‘What a Great Story’ award memorializes David Dick

David Dick

Have you written or produced a story that just cries out for recognition? Then we have a contest for you. The School of Journalism and Media is seeking entries for its seventh annual David Dick “What a Great Story!” Storytelling Awards.

The award honors the best in Kentucky storytelling — stories that enlighten and inform while capturing the attention of the audience. Storytellers can inspire a heart or break it. Entries may be hard news, features, advocacy journalism, personality profiles, columns and even obituaries. No matter the form, the story should be well-developed and free from errors, possess sound journalistic mechanics and exhibit high ethical standards.

Two awards are given: One recognizes a UK student journalist and the other a professional journalist working in Kentucky. The winners will be recognized at the annual Creason Lecture and will receive a cash reward. 

The student award is 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). 

Work published during 2016 is eligible for the 2017 awards.  Entries for the award will be accepted through March 3, 2017, at this web address:  https://ci.uky.edu/jat/webforms/david-dick-storytelling-award

The school 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.

“The School of Journalism and Media is all about telling great stories,” said Lars Willnat, director of the school. “This contest is a special way to recognize the career of one of the better storytellers of his generation and to encourage today’s storytellers.”    

Dick, an award-winning broadcaster for CBS for 19 years, was a champion of great journalistic storytelling. He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 1987 and the University of Kentucky Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2000. He earned both his undergraduate and master’s degree at UK. After retiring from CBS,  he taught in the school before becoming its director from 1987 until 1993.

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