We have bragged plenty about winning The Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Last Friday, The Storm Lake Times was presented another prestigious honor that has no less meaning to us: The Tom and Pat Gish Award from the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky. The award, “for displaying courage, tenacity and integrity often necessary to render public service in rural journalism,” was presented by Institute Director Al Cross at the Iowa Newspaper Association Annual Convention in Des Moines.
The story of Tom and Pat Gish is far more interesting, and courageous, than ours.
The Gishes published The Mountain Eagle at Whitesburg, Ky., for more than 50 years. The motto on the paper’s flag said: “It Screams.”