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Register Publications staff work captures awards at annual press association lunch

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A photo of the year finalist and an award for general excellence are some of the highlights for the The Journal-Press (division 1), The Dearborn County Register (division 2) and The Rising Sun/The Ohio County News (division 1) during the Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest held Saturday, Sept. 14, at The Nest in Greenwood, Ind.

Jim Buchberger
A photo taken by sports editor Jim Buchberger was chosen as one of five top finalists of the year across all divisions and photo categories throughout the state.

The photo was taken during the 2018 Trojan Trot 5K for The Journal-Press. It captured the surprised look of one of the runners as he was approach by a playful pooch.

Buchberger also hauled in several other awards including a second place for The Dearborn County Register in division 2 (higher circulating non-dailies) for Best Sports Events Coverage for “J.R. Todd World Champion.” The story features Lawrenceburg native becoming the National Hot Rod Association Funny Car season champion.

The sports guru capped off the afternoon with three third place wins including:
Best Sports Commentary- third place, The Dearborn County Register:
*92 county challenge ends Saturday (13-year-old Madison Rahschulte’s 4-year quest to participate in 5K runs in all 92 Indiana counties.)
*Last roundup for the Meadormen (The lasting legacy of Lawrenceburg High School hall of fame coach Dick Meador)
*Parris stuns No. 1 foe in UM debut (LHS grad Mason Parris’ successful first match as a University of Michigan wrestler.)

Best Sports News or Feature Coverage,- third place, The Dearborn County Register, “Best sectional in county history?” (The Aurora High School Red Devils basketball team’s unlikely 1969 run at state.)

Best Sports Feature Photo, third place, division 1, The Journal-Press, “Relief from the heat” (A photo of runner Bryan Wagner during the 2018 Voices of Indiana Fourth if July 5K Run/Walk being splashed with water.)

Chandra L. Mattingly
The late Chandra L. Mattingly, who passed away last month after a 12-year battle with cancer, won two first place awards, showing her commitment to quality journalism even through her physical struggles.

Mattingly won first place in Best General News Photo- “The Snow, She is  A-Blown’,” for The Rising Sun Recorder/The Ohio County News. The photo shows Rising Sun Street Department employee Brandon Turner blows snow from Main Street sidewalks in January.

She also won first place for Best Editorial Writer for The Rising Sun Recorder/The Ohio County News, which included:
*Curb the complaining, Board of Works (Rising Sun Board of Works discussion on residents placing items on curbs for trash pick up.)
*Never big enough, Big Joe (A tribute to the late Joseph “Big Joe” Halloran.)
*Of flying up to heaven (Pondering the wonders of life and nature.)

Denise Freitag Burdette
Assistant Editor Denise Freitag Burdette captured a variety of awards throughout many different categories. Her first place win, however, was for Best Short Feature Story, “Photo of HVL runner inspires,” that appeared in The Dearborn County Register. The story is about an inspiring viral photo snapped by Logan Carr of Hidden Valley Lake resident Steve Wingerberg running with the American flag as the run rose over the levee in Greendale.

Keeping to a patriotic theme, Freitag Burdette won second place for The Dearborn County Register for Best Special Section, 2018 Honoring Our Veterans, with stories that include third generation U.S. Army combat medic Mike Witte, Moores Hill. She also won second place, The Dearborn County Register, for Best Multimedia Story, “HVL resident thankful for family who served” about the speech given by HVL resident Cara Morman who was the guest speaker during Veterans Day services at the Dearborn County courthouse.

A second place award also was received for Best General Commentary, The Dearborn County Register, for her column Your Girl Friday:
*Political parties in glass houses should not throw selective stones (Commentary on how efforts to clean up Washington D.C. appear slanted.)
*Pondering the problems of perfect attendance (Thoughts on the drawbacks of awarded perfect attendance in schools.)
*You work for the people act like it (Viewpoint on how Sunman Town Council handled a meeting.)

Freitag Burdette also takes home three third place awards including Best Feature Section or Community Page, The Dearborn County Register.

Her story “Welcome to Reindeer Ridge” received third place for Best Business/Economic News Coverage, The Journal-Press. The story featured the business Reindeer Ridge in Guilford.

She also was recognized for her headline writing with a third place win for The Journal-Press in Headline Writing:
*Art ‘decko’ project frames up nicely for gallery
*Greendale sweetens deal to wrap up candy company plant relocations
*To infinity and beyond: Jewelers celebrate one year and hope for a sparkling future

Joe Awad
Managing Editor Joe Awad makes sure the opinions of the community are heard with a second place win for Best Editorial Page, The Dearborn County Register.

The staff pulled together for a few of the awards including a first place finish in Best Special Section, The Dearborn County Register, for Reflections, an annual special section that concentrates on one decade, this time providing a candid look at Dearborn County in the 1960s and 1970s.

Although many were involved with pulling this section together, a very special thank you is deserved for the extra hard work provided by contributor Jenny Awad.

For those of you who tend to read only the headlines (you really should keep going) you were likely very entertained. The Dearborn County Register staff won second and third place for Headline Writing. For:
Second place
*Floating restaurant could go under
*Sister makes lemonade out of lemons to help brother with cystic fibrosis
*Neighbor suggests ECHS football champs should ‘tower’ over field
Third place
*Santa is not the only good guy with a beard:Cops raise money during No Shave November
*There is such a thing as a free lunch —for kids at least

The Dearborn County Register
And last, but certainly not least, The Dearborn County Register won third place for General Excellence in its division.

Thank you readers for all your support!


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