After only a year and a month on line, the website of the Chesterton Tribune
has been named the best newspaper website in the state among newspapers with
a circulation of 8,000 or less.
At its 35th annual Newsroom Seminar and Better Newspaper Contest Awards
ceremony Saturday in Indianapolis, the Hoosier State Press Association
awarded first place for Best Online Web Site to Chesterton Tribune managing
editor and webmaster David Canright.
According to the judges, “Tons and tons of information! This is a text heavy
site, but still a very good one-stop resource to Northwestern Indiana.”
Text heavy indeed. Canright currently has archived more than 1,000 stories
on the website, in addition to links to a variety of other websites,
municipal, governmental, and public interest.
Canright told the Chesterton Tribune today that the Chesterton Tribune
website has made the newspaper more flexible and responsive. “The Internet
gives us the opportunity to reach out to former residents and CHS alumni
around the world. The best part of the experiment has been the e-mails I’ve
been getting from former residents and friends.”
Canright added that the website is currently registering around 57,000 page
The Chesterton Tribune website is accessed at
Chesterton Tribune reporter Vicki Urbanik was also awarded second place
Saturday for Best Business/Economic News Coverage for her ongoing coverage
earlier this year of Bethlehem Steel Corporation’s property tax appeal.
Noted the judges of Urbanik’s four stories, “The reporters stuck with an
important tax-relief story and explained its implications in the local
school system and taxpayers. Their questioning helped the community and
readers understand an issue that many small papers might have overlooked.”
Urbanik said today that she is gratified by the honor but that the Bethlehem
story is still in the making and its fallout is likely to have a profound
impact on the Duneland community.
This year’s two awards bring to five the number won by the Chesterton
Tribune in the last three years. In 2000 it garnered first place for Best
Ongoing News Coverage and in 1999 second place for Best Ongoing News
Coverage and second place for Best Business/Economic News Coverage.