Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 8, 2013

News staff wins awards for excellence

Goshen News

---- — INDIANAPOLIS — The Goshen News was honored six times Saturday during the Hoosier State Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest awards luncheon.

The News garnered three first-place awards competing in Division 4, which is daily newspapers with a circulation between 8,000 and 18,000

Journalists John Kline, Scott Weisser and Sherry Van Arsdall were awarded first place in the Best News Coverage Under Deadline Pressure category for their efforts reporting on the murder of 48-year-old Millicent Morros in downtown Goshen. Morros was gunned down in broad daylight by her ex-boyfriend John Eric Haitsma, a businessman and former Goshen Police officer. Haitsma then shot and killed himself.

The judges praised Kline, Weisser and Van Arsdall for “good detail on the crime and the reaction to it.”

It’s the second consecutive year the News won first place in the deadline pressure category.

Kline also won third place for Best Business/Economic News Coverage for an article on cuts to bus routes by Goshen Community Schools.

Sports Editor David Vantress won first place for Best Sports Commentary. The judges stated that Vantress’ style is inviting to the reader.

For the third straight year, the staff of The Goshen News won first place for Best Newspaper Design. Judges commented: “Use of skyboxes and images makes this newspaper stand out. I would want to buy a copy!”

City/Business Editor Roger Schneider was awarded second place for Best Business Section.

Managing Editor Michael Wanbaugh won third place for headline writing.