Monday, April 10, 2006

And third place goes to....

...."Money swap from Perkins to Pell hurts students" by Laura J. Wilson of The Bay Window!!!!!!


YAY!!!! WOOOO-HOOOOO!!!!!
Go Laura! Go Laura!
It's your birthday~


Ok, it wasn't my birthday, but with the incredibly tough competition we faced this year watching the big schools hogging almost all the awards, winning third place sure felt like a gift.

But wow...even I with my big old vocabulary can barely find the words to express how much I enjoyed this year's Michigan Press Association Press Day competition. It really wasn't about winning for me, it was about sitting there with Chris's arm around me, reassuring me and his giant "whooo-hoo!" when I won that really meant the most to me. He said his heart was just full of love and pride for me when they called my name. Awwwww!

I didn't win any honorable mentions this year like I did last year. However, my faculty advisor, Sue Martens, has implented awards to be given by the Board of Whatever that oversees the paper, and I won for Best Column of the Year for "Rx for the Star Wars Blues" and "Voting Christians danger to mental health everywhere" about how otherwise intelligent Christians turn off their brains when it comes to voting. I guess I tied with myself. I am also winning for an art exhibit picture I took in the Feature Photo category. Yay for me!

Now, here's the meat of what I need to say. I am deeply gratified that Sue is implementing awards and recognition to be given on behalf of our college to the best of each journalistic category because we really got shafted at the MPA's awards this year. After winning eleven awards last year, we felt challenged to improve our paper significantly because we were very close to placing in the top five. That's a big deal, folks! So, after working our collective arses off this year we won a whopping three awards and a few honorable mentions.

I can tell you, I really felt for my fellow staffers as we sat as category after category went to the big four-year schools with 35,000 plus students and budgets bigger than most prof's salaries. But it wasn't just our paper that got shafted. All the small papers did. Out of the hundred or so awards given, only a handful went to small schools. A little, bitty pathetic handful. I could palpably feel the discouragement settle over my fellow journalists.

Here's the thing that is making me wonder. I can see why the big schools with their 24-page newspapers, four-color printing, fully-staffed graphics department and state of the art technology and equipment win for Overall Excellence. I can see where they probably have the edge on layout and ad design. But when it comes to the head-to-head article writing and photos, there is no reason other than possible bias why the big schools dominated.
Sure, our front-page attendance pieces may appear fluffy beside the big Lansing story about a murder on campus, but the question isn't how juicy the story is. The question here is the quality of the journalism. Does it stand to reason that they have better writers, or that articles with great layout and color photos and graphics just appear to be better? Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to take a look at the winning entries yet, but when I do you can bet I will be scanning them with a highly-critical eye. Dammit.

9 comments:

shortensweet said...

Congrats sista! You hogged a bunch of awards last year. I'm sure Chris gave you a better celebration than I did last year. We went out for dinner and shopping I think.

Mom said...

Yes, congrats for pulling off what sounds like a very well-deserved win! You just know some big school jock that thought they were a shoo-in was squirming in their seat when you got the call instead of them, tee hee!

bunnyjo georg said...

Shorty: Chris and I celebrated our favorite way. He cooked me a delicious dinner and then we cuddled up for the evening and just talked. :)

Mom: I feel good about my achievement, but I really feel for my fellow staffers who rather suffered for the lack of recognition. The misery was palpable, poor things.

Anonymous said...

The fact that you were there and enjoyed it so much is the best of all the awards. Nice that you can be with a great supporter and good friend and that he emjoys your way of spending time.....and intersts. Happy for you ...

bunnyjo georg said...

Grandma, you don't even know how awesome it felt to have him there. It's great to receive applause for the hard work and dedication you put into something, but to have the person you esteem more than anyone else on this earth get so excited....there's nothing like it. Nothing.

Roo said...

Congrats!!! Not only are you talented it sounds to me like you're quite the Renaissance woman.

bunnyjo georg said...

Thank you, Roo! I'm not sure I'm a renaissance woman, but I know that I'm something rather indescribable. :)

DCveR said...

Hurray!!! Congrats!

bunnyjo georg said...

:)