OVN wins two in national contest
The Ojai Valley News
has won two national awards, taking first place for best sports
column and for best serious column in its circulation category
for all non-daily newspapers between 3,000 and 6,000 circulation.
The awards will be presented today at the National Newspaper
Association Better Newspaper Contest ceremony in Portland, Ore.,
during their 116th annual convention.
Both columns were written by Bret Bradigan; the sports column
was published April 6, 2001, and was headlined "Diamonds
are a boy's best friend," and the serious column was published
June 15 and was headlined "Father knew best."
"This is quite an honor," said Bradigan, the OVN's
editor and publisher, "one that I'm happy to share with
all our excellent staff here at the OVN. But our readers should
take a bow, as well.
"Ojai is the smallest newspaper I've worked for, but the
amount of interest, comment, criticism and feedback I get here
easily exceeds anything I've experienced elsewhere. And, frankly,
knowing that I am writing for this discerning and demanding audience
makes me try harder."
Running a newspaper in the hothouse that is Ojai is challenging,
he said. "As I've said before, Ojai people are much better
educated and more earnestly engaged than most small towns - it's
like trying to put out a newspaper for New York Times audience
on a Mayberry, RFD budget."
The Ojai Valley News won three awards for its work earlier this
year from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Bradigan
had previously placed second in the NNA contest for column writing
in 1993 and 1996. There are more than 2,000 member newspapers
in the circulation category.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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