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Award-Winning Tales

Idaho Press Club Honors Stories from Boise and Meridian Lifestyle

Article by Jordan Gray

Photography by Jordan Gray

Originally published in Boise Lifestyle

Every year, journalists from across the state gather to celebrate the Idaho Press Club Awards.

As a writer for both Boise Lifestyle Magazine and Meridian Lifestyle Magazine, I’ve been privileged to share unique stories from across the Treasure Valley and from my own travels. This year, I entered two of these stories into the running for Idaho Press Club Awards.

For Meridian Lifestyle, I tackled the Photo Essay category with the photos I took in Seattle’s beautiful NorthCountry (a piece called Down by the Sound). A snapshot can tell its own story, from the soft autumn foliage that covered a wooden set of stairs in a forest to a ferry crossing the Puget Sound. I was able to take this trip with my mom, Sheri Gray, and we had some fun figuring out how to take photos of ourselves. Selfies were a must, but we also pulled off a good shot using a mirror meant to help cars with a blind corner. Meridian Lifestyle and I took home 2nd for this effort.

And since I couldn’t leave Boise Lifestyle out, I sent the judges “Here Comes the Easter Cat.” This story detailed how Crash of Simply Cats in Boise earned the title of Cadbury Bunny. I’ve always had a soft spot for cats. Combined with the nostalgia of the “Bunny Tryouts” commercial every year and Crash’s personal story of triumph after a car crash gave him his name and his new home, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to tell his story. For this, Boise Lifestyle and I took 1st in the Light Feature Writing-Periodical division followed by Sun Valley Magazine.

It's always gratifying to be recognized by one’s peers and rewarded for your work. But I couldn’t do any of this without our loyal Lifestyle readers. You’re the reason I get to keep doing what I love and I can’t wait to talk to more of you and tell your stories as well!