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 Banner Earns Second General Excellence Honor, Collects 21 Awards at State Press Contest

December 5, 2007 - In its best showing yet at the Hoosier State Press Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest, The Banner, Knightstown's weekly newspaper, brought home 21 awards, including 10 first place plaques, a general excellence designation and a Story of the Year finalist.

This is the second consecutive year The Banner earned a first place general excellence award. Last year, the locally owned and operated publication won 19 total awards. In 2005, The Banner received 15 awards.

Of the 10 first place awards, Banner Publisher Eric Cox received five, all for news photography and video production. Banner Editor Jeff Eakins garnered three first place awards, two for news reporting and another for best community service. This is the second consecutive year The Banner has won the Best Community Service award. Banner Sports Editor Ty Swincher received a first place award for best sports columnist. The final top award came in the General Excellence category, which recognizes the top three newspapers with the highest cumulative score.

Swincher won Best Sports Columnist after judges reviewed two of his pieces, one was about his inexperience in the realm of hunting and featured the headline, “To nab a 10-point buck, you gotta smell like pee.” Judges lauded Swincher for his humor. “I loved the hunting column, laughing out loud several times,” a judge said.

Additionally, Cox, Eakins and Swincher earned five second place awards and six third place awards.

Eakins' story on The Banner's successful lawsuit regarding access to public records earned him a place among the Story of the Year finalists, which also included reporters from the South Bend Tribune and the Brown County Democrat. Last year, Cox was recognized as a Photo of the Year finalist.

Judges from the Tennessee Press Association said Eakins exercised “pure journalistic excellence to the greatest degree” in his story about The Banner’s successful lawsuit against the Town of Knightstown. “Hooray for a newspaper that makes sure public records are open as the law says and then becomes solely dedicated to that purpose,” said the judges. “It was excellent coverage and well-written.”

The Banner competes in the press association's Non-daily Division 1 category for weekly newspapers with less than 3,001 circulation. Its chief competitor is the Henricks County Flyer (Avon), which has nearly a dozen staff members, compared to The Banner's four.

“The Banner is very fortunate to have such a competent editor and sports editor,” said Publisher Eric Cox. “Jeff Eakins and Ty Swincher represent the heart and soul of this newspaper. They routinely put in far more hours than they are paid for, and their dedication and commitment to the communities The Banner serves is what drives our readership.”


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