Labor Tribune, Outdoor Guide win honors from two national groups

BEST IN SHOW: Outdoor Guide’s Bobby Whitehead (left) and Labor Tribune Editor Tim Rowden celebrate the recent award-winners, including Whitehead’s Best In Show from the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. – Labor Tribune photo

The St. Louis/Southern Illinois Labor Tribune continues to rank among the best Labor publications in the nation after taking home three awards in the International Labor Communicators Association (ILCA) Labor Media Awards competition, and its sister publication, Outdoor Guide Magazine, won two more awards in a national outdoors writing contest sponsored by the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW).

The annual ILCA Labor Media Awards, drawing hundreds of entries, recognizes excellence in labor journalism in 42 different categories in eight major contest areas. The contest has two separate groupings: national and International unions and local, state and regional unions and associated groups.

The Labor Tribune, a perennial award winner each year, won three awards for its work in 2016:

  • General Excellence: Honorable Mention in the print category with publications over 30,000 circulation. This recognizes the overall quality, variety of stories and support of Labor issues. It is one of the ILCA’s most coveted award categories.
  • Best News Story: Reporter Sheri Gassaway won Third Place for her news story, “Laborers 110 business manager shares tragic story of son’s battle with heroin.”
    In the story, published Nov. 20, 2016, Local 110 Business Manager Don Willey told the tragic story of how his son had died of a heroin overdose and his nephew, also an addict, followed the next day. Willey shared his story at a Laborers International Union Drug-Free Workplace conference.
  • Best Labor History: Reporter Carl Green won Honorable Mention in Labor history for the story “Is this the birthplace of the Labor Movement? Historian thinks it might be.”
    In this story, Belleville historian Jack Le Chien described his research on the American Miners’ Association, which became the first American labor union with locals in multiple states and was a forerunner to the United Mine Workers.

“We are proud to have the best labor journalists in the business,” Publisher Ed Finkelstein said of the paper’s award-winning editorial, advertising and production staffs. “We have a team dedicated to telling the truth about workers’ concerns and issues, and the Lord knows that’s a story that needs to be told, often, as we fight forces determined to distort Labor’s efforts.

“Congratulations to everyone, especially Editor Tim Rowden, who makes the Labor Tribune the fighting publication it is for workers’ causes. I can’t begin to tell you the pride I have in this group of real professionals, those with us today and those who came before us in our 81-year history,” Finkelstein added.

In a separate contest, Bob Whitehead, editor and co-publisher of Outdoor Guide Magazine and editor of Outdoor Guide sports section in the Labor Tribune, won two awards in the AGLOW 2017 contest:

  • Best of Show: the top award from among all the First Awards in the show went to Whitehead’s column, “The Condo,” which detailed his personal recollections about learning the values and joys of outdoor life enjoying weekends over the past 30 years at his brother-in-law’s condo at the Lake of the Ozarks.
  • Best of Newspaper Writing/ Fishing Category: First Award for “The Condo” column published Nov. 20, 2016 in the Outdoor Guide Magazine. This First Award automatically entered the article into the Best of Show competition among all First Awards at which it then took top honors.

The Labor Tribune publishes Outdoor Guide Magazine every two months and runs articles from it twice a month in our Outdoor Guide sports section.

“While this is not the first award Bobby has earned for his writing, this certainly won’t be the last,” Finkelstein noted. “When you write from the heart about something you love, it shows!”

Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers, its website points out, is “…a family of the best outdoor communicators in the country. The long answer is a little more involved… a dynamic organization of writers, editors, publishers, and many other media professionals.


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