We in the media are often accused of focusing just on the bad news, the bad stories in our communities. “If it bleeds it leads,” is the old saying. And, yes, it’s true, there are some media outlets out there that really do believe in that philosophy, speeding out to Nampa if there’s a shooting or to Caldwell if there’s a car accident.
But we at the Idaho Press-Tribune know that we need to be more than that.
For me, it’s not about being nice or doing someone a favor. For me, it comes down to accuracy. If shootings and car accidents and fires and stabbings make up 90 percent of your coverage, are you really being accurate about your community? Do you really represent what your community is all about?
I don’t think so.
And so that’s why, just about every day in the Idaho Press-Tribune you can read positive news stories about people doing amazing things in this community. Every day, every week, we bring our readers fantastic stories about people saving lives, donating kidneys, teaching our children, inventing a shoe that grows.
Every week, we have a planning meeting in the newsroom. The editors and reporters gather to talk about the week’s news and what’s coming up. One of the things we do is we put the past week’s issues of the newspaper up on the board and look at what we did the past week.
A couple of years ago, we were looking at the amazing stories of some truly great people, and we came up with the idea of doing a “2C Spotlight” every week, where we highlight someone who was in the news the past week for doing something out-of-the-ordinary, above and beyond.
A couple of years ago, we started printing a weekly 2C Spotlight every Sunday, featuring someone who stood out that week.
Well, then after doing that for a year or so, we started looking at all those 2C Spotlight honorees, and we thought, wouldn’t it be nice to take those people we’ve been honoring every week and throw a party in their honor? It’s kind of like our annual Sports Stars award banquet, which is now in its third year this year, honoring high school athletes.
And so the 2C Spotlight Awards show was born.
At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Nampa Civic Center, we are kicking off our very first 2C Spotlight Awards banquet and ceremony, presented by Idaho Power. Other sponsors that have signed on are Saint Alphonsus, Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel and Amalgamated Sugar. These are great companies that clearly recognize the value of community, and we wouldn’t be able to put on this program without them.
At the dinner, we’ll be honoring all those folks who have been featured in the 2C Spotlight each week for the past year. We’ll also be announcing some special awards that night, so there will be some surprises at the event.
In addition, past 2C Spotlight honoree Kenton Lee, of Nampa, creator of The Shoe That Grows and founder of Because International, will be our keynote speaker.
Of course, the banquet and awards ceremony is open to the public. Tickets are $15 each, and there is a discount for tables of eight. You can buy tickets at idahopress.com/2CSpotlight.
Our Sports Stars banquet has become so successful over the past three years, and it has been fun to watch it grow each year since we started it in 2015. I think it’s going to be fun to watch the 2C Spotlight banquet enjoy the same success.
I look forward to seeing you there.