Indiana Lawyer won three awards at the Society of Professional Journalists' Best in Indiana competition Friday night, including a first place award for coverage on its 2015 Practicing Law in Indiana survey.
Indiana Lawyer reporters Marilyn Odendahl and Dave Stafford and editor Jennifer Nelson, along with former editor Kelly Lucas, received top honors in the category of non-deadline story or series for their stories on results from the state of the profession survey.
The judges said: “The Indiana Lawyer took what could have been an ‘insider baseball’ stack of statistics and turned them into a series of pieces that were thoughtful and surprising. The stories poked holes in traditional ideas of lawyering and the numbers were fleshed out with generous quotes attaching faces to the numbers.”
Odendahl also took home a second place award in the category of business or consumer affairs reporting for her story "Sparks fly," which looked at a 2015 Indiana Court of Appeals decision's impact on utility rate adjustment mechanisms, commonly referred to as trackers.
Stafford won second place in the criminal justice reporting category for "That's a wrap," which covered the Indiana Supreme Court's decision to pull the plug on a pilot project in which cameras recorded the official court transcripts in three Indiana counties.