The Washington Times-Herald

December 6, 2012

McCann. Lancaster win awards

From Staff Reports
Washington Times Herald

WASHINGTON —

Two award-winning Times Herald staff writers were recognized Saturday at the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation’s annual awards banquet at the Marriott North in Indianapolis.

The foundation has a “Better Newspaper Contest” annually that’s open to newspapers in six divisions based on circulation. Stories, photos, websites, editorial cartoons and page designs are among the categories judged. Submissions are judged by another state association; the 2012 contest entries were judged by members of the Minnesota Newspaper Association.

This year, Todd Lancaster received a third-place certificate for best general commentary. Judges comments included: “Hilarious. Really. Most of the time. Solid writing, good topics. Drew you in and kept you reading.”

Andrea McCann received a second-place certificate for best news coverage under deadline pressure.

The win was for a story about a baby who became wedged in an air duct and the efforts necessary to rescue him. Judges wrote: “This story was a good glimpse of life with children. This reporter used good quotes from people who are also parents and know what can happen all too quickly with kids. I like the fact that blame wasn’t cast, but common sense prevailed in the rescue and the story.”

Times Herald general manager Melody Brunson was pleased with the awards for the TH staff.

“The writers here know what they are doing,” she said. “They are veterans in the business and have won awards multiple times. I am proud that our staffers go above and beyond to make this a great hometown newspaper.”

-- From Staff Reports