Matter News wins a pair of 2023 Cleveland Press Club awards

The winning features covered a local advocate for the unhoused who became a target of right-wing harassment and the mural controversy at 934 Gallery that erupted last year.
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Matter News earned a pair of awards at the statewide Excellence in Journalism awards over the weekend.

Presented by the Cleveland Press Club, the awards honored work done in 2022. Winners were announced during a ceremony at the House of Blues in Cleveland on Friday, June 2.

Matter's awards included a first-place win in Best Online General News Story for "What it's like to be the target of right-wing harassment." The feature documented the experiences of Elizabeth Blackburn, who spoke at Worthington Kilbourne High School about her experience as a volunteer at Camp Shameless and ended up in the crosshairs of Libs of TikTok, the Daily Caller and Fox News.

Matter News also took second place in Best Online Feature Story for "934 Gallery mural controversy opens conversations on race, censorship," which traced the ripples created by a mural the Aztek goddess of fertility painted by Cat Ramos, Isabel Francis Bongue and Vrinda Munoz.

A full list of winners can be viewed here.

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