Chronicle-Telegram parenting columnist Rini Jeffers took second place for her work in 2018 by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
Two columns, “Daughter lost more than lunch when box was stolen” and “Old hate reaches middle school” were recognized from a field of more than 300 entries for newspaper columns with 50,000 and under daily circulation.
The judges wrote: "Rini Jeffers uses her ‘Mommy Wars’ column to wage war on deadly serious parenting issues. She takes on bullying in a column about nasty anti-Semitic comments on the middle school bus, artfully tying it to battles to fund more security and mental health intervention in schools. Her ruminations about the boy who stole her grade-school lunchbox were perfect for a #MeToo world. She provided a poignant reminder about how long society has accepted a ‘boys will be boys’ attitude toward pervasive gender oppression."
Jeffers also won a second place award in 2017.
The National Society of Newspaper Columnists is a nonprofit professional organization for columnists, essayists and bloggers. The organization also advocates for columnists and free-press issues.
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