moody imagery with bold type sets the tone. Inside pages are well balanced with reverse type that ties the package together and features extra info without offering any distractions,” noted the judges.

“Creating a section devoted to noir let me draw from sources as diverse as pulp magazines, old movies, and comics to create a retro vibe,” says Goecke. “I wanted it to be dark, but fun.”

“We’re delighted to see the outstanding work by John and Mark receive this recognition,” says Alta Journal managing editor Blaise Zerega. “Their work helps to tell our stories, often revealing unexpected insights and meanings.”

      Sydney Love, Tim Greiving, Elaine Lee, Denise Hamilton, Keenan Norris, Victor Juhasz, Mark Smith, and John Goecke with Chris Sickels/Red Nose Studio were also recognized by the judges as runners-up for their work. We congratulate all of our winners and nominees on their contributions to journalism. A complete list of winners can be found here.

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