Yes, I got a big national award today, from Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists. One of my old pals from the University of Maryland, Tony Pipitone, announced this in an email to a select group of old college chums (several of whom are wanted by the feds).
Here’s what Tony, a Florida journalist of no small repute, wrote:
The Society of Professional Journalists today awarded our own Dan Casey its national award for column writing.
Here’s a link to the exceptional work: http://www.spjvideo.org/sdx/sdx11/general-column-50.pdf
This is, to paraphrase Vice President Biden, a big honkin’ deal, akin to Scott winning the Golden Jackhammer Award, or Don being voted Public Servant of the Year.
Needless to say, he did NOT include in his entry anything about the derelicts he tries to hang out with at least once a year.
Nice work, Dan-o!
I entered five columns in the contest, all of which will be played here on this blog this week while I’m off on vacation. “Yankee” Kurt Heine (now of The Huffington Post), was my editor when I wrote them.
The SPJ gives out two awards for column writing. One is for newspapers with a daily circulation above 100,000, which was awarded to a columnist from The Boston Globe, and another for newspapers with under 100,000 circulation, which was the award I got.