People love competition. What college basketball fan could have turned his head away from the Indiana-Butler men’s basketball game last weekend in Indianapolis, a nail-biter that was won by the underdog Bulldogs in overtime.
Today, this season’s overachieving Indianapolis Colts match up against the underachieving Kansas City Chiefs with the local team’s NFL playoff hopes squarely on the line. Win and the Colts are in. Lose and it comes down to one last chance next week against a more powerful foe.
As a participant or observer, competition is fun — a whole lot of fun.
In my world, we compete, too.
The Republic and its Columbus-based media company, Home News Enterprises, “is committed to being the most trusted and comprehensive source of information and largest community marketplace,” said Jeff Brown, president of the company.
That pledge is published on the company website, an excerpt from our operating philosophy.
Read it again and you will see the competitive nature of that commitment. The company’s expectation is to be the best as we compete for your trust and your attention.
But in our version of the playoffs, we also compete against newspapers our size twice a year in Indiana newspaper contests. This past year, The Republic news team as a whole and its talented journalists as individuals did very well competing against their peers.
The Republic received 15 awards Dec. 1 at the Hoosier State Press Foundation Better Newspaper contest. The Republic competed in Division 4, for daily newspapers with 8,000 to 18,000 paid circulation.
If you like to keep score, as I do, here is the recap.
But that’s not all.
The Republic received 14 awards at the Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors Conference on May 13. The Republic competed in Division 3, for newspapers with 10,000 to 19,999 paid circulation.
Here’s the scoring recap of that competition.
Good work, lots of it — in breaking news, features, sports, photography and commentary. It covers all of the content bases.
Just four months into my job as editor, I had nothing to do with any of the awards listed above. The deadlines had all passed by the time I arrived. Nevertheless, I am proud of the work the staff did — and continues to do each day. They do their best to help The Republic be “the most trusted and comprehensive source of information” for customers in the market we serve.
If we win your trust and keep it, that’s the best award of all.
Tom Jekel is editor of The Republic. His column appears each Sunday. You may reach him by phone at 379-5665 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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