Monday, February 22, 2010
An Unexpected Honor
I was informed yesterday by Michael Miller, editor-in-chief of the Toledo Free Press, that they had put my name in nomination for the State of Ohio Society of Professional Journalist Award for "Best Political Commentary". According to Mr. Miller, this nomination is for "unflinching dissection of local political issues". (In point of fact there is no flinching involved, merely a bit of nervous twitching from time to time.)
Of course the TFP has submitted nominations for other award categories, including a couple for Michael Miller himself. It and he have previously won awards from this prestigious organization of Ohio journalists.
I will be amazed more than I was by the nomination itself if I should find myself among the finalists later this year, but I would be lying if I didn't say that I was gratified by the nomination, humbled by such consideration of my efforts, and hopeful in spite of the overwhelming odds against me.
And I will not let it go without saying that I am extremely grateful to Michael both for putting my efforts forward and for the unflagging help and support that he has given me.
You know, this may be in fact one of those rare instances when being nominated is enough. (Though I would certainly not object to making it to the next round of judging.)