Staff writer awarded 2013 David Dick Storytelling Award

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By The Staff

Meaghan Downs, staff writer for The Anderson News in Lawrenceburg, was recently awarded the 2013 David Dick ‘What a Great Story!’ Storytelling Award in the professional category from the University of Kentucky.
Downs won for her entry, “A Promise to God,” published Dec. 26, 2012, in The Anderson News. The article reported the story of Lawrenceburg couple Hunter and Carla Mueller, who had three sets of twins born from the in vitro fertilization process.
The David Dick “What a Great Story!” Storytelling Award was awarded to one student journalist at the University of Kentucky and one professional Kentucky journalist for work done for any bona fide Kentucky media outlet such as radio, TV, newspaper, magazine or independently edited website during 2012, according to the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications website.
The judges looked 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.”
According to the website, entries for the award were not limited to hard news, but could also include features, advocacy journalism, personality profiles, columns and obituaries.
“The essentials are good writing informed by good reporting on whatever platform. No matter what the form, the story should be well developed and free from errors, and should possess sound journalistic mechanics and exhibit high ethical standards.”
The awards were created to honor the memory of former UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications director David Dick, who died in 2010.     
Downs will receive a certificate and $500 for the award.