Advocate columnist James Gill was named Wednesday as a finalist for a national journalism prize.

Gill was one of 10 finalists for the MOLLY National Journalism Prize, established by The Texas Observer to recognize works that focus on civil liberties and social justice. The award is named in honor of Molly Ivins, who built a national following skewering politicians in Texas.

The prize will be awarded June 3 in Austin.

Gill has been a political columnist for nearly three decades, most of that time with The Times-Picayune.

He and about a dozen other Times-Picayune journalists joined The Advocate last year, soon after the newspaper was purchased by John and Dathel Georges.

Gill, a native of England, immigrated to the United States in 1977 and arrived in New Orleans two years later. He worked as an editorial writer and editor, and launched his column in 1985.

He is the author of three books, including “The Lords of Misrule,” which chronicled the bitter dispute over segregated Carnival krewes in 1991 and 1992.