Ann Blackford

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College: Communication & Information

UK Journalism Sophomore Recipient of 2013 David Dick Storytelling Award

Published: May 7, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 7, 2013) — Ashley Scoby, a University of Kentucky journalism sophomore from Barren County, and Meaghan Downs of The Anderson News in Lawrenceburg, were selected as the recipients of the 2013 David Dick "What a Great Story!" Storytelling Awards.

 

Scoby was honored for her story, “Wayne Ridge Provides Rider Programs for Autistic Children.”  Scoby wrote the story while interning with the LaRue County Herald during the summer of 2012.  The internship was part of an annual program sponsored by the Kentucky Press Association.  Scoby’s winning story can be read here:  http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/wayne-ridge-provides-riding-program-autistic-children.

 

Downs won for her story “A Promise to God,” which tells the story of a Kentucky couple raising three sets of twins, all conceived through in vitro fertilization.  Downs’ story can be read here:  http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/promise-god.

 

Scoby and Downs were recognized prior to the annual Joe Creason Lecture in Journalism on April 23.  David Dick’s co-author and widow, Lalie Dick, participated in the award presentation.

 

The UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications established the David Dick "What a Great Story!" Storytelling Award to honor the memory of David Dick, professor emeritus and former director of the school, who died in July 2010.

 

Dick was a champion of great journalistic storytelling. The award honors outstanding storytelling.

 

In selecting the winner, the judges were looking for the best in storytelling — that which enlightens and informs while captivating the audience so they get the full story. Great storytelling can break a heart or inspire it. It can be sublime or ridiculous, but it is always memorable. 

 

Entries could be hard news, features, advocacy journalism, personality profiles, columns and even obituaries. No matter what the form, the story needed to be well-developed and free from errors, possess sound journalistic mechanics and exhibit high ethical standards.

 

Two awards are given, one for a UK student journalist and the other for a professional journalist working in Kentucky.

 

The student award was open to UK journalism majors for work published or completed through student media, at an internship or at any recognized media outlet (radio, TV, newspaper, magazine or independently edited website). 

 

The professional award was for work done for any bona fide Kentucky media outlet (radio, TV, newspaper, magazine or independently edited website).

 

Work published during 2012 was eligible for the 2013 awards.  Entries for the 2014 award will be accepted through January 31, 2014 at this web address:  http://jat.uky.edu/awards/daviddickstorytellingawards.html.  

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or ann.blackford@uky.edu. 

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