During a community retirement celebration Wednesday for Chip Hutcheson, Kentucky New Era publisher Taylor Hayes surprised Chip with an announcement.
The National Newspaper Association had just informed Taylor that Chip will receive its coveted Amos Award at the NNA Convention this fall. It’s one of the two most prestigious awards NNA presents.
Taylor (far right, above) congratulates Chip on the selection.
Chip is the second Kentuckian to ever receive the Amos Award. Max Heath, also a KPA Past President who has made his mark with the industry as chair of the NNA Postal Committee, received the award in 1994.
The Amos Award was established in 1938 by E.C. Amos, publisher of The Sidney Daily News, to honor his father, General James O. Amos, a pioneer Ohio journalist and an early-day member of the National Editorial Association. Amos purchased the Shelby County Democrat in 1876, the predecessor of The Sidney Daily News that was started in 1881 but has passed from the Amos family ownership.
Every year, the National Newspaper Association announces the Call for Nominations for the Amos and McKinney Awards, which are the highest honors awarded to working and retired newspapermen and women who have exhibited distinguished service to the community press.
The Amos Award will be presented to Chip during the 131st NNA Annual Convention, October 5-7 in Tulsa, OK.
Here’s the nomination criteria for the Amos and the McKinney awards.
- Working or retired newspaperman or woman. The nominee must be a working or retired newspaperman or woman whose non-metropolitan newspaper is a member in good standing of the National Newspaper Association, or who, if retired, is a retired member in good standing of NNA. The letter of nomination must include the nominee’s full name, position, newspaper, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address.
- Professional achievement. Describe in the letter of nomination the nominee’s professional background, achievements, awards and activities that illustrate how the nominee exemplifies the best in journalism and serves as an inspiration to others.
- Community leadership. The nominee must exhibit continuing and significant contributions to community leadership through advocacy and involvement in his/her community and community journalism. Describe in the letter of nomination how the nominee is an advocate for his/her community; how he/she serves the community on a local, state and/or regional level. Provide specific examples of projects in areas of community service and their outcome.
- Advancement of the journalism profession. The nominee must exhibit dedication to the advancement of the journalism profession through participation in state and national associations, recognition that a nominee may have moved beyond local or state involvement to a broader level. Describe in the letter of nomination service to NNA and other regional/national/international service organizations or causes in which the nominee has been involved. Evidence of NNA service is required.