I was having one of those days. You know the kind. We have all had them. It was a kind of day that makes an editor question his or her career choice in the first place.
The magazine deadline hit. The cover story contributor just delivered the opposite of what was planned. Three key news stories broke over the weekend. Your production manager was looking for answers; and so was the sales team. The pressure was on.
I logged into my e-mail box, scanned the list and saw a curious note from American Business Media. It was notification that we were a finalist for a Jesse H. Neal Award. In that split second, the pressure I was feeling just seconds before didn't seem so pressing. It was affirmation that our work, my work, was good enough to make it to the finals in the most prestigious national editorial competition for business-to-business media. Out of all the titles in the country, we ranked in the top three. It's an impressive accomplishment for every Neal Award finalist. For me, it ranks as one of the greatest honors of my career.
This week, we are celebrating excellence in journalism at the Jesse H. Neal Awards ceremony in New York City. It gives us a unique opportunity to look at ways we have integrated multi-media or approached a series of stories. We are honoring the best range of work by an author and best education content, to name a few. It's one time during the year we can come together as a profession and celebrate journalistic excellence and integrity. I personally couldn't think of anything I would rather be doing … Good luck to all the finalists.
Posted by Daniel R. Verdon, editor of DVM Newsmagazine