Advocate Dining Guides win national award _lowres


The Advocate has won a national award for its New Orleans Dining Guides.

The Society for Features Journalism picked the Advocate’s twice-yearly guide to New Orleans restaurants as its Best Niche Product, a category recognizing magazines and other special projects published at least twice a year.

Judges said, “These dining guides tell readers where to go, what to expect when they get there and what to order. You get a little history, a little lesson in food culture and lots of mouthwatering descriptions and photos.”

Advocate staff writer Ian McNulty, features editor Annette Sisco, design director Jay Martin and the newspaper’s editors and photographers produce spring and fall editions of the New Orleans Dining Guide. The online version of the spring 2015 guide is available at

Judges assessed more than 800 entries for 15 categories in this year’s contest, which “honors the craft of feature storytelling and the people who do it for a living at news organizations in the United States and Canada.”

Other winners from Louisiana this year include Brett Anderson of the Times-Picayune, with a first-place award for Arts & Entertainment Commentary Portfolio; and Chris Waddington, Andrew Boyd and Lynette Johnson, also of the Times-Picayune, with a third-place award for digital innovation.

Awards will be presented at the group’s national conference in Maryland in August.