Wick Communications

2013 Wick Editorial Awards

In journalism on April 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm

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On Tuesday, you should have received an email announcing the re-establishment of the Wick Editorial Awards. If you didn’t get the email and don’t know what I’m talking about, please ask your editor. Editors: If you didn’t get the message, please contact me now at clay_lambert@wickcommunications.com

This year, we are focusing on five categories – Community Pride, Enterprise, Editorial Comment, Feature or Sports Story and Breaking News. Each comes with its own set of instructions. All newspapers are expected to enter once in each category and the deadline is May 17.

More explicit submission instructions can be found at a new blog set up to facilitate the process and showcase the winners. It is wickawards.wordpress.com.

This is not just another thing on the to-do list. It shouldn’t take more than a half-hour of brainstorming to come up with your best efforts for the last two calendar years and I don’t want you to stress over submission guidelines. I want this to be an entirely positive thing, a chance to be recognized by your peers for a job well done.

In the news game, it can be very difficult to see the forest for the trees. In fact, we are inundated with trees. Every day it seems like some fool plants a half-dozen brand new trees that obscure our view. It’s terribly important to step back from time to time to admire the good work you have accomplished, to understand the important role you play in your community, to accept the pat on the back that you richly deserve.

I plan to print the winning entries – first, second and third places – in a special publication in the fall, and to publish them on the Wick Awards blog. Please take time to consider your award entries and honor the deadline.

Clay

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