Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
I look forward to going to the annual Minnesota Newspaper Association convention every January. But last week's convention will be hard to top.
Convention time is a chance to get away for a few days, to spend time with old newspaper friends and meet lots of new ones.
There are learning sessions, and I always bring home lots of new ideas. The keynote speakers always invigorate and inspire.
It's also the time for our industry's awards banquet: recognition for those newspapers judged by their peers in another state (this year, North Carolina) to be the best in the state.
We walked away with five awards this year, a new record for us. Sue Hughes, our talented graphic artist and designer, won both first and second place for self-promotion ads. Danielle Brower photographed a horrible accident last May; her photo won second for Best News Photo. Our Website took second place. And I won first place for the full-page levy ad that helped explain why
Kimball needed a school levy (which passed). The judges' comment was "Genius use of art to illustrate complex information." (Thanks, Sue, for your help on that one!)
We participated in the ad design contest again this year, where 11 designers created a set of three ads promoting public records in newspapers. Attendees at the convention voted for their favorites; I took third place (and a small cash prize).
I didn't win either of the two raffles, but I did win the trade show drawing for a Samsung Galaxy 10-inch tablet. Needless to say, I was feeling pretty lucky. I even stopped on the way home to buy a couple of lottery tickets.
I learned today that I also scored highest on the Wrdos' test (of English grammar and usage).
Awards and prizes are wonderful. The camaraderie and peer recognition are great too. But it's the weekly success of producing a good, solid newspaper for our readers and advertisers that keeps me going week after week. You were there with me last week at the convention. Thank you all for your continued support!