Saturday, December 3, 2016

Winner - Staff - Third Place - General Excellence - Division 5 - 2016 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest

On Dec. 3, 2015 at the 2016 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon and Newsroom Seminar at the Indianapolis Marriott North, Kokomo Tribune won Third Place for General Excellence for Division 5, which comprises daily newspapers with circulations between 14,000 and 34,999.
 According to the awards tab:
"The General Excellence Award is given to one paper in each of the six circulations divisions based on a points system. Winners in this category should exemplify excellence in all aspects of newspaper publication, including mechanical excellence, editorial content and appearance.
Points are awarded as follows:
Writing and Photography Categories - 5 points for first, 3 points for second, 1 point for third.
Section, Website, Community Service and Newspaper Design Category Categories - 10 points for first, 6 points for second, 2 points for third.
This category is not judged but is an accumulation of points earned in the other categories."
This was one of 16 awards the Kokomo Tribune won that day. Here is the full story about it:

Kokomo Tribune wins 16 awards in contest

The results were announced Saturday in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS - The Kokomo Tribune brought home 16 awards at this year’s Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest.
The results were announced at the 50th annual awards luncheon Saturday at the Indianapolis Marriott North. Work submitted to the contest was published between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.
The Tribune received a third place nod for General Excellence.
“The General Excellence Award is given to one paper in each of the six circulation divisions based on a point system,” wrote the judges. “Winners in this category should exemplify excellence in all aspects of newspaper publication, including mechanical excellence, editorial content and appearance.”
Tribune staff won second place in the Best Ongoing News Coverage category for their entry, “Koontz shooting.”
“It was tough to pick a second place winner, but the videography by Cara Ball gave this entry an edge,” wrote the judges. “Beautiful portrayal of Deputy Carl Koontz. Even readers who had never met the deputy would get an idea of the kind of person he was. Strong writing and emotionally arresting.”
Several individual Tribune staffers were also honored for their work.
Lauren Slagter won first place in the Best News Coverage with No Deadline for her entry, “Teacher shortage.”
“This entry took an issue that doesn’t have a clear-cut answer, as both sides point out their reasons, and shows the readers why when it comes to education (which affects everyone) there will always be debate,” wrote the judges.
In the same category, George Myers and Mike Fletcher won second place for their entry, “Jail shortage.”
“Great look at an issue and showing the readers the difficulties law enforcement and government face when it comes to jails,” wrote the judges.
Lauren Slagter and Myers won first place in the Best Ongoing News Coverage category for their entry, “Dispatch Center.”
“The writing is compelling and nearly flawless,” wrote the judges.
This entry was also a finalist for Story of the Year.
“This is an excellent job of taking a breaking news story and shining the light on a crucial issue in your community,” wrote the judges. “I felt both sides of the story [were] told well, and I especially liked the story where the reporter embedded herself with dispatchers. This type of story defines what community journalism should be all about.”
Martin Slagter won third place in the Best Business/Economic News Coverage category for his entry, “Weber Speakers.”
“Good reporting, photography and layout of this A1 story,” wrote the judges. “Nice use of subheads to make it easy to read.”
Martin Slagter also won first place in the Best Profile Feature category for his entry, “Girl Scout leader.”
“Excellent storytelling,” wrote the judges. “Entertaining and still gets to the point. Made me want to meet this person.”
Tim Bath won both first and third places in the Best Spot News Photo category for his photos “House fire” and “Night fire,” respectively.
“Such a haunting, spectacular photo,” wrote the judges of the winning entry.
Kelly Lafferty Gerber took home third place and Bath first place in the Best General News Photo category for their photos, “Cops 4 Kidz” and “Propane training,” respectively.
“What a striking image! Difficult to shoot well, beautiful and technically difficult,” wrote the judges of the winning entry. “Great shot.”
Lafferty Gerber won second place in the Best Sports Feature Photo category for her photo, “Little League joy.”
“Perfect moment accentuated by the shallow focus,” wrote the judges. “Just a great shot.”
Lafferty Gerber won third place in the Best Sports Action Photo category for her photo, “Basketball twist.”
Rodney Ogle won second place in the Best Use of Graphics category.
“Great way to think outside the box,” wrote the judges.
Lauren Slagter and Martin Slagter won first place in the Best Community Service category for their entry, “Concentrated poverty.”
The Kokomo Tribune competes in Division 5, which covers daily newspapers with circulations between 14,000 and 34,999.
The HSPA, founded in 1933, is a trade association representing 167 daily and weekly paid-circulation newspapers in Indiana, according to its website. HSPA provides legal information, training and other services to its members.

Winner - Staff - Second Place - Best Ongoing News Coverage - Division 5 - 2016 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest

On Dec. 3, 2016 at the 2016 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon and Newsroom Seminar at the Indianapolis Marriott North, Kokomo Tribune's staff won Second Place for Best Ongoing News Coverage for Division 5, which comprises daily newspapers with circulations between 14,000 and 34,999.
My contribution to this entry was my March 21, 2016 story, "Remembering Deputy Carl Koontz."
Here are the judges notes:
"It was tough to pick a second place winner, but the videography by Cara Ball gave this entry an edge. Beautiful portrayal of Deputy Carl Koontz. Even readers who had never met the deputy would get an idea of the kind of person he was. Strong writing and emotionally arresting."
This was one of 16 awards the Kokomo Tribune won that day. Here is the full story about it:

Kokomo Tribune wins 16 awards in contest

The results were announced Saturday in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS - The Kokomo Tribune brought home 16 awards at this year’s Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest.
The results were announced at the 50th annual awards luncheon Saturday at the Indianapolis Marriott North. Work submitted to the contest was published between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.
The Tribune received a third place nod for General Excellence.
“The General Excellence Award is given to one paper in each of the six circulation divisions based on a point system,” wrote the judges. “Winners in this category should exemplify excellence in all aspects of newspaper publication, including mechanical excellence, editorial content and appearance.”
Tribune staff won second place in the Best Ongoing News Coverage category for their entry, “Koontz shooting.”
“It was tough to pick a second place winner, but the videography by Cara Ball gave this entry an edge,” wrote the judges. “Beautiful portrayal of Deputy Carl Koontz. Even readers who had never met the deputy would get an idea of the kind of person he was. Strong writing and emotionally arresting.”

Several individual Tribune staffers were also honored for their work.
Lauren Slagter won first place in the Best News Coverage with No Deadline for her entry, “Teacher shortage.”
“This entry took an issue that doesn’t have a clear-cut answer, as both sides point out their reasons, and shows the readers why when it comes to education (which affects everyone) there will always be debate,” wrote the judges.
In the same category, George Myers and Mike Fletcher won second place for their entry, “Jail shortage.”
“Great look at an issue and showing the readers the difficulties law enforcement and government face when it comes to jails,” wrote the judges.
Lauren Slagter and Myers won first place in the Best Ongoing News Coverage category for their entry, “Dispatch Center.”
“The writing is compelling and nearly flawless,” wrote the judges.
This entry was also a finalist for Story of the Year.
“This is an excellent job of taking a breaking news story and shining the light on a crucial issue in your community,” wrote the judges. “I felt both sides of the story [were] told well, and I especially liked the story where the reporter embedded herself with dispatchers. This type of story defines what community journalism should be all about.”
Martin Slagter won third place in the Best Business/Economic News Coverage category for his entry, “Weber Speakers.”
“Good reporting, photography and layout of this A1 story,” wrote the judges. “Nice use of subheads to make it easy to read.”
Martin Slagter also won first place in the Best Profile Feature category for his entry, “Girl Scout leader.”
“Excellent storytelling,” wrote the judges. “Entertaining and still gets to the point. Made me want to meet this person.”
Tim Bath won both first and third places in the Best Spot News Photo category for his photos “House fire” and “Night fire,” respectively.
“Such a haunting, spectacular photo,” wrote the judges of the winning entry.
Kelly Lafferty Gerber took home third place and Bath first place in the Best General News Photo category for their photos, “Cops 4 Kidz” and “Propane training,” respectively.
“What a striking image! Difficult to shoot well, beautiful and technically difficult,” wrote the judges of the winning entry. “Great shot.”
Lafferty Gerber won second place in the Best Sports Feature Photo category for her photo, “Little League joy.”
“Perfect moment accentuated by the shallow focus,” wrote the judges. “Just a great shot.”
Lafferty Gerber won third place in the Best Sports Action Photo category for her photo, “Basketball twist.”
Rodney Ogle won second place in the Best Use of Graphics category.
“Great way to think outside the box,” wrote the judges.
Lauren Slagter and Martin Slagter won first place in the Best Community Service category for their entry, “Concentrated poverty.”
The Kokomo Tribune competes in Division 5, which covers daily newspapers with circulations between 14,000 and 34,999.
The HSPA, founded in 1933, is a trade association representing 167 daily and weekly paid-circulation newspapers in Indiana, according to its website. HSPA provides legal information, training and other services to its members.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Rob Burgess - Judging history

Here is a list of contests I have been honored to have been asked to judge:

 2016 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest

I judged the following categories in the 2016 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest:


Best Column (Daily)  
To a local writer whose column is published on an ongoing basis. Editorials do not qualify, nor do syndicated columns originating from another source.
To a local writer whose column is published on an ongoing basis. Editorials do not qualify, nor do syndicated columns originating from another source. 
 Sports Feature (Daily)  
To a writer for a sports feature not covering a specific sporting event that displays exceptional development, creativity and enterprise.

2016 Associated Press Primary Election Stringer

During the May 3, 2016 primary election, I served as an Election Stringer for the Associated Press for Howard County, Indiana. Here is a section from the instructional packet describing the duties involved:

"The results you provide are accumulated and distributed to newspapers, broadcasters, cable networks and websites across the nation for immediate publication and broadcast. We are providing real-time results so speed is important, but the accuracy of the information you provide is of utmost importance. We want to be fast, but first we want to be right. AP reporting places priority on accuracy, timeliness and completeness in that order. By achieving these goals, we will have a successful election night."
 
During this election I made no less than half-dozen calls throughout the night to the AP, updating them on the following races: Democratic presidential, Republican presidential, Republican U.S. Senate, Republican U.S. House District 4, Democratic U.S. House District 5 and Republican U.S. House District 5.

2016 Associated Press General Election Stringer

During the Nov. 8, 2016 general election, I again served as an Election Stringer for the Associated Press for Howard County, Indiana. During this election I made no less than half-dozen calls throughout the night to the AP, updating them on the following races: Presidential, Senate, Governor, Attorney General, Superintendent of Education, U.S. House District 4, U.S. House District 5, Public Question Right to Hunt, State House District 30, State House District 32 and State House District 38.

2015 Hoosierdance International Film Festival


Lasting from June 25 to 27 in Kokomo, Indiana, I was selected to judge the Documentary Short category in the 2015 Hoosierdance International Film Festival. Here is my coworker Martin Slagter's story about it.

2014 New Jersey Press Association Newspaper Contest


I judged the following categories in the 2014 New Jersey Press Association Newspaper Contest:

Division: Editorial Weekly Contest

Competition: W9 Reporting, Writing & Illustration - Interpretive Writing (WO)
“An entry is a supporting story or series that delves more deeply into breaking news or an issue of wide public interest and explains or clarifies a situation. Judging will be based on readability, thoroughness of research and ability to make technical details clear to the reader.”


Division: Editorial Daily Contest
Competition: D21 Reporting and Writing - Robert P. Kelly Award (DU)

“One entry per newspaper. Bob Kelly was a seasoned journalist who honed his skills at the Somerset Messenger-Gazette before serving as executive editor of Princeton Packet Publications for many years. He passed away after a short illness in 1984 and soon after NJPA established the Robert Kelly Award as a regular component of their annual Better Newspaper Contest. Three stories written by a permanent staffer with less than a year of professional experience at the time of publication, excluding paid or unpaid internships. Judging will include basic reporting skills, language use and clarity. An editor's letter (500 words or less) must accompany the entry.”

2012 Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest


I judged the following categories in the 2012 Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest:

Local Breaking News Coverage (C06) – 19 entries
Category X: Utilizing Public Records (C05,C06) – 9 entries