As children, we are taught to be gracious winners as well as good losers, but sometimes, you have to know when to put humility in its place. Consider that fair warning that we are about to toot our own horns here.
This morning, I had the pleasure of toting a box full of awards in to Boise Weekly headquarters after spending the evening of April 17 collecting them at the annual Idaho Press Club Awards.
Each year IPC honors the best journalism to come out of Idaho in the past year. BW is no stranger to the awards process, but this year, it was extra special.
Throughout the evening, Boise Weekly’s name made frequent appearances on the large projection screen set up in the corner of the room at the Boise Centre. From my vantage point in the back of the room and next to the bar, I was kept busy jotting down results and quickly texting (or as quickly as I can text) them to my fellow BW staffers. While I already knew it, the awards confirmed just how talented a group of people fill our little newsroom.
Here’s the list of our achievements for the year:
° First Place: Web site, General Excellence—Weekly
° First Place: Best Use of Social Media (against all media outlets in all categories)
° First Place: General Excellence—Weekly Print
° First Place: Serious Feature—Deanna Darr, “Birds, Bunnies and Power”
° First Place: Light Feature—Amy Atkins, “Up in Smoke”
° Third Place: Light Feature—Tara Morgan, “What the Cluck”
° Second Place: Outdoor Feature—Deanna Darr, “Home Slope Advantage”
° Second Place: General Column—Bill Cope
° First Place: Arts and Entertainment Reporting—Amy Atkins, "Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should … Without Some Help"
° Second Place: Arts and Entertainment Reporting— Jeremiah Robert Wierenga, "A Provincial Production"
° Third Place: Arts and Entertainment Reporting— Jeremiah Robert Wierenga, “The New Era of Opera”
° First Place: Environment Reporting—Deanna Darr, “Unlikely Allies”
° First Place: Health/Medical Reporting—Carissa Wolf, “The Forgotten Epidemic”
Congratulations to our entire staff. I have to agree with the judges: BW is generally excellent.
And on a side note, a special thanks to IPC boardmember Melissa McGrath who made sure there were some excellent desserts at this year's function.