Vevay Newspapers wins awards from state association

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The Hoosier State Press Association held its annual Newsroom Seminar on Saturday, December 6th in Indianapolis; and during its awards ceremony, Vevay Newspapers earned seven awards.

The newspaper earned three first place awards; one second place award; and three third place awards – with awards ranging from writing to page design to photography.

Awards were judged by the Oklahoma Newspaper Association.

Editor Patrick Lanman earned a first place award in the category of “Best Ongoing News Coverage” for the paper’s coverage of the Ann Geyman embezzlement situation.

In the judge’s comments, “This is a huge story, covered in grand style. The thoroughness is impressive, the writing balanced and the importance of the situation effectively spelled out. An outstanding effort by a small newspaper – what great community journalism is all about.”

Patrick Lanman also earned first place for “Best Sports Action Photo” for a photograph taken at last year’s ORVC track conference meet and featured the hurdle competition between Switzerland County’s Nathan Hickman and Rising Sun’s Myles Hornsby.

The judges said: “Great action, faces show determination, good composition, tight crop.”

The third first place award was presented for the newspaper’s editorial page.

The judge’s comments: “This is the real deal – a wide variety of opinions, commentary, history, personal columns – even a local poem, with photo. Never been to Vevay, but get a nice feel for the place from this entry.”

Patrick Lanman earned second place in the category of “Best News Coverage Under Deadline” with the story published concerning the robbery and kidnapping at the Markland Shell station.

The judge’s comments: “Lead draws reader into the story. Writer does a great job of telling the story through the sequence of events. Good quote from police and storeowner. Writing style concise and clear.”

Third place awards were earned in three categories: “Best General Columnist”; “Best In-Depth Feature Package”; and “Best Sports News or Feature Coverage”.

In making the award for Patrick Lanman’s columns, the judges said: “You took us on a trip down Americana’s memory lane with the tribute to your grandfather. Your verbal tour of a way-of-life that’s rapidly disappearing is one many of us remember, and others wish we’d had….”

The in-depth feature package award was presented for the coverage of the death and funeral of Sergeant Kenneth Booker.

The judge’s comments: “Awesome stories. While these types of stories are difficult to cover, there is a sense of inspiration that develops from writing them because the author wants to portray the subject as a memory that hopefully will last forever. Well done!”

The final award for sports feature was awarded for the story about Scotty Kincaid’s racing career.

The judge’s comments: “Another one of the many non traditional sports stories in this category….It had great information that is easy for the reader to follow, but it has a ‘storybook’ flow….”

The Dearborn County Register was awarded HSPA’s “Blue Ribbon” as the outstanding non-daily newspaper in Indiana.