CNHI’s top corporate officers visited the Tribune-Star (Terre Haute) to present the staff with the 2015 Newspaper of the Year trophy for the company’s larger-circulation dailies.

An in-depth series delving into Terre Haute’s financial crisis, “City on the Brink,” was cited among the reasons for the award, earned as part of the 2015 Best of CNHI national editorial contest.

This is the first time the newspaper, led by editor Max Jones, has won the top award for larger-circulation dailies.

“What Terre Haute showed us in 2015 is why newspapers are so important to communities,” said Donna Barrett, CNHI CEO, who presented the award.

The Newspaper of the Year contest is highly competitive. The Tribune-Star’s circulation division consists of the company’s 30 largest newspapers, those with circulations of 15,000 and higher. That includes newspapers in Indiana as well as others from Massachusetts to Oklahoma.

It recognizes quality of reporting and writing throughout the year by the entire staff, as well as the photography, graphics, design and overall newspaper appearance.

Judges were particularly impressed with the Tribune-Star’s in-depth, explanatory series on the financial crisis facing the city of Terre Haute.

– Tribune-Star (Terre Haute)