Western Wayne News won two first-place awards in its first time entering the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation’s annual contest for Indiana newspapers.
Reporter, designer and assistant editor Millicent Martin Emery won a first place in the Best News Coverage with No Deadline Pressure category for her multiple-part series on Wayne County’s opioid epidemic. She also has written additional stories about the impact of local drug abuse for Western Wayne News’ sister paper, Nettle Creek Gazette.
Judges also named her series one of six finalists in Indiana’s Story of the Year category that included all the state’s newspapers of any size, but it did not win that award.
Contributing reporter Rachel Sheeley won a first place in the Best Short Feature Story category for her story about the 50th anniversary of Richmond’s downtown explosions in 1968 that killed 41 residents.
Sheeley interviewed family members of some of the victims, who reflected upon their memories of that day and what they remember about their loved ones.