Opinion | Why we win journalism awards—hint, it’s really you

I took a moment in the newspaper this week to talk about our Washington Newspaper Publisher’s Association awards. The six story prizes—plus another news writer finalist award for Carol Ladwig, who, once again, is the second greatest writer for papers our size and bigger in the state—are a neat ego boost, showing us that the time we put in is worthwhile.

The truth is, Carol and I like to tell stories, and it happens to be our job. We tell them every week about things both exciting and boring. But to win awards, we have to find stories that really speak. A big reason we win these awards, maybe the main one, is that year in and out, this Valley keeps its connection with us. Like the mail and the weather, it never stops—even on deadline, our phone rings, our doorbell jingles, and the in-box fills up with story ideas, with people sharing their blessings, irks and grand ideas. There is no such thing as a slow Valley news week.

So, even though it’s our names on the award certificates, it’s actually a whole community that cares enough to share its lives and stories with us that’s the secret to a job well done.

Keep it up. You know where to find us.


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