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Flood project earns News-Sentinel third-place award

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 7:51 am

The News-Sentinel received a third-place award in the Inland Press Association's annual newsroom contests at the awards luncheon during its annual meeting Tuesday in Chicago.

The News-Sentinel's website,, was awarded third place overall in the Creative Use of Multimedia contest for its online project, “Flood of the Century,” which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the great flood of 1913 in Fort Wayne.

Among judges' comments on the entry: “The thread that ties together multimedia impact and success in this package and sets is apart is perhaps the oldest storytelling technique: the human voice. For one gallery, a fascinating, detailed letter from one of the heroes of the 1913 Fort Wayne flood aftermath recounting his rescue efforts in great detail is read as narrative.” ...

“Also solid and additive were several video packages of those involved in flood protection today and with the daughter of a flood survivor.”

Readers can find the project online at

Each of the 2012 Inland Newsroom and Digital Journalism Contests was co-sponsored and judged by a university school of journalism. Inland member newspapers submitted more than 790 entries to the competition.