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2013 Wick Editorial Awards

In journalism on 18 Apr 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.



Time to win an award

In journalism on 15 Oct 2010 at 8:06 am

I have been terribly remiss in mentioning this, but the deadline is now fast approaching for the annual Suburban Newspapers of America editorial awards. You can read all about it here. The deadline for submitting entries is Oct. 22, 2010 — a week from today.

As you can see, the contest includes a ton of categories and circulation classes, so you won’t be competing against the Los Angeles Times or Huffington Post.

Because Wick Communications is a member organization, all of our papers qualify for reduced rates for entries. You pay $28 per entry, not the $56 charged non-members.

It’s easy to roll your eyes at journalism contests. It seems there are a bunch of them and every journalist you know can probably point to a couple of prizes from regional or statewide competitions. But it can be a very satisfying thing to be praised by peers. Lord knows we don’t get much of that from readers!

And this is an opportunity for national acclaim. The SNA counts 2,000 members and is one of the largest organizations of its kind. It would be good to win some of these. Let me know if you need some help.

– Clay

Pulitzers for real people

In journalism on 24 Apr 2009 at 7:52 am

You may have noticed that, in addition to the usual suspects at the New York Times, the L.A. Times and the Washington Post, this year’s crop of Pulitzer Prize winners includes a couple from the hinterlands. Mark Mahoney took the honor for editorial writing from his post at The Post-Star of Glen Falls, N.Y., the Las Vegas Sun won for Public Service, and Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin shared the award for local reporting for the East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Ariz.

I guess that proves you don’t have to report from one of journalism’s ivory towers to win our berzon09biggest honors.

The Las Vegas Sun won for “courageous reporting by Alexandra Berzon, for the exposure of the high death rate among construction workers on the Las Vegas Strip amid lax enforcement of regulations, leading to changes in policy and improved safety conditions.”

Gabrielson and Giblin of the East Valley Tribune, Mesa, Ariz., won “for their adroit use of limited resources to reveal, in print and online, how a popular sheriff’s focus on immigration enforcement endangered investigation of violent crime and other aspects of public safety.”… Read the rest of this entry »