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Newspaper picks up 7 awards in contest

Newspaper picks up 7 awards in contest Newspaper picks up 7 awards in contest

The Hoosier State Press Association Foundation had its Better Newspaper Contest Awards last month, returning to an in-person event following online presentation last year due to COVID-19, at the Bitwell Event Center in Indianapolis.

The Corydon Democrat came home with seven awards and placed third for the Blue Ribbon award for non-daily newspapers.

Entries — stories, photographs, multimedia and special pages and/or sections — covered a 15-month period, from Jan. 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022. There were four divisions — two non-dailies and two dailies — based on circulation with awards given in 26 categories. Members of the Tennessee Press Association served as judges for the 54th annual contest.

Sports Writer Brandon Miniard, in his first year of eligibility, received a second-place award for Best Sports Feature Photo (Lanesville Eagles’ ‘Party like it’s 1996”) and also second for Best Sports Event Coverage (“16 sweet years later, Lady Eagles soar to title”).

Sports Writer Wade Bell snagged to third-place awards: Best Sports Action Photo (2022 Corydon Central High School graduate Camden Marshall winning the 1,600-meter state final) and Best Sports Feature Photo (a high five taken at a Lanesville-Floyd Central baseball game).

Editor Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor brought home a third-place award for Best Short Feature Story, about Tyler Hood, a North Harrison High School graduate, winning a singer-songwriter contest, and third place in the Best Feature Photo category for her entry Power Wheels Derby at the 2021 Harrison County Fair.

The Corydon Democrat finished third for Best Editorial Page, where the judges look at any three week’s pages as one entry.

Mykal McEldowney, a staff member of The Indianapolis Star, placed first in the Best Portrait category for a photo of Landis Sims, a South Central Junior-Senior High School who is featured in a documentary, “Landis: Just Watch Me,” about his overcoming obstacles as someone born without hands and feet.

The Blue Ribbon awards, which began in 1972, with both a daily and non-daily paper earning the award, went to The Lebanon Reporter (non-daily) and The Daily Journal in Franklin (daily).