The Reader won a half-dozen awards, including three top prizes, at the 2017 Association of Alternative Newsmedia Awards, held last weekend in Washington, D.C. Winners were chosen from entries submitted by 67 alternative publications across North America.

We don’t have a lengthy acceptance speech ready or anything. But below we’ve linked to the winners as announced by AAN. We hope the work speaks for itself.

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING circulation 45,000 & over

Winner receives $250 funded by New Times co-founder Michael Lacey.

1st PLACE: Chicago Reader: No-show cops and dysfunctional courts keep Cook County Jail inmates waiting years for a trial by Spencer Woodman, Robin Amer, Esther Kaplan

RACE REPORTING circulation 45,000 & over
3rd PLACE: Chicago Reader: The Goldberg variation: High-rise public housing that works by Maya Dukmasova, Robin Amer

FILM CRITICISM circulation 45,000 & over Winner will receive $250 funded by Southcomm in honor of Nashville Scene’s late Editor Jim Ridley

1st PLACE: Chicago Reader: Film Criticism (I; II; III) by J.R. Jones

ARTS FEATURE circulation 45,000 & over 1st PLACE: Chicago Reader: At Profiles Theatre the drama—and abuse—is real by Aimee Levitt, Christopher Piatt, Robin Amer, Jake Malooley, Paul John Higgins

MUSIC WRITING circulation 45,000 & over3rd PLACE: Chicago Reader: Music Writing (I; II; III) by Leor Galil

2nd PLACE: Chicago Reader: People Issue video profiles (I; II) by Scrappers Film Group, Danielle A. Scruggs, Paul John Higgins