Doing good work in extremely challenging times

President’s Column

By Betsy Russell

Yes, things have been rough. Really rough! But we’re all doing good work, and that matters.

Now it’s time to look over your work from 2020 and think about what you’d like to enter in our Best of 2020 annual awards contest. The best work from journalists in all media in Idaho, along with the work of journalism students and PR folks, is highlighted in this annual statewide contest, and you deserve the recognition!

The contest is opening for entries at our website, New this year are categories for, you guessed it, COVID-19 pandemic coverage. 

Our contest also recognizes everything from spot news coverage to investigations to the rookie of the year. Photography and videography, opinion writing, design, sports reporting, media innovation and general excellence are all among the categories available for entering. There’s outdoors reporting, election reporting, headlines and public affairs programs. Reviews, features and columns. Public affairs programs, documentaries, and best use of social media.

Look over the categories, look over the fine work you’ve done in this incredibly challenging year, and enter the contest. We’ll look forward to celebrating with you in the spring, whether our celebration this year turns out to be in-person or virtual.

Stay safe, everyone.

Betsy Russell is the Boise bureau chief for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing, and is the president of the Idaho Press Club.