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Gendy Alimurung wins LA Press Club’s Journalist of the Year Award for story on WeHo News editor

By Ryan Gierach, West Hollywood, California

Congratulations to Gendy Alimurung of the LA Weekly for scoring LA Press Club’s Journalist of the Year Award for writing the cover story, “Gimme Shelter: Living in a homeless shelter gave WeHo News publisher the story of his life.

LA Weekly's cover story on April 17, 2014, portrayed efforts by WeHo News founding editor Ryan Gierach's efforts to clean up a system meant to help but doing great hurt to its clients.

LA Weekly’s cover story on April 17, 2014, portrayed efforts by WeHo News founding editor Ryan Gierach’s efforts to clean up a system meant to help but doing great hurt to its clients.

Ms. Alimurung accomplished what writers strive to do but too often fail – she showed rather than told.

The judges wrote that rather than “telling” the men’s story, “Alimurung’s article was able to show the reader the struggles of being homeless, and what homeless men go through in a place that is supposed to ‘help’ those in their situation.”

Alimurung also took top honors for Best Personality Profile for her feature, “He Wears a Dress. She’s Fine With That.” The judges called it “a beautiful and exemplary love story.” (see full story)…

The full effect of Ms. Alimurung’s journalistic efforts came soon after publishing the story.

The Human Services Division of the City of West Hollywood sought and received a 12 percent reduction in direct funding to PATH, reducing by $40,000 last year’s $340,000 grant to $306,000.

As for my story, Marcus, my partner and WeHo, our dog, now live in a beautiful West Hollywood pool/courtyard apartment – for now, anyway.

My health has been iffy this past 18 months, but I’m on the mend and planning new and wonderful things for West Hollywood and the world only I can share, including a new book on the history of the city with updates and expanded tales – perhaps including some other research by historians about town.

If you should be interested in that (or participating in the planned West Hollywood Historical Association [or whatever the membership calls it] former-WeHo council-member and County Tax Assessor Jeffrey Prang and I are putting on a front burner this summer, please send an Email to HistoryProject@WeHoNews.com.

Changing WeHo News into a long form journal appealing to people who appreciate background, context, history and analysis in their readings stands as another “in-process” objective. The site is being cleaned up, upended URLs righted and bad links spoken to in a most cross fashion and given explicit correctional instructions and other nonesuch.

It’s another remodel or rebuild or renovation, and anyone who has gone through one, be it a house, a business or a web site knows our situation (plight).

WeHocolouredAs a result of our work, we will be posting more video interviews and news items, and the new site we are working on will show off our contributors’ photography, music and video in true West Hollywood style.

Here’s a sneak peek at the raw template.

And mobile users will be our chief priority.

With the heavens’ blessings, we should launch that new site and look on or around our tenth birthday on September 5, 2015.

Additionally, I am planning a charity photographic exhibit to benefit Being Alive LA, this city’s fine HIV/AIDS peer support center. I’m culling my 78,000 (or 84,000) WeHo based photos down to 30 or so for presentation to you all to raise money for the continued services offered by West Hollywood’s premier life-supporting agency.

Again, Gendy, please accept my heartiest congratulations and deepest thanks for taking up this story and “showing it” so well.

All the best,

Ryan Gierach

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