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The Daily Journal won top honors for stories about incentives given to a failed pharmaceutical company and local residents with breast cancer in a statewide journalism contest.

Journalists won first, second and third place honors in the competition against newspapers of similar size across the state.

The awards were announced Friday at the annual Indiana The Associated Press Media Editors Association dinner in Indianapolis. Stories were published in 2013.

Daily Journal staff won first place in the community affairs reporting category for a series

of stories on Elona Biotechnologies, a failed pharmaceutical company in Greenwood that had received millions in incentives from the city.

The newspaper staff also won first place in feature series for the newspaper’s Brave Hearts special section, which told local residents’ breast cancer stories.

Other awards to Daily Journal staff were:

First place in the page one make-up category went to the staff of the Daily Journal. Daily Journal staff also won third place in the same category.

First place in the deadline sports reporting category went to reporter Mike Beas for his story on a local tennis state champion.

First place in the nondeadline sports reporting category also went to Beas for a package breaking down the equipment and gear local football players wear.

First place in the sports column writing category went to sports editor Rick Morwick.

Second place in the best use of graphics category went to graphic designer Anna Perlich.

Second place in the headline writing category went to copy editor Rich Gotshall. And third place in the same category went to copy editor Scott Bacon.

Third place in the editorial writing category went to Gotshall.

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