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INDIANAPOLIS â The Post & Mail newspaper, Columbia City, brought home 10 awards from the Hoosier State Press Associationâs yearly banquet Saturday.
Editors Christie Workman and Nicole Ott were awarded for feature and sports articles, as well as photography.
Ott earned Photo of the Year in The Post & Mailâs division, with the front-page photo of Ethan Krider and Jade North for Valentineâs Day.
The photo also won its category, Best Feature Photo, and was a contender for overall Photo of the Year, an award won by The Evansville Courier and Press.
Judges said, âThe photo captures a unique moment of laughter and holds two great expressions â a prime moment between two kids. A strong and telling moment.â
Workman netted first and third place in the same category with two in-depth feature articles.
Earning first-place honors was Workmanâs âMaking Centsâ series, about school funding.
âExcellent research and reporting on complex school funding issues with no simple solution,â judges said.
She placed third with her article about Emma Hindbaugh, âA life cut short by cancer.â
âReport engages readers with wonderful, sad story of a young cancer victim and her family,â judges commented.
Workman also placed first for her profile feature on the work of Katey Till, of South Whitley.
Till put an idea into action, bringing a new playground to South Whitley.
âStories like this are very inspiring and serve as a reminder that one person can spark positive change in his/her community,â judges said.
Workman and Ott were touted for their headline writing, earning second place with the following headlines:
â˘ Water hazard
â˘ Sewers raise a stink in South Whitley
â˘ Pool forum overflows with ideas
Judges said the editors used a nice play on words without being too âpunny.â
Ott took home two awards for sports writing â first place for coverage of a Columbia City boys basketball game, and third for a sports feature article about Columbia Cityâs Kalisha Goree.
The first-place award came from the Eaglesâ last-second loss to Homestead last season, when Spartan Nick Gamble hit a last-second shot to beat Columbia City â titled âShocked and awed.â
âGreat coverage,â Judges said. âAll of Ottâs entries were very strong, and this was our favorite.â
The article about Goree explained her long family history of professional athletes.
âThis girl seems to be quite the athlete,â Judges said.
Ott also placed second for a photo of Columbia City Police Reserve Heath Fearnow being tased in training â a fellow officer shot him with an electrical shock. She placed second as well in her ongoing news coverage of the body found in Whitley County in May 2013. The body was identified as Dillion Warner, a missing Fort Wayne man.
See Tuesdayâs edition of The Post & Mail for publications and clippings from the award winning pieces.