9/11 impacts father-daughter award winners

By Michael McCarrick
Online Reporter Project

Paige Minemyer started thinking about following in her father’s journalistic footsteps when 9/11 happened. At age 10, the coverage of the event grabbed her interest. She affirmed the decision to pursue journalism when she was in college.

This year Chip Minemyer, the editor of the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, and Paige, who recently moved to a new job in digital media after working at the Altoona Mirror, both won first-place Keystone Awards.

Chip, along with  Kecia Bal, John Rucosky and Todd Berkey received a first-place Keystone award for ongoing news coverage, for the Tribune-Democrat’s anniversary coverage of Shanksville, where Flight 93 crashed on 9/11.

She received a first-place award in the Division III feature category for her Altoona Mirror story, “Queens of the Stage: Local drag performers growing in popularity.” She also received a second-place award in the headline category.

“The article was about drag queens in the Altoona area, why they do it, how involved and complicated it is. It was a very controversial article for the paper,” Paige said.

The article can be read at http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/606838/Queens-on-the-stage–Local-drag-performances-growing-in-popularity.html?nav=738

In covering Shanksville, Minemyer said that he’s writing a “personal story for almost all of the readers because of what happened at the site.”

His moving article on the memorial in Shanksville can be read at http://www.tribdem.com/news/chip-minemyer-flight-recordings-remind-us-of-personal-side-of/article_417a7f7e-5749-11e5-a959-4b84f298ff0d.html

When asked how it felt to receive a journalism award at the same event as her dad, Paige Minemyer said: “I think it’s pretty cool. I won two awards and he won one, so I rubbed it in.”

She considers her dad to be “a great source of guidance, of positivity” and said he has served as a mentor.

Chip is confident that Paige will be capable of adapting to the ever-changing environment of news media. “She’ll be more prepared at it than me, that’s for sure,” he said.

Paige is on to a new challenge. She moved to Washington, D.C., for her new job at FierceHealthCare.com, a digital media company where she writes medically targeted newsletters.


Photo: Michael McCarrick chats with Chip Minemyer.

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