Daily Journal earns top awards in state contest


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The Daily Journal won top honors for stories about the deadly explosion of a southside home and local residents with breast cancer in a statewide journalism contest.

Journalists won first, second and third place honors in the competition against newspapers of similar size across the state.

The awards were announced Saturday at the annual Indiana Associated Press Media Editors Association luncheon in Indianapolis. Stories were published in 2012.

Daily Journal staff won first place in deadline news reporting for coverage of the southside home explosion that killed a Greenwood teacher and her husband in November.

The newspaper staff also won first place in feature series for the newspaper’s Brave Hearts special section, which tells local residents’ breast cancer stories.

Other awards to Daily Journal staff were:

  • First place in the feature writing category to reporter Ryan Trares for a story about a Franklin College student with spina bifida whose experiences as a child inspired her to study to become a pediatric urologist.
  • Trares also won third place in the category for a story about exorcism.
  • First place in the photo package category to photographer Scott Roberson for photos of the funeral of a local soldier.
  • First place in the sports column category to Sports Editor Rick Morwick.
  • First place to Daily Journal staff for best use of graphics for the newspaper’s coverage of donations to political campaigns.
  • Second place in community affairs reporting to reporters Michele Holtkamp, Annie Goeller and Joseph Pete for coverage of a gag order in the murder case against Amanda Smith.
  • Second and third place to sports reporter Mike Beas in deadline sports reporting for stories on the Edinburgh Community High School basketball team’s post season and on Peyton Manning leaving the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Second place for page one make-up to the staff of the Daily Journal.
  • Third place in headline writing went to copy editor Scott Bacon.
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