Staff earns several awards at state newspaper contest


INDIANAPOLIS — The Daily Reporter took home nine first-place honors and 10 other awards in the The Associated Press Media Editors contest.

The awards, which recognized excellence in stories and photos published in 2014, were announced Friday during the annual APME dinner in Indianapolis.

Sports editor Brian Harmon and designer Kyle Lewis were jointly awarded first place for a story and infographic on Greenfield-Central’s debate about whether to purchase turf for the school’s athletic field. Lewis also received first place in headline writing and page design.

Harmon was honored with a first-place award for sports column writing. He also took home top honors in the deadline sports reporting category for a story on a New Palestine wrestling meet against Indianapolis Cathedral.

Noelle M. Steele placed first in the feature series category for “Behind the Badge,” a series of stories on local law-enforcement issues. She also took first in feature writing for a story on social media bullying.

Steele received a first-place award for nondeadline news reporting for “Above the law,” a piece on law-enforcement officers facing criminal charges.

Photographer Tom Russo was awarded first place in the photo package category for his coverage of the New Palestine football team winning the state championship.

Other awards included:

Second place, page one design — Lewis

Second place, feature series — Steele, Samm Quinn, Jim Mayfield, Maribeth Vaughn

Second place, nondeadline sports reporting — Jim Ayello

Second place, feature photo — Russo

Second place, sports photo — Russo

Second place, spot news photo — Russo

Second place, headline writing — Harmon

Second place, deadline sports reporting — Ayello

Second place, first amendment/community affairs — Steele, Mayfield

Third place, deadline news reporting — Steele

The Daily Reporter competed against other newspapers of similar circulation size.