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State press group gives JG 14 awards

The Journal Gazette won 14 awards, including five first-place awards, at the Hoosier State Press Association’s annual awards banquet in Indianapolis on Saturday.

The Journal Gazette competed against other newspapers in the state with daily circulations of 40,000 or more.

Journal Gazette staffers who won awards:

Frank Gray, first place, best general commentary – “Crew sacked for week in lunch safety lapse” (May 2), “Occupy comes, goes with barely a notice” (March 13), “Date of infamy slowly fades away” (Dec. 6, 2011)

Tracy Warner, first place, best editorial writer – “Appalling policy” (June 20), “Unconscionable censorship” (March 14), “He’s our representative?” (Feb. 22); and third place, best general commentary – “Message in a bottle ‘Right to work’ latest Orwellian turn of phrase” (Jan. 15), “Partisanship over policy Council bloc drives body to dysfunction” (Aug. 14, 2011), “History, intent and 4 vital words Why judge’s ruling backs school vouchers” (Aug. 21, 2011)

Jaclyn Youhana, first place, best profile feature – “Getting it all down At 90, WWII veteran details his story in book” (Aug. 21, 2011)

Tom Meares, first place, headline writing – “Feds foresee hard time for Gypsy psychic clan” (Sept. 2, 2011), “For dad, son: Jail, bail, jail again” (June 3), “Big sales ring, are you listening? Retailers’ music affects what we buy, experts say” (Dec. 17, 2011)

Staff, first place, best newspaper design

Sherry Slater, second place, best business/economic news coverage – “The surreal day the bank failed: A takeover story” (Oct. 2, 2011)

Corey McMaken, second place, headline writing – “Silence is GOLDEN ‘Artist’ takes top honors; ‘Hugo’ ties with 5 wins” (Feb. 27), “SHINING recommendation Expert prescribes time in sun to aid health through vitamin D” (April 26), “ROUTE and HOLLER Old, young line downtown streets to cheer on 130 groups in parade” (July 10, 2011)

Staff, second place, best sports section

Staff, second place, best business section or pages

Benjamin Lanka, second place, community service – “Too many animals deadly proposition” (May 6)

Emma Downs, third place, best short feature story – “How to tell a joke” (Nov. 1, 2011); and third place, best profile feature – “Brothers still have pages in common” (Jan. 22)

Staff, third place, general excellence

The News-Sentinel, competing against newspapers in the state with circulations of 18,001 to 39,999, won three awards:

Sarah Janssen, first place, best still photo story with audio or video story

Brad Saleik, first place, best sports section, and third place, best special section

The Indianapolis Star won the Blue Ribbon Daily for daily newspapers

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