Seymour native honored for editorial cartoon

Seymour native Madison Hays recently won an award from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Hays, a 2015 graduate of Seymour High School, received first place in the student editorial cartoon category and was given a plaque during a banquet April 22. She is a member of The Reflector newspaper staff at University of Indianapolis.

Her cartoon has “The mistakes of yesterday don’t make the solutions of tomorrow” written across the top. At left is President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sitting in a wheelchair at a microphone saying “The Japanese are a threat to American society,” and at right is Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a podium saying “Muslims are a threat to American society” with “1941 — 2015” across the bottom.

The judges’ commented “What separates the winner from the runner-up isn’t the quality of the drawings but the content. Editorial cartoons need to say something as much as look like something.”

The Best in Indiana Journalism contest, sponsored by the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, is Indiana’s only open journalism contest. For 37 years, journalists from around the state have competed in print, broadcast and online categories.