Accepting nominations for Distinguished Service award

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Do you have a colleague who deserves recognition for exemplary service to his/her community and to Iowa’s newspaper industry?

The INA encourages you to nominate that person for its 2020 Distinguished Service Award (DSA). This award was created to recognize contributions in three key areas: newspaper, community and the industry as a whole.

Candidates are not limited to publishers and editors. They might be advertising directors, circulation managers, back shop supervisors, business mangers, news and sports editors or other staff members.

A nomination form can be found here. All nominations must be submitted in writing by Aug. 2, 2019, to be considered for selection. The reverse side of the nomination form has a list of past DSA winners. These past recipients comprise the selection committee, which meets to determine which nominees best meet the following DSA criteria:

  • The nominee must be an employee of, former employee of, or contributor to an Iowa newspaper or associated with a university, college or newspaper association having close ties with Iowa newspapers;
  • The nominee shall have contributed greatly to his or her newspaper, and to his or her community and/or the newspaper industry in general;
  • Longevity should have little effect on the nominee’s qualifications.
  • Individuals who have received the INA’s Master Editor-Publisher award are not eligible to win the Distinguished Service Award.

The award qualifications were modified last year with the addition of the words “or contributor,” to allow for an individual that has significantly contributed to the industry, but is not employed by it, to be honored. The new wording has been incorporated into the qualifications listed above and on the enclosed nomination form.

This award is one of the most prestigious awards given to newspaper professionals in Iowa. It will be presented during the Past Presidents’ Awards Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 7, during the 2020 INA Convention.

Please share with your staff this opportunity to nominate a worthy candidate.