82nd in a 2022 Series*
Yesterday’s Pulitzer Prizes demonstrate just how important the press association awards are in recognizing excellence in local journalism. Without them, and the intense, admirable efforts that go into celebrating community journalism, readers might think the only enterprise stories that matter are those produced by the big newsrooms and major metro outfits. Not so. Spend time attending state conferences and you’ll hear amazing details on what went into outstanding reporting advancing stories only community newspapers are telling. See the articles, projects, photography, and judges’ comments linked on the associations’ lists of annual award winners and you’ll probably find several worthy of Pulitzer mention. And sample the follow-up workshops that showcase how today’s courageous local journalists, despite all of the challenges in their industry, focused on what’s important to their communities and delivered story after story after story that made a difference. Sometimes there’s a community weekly among the Pulitzer winners and nominees. Not this year. That’s OK. There are still plenty of local journalists to appreciate, plenty of hard-working newsrooms to applaud, and plenty of community newspapers who deserve our advocacy. A lot of what they do is most Relevant. That’s an important distinction, medals aside.
–Tom Silvestri, Executive Director, The Relevance Project
*ABOUT THE SERIES: Our goal is to share a Relevant Point of the Day (RPD) each weekday throughout 2022. Our target is at least 222. Thank you for supporting The Relevance Project. Your success is our focus.