Sunday, August 1, 2021

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 *


2019

2020
2021
 
 


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

* = These were won for the Kokomo Tribune coverage of the Aug. 24, 2016 tornadoes, to which I contributed two stories.

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 STAFF AWARDS


 

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

Friday, July 23, 2021

Winner – First Place – Best Business or Economic News Coverage – Division 1 – 2021 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest

 


On Friday, July 23, 2021, the winners of the 53rd annual Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) Better Newspaper Contest for 2021 were announced. I won first place for Best Business or Economic News Coverage.

That was one of four awards I won that day in Division 1, which includes non-dailies with a circulation of less than 1,500. Here is the full story about it:

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/burgess-wins-four-hspa-awards/article_741e6406-b1b2-573d-995e-ee7cdad99a65.html

Burgess wins four HSPA awards

Staff Report

On Friday, the Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) announced the winners of their 53rd annual Better Newspaper Contest for 2021.

Among those recognized was Wabash Plain Dealer Editor Rob Burgess, who won awards in four separate categories in Division 1, which includes non-dailies with a circulation of less than 1,500.

Burgess’ first-place entry in the Best Business or Economic News Coverage category included three stories on Wabash County family farms, including one about Bowman Family Farms during the 2019 Purdue University Indiana Farm Management Tour, one about 120 years of agricultural history on John Hartsough’s family farm in North Manchester and one about local farmers assisting Dean Stouffer to harvest his fields after he fell ill with COVID-19.

Burgess’ second-place entry in the Headline Writing category included “‘The Bible Memory Man’ cometh,” “Family Video in Wabash checking out” and “Fowl at the fair.”

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Best Profile Feature category was a story about David Crosby before his performance at the Honeywell Center.

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Best Feature Photo category was for “Bringing out the ‘big check,’” which showed Charity Lane being surprised with $50,000 from Publishers Clearing House.

HSPA executive director and general counsel Steve Key said each year HSPA presents hundreds of awards to newspapers and journalists across the state. There were 1,635 entries for this year’s contest from 61 newspapers. The Kansas State Press Association provided judging for this year’s contest.

The coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of an in-person awards event last year and this year. The 2021 awards were presented on a webpage with opening and closing remarks from Key. For more information, visit www.hspa.com.

“I wish I was standing before you in a packed room but life has changed over the last 17 months,” Key said in his video greeting. “The trial we all endured has illustrated once again the importance of strong, local journalism.”

Key’s opening remarks are followed by the announcement of the HSPA’s special honors and hundreds of individual and organizational awards divided up by the four circulation divisions.

“Your work under these circumstances makes me proud to be a part of the Hoosier State Press Association,” said Key.

Key said the pandemic caused a pause in normal award protocols for the last two years “but not in the quality of work being honored.”

“Newsrooms across the state rose to the occasion producing stories not only about the pandemic but a host of other issues impacting Hoosiers,” Key said. “Your work under these circumstances makes me proud to be a part of the Hoosier State Press Association.”

In June, the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced the winners of their 2020 Best in Indiana Journalism Contest. Among those recognized was Burgess, who won awards in three separate categories for publications with circulation below 30,000.

Burgess’ second-place entry in the Personality Profile category was a story about local DivorceCare group leader Janet Quillen.

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Criminal Justice Reporting category included two stories about overcrowding in the Wabash County Jail, two stories about the murder of Nakota “Fergie” Kelly and a story about the opening of the baby box at Wabash Fire Station 1.

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Environmental Reporting category included a story about 120 years of history at John Hartsough’s family farm in North Manchester; and stories about Teen Indiana Master Naturalists, Salamonie Preschool, a monarch butterfly Senior Luncheon presentation and women landowners, all meeting at Salamonie Lake.

In May 2020, during the SPJ’s 2019 Best in Indiana Journalism Contest, Burgess also won third place for Arts and Entertainment Writing for publications with circulation below 30,000. Burgess’ winning entry from last year included five stories published in 2019. These stories included interviews with Amy Grant, David Crosby, Buck Trent of “Hee Haw,” Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys and Patrick Myers of Killer Queen before their respective performances at the Honeywell Center.

Burgess has been Wabash Plain Dealer editor since June 2019.

Last year’s SPJ awards banquet was originally scheduled for this April 2020, but the chapter announced that they would be announcing the winners online instead due to safety concerns around COVID-19. Similarly, this year’s awards ceremony was presented in an online video presentation, rather than in person.

The Best in Indiana Journalism contest is Indiana’s only open journalism contest. This was the 42nd year that journalists from around the state competed in dozens of print, broadcast and online categories.




My winning entry comprised stories related to the past, present and future of family farms in Wabash County:

2019-06-29 – WPD – Managing farms for the future (Page A1, jump to A6)

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/managing-farms-for-the-future/article_9f7ba15e-f603-5430-9ab0-b88c064265e4.html

2020-03-05 – WPD – One farm shows 120 years of agricultural history

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/one-farm-shows-years-of-agricultural-history/article_20452acf-9c32-57be-8354-1bfd364cbf6a.html

2020-11-21 – WPD – Harvesting compassion

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/harvesting-compassion/article_f22e5cfe-0d6f-5639-bf9b-b84fa96a0679.html

For a full list of winners, click here:

https://www.hspa.com/2021bnc/

Winner – Second Place – Headline Writing – Division 1 – 2021 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest



On Friday, July 23, 2021, the winners of the 53rd annual Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) Better Newspaper Contest for 2021 were announced. I won second place for Headline Writing.

That was one of four awards I won that day in Division 1, which includes non-dailies with a circulation of less than 1,500. Here is the full story about it:

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/burgess-wins-four-hspa-awards/article_741e6406-b1b2-573d-995e-ee7cdad99a65.html

Burgess wins four HSPA awards

Staff Report

On Friday, the Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) announced the winners of their 53rd annual Better Newspaper Contest for 2021.

Among those recognized was Wabash Plain Dealer Editor Rob Burgess, who won awards in four separate categories in Division 1, which includes non-dailies with a circulation of less than 1,500.

Burgess’ first-place entry in the Best Business or Economic News Coverage category included three stories on Wabash County family farms, including one about Bowman Family Farms during the 2019 Purdue University Indiana Farm Management Tour, one about 120 years of agricultural history on John Hartsough’s family farm in North Manchester and one about local farmers assisting Dean Stouffer to harvest his fields after he fell ill with COVID-19.

Burgess’ second-place entry in the Headline Writing category included “‘The Bible Memory Man’ cometh,” “Family Video in Wabash checking out” and “Fowl at the fair.”

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Best Profile Feature category was a story about David Crosby before his performance at the Honeywell Center.

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Best Feature Photo category was for “Bringing out the ‘big check,’” which showed Charity Lane being surprised with $50,000 from Publishers Clearing House.

HSPA executive director and general counsel Steve Key said each year HSPA presents hundreds of awards to newspapers and journalists across the state. There were 1,635 entries for this year’s contest from 61 newspapers. The Kansas State Press Association provided judging for this year’s contest.

The coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of an in-person awards event last year and this year. The 2021 awards were presented on a webpage with opening and closing remarks from Key. For more information, visit www.hspa.com.

“I wish I was standing before you in a packed room but life has changed over the last 17 months,” Key said in his video greeting. “The trial we all endured has illustrated once again the importance of strong, local journalism.”

Key’s opening remarks are followed by the announcement of the HSPA’s special honors and hundreds of individual and organizational awards divided up by the four circulation divisions.

“Your work under these circumstances makes me proud to be a part of the Hoosier State Press Association,” said Key.

Key said the pandemic caused a pause in normal award protocols for the last two years “but not in the quality of work being honored.”

“Newsrooms across the state rose to the occasion producing stories not only about the pandemic but a host of other issues impacting Hoosiers,” Key said. “Your work under these circumstances makes me proud to be a part of the Hoosier State Press Association.”

In June, the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced the winners of their 2020 Best in Indiana Journalism Contest. Among those recognized was Burgess, who won awards in three separate categories for publications with circulation below 30,000.

Burgess’ second-place entry in the Personality Profile category was a story about local DivorceCare group leader Janet Quillen.

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Criminal Justice Reporting category included two stories about overcrowding in the Wabash County Jail, two stories about the murder of Nakota “Fergie” Kelly and a story about the opening of the baby box at Wabash Fire Station 1.

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Environmental Reporting category included a story about 120 years of history at John Hartsough’s family farm in North Manchester; and stories about Teen Indiana Master Naturalists, Salamonie Preschool, a monarch butterfly Senior Luncheon presentation and women landowners, all meeting at Salamonie Lake.

In May 2020, during the SPJ’s 2019 Best in Indiana Journalism Contest, Burgess also won third place for Arts and Entertainment Writing for publications with circulation below 30,000. Burgess’ winning entry from last year included five stories published in 2019. These stories included interviews with Amy Grant, David Crosby, Buck Trent of “Hee Haw,” Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys and Patrick Myers of Killer Queen before their respective performances at the Honeywell Center.

Burgess has been Wabash Plain Dealer editor since June 2019.

Last year’s SPJ awards banquet was originally scheduled for this April 2020, but the chapter announced that they would be announcing the winners online instead due to safety concerns around COVID-19. Similarly, this year’s awards ceremony was presented in an online video presentation, rather than in person.

The Best in Indiana Journalism contest is Indiana’s only open journalism contest. This was the 42nd year that journalists from around the state competed in dozens of print, broadcast and online categories.




 My winning entry comprised the following headlines:

2019-07-19 - WPD - Fowl at the fair (Page A1, jump to A3)

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/fowl-at-the-fair/article_96c7d3e4-43f8-520a-b359-aed9ab92ab1f.html

2019-06-21 - WPD - 'The Bible Memory Man' cometh (Page A1)

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/the-bible-memory-man-cometh/article_7b539d90-6a84-55c3-a850-d42b2acd048a.html

2020-09-23 – WPD – Family Video in Wabash checking out

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/family-video-in-wabash-checking-out/article_2c8e7b4a-99f5-5e1a-869f-8bd71deb37dd.html

For a full list of winners, click here:

https://www.hspa.com/2021bnc/



Winner – Third Place – Best Profile Feature – Division 1 – 2021 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest

On Friday, July 23, 2021, the winners of the 53rd annual Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) Better Newspaper Contest for 2021 were announced. I won third place for Best Profile Feature.

That was one of four awards I won that day in Division 1, which includes non-dailies with a circulation of less than 1,500. Here is the full story about it:

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/burgess-wins-four-hspa-awards/article_741e6406-b1b2-573d-995e-ee7cdad99a65.html

Burgess wins four HSPA awards

Staff Report

On Friday, the Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) announced the winners of their 53rd annual Better Newspaper Contest for 2021.

Among those recognized was Wabash Plain Dealer Editor Rob Burgess, who won awards in four separate categories in Division 1, which includes non-dailies with a circulation of less than 1,500.

Burgess’ first-place entry in the Best Business or Economic News Coverage category included three stories on Wabash County family farms, including one about Bowman Family Farms during the 2019 Purdue University Indiana Farm Management Tour, one about 120 years of agricultural history on John Hartsough’s family farm in North Manchester and one about local farmers assisting Dean Stouffer to harvest his fields after he fell ill with COVID-19.

Burgess’ second-place entry in the Headline Writing category included “‘The Bible Memory Man’ cometh,” “Family Video in Wabash checking out” and “Fowl at the fair.”

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Best Profile Feature category was a story about David Crosby before his performance at the Honeywell Center.

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Best Feature Photo category was for “Bringing out the ‘big check,’” which showed Charity Lane being surprised with $50,000 from Publishers Clearing House.

HSPA executive director and general counsel Steve Key said each year HSPA presents hundreds of awards to newspapers and journalists across the state. There were 1,635 entries for this year’s contest from 61 newspapers. The Kansas State Press Association provided judging for this year’s contest.

The coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of an in-person awards event last year and this year. The 2021 awards were presented on a webpage with opening and closing remarks from Key. For more information, visit www.hspa.com.

“I wish I was standing before you in a packed room but life has changed over the last 17 months,” Key said in his video greeting. “The trial we all endured has illustrated once again the importance of strong, local journalism.”

Key’s opening remarks are followed by the announcement of the HSPA’s special honors and hundreds of individual and organizational awards divided up by the four circulation divisions.

“Your work under these circumstances makes me proud to be a part of the Hoosier State Press Association,” said Key.

Key said the pandemic caused a pause in normal award protocols for the last two years “but not in the quality of work being honored.”

“Newsrooms across the state rose to the occasion producing stories not only about the pandemic but a host of other issues impacting Hoosiers,” Key said. “Your work under these circumstances makes me proud to be a part of the Hoosier State Press Association.”

In June, the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced the winners of their 2020 Best in Indiana Journalism Contest. Among those recognized was Burgess, who won awards in three separate categories for publications with circulation below 30,000.

Burgess’ second-place entry in the Personality Profile category was a story about local DivorceCare group leader Janet Quillen.

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Criminal Justice Reporting category included two stories about overcrowding in the Wabash County Jail, two stories about the murder of Nakota “Fergie” Kelly and a story about the opening of the baby box at Wabash Fire Station 1.

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Environmental Reporting category included a story about 120 years of history at John Hartsough’s family farm in North Manchester; and stories about Teen Indiana Master Naturalists, Salamonie Preschool, a monarch butterfly Senior Luncheon presentation and women landowners, all meeting at Salamonie Lake.

In May 2020, during the SPJ’s 2019 Best in Indiana Journalism Contest, Burgess also won third place for Arts and Entertainment Writing for publications with circulation below 30,000. Burgess’ winning entry from last year included five stories published in 2019. These stories included interviews with Amy Grant, David Crosby, Buck Trent of “Hee Haw,” Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys and Patrick Myers of Killer Queen before their respective performances at the Honeywell Center.

Burgess has been Wabash Plain Dealer editor since June 2019.

Last year’s SPJ awards banquet was originally scheduled for this April 2020, but the chapter announced that they would be announcing the winners online instead due to safety concerns around COVID-19. Similarly, this year’s awards ceremony was presented in an online video presentation, rather than in person.

The Best in Indiana Journalism contest is Indiana’s only open journalism contest. This was the 42nd year that journalists from around the state competed in dozens of print, broadcast and online categories.




 

My winning entry included my profile of David Crosby before his performance at the Honeywell Center:

2010-08-03 – WPD – “You will remember David Crosby's name”

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/you-will-remember-david-crosbys-name/article_88f2f2ce-c7a4-508c-b220-314b3b56e5ae.html

For a full list of winners, click here:

https://www.hspa.com/2021bnc/

Winner – Third Place – Best Feature Photo – Division 1 – 2021 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest

 

On Friday, July 23, 2021, the winners of the 53rd annual Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) Better Newspaper Contest for 2021 were announced. I won third place for Best Feature Photo.

That was one of four awards I won that day in Division 1, which includes non-dailies with a circulation of less than 1,500. Here is the full story about it:

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/burgess-wins-four-hspa-awards/article_741e6406-b1b2-573d-995e-ee7cdad99a65.html

Burgess wins four HSPA awards

Staff Report

On Friday, the Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) announced the winners of their 53rd annual Better Newspaper Contest for 2021.

Among those recognized was Wabash Plain Dealer Editor Rob Burgess, who won awards in four separate categories in Division 1, which includes non-dailies with a circulation of less than 1,500.

Burgess’ first-place entry in the Best Business or Economic News Coverage category included three stories on Wabash County family farms, including one about Bowman Family Farms during the 2019 Purdue University Indiana Farm Management Tour, one about 120 years of agricultural history on John Hartsough’s family farm in North Manchester and one about local farmers assisting Dean Stouffer to harvest his fields after he fell ill with COVID-19.

Burgess’ second-place entry in the Headline Writing category included “‘The Bible Memory Man’ cometh,” “Family Video in Wabash checking out” and “Fowl at the fair.”

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Best Profile Feature category was a story about David Crosby before his performance at the Honeywell Center.

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Best Feature Photo category was for “Bringing out the ‘big check,’” which showed Charity Lane being surprised with $50,000 from Publishers Clearing House.

HSPA executive director and general counsel Steve Key said each year HSPA presents hundreds of awards to newspapers and journalists across the state. There were 1,635 entries for this year’s contest from 61 newspapers. The Kansas State Press Association provided judging for this year’s contest.

The coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of an in-person awards event last year and this year. The 2021 awards were presented on a webpage with opening and closing remarks from Key. For more information, visit www.hspa.com.

“I wish I was standing before you in a packed room but life has changed over the last 17 months,” Key said in his video greeting. “The trial we all endured has illustrated once again the importance of strong, local journalism.”

Key’s opening remarks are followed by the announcement of the HSPA’s special honors and hundreds of individual and organizational awards divided up by the four circulation divisions.

“Your work under these circumstances makes me proud to be a part of the Hoosier State Press Association,” said Key.

Key said the pandemic caused a pause in normal award protocols for the last two years “but not in the quality of work being honored.”

“Newsrooms across the state rose to the occasion producing stories not only about the pandemic but a host of other issues impacting Hoosiers,” Key said. “Your work under these circumstances makes me proud to be a part of the Hoosier State Press Association.”

In June, the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced the winners of their 2020 Best in Indiana Journalism Contest. Among those recognized was Burgess, who won awards in three separate categories for publications with circulation below 30,000.

Burgess’ second-place entry in the Personality Profile category was a story about local DivorceCare group leader Janet Quillen.

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Criminal Justice Reporting category included two stories about overcrowding in the Wabash County Jail, two stories about the murder of Nakota “Fergie” Kelly and a story about the opening of the baby box at Wabash Fire Station 1.

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Environmental Reporting category included a story about 120 years of history at John Hartsough’s family farm in North Manchester; and stories about Teen Indiana Master Naturalists, Salamonie Preschool, a monarch butterfly Senior Luncheon presentation and women landowners, all meeting at Salamonie Lake.

In May 2020, during the SPJ’s 2019 Best in Indiana Journalism Contest, Burgess also won third place for Arts and Entertainment Writing for publications with circulation below 30,000. Burgess’ winning entry from last year included five stories published in 2019. These stories included interviews with Amy Grant, David Crosby, Buck Trent of “Hee Haw,” Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys and Patrick Myers of Killer Queen before their respective performances at the Honeywell Center.

Burgess has been Wabash Plain Dealer editor since June 2019.

Last year’s SPJ awards banquet was originally scheduled for this April 2020, but the chapter announced that they would be announcing the winners online instead due to safety concerns around COVID-19. Similarly, this year’s awards ceremony was presented in an online video presentation, rather than in person.

The Best in Indiana Journalism contest is Indiana’s only open journalism contest. This was the 42nd year that journalists from around the state competed in dozens of print, broadcast and online categories.




My winning entry was “Bringing out the ‘big check,’” which showed Charity Lane being surprised with $50,000 from Publishers Clearing House:


2020-01-25 – WPD – Bringing out the 'big check'

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/bringing-out-the-big-check/article_6389421f-62ab-5eb9-ae70-ba9013243e21.html

For a full list of winners, click here:

https://www.hspa.com/2021bnc/



Monday, June 14, 2021

Winner – Third Place – Criminal Justice Reporting (publication circulation below 30,000) - Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists 2020 Best in Indiana Contest

 

On Monday, June 14, 2021, the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced the winners of their 2020 Best in Indiana Journalism Contest. The awards banquet was held online instead of in-person due to safety concerns around COVID-19.

A video of the awards ceremony is available here

I won third place for Criminal Justice Reporting for publications with circulation below 30,000.

It was one of three awards I won that day, also including third place for Environmental Reporting and second place for Personality Profile.

 

Here is a story about it:

Burgess wins three SPJ awards

Staff Report

On Monday, the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced the winners of their 2020 Best in Indiana Journalism Contest.

Among those recognized was Wabash Plain Dealer Editor Rob Burgess, who won awards in three separate categories for publications with circulation below 30,000.

Burgess’ second-place entry in the Personality Profile category was a story about local DivorceCare group leader Janet Quillen.

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Criminal Justice Reporting category included two stories about overcrowding in the Wabash County Jail, two stories about the murder of Nakota “Fergie” Kelly and a story about the opening of the baby box at Wabash Fire Station 1.

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Environmental Reporting category included a story about 120 years of history at John Hartsough’s family farm in North Manchester; and stories about Teen Indiana Master Naturalists, Salamonie Preschool, a monarch butterfly Senior Luncheon presentation and women landowners, all meeting at Salamonie Lake.

In May 2020, during the SPJ’s 2019 Best in Indiana Journalism Contest, Burgess also won third place for Arts and Entertainment Writing for publications with circulation below 30,000. Burgess’ winning entry from last year included five stories published in 2019. These stories included interviews with Amy Grant, David Crosby, Buck Trent of “Hee Haw,” Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys and Patrick Myers of Killer Queen before their respective performances at the Honeywell Center.

Burgess has been Wabash Plain Dealer editor since June 2019.

Last year’s SPJ awards banquet was originally scheduled for this April 2020, but the chapter announced that they would be announcing the winners online instead due to safety concerns around COVID-19. Similarly, this year’s awards ceremony was presented in an online video presentation, rather than in person.

The Best in Indiana Journalism contest is Indiana’s only open journalism contest. This was the 42nd year that journalists from around the state competed in dozens of print, broadcast and online categories.



My winning Criminal Justice Reporting category included five stories published in 2020:

2020-02-21 – WPD – ACLU complaint calls Wabash County Jail 'unconstitutional'

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/aclu-complaint-calls-wabash-county-jail-unconstitutional/article_37676d85-3d39-5c3c-91e1-0d2fd2ac744f.html

2020-02-22 – WPD - Jail overcrowding a common problem in the state

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/jail-overcrowding-a-common-problem-in-the-state/article_43526aae-585c-5e38-b8cf-bdd058860a60.html

2020-08-01 – WPD – A vigil for Nakota 'Fergie' Kelly

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/a-vigil-for-nakota-fergie-kelly/article_df2b95ba-7abe-599a-ad31-1095f6d90e2a.html

2020-08-12 – WPD – Jury trial date set in Nakota Kelly murder case

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/jury-trial-date-set-in-nakota-kelly-murder-case/article_0fbd27c8-dc07-11ea-a63d-bbfe11dfb4ec.html

2020-11-14 – WPD – Blessing the baby box

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/blessing-the-baby-box/article_b42cb76f-7495-5e3d-85ea-c31948f675d4.html

The rest of the 2020 award winners may be found here.

Winner – Third Place – Environmental Reporting (publication circulation below 30,000) - Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists 2020 Best in Indiana Contest

 

 On Monday, June 14, 2021, the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced the winners of their 2020 Best in Indiana Journalism Contest. The awards banquet was held online instead of in-person due to safety concerns around COVID-19.

A video of the awards ceremony is available here:

I won third place for Environmental Reporting for publications with circulation below 30,000.

It was one of three awards I won that day, also including third place for Criminal Justice Reporting and second place for Personality Profile.


Here is a story about it

Burgess wins three SPJ awards

Staff Report

On Monday, the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced the winners of their 2020 Best in Indiana Journalism Contest.

Among those recognized was Wabash Plain Dealer Editor Rob Burgess, who won awards in three separate categories for publications with circulation below 30,000.

Burgess’ second-place entry in the Personality Profile category was a story about local DivorceCare group leader Janet Quillen.

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Criminal Justice Reporting category included two stories about overcrowding in the Wabash County Jail, two stories about the murder of Nakota “Fergie” Kelly and a story about the opening of the baby box at Wabash Fire Station 1.

Burgess’ third-place entry in the Environmental Reporting category included a story about 120 years of history at John Hartsough’s family farm in North Manchester; and stories about Teen Indiana Master Naturalists, Salamonie Preschool, a monarch butterfly Senior Luncheon presentation and women landowners, all meeting at Salamonie Lake.

In May 2020, during the SPJ’s 2019 Best in Indiana Journalism Contest, Burgess also won third place for Arts and Entertainment Writing for publications with circulation below 30,000. Burgess’ winning entry from last year included five stories published in 2019. These stories included interviews with Amy Grant, David Crosby, Buck Trent of “Hee Haw,” Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys and Patrick Myers of Killer Queen before their respective performances at the Honeywell Center.

Burgess has been Wabash Plain Dealer editor since June 2019.

Last year’s SPJ awards banquet was originally scheduled for this April 2020, but the chapter announced that they would be announcing the winners online instead due to safety concerns around COVID-19. Similarly, this year’s awards ceremony was presented in an online video presentation, rather than in person.

The Best in Indiana Journalism contest is Indiana’s only open journalism contest. This was the 42nd year that journalists from around the state competed in dozens of print, broadcast and online categories.



 My winning Environmental Reporting category included five stories published in 2020:

2020-03-05 – WPD - One farm shows 120 years of agricultural history

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/one-farm-shows-120-years-of-agricultural-history/article_20452acf-9c32-57be-8354-1bfd364cbf6a.html

2020-06-16 – WPD – Hands-on learning with the Teen Indiana Master Naturalists

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/hands-on-learning-with-the-teen-indiana-master-naturalists/article_528c9716-5d57-5b83-8b5c-40834b08589a.html

2020-09-05 – WPD – Making new friends at Salamonie Preschool

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/making-new-friends-at-salamonie-preschool/article_1d011e52-dfb9-55ca-b3f5-3730f1fde467.html

2020-09-16 – WPD - 'A beautiful mystery'

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/a-beautiful-mystery/article_e7504f75-83a5-5d3f-bb0f-6e58440d7fa7.html

2020-09-26 – WPD – Educating women landowners

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/educating-women-landowners/article_3b83d264-32bf-5d08-915c-0758665df64d.html

The rest of the 2020 award winners may be found here.