I’ve written countless press releases about others, but never about myself. I never even considered the idea until I read about it on a journalist message board. A colleague mentioned that whenever she does something that receives recognition, she writes a press release about herself and makes sure everyone hears about her accomplishments. I think that’s a great idea. I mean, if I were working for a publication, they would toot their own horn for my accomplishments. If I don’t do it for myself these days, no one else is going to. So here goes.
Journalist Kate Silver Awarded ‘Best Profile Story of 2010’ by American Society of Professional Journalists
‘How Mya Saved Jacob’ to be recognized April 29 at annual writers conference in New York City
Chicago, Illinois — (April 8, 2011) American Society of Journalists and Authors has named “How Mya Saved Jacob,” by Kate Silver, the Best Profile of 2010. The story, which was published in the June, 2010 issue of Southwest Airline’s Spirit Magazine, was also recognized by The Custom Content Council with a silver Pearl Award for “Best Feature.” Silver will be accepting the award during a lunch ceremony at the ASJA conference in New York City April 29.
“How Mya Saved Jacob” is a profile about the most unlikely of heroes: a black Labrador retriever. Mya was born in a maximum-security women’s prison in upstate New York. She was trained for two years through an organization called Puppies Behind Bars. Her “puppy raiser,” a prisoner named Laurie, taught Mya more than 90 commands, including “turn on the light,” “close the door,” “pop a corner,” “got my back,” and even “praise the Lord.” When Mya was ready, she left prison and was paired with Jacob Hyde, a 26-year-old Iraq veteran with post traumatic stress disorder. Hyde suffered debilitating panic attacks and often had thoughts of suicide–until he met Mya. Mya licks his face when he’s anxious, she brings him his medications when he falls into a debilitating panic attack, and she gives him the daily strength that the war had taken away.
Silver is a freelance writer living in Chicago. Her work has appeared in People, Playboy, Chicago Tribune, Parents.com and more. While living in Las Vegas for 10 years, Silver co-authored a number of guidebooks, including Pauline Frommer’s Las Vegas, Las Vegas Day by Day, Mobil Travel Guide to Las Vegas and Time Out Las Vegas Guide. In addition, Silver ghostwrote the memoir, How to Get from There to Here, by Jay Littmann. While she is continuing to write for magazines, newspapers and websites, she’s becoming more involved in corporate writing and is searching for a book project in 2011.