August 27, 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Devin Kidd Receives the 2020 Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award

(BADIN, N.C.) – Devin Kidd of Printer, KY, is the recipient of the 2020 Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award. Presented by the Outdoor Journalist Education Foundation of America (OJEFA), the award provides an aspiring young outdoors communicator with a scholarship to attend the annual conference of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA). Kidd will receive conference registration, lodging and travel expenses to The Resort at Glade Springs near Daniels, WV, next year where he will meet industry icons, attend seminars, and learn about more about his options for a career in outdoor communications.  

Kidd was humbled by the news of his accomplishment. “When I got the call informing me that I had been chosen to receive the Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award, it was one of the proudest moments of my life,” Kidd said. “To say that I consider this an honor is an understatement, it’s a blessing.”

Kidd’s high school English teacher, Melissa Caudill said, “I loved reading his work. Now, all these years later, I am so very proud that he is still writing and that he has combined his gift for writing with one of the things he is most passionate about:  the great outdoors!” Ms. Caudill went on to say how much Devin loves and respects nature and loves to hunt, fish and hike. “Growing up in Appalachia, Devin found joy and solace in connecting to the outdoors,” she said. “When I first found out that his writing may be published, I was so proud, but I wasn’t surprised. Devin has always had a drive to succeed, even as a young man in high school. That drive has only increased, as he has gotten older.”

In closing, Kidd said, “I’m thankful to be a small part of a group making such a huge difference in our outdoor culture and in preserving its heritage. I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to meet individuals from all walks of life who share my passion and who work within the realm of outdoor communications daily. I plan to use this opportunity to learn, grow and hopefully take the next steps toward my lifelong dream of having a career within the outdoor communications industry.”

Stu Tinney, founder of the original Striper magazine and tournament series, is the benefactor of the Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award. His donation of $25,000 at the 2013 conference is restricted for the sole purpose of providing this conference scholarship. Tinney established the award to honor his late wife, Lindsay Sale-Tinney, who was passionate about the outdoors, animals, children, photography and education.

To learn more about the Lindsay Sale-Tinney award, please watch a short video produced by the 2012 recipient Josh Honeycutt at Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award.

About SEOPA:  The Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, Inc., has been helping outdoor communicators and allied industry representatives excel in their professions since 1964. For more information visit seopa.org.

About OJEFA:  The Outdoor Journalist Education Foundation of America, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization established by the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association in 2004 to further education, research and network opportunities in the field of outdoor journalism for students, active outdoor journalists and outdoor journalist organizations. For more information visit OJEFA.

Contact:  Lisa Snuggs, SEOPA Executive Director/ OJEFA CEO mailto: [email protected], 704-961-7614.