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Bestselling author and award-winning journalist, Ginny McCabe was recently honored with six awards at the Ohio’s Best Journalism awards ceremony, which was held on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at the world-renowned Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Sponsored by the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapters statewide, the Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest presented over 300 awards to journalists from across the state.

There were 315 awards announced out of more than 700 entries that were submitted for consideration.

McCabe’s awards were for her work in Journal-News, Reuters and Christian Market Magazine. The awards included a first-place award for “Best Arts Review” as well as second place awards for “Best Rock and Roll Feature Writing,” “Best News Writing” and “Best News Story,” “Best Arts Profile,” and “Best Arts Review.”

Ginny has spent decades covering topics like news, music, theater, arts and entertainment, business and faith-inspired themes. In addition to writing regularly for publication, Ginny’s books have been published by Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins and Standard Publishing. She serves on the board of directors, and as secretary, for the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She is also a member of Christian Author’s Network and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest is a statewide competition for the best in newspaper, magazine, television, radio, trade, digital, college and freelance journalism. Entrants submitted work from 2016. The Long Island Press Club served as judges for the contest. Entrants were not required to be members of SPJ.  For a complete list of winners, visit www.ohiospjawards.org.

Connect with Ginny McCabe on Twitter at @ginnymccabe, on Facebook @ginnymccabeauthor and at www.ginnymccabe.com.

 

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Greetings from central Florida and the lovely town of Mount Dora. Although we’re not snowed in like some parts of the country, we’ve had colder nights this week than we have during much of the winter. (I don’t want to inspire coveting, so we won’t mention how “low” our temperatures have dropped).

I have the privilege today of introducing you to experienced author and journalist Ginny McCabe. Ginny has lots to share, so let’s get started.

Welcome, Ginny! How did you get into writing?

From a young age, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I have spent much of my professional career in full-time positions in news, marketing and media relations with news organizations, in radio and publishing. I earned a journalism degree from Cincinnati Christian University and had some tremendous mentors, but I learned early on the value of being a go-getter and a disciplined, well-rounded writer.

In becoming a best-selling author and an award-winning journalist, it comes down to my faith, God’s hand on my life, the unconditional love and support of my family and friends mixed with hard work, talent, dedication and perseverance.

How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

I have authored five books and collaborated on four additional titles. Secrets Young Women Keep (Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins), a CBA bestseller and an ECPA Silver Medallion winner, and Rich Chick (Amazon) are a few of the latest titles.

How did your first book come about?

Some Kind of Journey: On the Road with Audio Adrenaline (Standard Publishing) was the first book project I had the privilege of being a part of. It was an MTV Real World kind of an experience from a Christian worldview. A group of us—an editor, myself as an author/journalist and several photographers/videographers—went on a road trip with Audio Adrenaline. We also took a handful of college students from across the country—Chad, David, John, Lisa, Rachel, Scotia and Vicki—and talked about real-life issues like the church, dating and more, which are covered in the book. We went from a golf course in Columbus to the inner-city streets of Chicago and onstage in Minneapolis—and experienced a week of what’s it’s like to be in a popular Christian band.

The editor, Dale Reeves, knew I had experience writing about the arts, entertainment and music, so he asked me to be a part of it. A lot of book projects have come about as a result of relationships as well as my talent and level of experience. Dale was also my youth minister when I was a teenager. He introduced me to Christian artists like Keith Green and Michael W. Smith. Christian music has been instrumental in my faith journey, so this book is deeply meaningful to me on many levels.   Read More →

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