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Press reporter wins CoSIDA writing contest

Press reporter wins CoSIDA writing contest
Joe Lofaro, a reporter at the Weakley County Press, won two first-place accolades in the 2012-13 CoSIDA Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest.
Lofaro won first-place honors in District 4, which includes writers in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan. His story titled, “Former AD Leads Movement to Eliminate Pacifier: First Signee Understands How Monumental Title IX Was,” won first place in coach/administrator profile and historical feature, while his story titled: “UT Martin Women’s Basketball Team Not After Perfection, But Being the Best They Can Be,” won first place in Season Preview/Recap.
The 2012-13 contest drew 525 total entries, nearly 200 more than last year, which was double the total from 2011. The General Feature category led the way with 119 stories submitted. Submissions were first judged at the district level with district winners advancing to a national committee.
The annual CoSIDA Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest is open to all dues-paying members of CoSIDA. It recognizes excellence in feature writing, historical features, administrator/coach profiles and event coverage writing.
CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) was founded in 1957 and is a 2,800 member national organization comprised of the sports public relations, media relations and communications/information professionals throughout all levels of collegiate athletics in the United States and Canada.
Lofaro, who lives in Martin, served as the sports information director at UT Martin from February 2002 until March 5, 2013. In 2010, Lofaro won first place in the nation in event coverage.
Published in The WCP 6.20.13

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