I suggested that the print editors start doing what we call “Paper Plate Awards.” The awards are paper plates (as the name suggests) with paper “ribbons” to make them look like medals. At the end of each print deadline, we create five categories of awards. The categories change per deadline, but we always include one for “Best Story”, a photo-related award and a staff morale award. It’s a relaxed way to wrap up deadline and congratulate staffers for working hard.
Paper Plate Awards are a fun time for the whole staff. When somebody is presented with an award, they also get a Lifesaver candy because they were a “life saver” for that issue of the paper. We joke that Paper Plate Awards are pretty much on-par with Pulitzers.
The other print editors (Sarah and Brad) and I pass out Paper Plate Awards following the distribution of our Feb. 10 issue. Photo by Maya Jackson.