Winners in the Schurz Communications Rewards and Recognition Third Quarter competition have been announced.
Judging the Breaking News, Best Front Page and Sense Making/Explanatory competition was the newsroom staff at the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
First place winner in the Breaking News category was Abby Tonsing from the Bloomington Herald-Times. Judges commented: “More than a strong news story, this is a cautionary tale for family and friends of the emotionally disturbed to try to keep a close watch for signs of trouble. The reporter’s ability to draw out and portray the angst of grieving parents provided a deeply personal view of their son’s suicide without feeling exploitive.”
Second place winners were Heather Keels, Kate Alexander and Ric Dugan from the Hagerstown Herald-Mail
BEST FRONT PAGE
The Bloomington Herald-Times was the first place winner in the Best Front Page category. The judges commented: “When the barefoot bandit hit Bloomington, The Herald Times responded with a front page that was both exciting and informational. Clean typography helped to give the page a sense of organization and hierarchy.”
Second place went to the Aberdeen American News and Honorable Mention to the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.
In the Sense-Making/Explanatory completion the first place winner was Laura Lane from The Bloomington Herald-Times. The judges commented: “An excellent job of explaining the huge public toll -- financial and emotional -- caused by chronic alcoholism. Lane deftly uses the example of a man arrested more than 100 times, mostly for crimes that individually wouldn’t draw public notice, to illustrate the problem. Well-written in a concise manner. Excellent descriptive writing.”
Second place went to Virginia Black from the South Bend Tribune and honorable mentions went to Rachel Broughman and Christina Rohn from the Petoskey News-Review; Chris Engle from the Gaylord Herald Times; the team of Engle, Michael Jones and Lorene Parshall from Gaylord; Julie Greene from the Hagerstown Herald-Mail; and two entries from the Herald-Times’ Lane.
The Best Personality Profile, Best Localization of a National/Regional Story and Commentary categories were judged by newsroom staff members of the Belleville News & Democrat in Belleville, Ill.
First place in the Best Personality Profile competition was won Dann Denny of The Bloomington Herald-Times. The judges commented: “The late North Carolina newspaper editor Henry Belk, who was blind, used to tell his budding reporters that their articles should ‘Make me see it!’ Dann Denny’s tale of the life and death of 11-year-old Wyatt Riley does just that. Dann overcame the reporting challenge of doing a personality profile after Wyatt’s death by talking to many, many people. The result is a three-dimensional portrait with lots of telling detail that helped the reader really know this special boy. He made us see it. Nicely done!”
Second place winner was Al Lesar of the South-Bend Tribune.
REGIONAL/NATIONAL STORY LOCALIZATION
Winners in the Best Localization of a National/Regional Story were Chris Fyall and Michael Malik from The Bloomington Herald-Times. The judges commented: “Fascinating tale of a crime spree by the so-called ‘Barefoot Bandit’ that touched home in Bloomington. This 19-year-old kid has had more adventures in his short life than 10 other people put together. Now, he’s suspected of stealing a light plane in Bloomington and flying to the Bahamas. The story, and follow-ups, were chock full of detail and well-told. Many newspapers localize national stories, but not everyone gets to become part of one. Good job.”
Second Place went to The Danville, KY Advocate-Messenger and honorable mention to The Hagerstown Herald-Mail.