Tribune brings home state awards

Staff Reports

INDIANAPOLIS — The staff of The Tribune was honored Saturday with 16 awards during the 2014 Hoosier State Press Foundation Better Newspaper contest.

The Tribune finished second in the General Excellence contest, based on points accumulated by newspapers in individual categories by division.

The Tribune competed in Division 3 for newspapers with paid circulation less than 6,000.

Overall, Tribune staffers won seven first-place, four second-place and five third-place awards during the 48th annual awards banquet at the Indianapolis Marriott North hotel.

The contest period covered entries between July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014.

The Tribune’s winning entries were:

First place

Best News Coverage with No Deadline Pressure: Editor Aubrey Woods for “Lucky to Be Alive,” the story of Jackson County Officer Rick Meyer who was shot May 8 during an incident with two men in Tampico.

Best General News Photo: Photographer Aaron Piper for “Science,” a photo of preschool students reacting as their teacher, Karra Lucas, mixed vinegar and baking soda together for an experiment at Crothersville Elementary School.

Best Spot News Photo: Piper for “Muffler,” a photo of Seymour Officer Jason Wynn as he worked a three-vehicle crash on the city’s west side.

Best Sports Section: Staff

Photo of the Year: Piper for “Muffler”

Best Feature Section: Staff

Best Newspaper Design: Staff

Second place

General Excellence: Staff

Best Sports Event Coverage: Zach Spicer for “Crothersville softball team wins emotional season debut”

Best Sports News or Feature Coverage: Spicer for “Another shot”

Best News Coverage Under Deadline Pressure: Reporter January Rutherford and former editor Dan Davis for “Teen dies in wreck”

Third place

Headline Writing: Staff for “These little piggies need permits,” “The hole truth” and “Students come out in (work) force”

Community service: Staff for Pink Purpose, a special cancer awareness section

Best Editorial Page: Staff

Best Sports Feature: Spicer for “The Lift”

Best Multiple Picture Group: Piper for “Gray profile”

Author photo
Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7051.