Congratulations, Indiana newspapers.

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Welcome, from the executive director.

A message from Hoosier State Press Association Executive Director and General Counsel Steve Key to newspaper staffs across Indiana.

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Blue Ribbon Newspaper winners

Each year, two newspapers receive recognition as the best publications in the state — one non-daily and one daily newspaper.

The Blue Ribbon Award is for excellence in overall evaluation of the editorial quality of the newspaper. Special consideration is given to depth of coverage, quality of reporting, copy editing, news judgment, content balance, general appearance, originality, reader interest and overall professionalism.

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2021 Non-Daily Blue Ribbon Newspaper

Herald Journal (Monticello)

Click here to see Steve Key present the 2021 Non-Daily Blue Ribbon Newspaper Award to Herald Journal staffers in Monticello.

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2021 Daily Blue Ribbon Newspaper

Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne)

Click here to see Steve Key present the 2021 Daily Blue Ribbon Newspaper Award to Journal Gazette staffers in Fort Wayne.

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Nina Mason Pulliam Environmental Journalism Award

The Nina Mason Pulliam Environmental Journalism Award was created through a grant by the Pulliam Trust to the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation to recognize Indiana journalists for outstanding reporting on environmental issues. The recipient receives a $1,000 award.

Sara Clifford, Brown County Democrat, is the 2021 winner for coverage of water quality and contamination in Brown County.

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General Excellence Awards

General Excellence Awards are given to one paper in each of the circulation divisions based on a point system. Winners in this category exemplify excellence in all aspects of newspaper publication, including mechanical excellence, editorial content, layout and general appearance.

This category is not judged but represents an accumulation of points earned in the other categories. This year, there was a tie in Division 2.

Top: Herald Journal (Monticello), Division 1

Brown County Democrat; The Corydon Democrat, tie, Division 2

Bottom: Daily Journal (Franklin), Division 3

The Republic (Columbus) Division 4

Due to human error, The Times (Munster) was originally listed as the Division 4 recipient. HSPA regrets the error and congratulates all on a job well done.

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Story of the Year

The Story of the Year award recognizes one piece of reporting as the most outstanding – regardless of a newspaper’s circulation. The selection is made by judges from among first place recipients in all divisions.

Michele Holtkamp and James Vaughn the Daily Journal (Franklin), are the 2021 winners for coverage of a prosecutor facing felony charges and removal from office.

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Photo of the Year

The Photo of the Year award recognizes one image as the most outstanding – regardless of a newspaper’s circulation. The selection is made by judges from among first place recipients in all divisions.

Scott Roberson of the Daily Journal (Franklin) is the 2021 winner for the photo, “Mom.”

New Whiteland resident Maribeth Alspach reaches her hand out to her mother, Betty Jo Owen, on Monday, Mar. 23, 2020, as they visit separated by a window at the Compass Park’s Skilled Nursing area.

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Division Winners

Each year HSPA presents hundreds of awards to newspapers and journalists across the state. There were 1,635 entries for this year’s contest from 61 newspapers. Below are the first, second and third place winners by division for 2021. The Kansas State Press Association provided judging. Each winning entry includes a link to the content.

Division 1: (non-dailies less than 1,500)

Division 2: (non-dailies more than 1,500)

Division 3: (dailies less than 6,000)

Division 4: (dailies more than 6,000)

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Thank you, Indiana newspapers.

Closing thoughts from Steve Key, a reminder to subscribe to the Indiana Publisher to keep on top of news affecting Indiana newspapers and a thank you to newspapers across the state for a job well done.

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