That was the theme of this year's Illinois Press Association convention, held in Springfield June 8 and June 9. And it couldn't' be more true. Our family definitely believes in newspapers, and has for generations.
|First family photo at the IPA convention|
As far as Kyle and I can remember, Grace has attended each of the Illinois Press Association conventions since she has been born. She has also joined us for several Southern Illinois Editorial Association conventions, and is always the bell of the ball.
|Getting ready for a swim|
|Just splashing around|
The next morning, Kyle graciously offered to take Grace to physical therapy across town, so that I could help with one of the workshops. The IPA had asked me to interview Art Cullen, editor of the Storm Lake Times in Iowa, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.
I was so honored they asked me to interview him for a session called "Why Real News Matters." Mr. Cullen took on some big agricultural companies in Iowa as part of his editorial series and talked about why it's so important for journalists to keep fighting the good fight and making a difference in their communities. Charlotte was thoroughly impressed - she slept through the whole thing on my mom's lap.
After that, it was time to meet Kyle and Grace for the annual awards luncheon. Kyle had to stop at Kohl's after physical therapy, because I might have forgotten to pack any clothes for him to wear to the luncheon. I have to say he was a pretty good sport about the whole thing, and got a beautiful new purple dress shirt and tie out of the deal.
We found a table in the back with my mom and dad, that way we could make a quick escape if Charlotte was unhappy. But she did great, and we enjoyed the meal and conversation with other fellow journalists as well. This year, the newspaper won 12 awards in advertising and 11 awards in editorial content. I was most proud to win an award for my column writing, A Grace-Filled Journey, many of which can be found here in this blog. Kyle also won an award for his sports column, and we were very honored to be recognized.
|Charley's first IPA convention|
Yes, in our family, we believe in newspapers, because we know they make a difference. It's one reason we have been able to raise so much funding and awareness for INAD. And we won't stop until families around the world don't have to fight this battle anymore. My dad has always said I have ink in my veins, and I wouldn't have it any other way.