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Start the Presses: Rewarding times in the newsroom

June 02, 2012|By Dan Evans

Awards ceremonies are usually long, dull affairs. Fortunately, when you're dealing with such fetes given by journalists, you tend to deal with more interesting — or at least creative — types. And an open bar. Always an open bar.

On Thursday, the staff of the Pasadena Sun received kudos at the Los Angeles Times editorial awards, an annual event celebrating the best work of the prior year. It's extremely well deserved.

Reporters Adolfo Flores and Joe Piasecki, along with their tireless city editor, Bill Kisliuk, took the lump of clay that was the Pasadena Sun and turned it into a real newspaper. Last month, the paper was named the second-best weekly in the state in its circulation class — less than a year after publishing its first issue.


The work this trio did — fighting for transparency in the state Assembly, thoughtful analysis about Pasadena's public and private schools, and comprehensive public safety coverage — made the Sun a real force.

But I would be remiss not to also point out the incredible work of our online, editing, entertainment and sports staffs. Because of the strong work of Grant Gordon and his sports crew, along with Mike Swanson, Steve Appleford, Damon Carroll and Tiffany Kelly, our papers are as strong as they have ever been.

I want to remind everyone about the primary election this Tuesday, and urge everyone to take part. As we've mentioned before, this election can feel a bit academic. Vote anyway. It's important to keep informed about the candidates and issues, and to keep yourself and our democracy strong.

Besides, if your candidate doesn't win, more likely than not you'll get another shot to support them in November. That's because California's new open-primary system sends the top two vote-getters — regardless of party — to the general election. That's the case even if only two candidates are in the race.

And, even if your candidates don't win in November, you get the chance to say “Well, I didn't vote for him/her.” That's always fun.

On Friday, the Glendale News-Press got a most unusual, and unexpected, gift: a blue newspaper bag emblazoned with the title “Glendale News-Press Honor Carrier.” Mary Boger, a member of the Glendale Unified school board, dropped by the office completely out of the blue. Very cool.

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