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Brown County Democrat named best nondaily in state
Updated on: 12.09.13

For the second time in four years, the Brown County Democrat has been named the best nondaily newspaper in Indiana.

The award was announced Dec. 7 at the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest in Indianapolis. Judges were journalists from out of state, who were asked to consider which newspaper does the best job of serving its readers, all variables considered.

About The Democrat, the judges wrote: “The clear winner. Photography really stood out, as did the layout.”

Nondailies publish three or fewer editions per week. There are more than 70 such HSPA member newspapers.

The Democrat has been one of three Blue Ribbon finalists each of the past four years. The staff last won the award in 2010.

“Home News Enterprises is fortunate to have journalists in Brown County who are as committed to quality journalism as they are to their role in the community,” Publisher Chuck Wells said.

“The people of Brown County deserve to have a paper they can be proud of.”

This is The Democrat’s sixth Blue Ribbon since the award was established in 1972.

Home News Enterprises-owned sister newspaper, the Seymour Tribune, with one of the smallest daily circulations in the state, came in third for the daily Blue Ribbon, with the Indianapolis Star winning second and the Lafayette Journal & Courier winning first.

The Democrat also won first place in General Excellence, an award given for total points in the contest. The staff took home 27 awards across nearly every category, including sweeping the community service awards for enterprise reporting that makes a difference.

Home News Enterprises newspapers in Seymour, Franklin and Pendleton also won first place in General Excellence in their divisions, with sister paper The Republic in Columbus tying for third with the Bloomington Herald-Times.

Brown County Democrat’s 2012-2013 HSPA awards

First place

Nondaily Blue Ribbon: Staff

General excellence: Staff

Best ongoing news coverage: Kevin Lilly for Brown County Courthouse renovation

Best business/economic news coverage: Sara Clifford and former reporter-photographer Megan O’Bryan for “Tiff over TIF”

Best spot news photo: Lilly for crash on Clay Lick Road

Best multiple picture group: O’Bryan for Brown County High School graduation

Best use of graphics: Staff

Best feature section: Clifford, Lilly and O’Bryan for section B

Best business section: Clifford, Lilly and O’Bryan

Best community service: Clifford and O’Bryan for coverage of Brown County Schools’ financial trouble

Best newspaper design: Clifford and Home News Enterprises copy editors Jennifer Gaskin and Johannah Pollert

Best editorial cartoonist: Irene Olds

Second place

Best news coverage under deadline pressure: Clifford, temporary reporter Suzannah Couch and Lilly for the Blizzard of 2012

Best business/economic news coverage: Staff for “Sock factory plans full of holes”

Best sports news or feature: Lilly for “Doubles trouble” about the tennis-playing Miller twins

Best general news photo: O’Bryan for a praise meeting on the courthouse lawn

Best feature photo: Clifford for a blizzard shot

Best multiple picture group: O’Bryan for Brown County 4-H Fair barns

Best editorial page: Staff

Best community service: Clifford and Lilly for “Town-county rift”

Third place

Best ongoing news coverage: Lilly for EDC account inquiries

Best headline writing: O’Bryan

Best short feature: O’Bryan for USS Indianapolis survivor Edgar Harrell’s story

Best general news photo: Lilly for a veteran at school district’s program

Best sports section: Clifford and Lilly

Best special section: Clifford and former ad designer Jenna Clossin for 4-H fair preview

Best community service: Clifford and Lilly for Brown County Courthouse renovation

 

Obituaries
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Barbara Ann Frank Sheehan, 71, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
  Former resident of Brown County

Phillip Michael 'Mike' Mathis, 63, Nashville
  Brother of Cathy (Steve) Junken and Melanie (Darian) McBride, both of Nashville

Dorothy Louise (Tripp) Zimmerman, 84, Linton
  Former resident of Brown County

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    7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
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    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
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    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
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