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1st Place for Bush-Bashing
Florida Press Club Awards

I’m happy to announce that my Tuesday column for the Daytona Beach News-Journal won First Place in the 2006 Florida Press Club awards Saturday evening (I wasn’t at the banquet unfortunately, having been shackled to my desk by inquisitors and such). The column last won the first-place award in 2003. It was cited this time for its “scrutiny of the Bush administration and political image-making.” Never thought I’d owe Junior anything. I also won second place for editorial writing (I do have a day job, incidentally, which is where most of my writing energy is directed, but those daily editorials are obviously not by-lined.) Second place was fine with me: the first place winner is none other than David Wiggins, my editor, who makes my column possible (and along with our executive editor, Don Lindley, fields most of the hate mail). Also winning first place, for criticism, was Rick DeYampert, a Candide’s Notebooks contributor (see examples of his contributions here, here and here). We know how to pick ‘em. We were competing in the Class A category, meaning we beat out the Miami Herald, the Tampa Tribune, the Sun Sentinel, the Orlando Sentinel, the Jacksonville Times-Union and a couple of other large-size dailies. My thanks for all the support: the favorable letters always outnumber the crabby ones. And keeping in mind that this Web site is entirely independent of the newspaper, my thanks especially for commenters here, for the provocation and stimulation without which none of this would amount to more than a one-sided conversation. Enough horn-tooting.

Pierre

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