The News-Herald’s Janet Podolak wins quartet of travel writing awards – Morning Journal


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Janet Podolak

Longtime News-Herald writer Janet Podolak has again been honored by the Society of American Travel Writers for her work that appeared in print and online in 2021. Winning stories have appeared in both The News-Herald and The Morning Journal.

She won second and third place in the Best Newspaper Article on Travel to an International Destination category. His December 8 story about Dubrovnik and how the Croatian city attracts many visitors to see its ‘Game of Thrones’ sites took second place, while an October 13 story about the Greek island of Santorini won third. square.

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A second place in the best travel series appearing in a newspaper, magazine or travel website went to Podolak for five stories developed from a cruise to the Greek islands she took in July 2021 with Celebrity Cruises. Stories from Dubrovnik and Santorini were part of this series, along with articles about the Celebrity Apex ship; the Parthenon in Athens; and Akrotiri, an ancient city discovered from a volcano in Santorini 3,500 years ago.

Santorini's vast 8 by 5 mile volcanic caldera dwarfs the 14-deck Celebrity Apex anchored offshore.  A winding road winds towards the sea in the foreground as whitewashed village houses freeze distant cliffs.  (Janet Podolak??

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A story from April won third place for Podolak in the Travel Commentary category with a story about his memories of previous visits to the Caribbean island of St. Vincent in the face of the eruptions of a mighty volcano last year.

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The Central States Chapter competition for the Society of American Travel Writers attracted entries from writers published around the world but living in the US states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, from Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

Podolak, who lives in Mentor, writes for The News-Herald and The Morning Journal. She has contributed to the News-Herald since 1971 and has been a member of SATW since 1990.


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