Better Newspaper Contest

2014 Award Winners

Hoosier State Press Association - The Indiana Publisher - Better Newspaper Contest

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Page 4 Judges base this highest accolade of the HSPA Foundation Better Newspaper Contest on an overall evaluation of the editorial quality of the newspaper. Judges look for the newspaper best serving its readers with all variables considered. They examine breadth and depth of coverage, quality of reporting and copy editing, news judgment and content balance, general appearance, imaginative approach to problem news areas, originality, reader interest and overall professionalism. The Blue Ribbon Award honors one daily and one nondaily newspaper, regardless of circulation size. Nondaily First place Hendricks County Flyer (Avon) Comments: The Flyer had the strongest local news report of the entries submitted in this division. The photography and design were sound – not exceptional, but better than many others in the division. Strong sports coverage was a plus, lack of local commentary a minus. The impressive local news report won out for us in the end. Second place Brown County Democrat (Nashville) Comments: The news report is comprehensive. And this paper featured some impressive enterprise takeouts. Pho- tography and layout were workmanlike. We are not fans of a massive police log. Third place The Times-Post (Pendleton) Comments: This is a gorgeous paper. The layout and design are superb. They greatly exceeded any other that we saw in this division. Unfortunately the local news report did not rise to nearly that level. And there was no local commentary of real substance. No leadership on issues of the day. Blue Ribbon Blue Ribbon Nondaily Hendricks County Flyer (Avon) Publisher: Harold Allen Editor: Kathy Linton

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