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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

All your award are belong to us

This week I received the guidelines for the Annual Vermont Press Association Awards — for 2004. Finally! I've been pestering my editors for weeks, wondering if they'd gotten the word yet. And I've been checking the VPA website, but, uh, they don't really have a website. Am I the only person here who's keen on contests?

So I got the guidelines, which provide a glimpse into what matters most to the media minds of Vermont. The categories, most of which are separated into divisions for dailies and non-dailies, include: arts criticism, statehouse reporting, best local story, best state story, feature writing, photography awards, sportswriting, headline writing, editorial writing, a rookie reporter awards, and a general excellence award.

Wait, you say, what about an award for best website, or most interactive website, or best use of new media technologies?  "Next year," says Vermont Guardian  editor Shay Totten, who's on the VPA board.

Ok, so I know the VPA is really small, and basically run by a small group of people, but c'mon folks. This is a state-wide organization. We can do better. Can't we?

The deadline for the VPA awards is July 15; winners will be announced at the VPA meeting in September. I'm open to suggestions about which stories 7D should enter. If anyone even remembers stories that appeared up to a year and a half ago.

And speaking of contests...

June 29, 2005 at 10:43 AM in Media/Keeping an eye on the competition | Permalink


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I'm told that my title reference may have been too obscure. If you've never heard the saying, "all your base belong to us," check out its wikipedia entry. The phrase comes from a bad English translation of a popular Japanese video game.

A quote from wikipedia:

"All Your Base" was interesting in that it demonstrated the power of the Internet to quickly spread idiosyncratic messages that would never have been covered by the traditional mass media. Although the fad has since died down, the phrase continues to be one of the most commonly quoted examples of "Engrish."

Posted by: cresmer | Jun 29, 2005 11:09:42 AM

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