By Linda Wisch-Davidsohn
Horn wins Fred Hartman Award for excellence in sports writing
For the fifth time in his career, veteran sportswriter Barry Horn of The Dallas Morning News has won the Fred Hartman Award for excellence in sports writing.
Horn accepted the award at the summer meeting of the Texas Press Association on June 22. Jeff Wick, editor of the Fayette Record and last year’s Hartman Award winner, was this year’s judge.
“In Horn’s collection of stories, almost every piece transcended the world of sports into more universal themes that even non-sports fans could be drawn into,” Wick wrote in his judge’s notes.
“From compelling features on everyone from Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey to Duncanville High star-turned Olympic high-jumper Brigetta Barrett, the detail (even from events that occurred decades ago) and multitude of sources in Horn’s stories, show his expertise as a reporter. For instance, Horn not only tells the reader that Barrett used to miss track meets to attend poetry and singing competitions, but he even quotes lyrics she sang at a competition.
“And Horn knows the difference between just adding detail for detail’s sake, and adding nuggets that truly add to a story. His witty phrasing shows he’s the writer to match that reporting ability. He took a feature about the University of Texas-Arlington’s new basketball arena and turned it into a grand obituary to the old gym/theater building that new arena was replacing.
“For his story about the 40th anniversary of Title IX gender equality in sports, he took a subject that could have been bogged down by facts and figures and instead interwove the pre-Title IX struggles of one of the nation’s most legendary high school coaches (Leta Andrews) into the tale. Every story submitted by Horn was a joy to read.”
Each year, the Fred Hartman Award competition alternates between two fixed circulation breaks: newspapers over 10,000 and those under 10,000. This year the contest was open to journalists currently employed with a Texas newspaper over 10,000 in circulation.
The award is sponsored annually by Hartman Newspapers, a family-owned company started by the late Fred Hartman.
Hartman began his newspaper career as a sportswriter, and although he eventually became a publisher and newspaper company owner, the senior Hartman never lost his passion for sports writing. The award includes $1,000 in prize money.
JET takes off quickly
A few weeks ago, Rabbi Shalom Rodin who, along with JET (Jewish Education Texas) offices just a few floors above TJP central, dropped us a line.
JET hosted a fun, classy and informative Shavuot Cheesecake Tasting and Champagne event at Cantoni.
This event was geared toward young couples/families that wanted to learn about Shavuot while having a nice, social night out with friends.
Couples currently studying with the JET Rabbis, as well as some interested couples that wanted to find out more about what JET has to offer to the Jewish community, enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, delicious cheesecake and some new insights into Shavuot.
JET aims to provide everyone with the opportunity to learn about their heritage at their own pace and in an environment that work for them.
Opportunities at the JFS Career and Employment Services
Mark your calendar and learn everything you ever wanted to know about social media and LinkedIn networking at the employment resource group from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 9 at Jewish Family Service, 5402 Arapaho Road, Dallas. If you or someone you know is looking for a new job, or just looking to improve their online profile, this is a discussion not to be missed. Greg Geiger will lead the program. Join him for a relaxed and informative evening about how to use social media and LinkedIn to attain your goals. Also this month are the following free seminars:
• From 9:30 to 11 a.m., on Wednesday, July 10, Jenny Stewart, education director of Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Greater Dallas, will present “How Do I Get Out of Debt?”
• From 1:30 to 3 p.m., Thursday, July 18, Karen Gugino, operations manager of Prestige Community Credit Union, will present a “Financial Education Workshop.”
• From 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, Michelle Botzau of the Dallas Business Journal will present “The Job Search Edge Seminar: How to Reach More Employers & Contacts.”
Save the date: Oct. 30
Father Patrick Desbois and Holocaust survivors of Dallas-Fort Worth will be the honorees of The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance Hope for Humanity dinner. The reception will be at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner at 7 at the Fairmont Dallas. Tickets are $350 and are very limited in quantity. Tables, seating 10, will be $3,500 and up. For more information and to buy tickets, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.