SPJ honors Ear Candy’s A&E coverage

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The Society of Professional Journalists held its annual Northwest Excellence in Journalism awards banquet Saturday evening. The awards honored the best in journalism throughout the five state region of Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. SPJ judges awarded Ear Candy with a first place trophy for online coverage of arts, entertainment and lifestyles.

The winning entry was the coverage of Pearl Jam’s 2009 KeyArena concerts. Ear Candy founder Travis Hay also won a third place award in the same category for his review of Sub Pop’s Bleach reissue that he wrote for Crosscut. The awards mark the second first place SPJ trophy for Ear Candy. In 2008 Ear Candy was named best specialized blog by SPJ.


Travis Hay

About Travis Hay

Travis Hay is a professional music journalist who has spent the past 14 years documenting and enjoying Seattle's diverse music scene. In 2009 he established Guerrilla Candy and is currently the site's editor and publisher. He has written for various media outlets including MSN Music, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, Crosscut.com and others and was the founder and editor of defunct music site Ear Candy.