Express Arts & Culture editor Sarah Burke won a first-place award last night in the 30th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards of the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter. Burke’s award came in the Arts & Culture category for her October 15, 2014 cover story, “Moral Combat.” Her piece explored Gamergate, the vicious harassment campaign that’s been chasing women out of the video game industry. Her report also looked at how East Bay female developers have been trying to reclaim the video game art form.
The SPJ said Burke’s story “captures nuances about gaming and the kinds of voices that are trying to break into a world that is fighting to keep them out.”
Burke’s award was in the print/small division for newspapers of less than 100,000 circulation. The Express was the only alt weekly to win an award in this year’s contest.
The East Bay’s alt weekly. Published since 1978 on the east shores of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Express features original local news reporting and coverage of events, music, arts and restaurants in Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and other parts of the vibrant East Bay, a cultural epicenter of Northern California.