2018 Keystone Press Awards

 

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Enjoyed an evening with my lovely youngest daughter, Valerie, at the 2018 Keystone Press Awards June 2 at the Wyndham Gettysburg. Picked up a Division VII first place award for Graphic/Photo Illustration for a weekly newspaper.

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This is the cartoon that won the honor.

Hard to believe this is the fifth year in a row that one of my editorial cartoons scored a first place in the same category.

Congrats to my fellow correspondents at the Lehigh Valley Press weeklies and Times News who also won Keystone Press Awards this year!

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Congratulations Lehigh Valley Press 2018 Keystone Winners!

“Close to 3,200 entries were received from 122 Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association organizations. Entries – in 27 categories across seven circulation divisions – were judged by journalists in Illinois,” according to Debbie Galbraith, editor, Salisbury Press and East Penn Press.

Lehigh Valley Press weekly papers earned 25 Keystone awards and the daily paper, The Times News, earned 8 awards.

* Bethlehem Press 2018 Keystone winners:
Bernie O’Hare – Investigative reporting – Honorable mention
Staff – Special project – The Opioid Crisis – First Place
Paul Willistein, George VanDoren – Special projects (Student poetry contest)  Honorable mention
Katie McDonald – Sports story – Second Place
Bernie O’Hare – News beat reporting – First Place
Carole Gorney – Feature beat reporting – First Place
Paul Willistein – Feature beat reporting – Second Place
Katie McDonald – Sports beat reporting – First Place
George Taylor – Front page design – Honorable mention
George Taylor – Page design – Second Place
Scott Pagel – Page design – Second Place
Ed Courrier – Graphic/photo illustration – First Place

The Bethlehem Press ran a close second for the Sweepstakes winner in the Division VII category. Missed it by just a couple of points.

* Salisbury Press and East Penn Press 2018 Keystone winners:
Jim Marsh – Personality Profile – First Place
Jim Marsh – Feature Photo – First Place
Jim Marsh – Photo Story/Essay – First Place
Don Herb – Sports Photo – Honorable Mention
Debbie Galbraith – Editorial – Honorable Mention

* Parkland Press 2018 Keystone winners:
Debra Palmieri – Editorial – First Place
Chuck Hixson – Sports Event Coverage – Honorable Mention
Lou Wheeland – News Photo – Honorable Mention

* Northampton Press 2018 Keystone winners:
Kelly Lutterschmidt – Editorial – Second Place
Bud Cole – Sports/Outdoor Column – Honorable Mention (Cole passed away in July 2017.)
Scott Pagel – Sports Beat Reporting – Second Place

* Catasauqua Press 2018 Keystone winners:
Mark Reccek – Column (Fighting Cancer) – First Place (Reccek passed away right before Christmas 2017.)
Chuck Hixson – Sports Event Coverage – Second Place

2017 Keystone Press Awards

Am happy to announce that the Bethlehem Press scored the Sweepstakes Award for the fourth year in a row at the 2017 Keystone Press Awards! Team BP brought home 17 Keystones!

One of my editorial cartoons brought me a First Place in the graphic/photo illustration category. This is the fourth time in a row one of my political cartoons scored first place!

Even came home with two additional First Place plaques and an Honorable Mention for projects involving BP team members Zach Duffy, Nate Jastrzemski, Bernie O’Hare, Dana Grubb and editor George Taylor.

Here is the link to a Press article about the May 20 event with a complete list of Team BP honorees:

http://bethlehem.thelehighvalleypress.com/2017/06/17/keystone-press-awards-presented-press

Congrats to all!

 

 

File Folder Feature: Newspapers

Besides declaring war on immigrants, judges, U.S. allies, etc., President Trump now is waging a war of words against the media. The guy who dubbed his opponents during the last election “Lyin’ Ted” and “Crooked Hillary” has been spouting whopper after whopper at Tweets, rallies, and increasingly bizarre press conferences.

Now that the press has been calling him on these half-truths and outright lies, Trump has turned his attention to attacking America’s free press for reporting, in his delusional thinking, “fake news.” His attempts to discredit the press is what the dictators do to shield themselves from criticism.

This cartoon ran in the Bethlehem Press in October of 2014. We should all keep in mind that newspapers and other news media, that are part of a free press, are necessary for a democracy to function.

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© Ed Courrier

Greater of Two Evils

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This cartoon was created for an art exhibition held in October – November 2016 called “Hues of Red and Blue” at the Allentown Art Museum and Re:Find’s Gallery on the Walk. Besides hanging at the Gallery on the Walk, it was published in the Bethlehem Press.

At this point, the candidate I supported was out of the race and the choice was going to be the “lesser of two evils.” Hillary, who wasn’t really evil, but perceived to be by years of attacks from Republicans and right-wing media, was too “establishment” for me.

However, Trump represented the worst the Republicans had to offer. Not only as a businessman was he bankrupt, but Trump seemed morally bankrupt as well. I easily saw through his phony populist rhetoric and voted for Clinton. At least much of what Sanders ran on became part of the Dem’s platform.

Today, when The Donald takes the oath of office with a Republican Congress and Senate in his pocket, the Middle Class and Poor will be hit again and again by these politicians and the one-percenters who own them. I fear that public education, healthcare, Social Security and Medicare will be gutted to fund tax cuts for the rich. And that is just the beginning …

File Folder Feature: Tribute to Achievement

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This Martin Luther King Day marks the final week in the 8-year run of President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House.

This cartoon was published in the Bethlehem Press in November 2008 just after Barack Obama was elected America’s first African-American President.

This was a great step for a people who started their journey to America as prisoners, then enslaved for generations. Even when they were freed at the end of the Civil War, generations of these long-suffering folk were under constant legal attack by “Jim Crow Laws” and physically attacked and brutalized by the KKK and their enablers. The “Civil Rights Laws” passed in the 1960s should have ended all that.

Despite this painful history, it reflected great honor on this country when whites joined people of color to support Barack Obama in his quest for the nation’s highest office. He got the job because he was qualified, not because of his skin color. This surely was a sign of real progress for the U.S.A.

Unfortunately, the 2016 election cycle has ripped open old wounds and as bridges burn down, walls are going up.

I hope and pray that “Make America Great Again” will not mean a journey back to the darker times, but a journey forward for ALL Americans. Good health and prosperity should not be just for a handful of the privileged few at the expense of the rest of us.

Folks like Frederick Douglass, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barack Obama are leaders who should be remembered with respect. They, and others like them, earned it.