IBJ receives 7 awards in national journalism contest

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IBJ won seven national journalism awards at the Alliance of Area Business Publishers’ summer conference Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Judges from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism evaluated 662 entries from 40 publications. All told, 109 gold, silver or bronze awards were handed out.

The only newspapers to win more awards than IBJ were Crain’s Chicago Business, Crain’s New York Business and the Los Angeles Business Journal.

IBJ’s J.K. Wall won two prizes—a gold in the online scoop category for his story on Indiana University Health’s plan to close one of its downtown hospitals, and a silver in the staff-generated blog category for his blog The Dose.

IBJ’s other prizes:

—Gold. Best editorial to Ann Finch for “Public deserves full disclosure,” which explored the lack of transparency surrounding the city of Indianapolis’ justice center proposal.

—Silver. Best daily email to Mason King for Eight@8.

—Silver. Best bylined commentary to Mickey Maurer for “Hoosier bigotry has real-life consequences,” a column on marriage equality.

—Bronze. Best personality profile to Anthony Schoettle for his profile of Indiana Pacers President Rick Fuson.

—Bronze. Best body of work by a single reporter to former IBJ government reporter Kathleen McLaughlin.

This spring, IBJ won the national general excellence award for weeklies from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. It also picked up four awards from the Indiana professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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