Wednesday, December 19, 2018

2018-12-19 - NUVO - The Year in News 2018


In my capacity as NUVO News Editor, I, along with Cory Cathcart, a student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis' Department of Journalism and Public Relations in the School of Liberal Arts, organized all of the news stories in 2018 on Dec. 19, 2018. We organized them by category: Education, Indiana Statehouse, Criminal Justice, Health & Environment, and Midterm Elections. Here is a panoramic time-lapse video of us sorting the cards of each story into groups:



(Video by Charlie Clark)

There were no shortage of big news stories in 2018, even without the midterm elections. News Editor Rob Burgess breaks down our biggest stories of the year with a look back at 2018 headlines.

Many topics including teacher salaries, anti-bullying efforts, and sex education were among the top education stories in 2018, but with high-profile school shootings in Noblesville and Richmond, safety was at the top of most parents' lists of concerns. Here's a look at our top stories related to education in 2018.

2018-12-19 - The Year in News: Indiana Statehouse 2018
There was much disappointment to be shared this year for those concerned about the Statehouse in 2018. Redistricting reform and press freedoms suffered setbacks. And, we can't even tattoo our eyeballs any longer. But, at least, we can buy alcohol on Sundays now, right? Here's a look at our top stories related to state government from 2018.

2018-12-19 - The Year in News: Criminal Justice 2018
Powerful people in the state of Indiana were accused of some pretty ugly crimes in 2018. Public officials from around the state were accused of stealing over $1 million. Dozens of priests were named as credibly accused sexual abusers by the Catholic Church. And, lest we forget the Curtis Hill case. Here's a round-up of some of the top criminal justice stories of the year. Here's a look at our top criminal justice articles from 2018.

2018-12-19 - The Year in News: Health & Environment 2018
Hoosiers had reason to be concerned about their own health and that of the environment around them in 2018. STDs were on the rise, health insurance is set to be harder to obtain, and budgets are being slashed. But, it wasn't all bad: Local environmental rules will continue to be enforced, carbon monoxide testing is now more available, and CBD and medical cannabis are on the march. Here's a look at our top stories from 2018 related to personal and environmental health.

2018-12-19 - The Year in News: Midterm Elections 2018
https://www.nuvo.net/the-year-in-news-midterm-elections/article_fd749be0-0d32-11e9-9b3d-83cae4eec910.html
Indiana voters turned out in record numbers for the Midterm Elections of 2018, and we've got a review of the stories they were most interested in ahead of election day.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

2018-12-04 - L. Keith Bulen Symposium on American Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


On Dec. 4, 2018, I was honored to be asked by Aaron Dusso, department chair and associate professor of political science, to be a part of the Media Panel at the L. Keith Bulen Symposium held every two years at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Here is how the event is described on the official website:
An across-the-aisle discussion about American politics

Every other November, the L. Keith Bulen Symposium on American Politics brings together politicians, political staffers, journalists, and scholars to discuss the latest election and look to the next one.

The one-day event cuts through the sound bites to talk about politics in a more meaningful way. Each symposium includes a media panel, presentations, and a discussion with the Indiana party chairs.

IUPUI’s Department of Political Science hosts the symposium, which is free and open to the public.

Please join us Dec. 4, 2018, for this year’s Symposium, "Politics Near and Far: From Grassroots Organizing to Judicial Decision Making." This year’s keynote speaker is the Honorable Loretta H. Rush, Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. In addition, we will have a serious of excellent discussion panels with political journalists, community organizers, and state party representatives.

Since 1998, the Bulen Symposium has been the premier forum for active discussions of American political parties, elections, and other important issues relating to our political system. Please join us as we bring together political practitioners, journalists, and scholars to discuss the politics that shape our world.

First held in 1998, the Bulen Symposium has had many prominent participants, including former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton, former Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard, and current Indiana governor Eric Holcomb. Political reporters who have participated include Jim Shella, Amber Stearns, Amos Brown, Lesley Weidenbener, and Tony Cook.
About L. Keith Bulen
L. Keith Bulen was a prominent political figure in Indiana. He worked in government for nearly half a century, and was elected or appointed at the block, precinct, ward, county, district, state, national, and international levels.

Bulen cultivated the initial successes of Richard Lugar and helped shape the careers of many other leaders and officials. He helped develop metropolitan government in Indianapolis (Unigov), and was involved in the management of campaigns for U.S. Congress, governor, and president. President Reagan appointed him a commissioner of the International Joint Commission, which prevents and resolves disputes between the United States and Canada over boundary waters.

Republicans and Democrats came together to establish this symposium in honor of Bulen’s life.
(Photo credit: Amanda Friesen)

The Media Panel was up first on the schedule: 

9:10 - 10:30 a.m. Media Panel

Barbara Brosher —Senior News Editor and Reporter, WFIU and WTIU in Bloomington, IN
Prior to joining the NPR and PBS Bloomington stations, Barbara worked as a reporter and anchor for WNDU in South Bend, IN. She has received multiple AP awards for her reporting.

Kaitlin Lange—Statehouse Reporter, Indianapolis Star
Prior to joining the Star, Kaitlin covered the state legislature for the Evansville Courier & Press. She began her career as News Editor and was promoted to Editor-in-Chief at the Ball State Daily News where Kaitlin earned her political science, journalism, and telecommunications degrees.

Lesley Weidenbener—Managing Editor, Indianapolis Business Journal*
Prior to joining IBJ, Lesley covered politics and government for over 20 years for the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, The Courier-Journal in Louisville, and the TheStatehouseFile.com.

Rob Burgess—News Editor, NUVO
Prior to joining NUVO, Rob was a city editor and editorial board member at the Kokomo Tribune and managing editor of the Indiana Lawyer. He has won numerous awards from the AP and Hoosier State Press Association.

Moderator
Dr. Kristina Horn Sheeler—Executive Associate Dean, IUPUI Honors College, and Professor
of Communication Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts

* = Lesley Weidenbener did not attend the event, but was scheduled.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

2018-11-06 - NUVO - 2018 Midterm Election Voters Guide



https://www.nuvo.net/citycommittee/votersguide/

A few months back, we sent a questionnaire to all of the candidates on the Central Indiana ballot in the upcoming Nov. 6 election, the majority of which came directly from NUVO readers. You can read their unedited responses to the questions below, as well as candidate-provided biographies.

We hope this guide is helpful as you decide which candidate most closely reflects your values and deserves your vote. Please feel free to use the Voters Guide question box if we can help you with any additional information or answers between now and Nov. 6.

2018-12-19 - The Year in News: Midterm Elections 2018
https://www.nuvo.net/the-year-in-news-midterm-elections/article_fd749be0-0d32-11e9-9b3d-83cae4eec910.html
Indiana voters turned out in record numbers for the Midterm Elections of 2018, and we've got a review of the stories they were most interested in ahead of election day.

2018-11-11 - Midterm Election Results 2018
Due to a record number of absentee ballots, the Marion County Clerk's office didn't release the final results until late Thursday. The Indiana Secretary of State's office now reports 100 percent of precincts have submitted their results, but they will not be finalized until 10 days after the election. Therefore, the results for the statewide judge retention questions are not yet available.

2018-11-05 - Voters Guide: When to Ask for a Provisional Ballot
What if you arrive at your assigned polling location on Election Day and you're told your name is not in the poll book? What if you don't have photo ID? What if your vote is challenged for some other reason? What should you do? Answer: You can always vote using a provisional ballot.

2018-11-05 - Voters Guide: Voting For Write-In Candidates
Like a fast food restaurant's secret menu, how to vote for write-in candidates may not be apparent, but you can still make it happen if you know how.

2018-10-31 - Voters Guide: The Roncalli Discrimination Question [Page: 8 and 9]
Our reader, Todd Fuqua, asks: Would you support legislation that would block public dollars from going to private schools if they engage in discriminatory employment practices based on sexual orientation or gender identity?

2018-10-31 - Voters Guide: The Impeachment Question [Page: 7]
We asked candidates for Senate, and House Districts 4, 5, and 7 the following question: “Many people are speculating that if the Democrats retake the House, they will begin impeachment proceedings for President Trump soon after. What would be your criteria be to support impeachment?”

2018-10-18 - NUVO Voters Guide: Donnelly v. Braun
https://www.nuvo.net/citycommittee/votersguide/us-senate-donnelly-v-braun/article_f646ad0a-d258-11e8-83e4-cf70df567260.html
Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, was first elected in 2012, defeating Republican Richard Mourdock to take retiring six-term incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana. Now the only elected statewide Democrat, Donnelly faces a re-election challenge from Republican Mike Braun and Libertarian Lucy Brenton.

2018-10-08 – Voters Guide - US Senate: Third Party
Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, was first elected in 2012, defeating Republican Richard Mourdock to take retiring six-term incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana. Now the only elected statewide Democrat, Donnelly faces a re-election challenge from Republican Mike Braun, as well as several third-party candidates including Libertarian Lucy Brenton and Independent Christopher Fischer.

2018-10-08 – Voters Guide - US House District 4: Baird v Beck
The 4th Congressional District is currently represented by outgoing Republican Rep. Todd Rokita. Since 2010, Baird has represented District 44 in the Indiana House of Representatives. Baird faces Democratic challenger Tobi Beck for the open seat.

2018-10-07 – Voters Guide - US House District 5: Brooks v Thornton
First elected in 2012, incumbent Republican Rep. Susan Brooks is facing a re-election challenge from Democrat Dee Thornton.

2018-10-07 – Voters Guide - US House District 6: Five Candidates
Looking to replace outgoing Republican Rep. Luke Messer are Libertarian Tom Ferkinhoff, Democrat Jeannine Lee Lake, Independent Heather Meloy, Independent John Miller, and Republican Greg Pence.

2018-10-07 – Voters Guide - US House District 7: Carson v Harmon
First elected in 2008, incumbent Democratic Rep. AndrĂ© Carson is running for re-election against Republican challenger Wayne “Gunny” Harmon.

2018-10-07 – Voters Guide - US House District 9: Hollingsworth v Watson
Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, R-Indiana, was first elected to represent the District 9 in the United States House of Representatives in 2016. Previous representative Todd Young left the job when he was voted into his current seat as Senator during the same election. Hollingsworth faces a re-election challenge from Democrat Liz Watson.

2018-10-05 – Voters Guide - Secretary of State: Five Candidates (Shorter version ran in the Oct. 31, 2018 print edition on Page 6.)
Republican Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson was first appointed in 2012 by then Gov. Mitch Daniels after predecessor Charlie White resigned. Lawson faces a re-election challenge from Democratic Party candidate Jim Harper, Pirate Party candidate Jeremy Heath, Libertarian candidate Mark W. Rutherford, and Green Party candidate George W. Wolfe.

2018-10-05 – Voters Guide - State Auditor: Klutz v Whitticker and Schick
This is the first election for Republican Indiana Auditor of State Tera Klutz, who was appointed last year after Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed her to replace now Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. Klutz is facing a challenge from Democrat Joselyn Whitticker and Libertarian John Schick.

2018-10-05 – Voters Guide - State Treasurer: Mitchell v Aguilera
Republican Indiana Treasurer of State Kelly Mitchell, who was first elected in 2014, faces a challenge from Democrat John C. Aguilera.

2018-10-02 – Voters Guide - IN Senate D-29: Delph v Ford
Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, has represented District 29 in the Indiana Senate since 2005. As was the case in 2014, he is once again being challenged by Democrat J.D. Ford.

2018-10-02 – Voters Guide - IN Senate D-31: Merritt v Camp
First elected to represent District 31 in the Indiana State Senate in 1990, Republican Sen. James Merritt Jr. is facing a re-election challenge from Democrat Derek Camp.

2018-10-01 – Voters Guide - IN House D-58: Burton v Reinert
First elected to represent District 58 in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1988, Republican Rep. Charles “Woody” Burton faces a re-election challenge from Democrat Cindy Reinert.

2018-10-01 – Voters Guide - IN House D-86: Delaney (Unopposed)
For the second time since he assumed office in 2009, Rep. Edward DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, is running unopposed in Indiana House District 86. DeLaney first ran without a challenger in the 2014 election.

2018-10-01 – Voters Guide - IN House D-87: Hamilton v Finch
Rep. Carey Hamilton, D-Indianapolis, was elected serve District 87 in the Indiana House of Representatives in 2016, when she defeated Republican challenger Connie Eckert. Previous office holder, Democrat Christina Hale, decided not to run for re-election when she began her unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor. This year, Hamilton faces off against Republican challenger Paula Finch.

2018-10-01 – Voters Guide - IN House D-88: Bosma v Gill
First elected in 1986, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma is facing a re-election challenge from Democrat Poonam Gill.

2018-10-01 – Voters Guide – IN House D-89: Kirchhofer v Barnes
First elected to represent District 89 in the Indiana House of Representatives in 2010, Republican Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer, R-Indianapolis, is facing a re-election challenge from Democrat John Barnes.

2018-10-01 – Voters Guide – IN House D-90: Speedy v Jeffers
First elected in 2010 to represent District 90 in the Indiana House of Representatives, Rep. Mike Speedy, R-Indianapolis, is facing a re-election challenge from Democrat Tim Jeffers.

2018-10-01 – Voters Guide – IN House D-92: Macer (Unopposed)
For the first time since she joined the Statehouse in 2012, Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, is running unopposed for re-election.

2018-10-01 – Voters Guide - IN House D-94: Pryor (Unopposed)
Rep. Cherrish Pryor, D-Indianapolis, has represented the 94th District in the Indiana House of Representatives for the last decade. The former Indianapolis City-County Councilmember is running unopposed this year.

2018-10-01 – Voters Guide – IN House D-93: Frizzell v Rathnow
First elected to represent District 93 in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1992, Rep. David Frizzell, R-Indianapolis, is facing a re-election challenge from Democrat Greg Rathnow.

2018-10-01 – Voters Guide – IN House D-96: Porter (Unopposed)
First elected in 1992 to represent District 96 in the Indiana House of Representatives, Rep. Gregory W. Porter, D-Indianapolis, is running unopposed.

2018-10-01 – Voters Guide – IN House D-97: Moed (Unopposed)
After being first elected in 2012, this is the second time, after 2014, Rep. Justin Moed, D-Indianapolis, has no opponent in the race for Indiana House District 97.

2018-10-01 – Voters Guide – IN House D-98: Shackleford (Unopposed)
Rep. Robin Shackleford, D-Indianapolis, was first elected to represent District 98 in the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012, when she ran unopposed. She's once again running unopposed, this time for re-election.

2018-09-30 – Voters Guide – Marion County Prosecutor
Democrat Terry R. Curry is seeking a third term as Prosecuting Attorney of Marion County. He is facing off against Republican challenger Benjamin D. Strahm.

2018-09-30 – Voters Guide – Marion County Sheriff
Marion County Sheriff John Layton is not running for re-election given the constraints of the two-term limit. Instead, running for his seat are Republican candidate Brian K. Durham and Democratic candidate Kerry Joseph Forestal.

2018-09-30 – Voters Guide – Marion County Auditor
Democratic Marion County Auditor Julie Voorhies faces a re-election challenge from Republican Caarn Heir.

2018-09-30 – Voters Guide – Marion County Recorder
First elected as Marion County Recorder in 2014, Democratic incumbent Kate Sweeney Bell is running for re-election against Republican challenger Paul Annee.

2018-09-30 – Voters Guide – Marion County Circuit Court Clerk
Four years after she first won Marion County Circuit Court clerk, Democrat Myla A. Ethridge faces a re-election challenge from Republican Kyle Leffel.

2018-09-28 - Voters Guide: Understanding Judicial Races [Shorter version later republished in print edition Oct. 17, 2018 on Page 7.]
When voters head to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 6, they will make their way through all the familiar races including Senate, House, and a myriad of local candidates.

2018-08-27 - NUVO Midterm Election Questionnaire Completed
I'm including a sample of the responses I received here, and out of the five questions I'm sending to each candidate, I will make sure at least three of them come directly from the list below.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

2018-08-05 - Society of Professional Journalists Training Program in association with Google News Initiative: Covering and Protecting Your Elections



From 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 5, 2018, I had the opportunity to attend the Society of Professional Journalists Training Program in association with Google News Initiative: Covering and Protecting Your Elections at WFYI in Indianapolis.

Here is the program and list of presenters:


Covering and Protecting Your Elections, Indianapolis, Sept. 5

Tools to detect misinformation, protect yourself and your data online, and connect with voters


Held in partnership with WFYI.

Schedule

3 p.m.
Introduction, Agenda & Overview

3:30 p.m.
Verification & Fact Checking

4:45 p.m.
Safety & Security

5:30 p.m.
Ethics & Elections

6 p.m.
Data Journalism

7 p.m.
Online Resources & Wrap-up

Meet the Trainers

Nicholas Whitaker


Nicholas Whitaker (@nickdigital) is the Training and Development Manager at the Google News Lab — a global team dedicated to working with journalists to provide training, collaborate on industry challenges, and support innovation in the newsroom. The News Lab forms part of the Google News Initiative, an effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age.

Nicholas has been at Google for over 7 years, providing in-person training and educational programs, as well as adult-online learning initiatives, reaching more than half a million journalists worldwide.

Before joining Google in 2010 Nicholas spent the prior decade producing, directing, editing, and shooting videos and still images for news, commercial, entertainment and advocacy media while also teaching courses in video production, new media, and communication theory as an adjunct professor at Eugene Lang College — The New School for Liberal Arts, and Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.

Nicholas earned a BA from The New School University with a focus in documentary film production and media theory, and an MA from New York University where he specialized in new media and the history of propaganda in political communication.

Samaruddin (Sam) Stewart

Sam Stewart (@samsends) is a journalist and media technologist based in California and is a program manager for the SPJ Training Program in partnership with the Google News Initiative which has trained over 17,000 US journalists since 2016. Prior, he was awarded a Knight Foundation Prototype Grant for his innovative work in verification of visual content for journalism and was also selected as a Stanford University John S. Knight Journalism Fellow where his research focused on countering misinformation through technology. His prior work includes senior managing and editing roles at Aol News, Agence France-Presse, The Arizona Republic, and he was also selected as the US Department of State’s 189th Franklin Fellow, serving as a media expert providing strategic advising on media outreach and audience engagement. He holds an MBA from Central European University and both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism.

Alison Bethel McKenzie


Alison Bethel McKenzie (@bethelmckenzie) is executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

Bethel McKenzie has more than 30 years of experience as an award-winning reporter, bureau chief, senior editor and media trainer. She has worked in senior-level positions at The Boston Globe, The Detroit News, Legal Times and The Nassau Guardian in the Bahamas.

She also spent a year in Accra, Ghana, working for the Washington, D.C.-based International Center for Journalists as a Knight International Journalism Fellow. In August 2009, she joined the International Press Institute, based in Vienna, Austria, as deputy director before becoming the institute’s Executive Director a year later.

Bethel McKenzie also has worked at The Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times, Poughkeepsie Journal and the now-defunct State Times in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From July 2016 to May 2017, Bethel McKenzie served as a visiting professor of print and investigative journalism for the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media in Bangalore, India.

Friday, August 24, 2018

2018-08-24 - Sounding Off guest appearance


Aug. 24, 2018, I was asked to be a guest on the Sounding Off podcast by host Brandon Chapman:

Rob Burgess, News Editor for NUVO, calls in to talk about his role in the Bob Lamey story, the reason for passing it on to WTHR, and the reaction/fallout of the details involving Lamey leaving the Colts.
The story in question was my Aug. 22, 2018 story in NUVO, "Colts Announcer Bob Lamey Resigns After Use of N-Word."

I have edited, uploaded, and embedded the interview here:



Thursday, August 16, 2018

#FreePress

On Aug. 16, 2018, my "House of Burgess" column, "We Are Not the Enemy," was published in NUVO solidarity along with more than 300 other newspapers in defense of the free press. 


The #FreePress initiative originated with Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor of the Boston Globe’s opinion page. 

On Aug. 27, 2018, Shailee Shah, community relations co-op at Boston Globe Media, contacted NUVO.

“A sincere thanks for participating in the #FreePress project. The Boston Globe is currently in the process of turning the editorials written last week into a book or magazine,” she wrote. “We'd like to include your editorial in the compilation and need a few things from you in order to do that. We are also updating the Globe's website to include more editorials."

In response, I provided permission to reprint the column, the headline, a pull quote, a link to the online story or a PDF if it appeared only in print, the publication's Twitter handle, and the mailing address of the publication.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Rob Burgess - Judging history

Here is a list of contests I have been honored to have been asked to judge:

2018 Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law Awards

In my capacity as Managing Editor of the Indiana Lawyer, I was one of the judges of the 2018 Leadership in Law Awards. A total of 30 attorneys in the state were honored May 8 at the TwoDEEP Brewing Company in Indianapolis. Both of the categories — Distinguished Barrister and Up and Coming Lawyers — featured 15 honorees.

 2016 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest

I judged the following categories in the 2016 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest:


Best Column (Daily)  
To a local writer whose column is published on an ongoing basis. Editorials do not qualify, nor do syndicated columns originating from another source.
To a local writer whose column is published on an ongoing basis. Editorials do not qualify, nor do syndicated columns originating from another source. 
 Sports Feature (Daily)  
To a writer for a sports feature not covering a specific sporting event that displays exceptional development, creativity and enterprise.

2016 Associated Press Primary Election Stringer

During the May 3, 2016 primary election, I served as an Election Stringer for the Associated Press for Howard County, Indiana. Here is a section from the instructional packet describing the duties involved:

"The results you provide are accumulated and distributed to newspapers, broadcasters, cable networks and websites across the nation for immediate publication and broadcast. We are providing real-time results so speed is important, but the accuracy of the information you provide is of utmost importance. We want to be fast, but first we want to be right. AP reporting places priority on accuracy, timeliness and completeness in that order. By achieving these goals, we will have a successful election night."
 
During this election I made no less than half-dozen calls throughout the night to the AP, updating them on the following races: Democratic presidential, Republican presidential, Republican U.S. Senate, Republican U.S. House District 4, Democratic U.S. House District 5 and Republican U.S. House District 5.

2016 Associated Press General Election Stringer

During the Nov. 8, 2016 general election, I again served as an Election Stringer for the Associated Press for Howard County, Indiana. During this election I made no less than half-dozen calls throughout the night to the AP, updating them on the following races: Presidential, Senate, Governor, Attorney General, Superintendent of Education, U.S. House District 4, U.S. House District 5, Public Question Right to Hunt, State House District 30, State House District 32 and State House District 38.

2015 Hoosierdance International Film Festival


Lasting from June 25 to 27, 2015 in Kokomo, Indiana, I was selected to judge the Documentary Short category in the 2015 Hoosierdance International Film Festival. Here is my coworker Martin Slagter's story about it.

2014 New Jersey Press Association Newspaper Contest


I judged the following categories in the 2014 New Jersey Press Association Newspaper Contest:

Division: Editorial Weekly Contest

Competition: W9 Reporting, Writing & Illustration - Interpretive Writing (WO)
“An entry is a supporting story or series that delves more deeply into breaking news or an issue of wide public interest and explains or clarifies a situation. Judging will be based on readability, thoroughness of research and ability to make technical details clear to the reader.”


Division: Editorial Daily Contest
Competition: D21 Reporting and Writing - Robert P. Kelly Award (DU)

“One entry per newspaper. Bob Kelly was a seasoned journalist who honed his skills at the Somerset Messenger-Gazette before serving as executive editor of Princeton Packet Publications for many years. He passed away after a short illness in 1984 and soon after NJPA established the Robert Kelly Award as a regular component of their annual Better Newspaper Contest. Three stories written by a permanent staffer with less than a year of professional experience at the time of publication, excluding paid or unpaid internships. Judging will include basic reporting skills, language use and clarity. An editor's letter (500 words or less) must accompany the entry.”

2012 Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest


I judged the following categories in the 2012 Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest:

Local Breaking News Coverage (C06) – 19 entries
Category X: Utilizing Public Records (C05,C06) – 9 entries