IGN is pleased to announce that three of its writers are among the nominees for the L.A. Press Club’s 62nd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards.Reporter Matt Kim was nominated in the category of Online: Entertainment News (Music/Performers) for his November 2019 piece “Blizzcon Protesters Share Why They’re Fighting For Free Speech at Blizzard’s Big Event
.” Written in the wake of Blizzard’s decision to punish Hearthstone player Ng Wai “Blitzchung” Chung
following his public support of the Hong Kong protests, the piece explores how many Blizzcon attendees sought to protest Blizzard’s decision and raise awareness of the situation in Hong Kong.
Senior editor/producer Joshua Yehl was nominated in the category of Entertainment Commentary (Film/TV) for his December 2019 essay “How I Learned to Grieve and Heal Through Star Wars
.” Inspired by the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
and its inclusion of the franchise’s first on-screen, same-sex kiss, Yehl offers a personal account of how that Star Wars milestone helped him process the grief surrounding the death of his friend Drew Leinonen, who was among those killed at the 2016 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Freelance writer Siddhant Adlakha was nominated in the “Criticism of TV” category for his series of reviews of HBO’s Watchmen. Adlakha scored the eighth episode of Watchmen a 10, writing “Watchmen’s penultimate episode is a thermodynamic miracle. An expertly crafted piece of television that positions us in past and present simultaneously, while exploring what makes Dr. Manhattan human — and therefore, what makes the rest of us. A story of doomed romance, of sacrifice, and of what it feels like to remember falling in love.”
The full list of award nominees was released on Monday. The winners will be revealed during an online ceremony on August 29.
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