IBJ wins 10 awards at state Excellence in Journalism contest

The Indianapolis Business Journal picked up 10 awards at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Best in Indiana Journalism competition Friday night, including first place honors for reporting in both business and arts and entertainment.

Also, two reporters IBJ hired in the past year took home a combined six honors for their work at other publications.

Jared Council won first place in the business or consumer affairs reporting category for his coverage of technology. IBJ competes in the largest category for newspapers and digital media.

The judges said Council’s stories made the Indianapolis tech community “come alive.”

“If Silicon Valley itself has a scribe as dedicated to getting inside and intimate with the people driving its tech industry, it would be doing very well,” the judges said.

Lou Harry won top honors for his Lou’s Views arts columns in the arts and entertainment writing category. The judges said Harry’s collection of columns “had a marvelous range of topics.”

“Lou Harry's work was cleverly written, stylized and expressive,” the judges said. “He can turn a phrase.”

Harry also won third place in the category of personality profile for his story about Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Music Director Krzysztof Urbanski.

IBJ staff and contributors also collected several other awards, including:

  • Sam Stall, second place, personality profile
  • Shane Johnson, second place, editorial cartoon
  • Mike Lopresti, second place, sports column writing
  • Lindsey Erdody, third place, government or politics reporting
  • Greg Andrews, third place, headline writing
  • Brad Turner, third place, graphics and illustrations
  • IBJ staff, third place, non-deadline story or series

Two IBJ reporters also won awards for their work at their previous publications.

Hayleigh Colombo won first place in the non-deadline story or series category for her work with a team at Chalkbeat Indiana.

She also won second and third place for coverage of minority issues, third place for coverage of children’s issues, and third place for investigative reporting.

In addition, IBJ reporter John Russell won second place for environmental reporting for his work at The Indianapolis Star.

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