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 – Decision is step in right direction

[This is my column in The Commercial Review from today.]

Before moving to Portland, I was very uninformed about the goings on within Indiana, especially the sports landscape.

I was familiar with how rich the basketball history is within the state, especially with the recent resurgence of the Hoosiers within the Big Ten.

So when I moved to the Hoosier State the end of June, I took to my personal blog on the daily to inform my friends and family back home what I was learning about the area and my new career.

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Dubai 2012: Journalism

(This is the eighth post in a series detailing my work trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.)

[WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED]

It’s pretty crazy to see how journalism differs throughout the world.

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An update of sorts…

Well, it’s official: I’ve finally written my first sports recap story for the CMU athletic department — and it has been published too.

Last weekend, Nov. 4-6, CMU hosted the Mid-American Conference field hockey tournament, and because there was a plethora of other athletic events going on that weekend (volleyball had two home matches and it was also Central/Western weekend) I was asked to cover all five games of the tournament. I was all for it, any time I have a chances to cover sports, I’ll do it!

Since all post-season collegiate events are not free, even for the students of the host school, I got this sweet gem pictured below to allow me to get in free to all five matches and even go wherever I wanted on the complex.

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