The carnival barker says you can’t win if you don’t play. Well, then, we’ve got a chance to win, because we’re definitely playing in various journalism contests. Every year, these contests come along — chief among them the Society of Professional Journalists and Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. This year, our new owners, GateHouse Media, let us know they have their own internal contest.
Feels like I’ve been contesting for a month. My computer desktop testifies to how many entries we’ve put it — it’s filled with little PDF symbols, one for each digital entry that consists of the pages carrying the stories, photos or page designs entered in the contests. And those don’t even include our online entries.
It always feels odd to spend time on this. We know what we’ve done and are more focused on what’s ahead. But it’s nice if the staff and the newspaper can get some recognition — and, besides, everybody else does it so we have to keep up with the Joneses.
Every year, it’s nice to win a few awards. But, honestly, I think it’s a better feeling just to be done with filling out the entries.