INDIANAPOLIS — The Republic staff brought home 15 awards, including two first-place honors, in the 2012 Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.
The Republic’s first place awards were:
- Andrew Laker for best sports feature photo.
- Laker for best general news photo.
- Laker was also recognized as a finalist for best photo of the year.
Other awards won by The Republic staff included:
- Second place for best editorial writer for Harry McCawley.
- Second place for best spot news photo for Joe Harpring.
- Second place for best picture story with audio or video story for Laker.
- Second and third places for best business/economic news coverage by Kirk Johannesen.
- Third place for best feature photo for Laker.
- Third place for best multiple picture group for Alton Strupp.
- Third place for best news coverage with no deadline pressure for The Republic staff.
- Third place for best short feature story for Paul Minnis.
- Third place for best sports news or feature coverage for Jess Huffman.
- Third place for best special section for the Salute! section.
- Third place for best community service for “Connected by Cancer.”
Several other newspapers owned by Home News Enterprises, the Columbus-based parent company of The Republic, also took home honors.
- The Greenfield Daily Reporter won 18 awards, including six first-place awards.
- The Brown County Democrat in Nashville won 28 awards, including 11 first-place awards.
- The Reporter and Democrat took second and third places respectively for the Blue Ribbon Daily and non-daily awards, which are among the highest honors offered by the HSPA Foundation.
- The Franklin Daily Journal was named a finalist for Story of the Year and won 18 awards, including five first-place.
- The Times-Post of Pendleton was a finalist for Story of the Year and took home 27 awards, including 14 first-place.
- The Seymour Tribune placed second for Best Editorial Page.