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May 18, 2021

Indiana's Best Newspaper: 15 Miles
The Daily Journal of Franklin was named the 2009 Blue Ribbon Newspaper of the Year in the Hoosier State Press Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.

Scarlett Syse, a former Shelbyville News editor, is editor of The Daily Journal. Syse leads a news department that has consistently been honored for outstanding design, investigative reporting and opinion page writing. The newspaper is owned by Home News Enterprises, headquartered in Columbus, Indiana.

In addition to being designated Indiana's best newspaper, the Franklin Daily Journal won first place in General Excellence in its circulation division and collected a total of 26 awards, including Story of the Year for its flood coverage. Among the awards were first places for non-deadline news, ongoing news coverage, sports event coverage, newspaper design and special sections.

Two other nearby newspapers owned by Home News Enterprises also won awards in the contest. The Columbus Republic won first place awards for deadline news and ongoing news coverage. The Greenfield Daily Reporter won firsts in editorial writing, general news photo, business page and community service.

Contest winners were announced Saturday, December 5 at an awards luncheon in Indianapolis. The competition was judged by the Virginia Press Association from among 2,875 entries from 87 Indiana newspapers.

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 7, 2009
Article comment by: Ralph

The Franklin newspaper won a total of 26 awards. From what I saw on The Star's website, I counted our own Shelbyville News as winning only three awards. Two were for photography and only one had anything to do with reporting or writing.

Before the change in ownership, The Shelbyville News used to customarily win between 10-20 awards in each contest - including a number of national awards.

Also, many people in Shelbyville aren't aware that The Shelbyville News was twice named best newspaper of the year in Indiana (of all sizes) in 1979 and 1986, beating out much larger circulation Indiana daily newspapers such as The Indy Star and News and Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, Richmond, Terre Haute, Bloomington, Lafayette, etc., newspapers.

I guess having a quality newspaper doesn't mean much to our community anymore - or else we would be demanding better.

Posted: Sunday, December 6, 2009
Article comment by: Scott

What's opinion page writing? I don't remember ever seeing that in TSN.

Posted: Sunday, December 6, 2009
Article comment by: Jon E. Law

Maybe TSN will travel to franklin and compare themselves to TDJ, as the constantly compare the Police Departments.

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