The Commercial Review was honored as one of the best small daily newspapers in Indiana in the 2016 Associated Press Media Editors contest, finishing second in Division IV in total awards with 12. The paper had not competed in the contest since 2012, when it earned five awards.
The team came away with five first-place honors in Division IV (for daily newspapers with a circulation of 9,000 or fewer), including for best digital presence for its website and use of social media. Editor Ray Cooney took first place for non-deadline sports story, business writing and headline writing, and sports editor Chris Schanz earned a win for deadline sports story. Cooney added five second-place honors and one third, and Schanz had one second-place finish.
The CR has also been recognized as one of the best small dailies for five consecutive years in the Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.
The paper won 15 HSPA awards in 2015, including second place for general excellence out of about 30 publications in Division III (for daily newspapers with a circulation of 6,000 or fewer). It was was first for general excellence in 2014, when it earned a record 20 awards.
Cooney led the team with seven awards, the most of any journalist in Division III for the third consecutive year, including first place for sports commentary, editorial writing, headline writing and use of graphics. Sports editor Chris Schanz took first place for sports feature writing, and former county reporter Kelly Lynch won for short feature story.
The CR has earned 69 HSPA awards over the last five years.
Elias Marsh founded The Commercial Review in 1871, making it one of the oldest business in Jay County. It had several name changes over the years before settling on The Commercial Review when The Daily Commercial and The Evening Review merged in 1901.
The Graphic Printing Co., Inc., was founded by Hugh N. Ronald Jr. in 1946 as the Times-Journal Inc., publisher of the Redkey Times-Journal. The corporation changed its name in 1949 and launched The Graphic, a weekly publication focused on photos and features in Portland and Jay County. In 1959, the weekly bought out the daily — The Commercial Review — and the publications were combined over the next two years.
The Commercial Review
is published daily except Sundays and six holidays (New Years, Memorial
Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas) by The
Graphic Printing Co. Inc., 309 W. Main St., Portland, Indiana 47371.