Remember to make nominations

Deadline for the Charlie Smith Jr. and Tim Benjamin Awards nominations is less than a month away. Read the article […]

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Deadline for the Charlie Smith Jr. and Tim Benjamin Awards nominations is less than a month away. Read the article here and check our website for details on how to get those nominations in.

I always enjoy seeing the nominations come in. I really enjoy writing up the biographies for each nominee. I’ve had board members tease me in the past that everyone sounds good in the articles. And why shouldn’t they?

We have many, many good people and organizations out there making life better for Minnesotans with disabilities. Many, many of them do not get the recognition they deserve. Why not submit a nomination today?

With so many groups eliminating their awards for Minnesotans with disabilities, we’re glad to keep such a tradition going. I look forward to reading your submissions and yes, making everyone sound good. People need positive recognition.

Follow the link, read about the awards, learn who has been honored in the past and let’s get those submissions in.

Look for changes

Do you use our print and online calendars? Our Editorial Committee is discussing possible changes, with the idea of sending a recommendation to the full board soon. Readers of the print paper probably would not see a change until September at the earliest.

This is a board decision, not mine. My job here is to provide information to our board.

I have looked at what other papers are doing to provide information. Many monthly papers have winnowed down or eliminated print calendars and urged folks to submit more online.

In the pre-Internet days, it was not unheard for community groups to plan meetings around a newspaper’s publication schedule. (I know, I sound old.)

At Access Press we have long published an arts calendar and a separate calendar with conferences, educational classes and program, and volunteer opportunities. One is Enjoy, formerly Accessible Performances, and the other is Opportunities. They are called “print calendars” to set them apart from online events.

A trend we’re seeing with other papers is that they are dropping print calendars and encouraging folks to post events online. The policy issue for the editorial committee and the board is: What is the future of print calendars in Access Press? Is there a future?

There’s lots of pros and cons to consider and we have different options to explore.

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