Republic earns top honors in division

Staff Reports

INDIANAPOLIS — The Republic was honored Saturday as the best daily newspaper of its size in the 2014 Hoosier State Press Foundation Better Newspaper contest.

The General Excellence honor, based on points accumulated by the newspaper in individual categories, was among 21 awards earned by The Republic news staff. The Republic competed in Division 5, for newspapers with paid circulation between 14,000 and 34,999.

The Republic staff won 10 first-place awards, five second-place awards and six third-place awards during the 48th annual awards banquet Saturday at the Indianapolis Marriott North hotel.

The contest period covered entries between July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014.

Here are summaries of The Republic’s winning entries.

First place

General Excellence: Staff.

Best Community Service: Staff, coverage of the Dec. 30, 2013, demotion of city Parks Director Ben Wagner that set off an avalanche of reaction, including finding that The Commons tenant Snappy Tomato Pizza had gone a year without paying $27,238, including back rent, utilities and penalties, published between January and June 2014.

Best Sports Section: Staff, for a selection of three editions.

Best Feature Section: Staff, for three editions of the ZONE entertainment edition.

Best Special Section: Staff, for the Pink Purpose cancer-awareness edition, published Oct. 4.

Best Sports Event Coverage: Sports Editor Jay Heater, sports reporter Ted Schultz and news reporter Brenda Showalter, for deadline coverage of Columbus East’s first state football championship since 1979, published Dec. 1, 2013.

Best Use of Graphics: Graphic artist and page designer Anna Perlich, for graphic treatment showing locations of the city’s 10 most-dangerous intersections, a flight against blight and Mill Race Park.

Best Business/Economic News Coverage: News reporters Boris Ladwig and Randy McClain, for coverage of the announcement of a partnership between Cummins and Nissan.

Best Sports Action Photo: Chief Photographer Andrew Laker, for a helmet-freeing tackle during a football game between Columbus North and Plainfield.

Best Feature Photo: Photographer Chet Strange, for a photo of a string orchestra invitational.

Second place

Best Business Section: Staff, for a selection of three editions.

Best Editorial Page: Staff, for a selection of three editions.

Best General News Photo: Laker, “Jail Ministry.”

Best Sports Action Photo: Laker, soccer game action.

Best Feature Photo: Strange, “Fire Breather” circus performer.

Third place

Sports Event Coverage: Heater, for Columbus North state golf title.

Headline Writing: Staff.

Best online site/Web page: Staff.

Multiple Picture Group: Strange, for a Civil War Re-enectment photo page.

Best Business/Economic News Coverage: News reporter Mark Webber, for a story about residents’ concerns over a proposed confined animal feeding operation.

Best Short Feature Story: Assistant Managing Editor Julie McClure, for coverage of a senior living center Valentine’s Day dance with local firefighters.