Journalism is rewarding for Journal-Press, Register staff

Photos, web site, stories more win state awards

The staff of the The Journal-Press and The Dearborn County Register won numerous awards last month at the Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest luncheon.
Overall, both papers received top honors in nondaily division two. The Journal-Press was one of three finalists for the prestigious Blue Ribbon award while The Dearborn County Register nabbed third place for General Excellence.
The showing was amazing considering the awards for the two papers are split, due to the different banners, versus other nondaily papers that have all their entries under one banner.

Joe Awad (Managing Editor)
First place

Best Portrait Photo for Not Camera Shy (Register)

Second place
Best News Coverage Under Deadline Pressure  for   the story Firefighters battle snow, ice to reach cabin about Lawrenceburg firefighters using a brush truck to respond to a cabin fire. (Register)
Best Feature Photo for a moment captured from last year’s Greendale fishing derby. (Register)
Best General Commentary for the wit and wisdom shared in his column Follow-Up. (The Journal-Press)

Third Place
Best Feature Photo for Drifting Along, a photo of a bird riding driftwood down the river. (The Journal-Press)
Best General News Photo for So The Task Begins, an action shot of a building being torn down. (Register)

Jim Buchberger (Sports Editor)
First place

Best Sports News or Feature Coverage for L’burg will miss those ‘Lee-isms’ about longtime Lawrenceburg High School boys soccer varsity assistant and junior varsity coach Lee Gardewing. (Register)
Best Sports Commentary for  his columns Greatest Travesty in L’burg Sports? about LHS sports standout Jim Sturgeon not being honored by school’s hall of fame; Tigers’ Ray of Sunshine to be missed, about LHS athletic trainer Ray Furney who passed away last year, and Bill Johnston rarely missed any game, about longtime LHS scoreboard clock operator Bill Johnston who passed away earlier this year. (Register)

Second place
Best Sports News or Feature Coverage for Silver Medal for Nick Goepper at Pyeong about Hidden Valley Lake skier Goepper earning a place on the medal stand during the winter Olympic Games. (Journal-Press)

Third place
Best Sports Feature Photo for Quarterback whoops it up of ECHS quarterback celebrating after a toucdown against LHS last fall. (Journal-Press)

Denise Freitag Burdette (Assistant Editor)
First place
Best Special Section for Honoring Our Veterans, featuring stories and photos in recognition of  Veterans Day. (Register)

Second place
Best In-Depth Feature Package for Special Olympics Athletes Go to Nationals about three Special Olympics athletes and one Unified athlete headed to the national games in Seattle. (Register)
Best Headline Writing for: If the key fits; Tow, tow, tow your boat and Lifting himself up: Powerlifter breaks barriers (Register)

Third place
Best Headline Writing for: Get the scoop on turtle soup; What is a pergola? Take a seat and find out, and Hueseman Roadside no longer slippin’, slippin’ into the creek.  (Journal-Press)
Best Short Feature Story for This is War about South Dearborn High School students going to battle in an engineering challenge. (Journal-Press)
Best Web Site,

Chandra L. Mattingly (Staff Writer)
Third place
Best News Coverage Under Deadline Pressure for Purple Heart recipient, daughter found dead about the murder of Aurora veteran Walt Bryant. (Journal-Press)

Sandy Mahoney
Second place
Best Sports Feature Photo for Home run celebration of ECHS softball player Kaitlyn Leslie celebrating after a three-run home run in April. (Register)

The Rising Sun Recorder/ The Ohio-County News also scored some awards with Chandra Mattingly receiving second place for Spot News Photo of a squirrel with its head lost inside a pumpkin. She also captured third place for Best General Commentary for her column Chan’s Collage. The newspaper’s web site captured first place with the excellent content provided by Mattingly, under the direction of Freitag-Burdette,


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