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Democrat 3rd in ‘Blue Ribbon,’ earns 13 other HSPA awards

The Corydon Democrat was named the third best nondaily newspaper in the state Saturday during the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Newsroom Seminar and Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon. Staff members brought home 13 other awards from the 38th annual event, held at the Indianapolis Marriott (East).
The Noblesville Ledger won this year’s Blue Ribbon award, while the Brown County Democrat in Nashville finished second.
Judges commented that the staff of this newspaper ‘is out there beating the bushes ‘ good balance of hard news and features.’
They also said the newspaper has ‘great photos. Headlines are descriptive and to the point.
‘This is a paper you can spend time with.’
The Corydon Democrat has won the Blue Ribbon award a record-number 14 times since the award’s inception in 1972.
The Evansville Courier & Press won the Blue Ribbon for daily newspapers.
Five hundred and forty awards were distributed in 33 categories in six divisions based on circulation. Division 1 is for nondailies with circulations of less than 3,001, while Division 2 is for nondailies with circulations more than 3,000. (Divisions 3 to 6 are for dailies, with Division 6 being the largest.)
For just the second time since it was established, the Ray Moscowitz Award was given by the HSPA Better Newspaper Contest Rules Committee. The Daily Journal of Johnson County, in Franklin, received the award for its role in fostering the advancement of the First Amendment by succeeding in opening records or meetings, or ‘otherwise lifting a veil of secrecy,’ according to the HSPA.
In addition to its third-place Blue Ribbon finish, The Corydon Democrat placed second in General Excellence for Division 2, behind The Noblesville Ledger. The General Excellence award is based on points received for all other awards. Those awards were:
News Coverage Under Deadline Pressure ‘ first, Staff for its coverage of the tornado that hit Marengo in May. The entry included articles written by Clarion News editor Chris Adams, staff writer Mike Arnold and special writer Wade Bell.
Ongoing News Coverage ‘ second, Randy West and Jackie Carpenter for articles about Gov. Frank O’Bannon’s death in September.
General Columnist ‘ first, West, for a satire of Yvonne Eaton’s elegant home features in The Louisville Courier-Journal.
Editorial Writing ‘ third, Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, for pieces about changes in management at Keller Manuracturing Co. and the use of emergency flashers by motorists.
Profile Feature ‘ third, Charles Ewry for ‘War and Peace: John David Heiss in Iran, Vietnam and home.’
Sports News or Feature Coverage ‘ second, Alan Stewart for ‘The MIRACLE lives on,’ about the 1954 Milan basketball team reunion.
Sports Columnist ‘ second, Stewart for tale of his effort to take up the sport of cricket.
Spot News Photo ‘ first, Stewart for his photo of a motorist stranded in high water at Chariot Run golf course.
General News Photo ‘ second, Stewart for his photo of Calie Sams looking at her father, Scott Sams, during a memorial service for Kimbo, a Floyd County K-9 officer.
Sports Action Photo ‘ third, Stewart for his photo of Shaun Walker of Corydon Central High School doing the high jump at the Harrison County Track Meet.
Multiple Picture Group ‘ first, West for his photos of exercise guru Richard Simmons’ visit in Harrison County.
Feature Section or Page(s) ‘ first, Staff.