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Sun-Telegraph Recognized by Secretary of State


November 14, 2018

Carol Gale

Sidney Sun-Telegraph staff members receive a Civics Award from Scretary of State John Gale. Pictured are, from left, Janelle Frerichs, Secretary John Gale, Forrest Hershberger, Don Ogle, Dana Revell, Jennifer Velasco and Mike Motz.

Journalism is an industry sometimes called The Fourth Estate. It is a career that frequently surpasses the typical 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then some with moments of recognition and gratitude counting as much as the paycheck.

It is a profession that people often enter for their passion of people and the community, of writing and photography. It is a profession that frequently throws away the time clock in exchange for deadlines and late night requirements. It is an industry where a heartfelt thanks is highly valued.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale and his wife Carol met the staff of the Sidney Sun-Telegraph, presenting the staff with a Civics Recognition Award for its work covering elections. As the state's chief election officer, Secretary of State Gale stressed the importance of journalism and of keeping people informed.

As the plaque states, it is given in "deep appreciation in honor and recognition for its full and balanced regional news coverage of Nebraska's state primary and general elections.

"This award is given by the Nebraska Secretary of State as chief elections officer to salute select news media outlets that contribute significantly to the enhancement of good citizenship, voter education and voter turnout. By providing Nebraska voters with comprehensive, unbiased information about voter registration, voting deadlines, early voting and Election Day options, candidate histories and issues, and editorial support related to Nebraska primary and general elections both in print and online, you are presented the Nebraska Secretary of State's Civics Recognition Award."

Sun-Telegraph Publisher Don Ogle received the award on behalf of the paper and staff, thanking Secretary Gale for his consideration.

"We have a dedicated and hard-working staff that is committed to providing as much information as possible about and to the community," Ogle said. "This (award) is a nice way for them to be recognized."

Ogle said in addition to staff, he appreciates local officials for working with staff members on projects through the year.

"Our local officials help us confirm and make sure information is accurate and correct. Without their help, we wouldn't be able to do what we do."


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