Shortly after its launch, 3 Story Magazine scooped up a 2013 Arizona Press Club award for arts reporting. Billed as ‘the best journalism in Arizona’, the awards celebrated magazines and newspapers for their work in 2012. 3 Story’s Gillian Drummond won first place for community arts reporting for the following features: Art, Willy Wonka style, Eye Candy and Arizona is his middle name.
In the 2014 Awards she did it again, with first place in community profile writing for The ‘F’ Word, and first place in community arts reporting for The Pavement Pollyanna, Bombing Tucson and The Glory Hole. She also snagged a third place prize for statewide arts reporting.
Here is what the 2014 judges, from The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, had to say:
On The ‘F’ Word: “A strong lead that established tension and welcomed the reader into a smart proﬁle that showed the complexity of the subject.”
On the others: “In her pieces about Pollyanna Pavement, graﬃti art, and the Sonoran Glass School, Drummond uses lively language and deft details to capture the color and signiﬁcance of local artists and their work in a way that is both evocative and explanatory.”
In the recent 2015 Arizona Press Club Awards, Gillian won second place in the community personality profile category for Imagine all the People, her story about artist Susan Mrosek and Pondering Pool.
The judge from The Dallas Morning News had this to say: “There’s much to like in this little story. The tone comes off as slightly farciful, which is perfect in a profile of an artist who specializes in exaggerated characters. Good voice and vivid writing.”