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2011 George Polk Awards

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Dick Whitman, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Not quite the Pulitzers, not the least of which because it includes magazines, but still a pretty big deal in journalism circles.

    Couple of sports connections I notice:

    * Sara Ganim was honored for her work on the Penn State scandal.
    * Lance Williams of "Game of Shadows" and BALCO fame was honored in the Medical Reporting category.

  2. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    Ganim should sweep every award.

    She'll have the opportunity to leave her small-town paper very soon.
  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Quit fawning!
  4. Biscayne

    Biscayne Guest

    Mid-size paper in a mid-size city. And a state capital.
  5. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    When I stop laughing, I suppose I'll stand corrected.
  6. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    I get your point, but I see the other, too....

    There's a big difference career and lifestyle-wise between living in Madison, Wis., and Beloit, Wis.

    Same here, I think. Maybe she doesn't want to work at the New York Times, and there are worse places to live and work than a good-sized college town.
  7. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    I understand this.

    But - and not to comment on this Ganim situation specifically - if you're a newspaper reporter in your mid-20s and the big boys call, maybe you say "Well, I really like it here. I have a significant other who works locally, and I just really like being near this place." Maybe there's family considerations as well.

    But that can lead to one day waking up in your mid-40s, having never had another opportunity, and saying "Aw, geez. I should have done that when I had the chance."
  8. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I cannot imagine that many ambitious people turn down those kind of opportunities. You have to strike while the iron is hot, and, while certainly mid-sized and small papers have their charm and advantages, the siren song of the metro - and certainly the NYT - has to be too much for 99.9 percent of people to turn down.
  9. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Hey, to be clear: I certainly didn't turn it down. :) It's just an alternative reality some might want, depending on what else is going on in their lives.

    But yes, I wouldn't expect to see her there in 10 years ... or maybe even one.

    Oddly, I think once people take that step and get on that track, when they get later in their careers, they might start looking in the other direction -- a nice life at a smaller paper. Full circle.
  10. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

  11. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I bet that's true in a lot of professions. I can remember occasionally coming across high school basketball coaches in their golden years guiding small-school programs, after years of coaching at some big-school powerhouses.
  12. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Always easier to drop down later in life.
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