Town Crier receives national honors: Photographer Jenny Kirchner earns three awards

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Jim Nutter goes for a “ringer” May 17, 2015, during the annual horseshoe tournament at the Idyllwild Community Center site. This photo won a first place in the National Newspaper Association’s Best Newspaper Contest recently.PHOTO BY JENNY KIRCHNER

Jim Nutter goes for a “ringer” May 17, 2015, during the annual horseshoe tournament at the Idyllwild Community Center site. This photo won a first place in the National Newspaper Association’s Best Newspaper Contest recently. PHOTO BY JENNY KIRCHNER

Once again, the Idyllwild Town Crier has been recognized by its national brethren. In the 2016 National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Editorial Contest, the Town Crier received three awards for non-daily publications with circulations of less than 5,000.

Jenny Kirchner, freelance photographer, earned all of those. When told, Kirchner’s reaction was, “Wow! I’m shocked.”

She earned a first- and third-place award for her sports photos and an honorable mention for a breaking news photo.

As most photographers know, Kirchner attributes some of her success to being “… in the right place at the right time.”

More importantly than chance, Kirchner said one needs “… to have the patience to try to expect what will happen.”

“So many moments I’ve seen, then they’re gone. I’ve missed more of them than I wanted,” she added. “If you hesitate, you’re gone.”

The Better Newspaper Editorial Contest received 1,436 entries and 151 member newspapers in 39 states earned recognition for their work in 2015. California had the most combined editorial and advertising wins with 66.

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