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Corydon Democrat receives Blue Ribbon


December 05, 2012
The Corydon Democrat earned the coveted prize at Saturday's annual newspaper awards and also brought home 19 other awards.

More than 500 awards were distributed at the 46th annual Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Newsroom Seminar & Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon held at the Indianapolis Marriott North.

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The contest, divided into six divisions (two for non-dailies and four for dailies) based on circulation, attracted entries in 30 categories.

This was the first time that The Corydon Democrat had received the Blue Ribbon award for non-daily newspapers since 2000, bringing its total to 15, more than any other non-daily paper. The Indianapolis Star received the Blue Ribbon for daily newspapers. The Blue Ribbon has been presented each year since 1972.

Blue Ribbon judges commented that The Corydon Democrat is a "very solid publication. Clean, tight design with strong photos. Clean front page with nice mix of stories. Impressive charting of election results. Very local editorial page. … Good sports coverage. Overall great offering for its readers." Three entries from the contest period, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, were submitted for the judges' review.

Also, The Corydon Democrat finished second in General Excellence, which is based on points for first-, second- and third-place awards.

The Corydon Democrat staff also won several awards, including second for Best Newspaper Design; second for Best Feature Section/Page(s); and third for Best Business Section/Page(s). Brian Smith also received a third-place award for Best Sports Section.

Individual awards included:

Smith — first for Sports Events Coverage for story titled "One giant leap" about Corydon Central High School's football regional victory over Evansville Memorial; first for Best Sports Action Photo taken of North Harrison High School baseball players Kyle Jennings and Collin Book during a game against Providence; second for Best Profile Feature for his story "Just a kid, playing a game she loves" about Lanesville's Katelyn Pavey; and third for Best Sports Feature Photo of the NHHS Cougars mascot "surfing" on students during a basketball game.

Alan Stewart — first for Best Still Photo Story with Audio or Video Story of the annual Harrison County Police Memorial and third for the program by the Preston Highway String Band at Cedar Court assisted living facility in Corydon; first for Best Multiple Picture Group of the Daddy-Daughter Dance at the YMCA of Harrison County; second for Best General News Photo of the confetti scene at Corydon Central High School's graduation and third of a dancer during the Preston Highway String Band performance; and second for Best Short Feature Story titled " 'Therapist' is girl's best friend" about Lily, then a 4-year-old Goldendoodle, who works with patients at Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital in New Albany.

Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor — first for Best Editorial Writer and third in Best Multiple Picture Group for the creek baptisms at Pfrimmer's Chapel United Methodist Church.

Judy O'Bannon — third for Best General Commentary.

Also Stewart and Spieth-Saylor, along with Lee Cable, received a second-place award in the Best Multiple Picture Group for their Pinewood Derby Flair package.

Former Corydon resident Wade Coggeshall, a staff writer with the Hendricks County Flyer, received a first-place award in the Best Short Feature Story category for a story titled "Writer who introduces web comic on area music scene."

More than 250 people attended Saturday's event. Stewart also served on a panel with Justin A. Cohn from The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne and Chris Howell from The Herald-Times in Bloomington for the morning session titled "Multimedia: How Can I Do It All?

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