In late summer, I received notice that I had won the $2,500 Barney Kilgore Award sponsored by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation [later renamed as the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation]. The award included $2,500, which would be presented at the SDX national convention in November in Chicago. The convention would present an opportunity that would change my life.
In a statement of journalistic philosophy that accompanied my entry, I wrote “a good newsman and a good newspaper will provide the news with creativity, honesty and integrity.” I also said:
A good newspaper must be aware of the changes in its community. It must be able to present facts without fear or bias and interpret the news so that its readers can understand their every-changing and complex world.
Those words still work, 40 years later.