Monday, December 18, 2017

Rob Burgess - Awards list

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

  


Here's a list of the awards I've been honored to receive for my writing. Click the links below to read more about each:

2013
Winner - First Place - Best General Commentary - Division 5 - 2013 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest
 
2014 
Winner - Second Place - Best General Commentary - Division 5 - 2014 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest

2015
Winner - Staff - First Place - Best Multimedia Package - Division 2 - 2015 Indiana Associated Press Media Editors Journalism Contest #

Winner - Staff - First Place - Best Special Section - Division 5 - 2015 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest #

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

2017
Winner - Staff - Third Place - Best Spot News Coverage - Division 2 - 2017 Indiana Associated Press Media Editors Journalism Contest *

Winner - Second Place - Best Editorial Writer - Division 5 - 2017 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest 

Winner - Staff - Second Place - Best News Coverage Under Deadline Pressure - 2017 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest *

# = These were won by the Nov. 17, 2014, special section, "One Year Later," to which I contributed audio, wrote one of the main stories and compiled three sidebars. 

* = These were won for our coverage of the Aug. 24, 2016 tornadoes.

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 STAFF AWARDS


 

I've also been honored to be a part of several Kokomo Tribune staff awards:

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Winner - Staff - Second Place - Best News Coverage Under Deadline Pressure - 2017 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest

On Dec. 2, 2017, at the 2017 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon and Newsroom Seminar at the Indianapolis Marriott North, the Kokomo Tribune won a staff award for Second Place for Best News Coverage Under Deadline Pressure for Division 5, which comprises daily newspapers with circulations between 14,000 and 34,999.
Here are the judge's notes: "It's evident that the news team fanned out in order to get on-the-ground reports to humanize this huge story."

I contributed the following stories to our coverage:




Here is a cellphone video from that day of the Markland Mall Starbucks being destroyed: (Everyone inside was in the bathroom and survived.)



Aug. 24, 2016, when the tornadoes tore through town, Kokomo Tribune staff had to relocate to Logansport for the day to the Pharos-Tribune offices to complete the paper.


This was one of 14 awards the Kokomo Tribune won that day. Here is the full story about it:

Tribune wins 14 statewide newspaper awards

From staff reports

INDIANAPOLIS — The Kokomo Tribune won 14 awards, six of them first place, at the 51st annual Hoosier State Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon Saturday.
Tribune photographer Kelly Lafferty Gerber won five of those.
Lafferty Gerber's story "Hayes the Brave" won first-place for Best Sports News or Feature Coverage in the contest's Division 5, for daily newspapers with circulation of between 14,000 and 34,999.
Judges called it a "strong story about a strong child, told without being maudlin."
Lafferty Gerber also won four first-place awards, three seconds and three thirds in the photography categories.
She swept first, second and third in the Best Sports Feature Photo category, and took first and second in the Best Multiple Picture Group category.
Her first-place photo, "Happy Tears," in the Best General News Photo category was a finalist for the 2017 contest's Photo of the Year.
Also winning awards were:
— Carson Gerber, first place in the Best News Coverage with No Deadline Pressure category, for his story "Warrants in the dark."
Judges said: "This is a great look at the dangers [law enforcement] officers face on the job. Serving a warrant might not sound like a dangerous act, but this shows how treacherous it can be — especially at night."
— The Tribune staff, second place in the Best News Coverage Under Deadline Pressure, for its coverage of the Aug. 24, 2016, tornadoes.
"It's evident that the news team fanned out in order to get on-the-ground reports to humanize this huge story," the judges said.
— Former City Editor Rob Burgess, second place in the Best Editorial Writer category.

Winner - Second Place - Best Editorial Writer - Division 5 - 2017 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest

On Dec. 2, 2017, at the 2017 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon and Newsroom Seminar at the Indianapolis Marriott North, I won Second Place for Best Editorial Writer for Division 5, which comprises daily newspapers with circulations between 14,000 and 34,999.
Before I left the Kokomo Tribune on Nov. 5, 2017, I joined the Editorial Board on June 27, 2014 and became Opinion Page Editor on Feb. 2, 2017.

This was one of 14 awards the Kokomo Tribune won that day. Here is the full story about it:

Tribune wins 14 statewide newspaper awards

From staff reports

INDIANAPOLIS — The Kokomo Tribune won 14 awards, six of them first place, at the 51st annual Hoosier State Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon Saturday.
Tribune photographer Kelly Lafferty Gerber won five of those.
Lafferty Gerber's story "Hayes the Brave" won first-place for Best Sports News or Feature Coverage in the contest's Division 5, for daily newspapers with circulation of between 14,000 and 34,999.
Judges called it a "strong story about a strong child, told without being maudlin."
Lafferty Gerber also won four first-place awards, three seconds and three thirds in the photography categories.
She swept first, second and third in the Best Sports Feature Photo category, and took first and second in the Best Multiple Picture Group category.
Her first-place photo, "Happy Tears," in the Best General News Photo category was a finalist for the 2017 contest's Photo of the Year.
Also winning awards were:
— Carson Gerber, first place in the Best News Coverage with No Deadline Pressure category, for his story "Warrants in the dark."
Judges said: "This is a great look at the dangers [law enforcement] officers face on the job. Serving a warrant might not sound like a dangerous act, but this shows how treacherous it can be — especially at night."
— The Tribune staff, second place in the Best News Coverage Under Deadline Pressure, for its coverage of the Aug. 24, 2016, tornadoes.
"It's evident that the news team fanned out in order to get on-the-ground reports to humanize this huge story," the judges said.
— Former City Editor Rob Burgess, second place in the Best Editorial Writer category.