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Award-winning congrats to Janet Kelley

March 6, 2007

Hi HardDriveLifers! Sorry I haven’t been hard at the keyboard today, hitting you with the latest briefs in tech/pop culture (or “techpop”), but I’ve got several blog/podcast-related construction projects going on today. I should be back in the bloggin’ swing of things tomorrow.

Janet Kelley takes cake (LNP)

But before I go, well-deserved honors and accolades…

My talented colleague at the New Era, Janet Kelley, deserves what they call “mad props” on the street.

She has won the 2007 Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award for her work on the “Lost Angels” series of stories about the Amish school shootings here in Lancaster County. Ball State University gives out this honor yearly.

Yes, I know. My ongoing Britney Spears coverage lost by a hair. Just kidding. (And no, I didn’t intend that pun about “losing hair.” It just happened, I swear!)

Actually, this award usually goes to the top writers in the industry — those who work at the big city papers, get the honor of riding the subway to work and sometimes pay $6 for a cup of coffee at the neighborhood that block’s Starbucks. Sigh … one can only dream …

From the article/announcement:

Kelley will receive a plaque and a $1,500 prize, presented on behalf of the Pulliam family, former owners of the Indianapolis Star.

The award, established in 1960, is one of the nation’s most prestigious, given solely for excellence in writing. Former winners include authors Theodore White and William Shirer.

In recent years, reporters from the Wall Street Journal, the Hartford Courant, the Kansas City Star and The Palm Beach Post have won it. Three former winners later won Pulitzer Prizes.

Hmmm … Pulitzer? That’s a harbinger of good stuff there.

Congrats to Janet! … that’s her in the picture above with the celebratory newspaper award cake, with hungry New Era editors and staff in the wings.

Awards = party = cake! Mmmm!!!

Here’s some more links about Ms. Kelley’s work:

  • To read the winning piece, “Horror and Heroism,” from Day 2 of the “Lost Angels” series, click this link.
  • To listen to Janet Kelley’s podcast interview with New Era online journalist Corey Clayton (that’s me!) about the writing of the piece, click this link.
  • To see the entire “Lost Angels” series, with podcasts and multimedia slideshows, visit the series Web site at
  • To purchase a booklet edition of the series, with full-color art and photography, visit All proceeds from sale of the booklet go to the Nickel Mines Accountability Committee for the benefit of the injured children and their families. (We’ve already raised $13,000-plus!)

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