KPC Media Group has well over 500 videos posted on KPCNews.com, and a number of them have attracted attention from thousands of viewers as well as judges in state contests. Here are the videos that have been viewed the most this past year, as well as several that were recognized by the Hoosier State Press Association.
Soldier Santa Surprises Mom
A little over a year ago, family and friends conspired to surprise Prairie Heights High School math teacher Kim Harris as her son Ethan, who had been serving with the Army in Afghanistan, returned early and donned a Santa Claus costume to surprise her at the school’s staff Christmas breakfast. KPC video captured the moment when Ethan revealed his true identity with Kim sitting on his lap.
This video has been viewed more than 450,000 times and captured a first place award in Division 4 in the HSPA’s Better Newspaper Contest. Judges said, “Most viewers will shed a tear or crack a smile watching this story.”
A Day in the Life of a Cafeteria Worker
The hairnet was too large. The apron was too short. The disposable plastic gloves were too small, and he burned his fingers because he kept forgetting to use hot pads.
KPC Media Group reporter Dennis Nartker spent a day as a food service worker in 2012 at the North Side Elementary School Wildcat Cafe in Kendallville for a Sunday Life story. A related video chronicles the day, including Dennis’ ongoing battle with the paper towel dispenser.
Pokagon Toboggan Run
In one of the earliest KPC online videos, Herald Republican editor Mike Marturello takes a ride with camera in hand down the toboggan run at Pokagon State Park. Shot before GoPro cameras became commonplace, the video remains popular with those who want to take a virtual ride down the slide.
Sign Portrays Obama as Hitler
A large video sign at Kendallville’s Cornerstone Plaza generated controversy with an advertisement that portrayed Barack Obama with a Hitler-style mustache and called for impeaching the U.S. president. Anything with “Hitler” and “Obama” in the keywords draws attention.
Richard Rawlings at Auburn Spring Auction
Richard Rawlings, owner of Gas Monkey Garage and star of Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud,” was at the Auburn Spring Collector Car Auction at Auburn Auction Park in 2013. He talked with KPC videographer Brian Glick about his love for cars and the purchase he made at the auction.
American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners (AAPRCO) Pine Tree Limited
In September, a special train with 36 restored passenger cars from the 1930s to 1950s passed through Noble and DeKalb counties. News Sun editor Barry Rochford captured video of the train east of Waterloo.
More HSPA award winners
2013 Parade of Classics
A video with highlights from the annual Parade of Classics at the Auburn Cord Deusenberg Festival captured first place in Division 3 at the HSPA’s Better Newspaper Contest.
Neighbors: Samantha Williams
A collaborative effort by reporter Bob Braley, KPC videographers Brian Glick and Chad Kline and online editor James Tew, this video profiled 16-year-old pilot Samantha Williams of Kendallville — who could fly a plane but only had her learner’s permit for driving — and won second place honors in Division 4 at the HSPA contest.
Flight Over Angola
KPC’s Brian Glick took a balloon ride over Angola with James Mitchell of Louisville, Kentucky, in 2013 during the city’s annual Balloons Aloft Festival. The video was sped up to show the entire ride in about three minutes. It was awarded second-place honors in Division 3 at the HSPA contest.
Neighbors: Charlene Kelly
Herald Republican editor Mike Marturello profiled McDonald’s hostess Charlene Kelly and a display she put up to honor local veterans. In the video, area residents point out some of their relatives who are featured in the display. This video won third place in Division 3 at the HSPA contest.