Hey! Today we bring you some fun news (we think it’s fun) in an otherwise bleak week (month? year? era? epoch? what is the difference between an era and an epoch?):


Jen’s columns won some national awards!


The National Newspaper Association Foundation announced their annual Better Newspaper Awards on June 30th.


Best Serious Column Daily & Non-daily Division, circ. 6,000-11,999


  1. First place: Jennifer M Simon | Wyoming Tribune Eagle | “Toxic masculinity a big reason for the spread of COVID-19
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  3. Second place: Paul Ruffins | Hyattsville (Maryland) Life & Times | “The science of the city: skate parks, the paradoxical safety in danger”
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  5. Third place: Jennifer M Simon | Jackson Hole News & Guide | “Equity state column: Shift from philanthropy to policy on hygiene
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First *and* third??? Almost a clean sweep of the podium! Pretty exciting, if we do say so.


Here’s what the judges had to say:

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