Thanks to all who participated in the "2011 Memories, 2012 Dreams" contest during the month of December. We hope that you enjoyed participating in the contest as much as we enjoyed sponsoring it. Be sure to check out all of the entries here.
Our week four winner is San Francisco-based Bea Shaylee-Sayers for The year that sang a song about the revolution, an insightful analysis comparing the 2011 Arab Spring and the Autumn of Nations that swept Eastern Europe in 1989. Shaylee-Sayers, an Allvoices anchor who joined the site Jan. 25, 2011, also claimed a runner-up spot in week three.
The following four reports, in chronological order, finished as runners-up in week four:
In sharing his "wish list," Allvoices writer Curtis Wahlberg of Lake Forest, Calif., reminds all of us to take stock of our priorities and focus on that which brings us closer to where we want to be, guided by the principle of Love. A site member since Nov. 12, 2010, this is Wahlberg's first report for Allvoices.
An Allvoices anchor with more than 1.5 million page views, New York-based writer Veronica Roberts provides a unique take on some of the sex scandals that made news in 2011. Roberts has been an Allvoices contributor since May 24, 2010, and was the Weekly Winner in week two of the contest.
A week three runner-up, Lori Pendleton - user name loriannpen - came close again in week four with this satirical take on the state of right-wing politics in the United States. She has been an Allvoices writer since Aug. 15, 2009.
Allvoices writer taotesign of Oakland, Calif., joined the site on Dec. 30 and submitted this highly original look at our cosmic predicament the same day.
We are also pleased to announce the winner of our headline competition.
What makes a good headline? There’s no one right answer, but, in general, a headline should make people want to read the story and perhaps stand on its own in their minds even after they’ve put down the paper or walked away from the computer monitor. All kinds of headlines can do that, from the poignant to the populist to the pugnacious. As long as a headline packs a punch in its own particular way, it’s a good headline.
Our contest winner applied a matter-of-fact headline that nonetheless managed to go beyond the inferred absurdity to reach the level of wry social commentary.
Congratulations to Allvoices anchor Caitlin Tadlock of St. Louis, a site member since April 26, 2010, for her winning headline, 5 Things In 2011 that lasted longer than Kim Kardashian's marriage. She published the report on Dec. 14, 2011. Tadlock will be awarded a $50 prize for her efforts, and, no, her wait for the check will not last longer than Kim and Kris’s marriage.
There were four runners-up, presented below in chronological order of submission to the contest:
Allvoices anchor James Hamilton, user name jimiham, promotes a populist theme with this headline expressing a sentiment no doubt shared by a large segment of his readers. He lives in Somerset, N.J., and has been writing for Allvoices since Jan. 2011.
The San Francisco-based Sayers, an Allvoices anchor, won the Week Four prize with this story. The headline strikes the perfect tone for the story that follows. She has been an Allvoices writer since Jan. 25, 2011.
In 2012, the Arab Spring will blossom into the Springtime of Nations, by Juan Manggagawa of Manila, Phillipines, Dec. 31, 2011.
Manggagawa, of Manila, Phillipines, has been an Allvoices member since May 22, 2011. He conveys a message of hopeful optimism with this predictive, lyrical headline.
Allvoices stringer T-Lon, our week three winner, manages a nice play on words with a story about health care on both the political and personal levels. T-Lon, a San Francisco Bay Area resident, joined the site on Dec. 24, 2011.
All four weekly winners will be awarded a $50 prize and are in contention for an iPad2, the contest's Grand Prize. The Grand Prize winner will be announced tomorrow, so stay tuned!