My first-place photos

It’s quite the challenge coming up with the right words.

Honored. Excited. Relieved.

Those are just a few.

But the most important feeling — humbled.

At the Hoosier State Press Association Newsroom Seminar and Better Newspaper Contest awards luncheon today in Indianapolis, I had four photographs receive awards; three earned first place and one was second place. One of my first-place photos was selected as the Division 3 (Dailies with circulation less than 6,000) representative for photo of the year. While I did not receive that honor, it is still pretty darn cool to come away with three first-place awards and even be considered a finalist.

After winning best feature story last year, I was shut out this year as a writer. Honestly, though, that doesn’t matter.

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Column: Line Drives — Lynch’s antics need to stop

[This is my column in the Jan. 29 issue of The Commercial Review.]

“Yeah.”

“I’m thankful.”

“I’m just here so I won’t get fined.”

“You know why I’m here.”

Those are the phrases that have been muttered by Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch during his media appearances.

That is, when he decides to follow the NFL’s policy regarding media, which states:
“Players must be available to the media following every game and regularly during the practice week as required under league rules. It is not permissible for any player or any group of players to boycott the media. Star players, or other players with unusually heavy media demands, must be available to the media that regularly cover their teams at least once during the practice week in addition to their required post-game media availability.”

Pretty cut and dry.

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