INDIANAPOLIS — The Daily Reporter was recognized for general excellence and was runner-up for the state’s highest journalism award at the Hoosier State Press Association’s annual awards presentation on Saturday.
Overall, the newspaper won 20 awards, including five first-place plaques, for its work in 2011-12.
First-place recognition went to:
►Sports editor Brian Harmon and sportswriter Grant Freking, for best sports section.
► Photographer Tom Russo, for feature photography. Russo also won a second-place award in feature photography.
► Designer Kyle Lewis, for best use of graphics.
► Editor David Hill, for headline writing.
► The staff also received a first-place award for page design.
For its showing in the contest categories, the Daily Reporter won the award for general excellence in its circulation category. It was the second straight year the newspaper has won that award.
The Daily Reporter was a finalist for the HSPA’s highest award, the Blue Ribbon, which annually goes to the newspaper that best serves its community in the view of the judges. The Indianapolis Star won the Blue Ribbon at the ceremony on Saturday.
Daily Reporter staffers won a number of other awards:
► Best news coverage with no deadline: staff writer Maribeth Vaughn, third place.
► Best ongoing news coverage: staff writer Noelle M. Steele, third place
► Best business coverage: staff writer Arika Herron, third place.
► Best profile feature, Steele, second place.
► Best in-depth feature: Steele, second place.
► Best sports news or feature coverage: Harmon, second place
► Best sports action photograph: Russo, second place
► Best multiple-picture package: Russo, second place.
► Best feature page: @ Your Leisure, second place, copy editor John Belden
►Best feature page: Lifestyle, third place, staff
► Best business page: third place, staff
► Best special section: Ag Week 2012, third place, staff
The Daily Reporter is owned by Home News Enterprises. Three other HNE newspapers – the Pendleton Times-Post; the Daily Journal of Johnson County; and the Brown County Democrat – also received recognition for general excellence. HNE newspapers won nearly 100 awards in the HSPA contest.