Better Newspaper Contest

2014 Award Winners

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Page 52 Division 5 Best In-Depth Feature or Feature Package/Category 10 First place The death and life of Daniel Kline MaryJane Slaby Journal & Courier (Lafayette) Comments: A fine example of: reporting, writing and gaining the trust of a family. Good judgment on the paper's leaders to see the story and support the effort to go get it. Second place 500 miles of Wabash Mark Bennett Tribune-Star (Terre Haute) Comments: One of the things papers must do is provide readers with a sense of place. This series does just that with great reporting, writing and photography. Teamwork all around with great layout. Third place Music & memory John Carlson & Jordan Kartholl The Star Press (Muncie) Comments: It's easy to write about a disease. This package shows how to write about people with a disease. Deft touch throughout. Best Sports Event Coverage/Category 11 First place Perfect Jay Heater, Ted Schultz & Brenda Showalter The Republic (Columbus) Comments: This package had a little of everything and gave a high school championship game the type of coverage one would expect from larger papers for the Super Bowl. All of the elements worked well together. Second place Guts, sweat, tears Todd Golden Tribune-Star (Terre Haute) Comments: Strong coverage. Photo and headline pull reader in. Story doesn't disappoint. Nice all the way around. Third place Champs Jay Heater The Republic (Columbus) Comments: Another complete package that makes this event feel bigger than it is. Nice use of mugs to illustrate leader board. Best Sports News or Feature Coverage Category 12 First place Big Ten revenue Mike Carmin Journal & Courier (Lafayette) Comments: This story was more than simply a look at a player or an event – it was a nice feature with great depth and a variety of useful information. A great CP feature. Second place A team of her own Mike Miller The Herald-Times (Bloomington) Comments: So well-written, a true narrative piece that got deep into the issues and told a great story. I would've read even more about her, but it was a good length. Third place Rough meadows Jeremy Price The Herald-Times (Bloomington) Comments: I really enjoyed the explanation of this situation, and the story did a good job of conveying the role that the golf course plays in the community. Well-done. MaryJane Slaby Journal & Courier (Lafayette) Daniel Kline's watch stopped at 7:05 a.m. It was Aug. 25, a Sunday morning, and the popular 23-year-old was driving north on Interstate 65 to West Lafayette from an Indianapolis hotel, where he had stayed after celebrating his cousin's 21st birthday. About four miles from the Indiana 38 exit near Dayton, Daniel's 2006 Hyundai ran off the east side of the road and down a steep and heavily wooded embankment. The vehicle rolled at least once. A semi driver stopped to call 911. Five minutes later, Indiana State Trooper Darrick Scott responded. It took five more minutes for him to find the Hyundai with Daniel inside – his license, money and Purdue University student ID scattered on the ground. A preliminary blood test would later establish that his blood- alcohol concentration was well over the legal limit of 0.08 percent. At that early hour, Daniel, an assistant manager at Discount Den, should have been preparing to open the near-campus store, where customers knew him as "Discount Dan" or "Dan from the Den." Instead, state troopers escorted his parents, Stewart and Suzanne Kline, to IU Health Arnett hospital. Shortly after 8 a.m., Stewart called Adrienne Weliky, Daniel's sister. She and her husband, Gordon, were in Indianapolis, too, and stayed at the hotel with Daniel and friends. All Stewart said was that Daniel had been in a "serious accident." Instead of going to breakfast, Adrienne and Gordon drove straight to the hospital. And so began an ordeal for which no family is ever prepared but many must eventually confront: the agonizing, yet ultimately liberating, decision to donate Daniel's organs. Daniel was the third person in Tippecanoe County to give a live donation in August – something Coroner Donna Avolt said is extremely rare. Even more rare was The death and life of Daniel Kline For complete story, see Click on "Contests." Jay Heater, Ted Schultz & Brenda Showalter The Republic (Columbus) For Columbus East, it was time to party like it was 1979. Players cried. Coaches hugged. Fans cheered. The Olympians are state champions. Again. Buoyed by a late touchdown and then its first defensive stop of the second half, top-ranked East pulled out a 28-27 win against Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger on Saturday in the Class 4A state finals at Lucas Oil Stadium to finish a perfect 15-0. The title was the second overall for the Olympians and their first since claiming the 3A football crown in 1979. "There's no way to describe it," senior defensive end Brock Patterson said. "It's the greatest feeling in the world. I've never had anything that I've wanted as bad as this. I've worked my whole life for it. The biggest thing is, I'm glad I could do it for everyone else." Patterson was involved in the game-deciding play. With the Saints trailing by a point and the ball at the East 49, Patterson came up with a sack/strip-fumble of Dwenger quarterback Mike Fiacable. Saints offensive lineman Nathan Niese picked up the ball and ran to the 37-yard line, but was stripped by East's Tyler Campbell. With 39 seconds remaining, the Olympians had the ball – and the game. East ran out the clock, setting off a wild celebration on the field and in the stands. "That's probably one of the finest high school football games that I've been involved in," East coach Bob Gaddis said. "I'm just happy that a lot of hard work for a lot of people – for our coaches, for our kids – has paid off. We deserved to be here, and we feel like we deserve to be state champions." Mike Carmin Journal & Courier (Lafayette) One year before BTN launched, the Big Ten Conference distributed about $14 million to each of its 11 schools. That was 2006-07. Six years later, that figure has jumped to more than $25 million. What will Purdue University and other league schools receive during the next four years? Even more money. A lot more. According to documents obtained by the Journal & Courier from Purdue, the Big Ten is expected to distribute about $26.4 million per school after 2013-14 – and more than $35 million at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. The robust payouts, which include a projected $30.1 million in 2014-15 and $33.3 million in 2015-16, will be sent to the core 11 Big Ten schools – minus Nebraska, Rutgers and Maryland. Nebraska, which started competition in 2011-12, isn't receiving a full share. Maryland and Rutgers won't receive a full slice when they officially become members on July 1. "Each school has their own customized and independent financial integration plan until the time they receive full shares," said Brad Traviolia, deputy commissioner and the league's treasurer. "Each will be an equal partner in all things Big Ten at the end of their respective integration period." Traviolia wouldn't reveal when Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers will receive equal shares. The Big Ten distributed $14.3 million to Nebraska after its first year in the league, according to the IRS Form 990, provided by the conference. The current $25.4 million per school leads the nation, ranking ahead of the Big 12 ($22 million for eight schools; West Virginia and Texas Christian receive $11 Perfect Big Ten revenue For complete story, see Click on "Contests."

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