Daily Journal named best daily in state

The Daily Journal was named the best daily newspaper in the state.

The paper staff was awarded the Blue Ribbon Friday at an annual competition among all Indiana newspapers to honor journalistic excellence.

The newsroom came out on top in a group of three finalists for the award, which is the highest accolade given by the Hoosier State Press Association and is awarded to the daily newspaper that best serves its readers, regardless of circulation size. Judges who work as journalists in another state judge three issues of the newspaper to determine which newspaper best serves its readers based on the breadth and depth of coverage, quality of reporting and copy editing, news judgment and content balance, general appearance, originality, reader interest and overall professionalism.

The Daily Journal also won the Blue Ribbon in 2009 and 2015.

The newspaper also won awards for feature writing, sports commentary and sports photography.

Senior Reporter Ryan Trares won second place for his story about Franklin Heritage’s house moving project.

Sports Editor Ryan O’Leary and Sports Reporter Mike Beas won second place for commentary on local sports.

Former photographer Scott Roberson won third place for best sports action photo.