News coverage commended

Tribune Staff Reports

Staff writers, photographers, copy editors and page designers for The Tribune received 16 awards Friday at the Indiana Associated Press Media Editors awards dinner in Indianapolis.

That included four first-place winners:

Whitney Riggs and Zach Spicer in deadline news reporting for the story “Fire engulfs North Vernon” about the fire that damaged historic buildings in the downtown.

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Aaron Piper in feature photo for “Science,” which shows Crothersville Elementary School preschool students Lilly Prince, Eric Justice, Jada Davenport and Natalee Beesley reacting as their teacher, Karra Lucas, mixes vinegar and baking soda to create a volcano during an experiment.

Spicer in sports photo for “Hands,” which shows Seymour’s Ryan Wieneke trying to block a shot by Brownstown Central during a basketball game in the 2013-14 season.

Page designers in use of graphics with a story about Seymour’s gateway project.

The second-place award winners were:

Spicer in sports column writing.

Riggs in deadline news reporting for the story “ATF: Man murdered” about three Indianapolis men accused of fatally shooting and robbing Scott Maxie, a western Jennings County gun shop owner.

Riggs and January Rutherford in feature writing for the story “I walked away” about domestic violence.

Piper in photo package from the fire in downtown North Vernon.

Page designers in use of graphics for “Mapping meth.”

Earning third place were:

Rutherford in nondeadline news reporting for “Welcome sign?” about Seymour’s new welcome sign on the east end of the city.

Spicer in deadline sports reporting for the story “Owls senior swimmer qualifies for state” about Seymour’s Alex Hawkins winning the 100-yard backstroke at sectional to advance to state.

Piper in sports photo for “Blind shot.”

Piper in photo package from the grape harvest at Chateau de Pique Winery.

Page designers in use of graphics for “A cleaner bill of health.”

Page designers and copy desk staff in page one makeup.

Rich Gotshall in headline writing.

The Tribune competed in Division 4 against similar-sized daily newspapers across the state.