Sunday, February 10, 2008
One more honor
The Iowa Newspaper Association graciously allowed The Associated Press some agenda time at the INA convention's Friday luncheon to hand out a couple of its top awards. (The Iowa AP Managing Editors organization this year decided to forgo a separate meeting and awards program.)
For the regular contest categories, entrants are notified in advance if they are in the Top Three, making the only mystery whether the result is a first-, second- or third-place award.
However, the AP had one surprise award.
The newspaper Member of the Year -- the recipient of the Mark Twain award -- was our own Telegraph Herald.
The AP is a news cooperative. It has its own staff of professional journalists -- but not nearly enough to cover the world with its own crew. Thus, members of The AP agree to cooperate and share news about events occurring in their home service areas. The timeliness and level of cooperation regarding this information varies greatly.
Our paper was selected for its on-cycle contributions (ie, providing stories and photos before we even had a chance to put them onto our printed page) of the federal arrest of the Bishop Bomber suspect and for sending AP photos and stories regularly throughout the year.
The distinctive award, I was told, was manufactured by the same firm that handles the Oscars.