Awards

Dispatch photographers named staff of the year by Ohio News Photographers Association

27.04.2018 John Crouch Awards

A full moon rises over the Columbus Dispatch neon sign in downtown Columbus on July 9, 2017. [Adam Cairns/Dispatch]

Original text by Alissa Widman Neese, The Columbus Dispatch 

The Dispatch’s photographers were recently named the photography staff of the year for large-market newspapers at the Ohio News Photographers Association’s annual convention.

In total, Dispatch photographers received 30 awards, including nine first-place honors in 19 categories, for work completed in 2017.

Joshua Bickel was named photographer of the year. He also placed first in the portrait personality category.

Kyle Robertson was named sports photographer of the year and clip photographer of the year through points accumulated in the association’s monthly clip contest. Robertson finished second for photographer of the year. He also received first place in the sports action and sports picture story categories.

Courtney Hergesheimer won first place for sports video, second and third place for news video and third place for feature video.

Jonathan Quilter came in first for product illustration, a category the Dispatch swept. Eric Albrecht came in second and Fred Squillante in third. Quilter and Albrecht also received second-place awards for feature picture story and pictorial, respectively.

Additional photographers receiving awards: Barbara Perenic, third place for sports photographer of the year and clip photographer of the year, second place for sports action; Adam Cairns, third place for general news; and Squillante, third place for sports feature.

The staff also raked in eight awards of excellence in several categories.

Lorrie Cecil, a photographer with Dispatch-owned ThisWeek Newspapers, finished second in photographer of the year for small-market newspapers and received an award of excellence for sports feature.

Former Dispatch intern Emma Howells, an Ohio University student, placed third for student photographer of the year and received two other awards.

Fifty-four visual journalists submitted 749 entries in the 67th annual contest.

To view all of the winning photographs, visit onpa.org.

Read the original report here.

Holland Sentinel honored by Michigan Associated Press Media Editors

25.04.2018 John Crouch Awards

Reporters from The Holland Sentinel were recently recognized with multiple awards by the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors at the organization’s annual newspaper competition.

In total, 28 daily newspapers submitted more than 950 entries into this year’s contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2017. The Holland Sentinel earned specific honors in the Division I size category for general excellence, business writing, sports, design and public service.

Awards included-

First place, Sports Column, Dan D’Addona for “Los Dutch Have Special Brotherhood”

First place, Public Service, The Holland Sentinel for “Entitled to Fairness”

First place, Full Page Design, Nate Morrison for “Entitled to Fairness”

Second place, General Excellence, The Holland Sentinel

Second place, Sports Feature Story, Dan D’Addona for “Alone at the Top”

Third place, Business Writing, Austin Metz

Third place, Sports Column, Dan D’Addona for “We Must Respect Protestors and Anthem”

For more information, visit The Holland Sentinel.

Providence Journal honored by New England Society of News Editors

23.04.2018 John Crouch Awards

The Providence Journal was recently recognized at the New England Society of News Editors annual contest in the Best Watchdog or Neighborhood Reporting Story.

The 2017 series, “Children at Risk,” highlighted problems at the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families. Stories were written by Jennifer Bogdan and Tom Mooney, who were also finalists in NESNE’s 2016 Best Enterprise / Long-Form Reporting Story category for their “Pot & Profit” series.

For more information, visit The Providence Journal.

Record Herald honored with Keystone Press Award

17.04.2018 John Crouch Awards

Reporters from The Record Herald of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, were recently named as winners of a Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s Keystone Press Award.

Record Herald editor Dustin Haluska and photographer John Irwin earned the first-place award in the Division IV, Multi-Day Publication under 15,000 circulation Breaking News category, for their story package on a fire at a local American Legion.

“Breaking news happens outside of your typical 9-5 schedule and if you aren’t sleeping next to your cell phone, you can miss it,” Haluska said. “As a reporter, there is nothing you can do to prepare for a fire or an accident, other than be willing to make off-the-clock sacrifices to get on the scene.”

The Keystone Press Awards reinforce excellence by individuals in the news media profession by recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers, and faithfully fulfills its First Amendment rights/responsibilities, as well as stimulate journalists to improve their craft and ultimately improve their community.

“For a long time, I felt like we didn’t cover breaking news very well or in some cases not at all,” Haluska said. “This award is a testament to the hard work and sacrifices this staff has made to get better. Awards are great, but being a reliable and credible news resource for the community is the most important thing.”

Winners will be honored at the Keystone Press Awards Banquet during the Pennsylvania Press Conference on June 2, at the Wyndham Gettysburg.

For the complete list of Keystone winners, visit the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

Bucks County Courier Times, Intelligencer honored at Keystone, state Associated Press awards

16.04.2018 John Crouch Awards

Reporters from the Bucks County Courier Times and The Intelligencer were recently honored at the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s Keystone Press Awards and at the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors Awards.

Keystone Awards include-

First place, Breaking News- Jo Ciavaglia, To them she was … a disposable child
First place, Personality Profile- Crissa Shoemaker Debree, A labor of love
First place, Series, Kyle Bagenstose, Environmental injustice in Lower Bucks County
First place, Video Story- David Garrett and Shereen Pavlides, Cook This! With Shereen: Summer Jersey Corn Gazpacho
Second place, Editorial- Guy Petroziello, Hoarding money; Tax hike; Back where it all began
Second place, News Feature Story- Marion Callahan, Looking to foster hope
Second place, Series- Kyle Bagenstose and Jenny Wagner, Unwell Water
Second place, Sports/Outdoor Column- Kevin Cooney, No excuse for Reading High’s rout; Out of the darkness, there was light; State final loss still haunting Stu Jackson
Second place, Video Story- Jen Wielgus, Saleem Martin-Adams finishing up impressive senior year
Honorable Mention, Column- J.D. Mullane, Picking up a late night hitchhiker on Trenton Road; On a rainy Thursday, a heroin arrest in Levittown; Four funerals have concluded but a crucible awards loved ones
Honorable Mention, Series- Jo Ciavaglia and Marion Callahan, Born into addiction

Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors Awards include-

First place, Best Investigative Reporting- Kyle Bagenstose and Jenny Wagner, Unwell Water
Second place, Best Business Writing- Crissa Shoemaker Debree, Sheltered Livelihood
Second place, Best Enterprise Reporting- Marion Callahan and Jo Ciavaglia, Born into Addiction
Second place, Best Feature Writing- Peg Quann, Mystery Malady
Second place, Best Public Service- Kyle Bagenstose and Jenny Wagner, Unwell Water

For the complete list of Keystone winners, visit the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

For the complete list of Associated Press Managing Editors Awards, visit the Associated Press Managing Editors.

Florida Times-Union, ProPublica series wins 2018 Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award

12.04.2018 John Crouch Awards

Columbia Journalism School recently announced that reporters from the Florida Times-Union and ProPublica won the 2018 Paul Tobenkin Award for the joint series “Walking While Black,” which examined the practice of police officers in Jacksonville, Florida, issuing a large number of jaywalking tickets, mostly to African-American males.

The award, named in honor of late New York Herald Tribune reporter Paul Tobenkin, recognizes outstanding achievements in reporting on racial or religious hatred, intolerance or discrimination in the United States.

Jurors Daniel Alarcon, Elena Cabral and Lonnie Isabel said:

Jaywalking is a minor infraction that occurs with regularity in many urban areas. In Jacksonville, Florida, African Americans, particularly males, have been ticketed disproportionately. The investigative project “Walking While Black” chronicled the discriminatory practice of ticketing in mostly black neighborhoods and the detrimental effect it has on the lives of those who are ticketed. A citation for such offenses as walking on the wrong side of the street, or in the street, or crossing at less than a right angle at a corner could lead to the loss of a driver’s license, a job or a good credit rating.

Topher Sanders of ProPublica and Ben Conarck of the Florida Times-Union used savvy street reporting and painstakingly pieced together data from several local and state agencies to show stark racial disparities across every category of tickets given to pedestrians. They showed that police inaccurately told pedestrians they had to carry ID by law, and they captured video of police officers themselves casually jaywalking with some frequency.

“Walking While Black” had an immediate impact. Reporters were able to show that police issued thousands of erroneous tickets. Government officials confirmed the interpretation of the law that led to that conclusion, but police have taken no action to rectify the citations given in error. Sanders and Conarck’s video, done in collaboration with Vox, got 2.2 million views on Facebook and another 1.2 million on YouTube.

The project points out that this discriminatory practice has existed in many U.S. cities, including Ferguson, Missouri and New York City, where a judge ruled that “stop and frisk” was unconstitutional.

For their far-sighted, meticulously reported investigation that raises critical questions about how the criminal justice system treats one population versus others, we are proud to award the journalists behind “Walking While Black” the Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award.

Contributors included Ranjani Chakraborty, Vox-ProPublica Video Fellow; Ben Conarck, Reporter, Florida Times-Union (M.S. ‘06); Hilary Fung, News Application Developer, ProPublica; Kate Rabinowitz, Data Fellow, ProPublica; Topher Sanders, Reporter, ProPublica; and Lucas Waldron, Social Visuals and Graphics Producer, ProPublica.

The journalism school also announced that The Washington Post enterprise reporter John Woodrow Cox won the 2018 Meyer “Mike” Berger Award for his series on children affected by gun violence.

For more information, visit the Columbia Journalism School.

GateHouse Media publications recognized by Ohio APME

28.03.2018 John Crouch Awards

Several GateHouse Media publications were recently recognized at the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors association’s annual conference.

Both The Columbus Dispatch and The Canton Repository earned first place in the General Excellence category for their divisions. The (Massillon) Independent earned second place in the General Excellence category for its division.

Awards, by division, include:

Division I
General Excellence- 2nd place- The (Massillon) Independent

Best Sports Writer- 2nd place- Chris Easterling- The (Massillon) Independent

Best News Writer- 1st place- Samantha Ickes- The (Massillon) Independent

Best Special Sports Section- 1st place- Chris Easterling and Dave Manley
“High School Football Preview”- The (Massillon) Independent

Best Special Sports Section- 2nd place- Chris Easterling and Dave Manley
“Massillon/McKinley Rivalry”- The (Massillon) Independent

Best Illustration or Informational Graphic- 2nd place- B.J. Lisko- The (Massillon) Independent

Best Public Service- 3rd place- Amy Knapp- “Meals on Wheels”- The (Massillon) Independent

Best Spot News Coverage- 1st place- Steven Grazier and Amy Knapp- “Stockdale Family Shooting”- The (Massillon) Independent

Best Explanatory Reporting- 1st place- Steven Grazier and Amy Knapp- “Save the Rezzy”- The (Massillon) Independent

Best Full Page Design- 1st place- B.J. Lisko- The (Massillon) Independent

Division II
Best Daily Sports Section- 3rd place- Mike Plant- Ashland Times-Gazette

Best Video- 3rd place- Noelle Bye- “Carly Stevens – Female Wrestler”- Ashland Times-Gazette-

Division III
Best Headline Writer- 1st place- Jeff Verbus- The (Dover-New Philadelphia) Times-Reporter

Best Editorial Writer- 2nd place- Michael Shearer- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Best Feature Writer- 2nd place- Tami Mosser- The (Wooster) Daily Record

Best Feature Writer- 3rd place- Matt Merchant- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Best Sports Columnist- 3rd place- Mike Plant- The (Wooster) Daily Record

Best Sports Feature Writer- 3rd place- Tom Nader- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Best News Writer- 2nd place- Matt Merchant- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Best News Writer- 3rd place- Christine Pratt- The (Wooster) Daily Record

Best Sports Enterprise- 2nd place- Jonah Rosenblum- “Women in Sports”- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Best Special Sports Section- 1st place- Mike Plant- The (Wooster) Daily Record

Best Special Sports Section- 2nd place- Staff- The (Wooster) Daily Record

Best Special Sports Section- 3rd place- Staff- “2017-18 High School Basketball Preview Edition”- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Best Daily Sports Section- 1st place- Staff- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Best Daily Sports Section- 3rd place- Mike Plant- The (Wooster) Daily Record

Best Illustration or Informational Graphic- 1st place- Sean Linhart- “What Christmas Means to Me?”- The (Dover-New Philadelphia) Times-Reporter

Best Illustration or Informational Graphic- 2nd place- Sean Linhart- “The Courts of New Philadelphia”- The (Dover-New Philadelphia) Times-Reporter

Best Illustration or Informational Graphic- 3rd place- Sean Linhart- “Fall Foliage ASF”- The (Dover-New Philadelphia) Times-Reporter

Best Enterprise Reporting- 1st place- Bobby Warren and Steve Huszai- “911-Dispatch Costs Up 48% for County Taxpayers”- The (Wooster) Daily Record

Best Enterprise Reporting- 3rd place- Nancy Molnar- “Midvale Cutting Village Police Department”- The (Dover-New Philadelphia) Times-Reporter

Best Full Page Design- 3rd place- Tom Nader- “NBA Finals/Night of Stars”- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Best Digital Presence- 1st place- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Division IV
General Excellence- 1st place- The Canton Repository

Best Graphics Artist- 2nd place- The Canton Repository

Best Sports Feature Writer- 1st place- Joe Scalzo- The Canton Repository

Best Sports Feature Writer- 2nd place- Josh Weir- The Canton Repository

Best Sports Writer- 1st place- Josh Weir- The Canton Repository

Best Sports Writer- 3rd place- Joe Scalzo- The Canton Repository

Best Photographer- 1st place- Scott Heckel- The Canton Repository

Best Sports Enterprise- 1st place- The Canton Repository

Best Special Sports Section- 2nd place- Staff- “HOF Enshrinee Section”- The Canton Repository

Best Daily Sports Section- 1st place- Staff- The Canton Repository

Best Illustration or Informational Graphic- David Manley- “Road to Canton”- The Canton Repository

Best Feature Photo- 2nd place- Scott Heckel- “Moment with Dad”- The Canton Repository

Best Photo Story- 1st place- Julie Vennitti- “Balloon Classic”- The Canton Repository

Best Public Service- 1st place- Staff- “Epidemic: Stark County 2017”- The Canton Repository

Best Public Service- 3rd place- Alison Matas- “Strengthening Stark County’s Future”- The Canton Repository

Best Investigative Reporting- 2nd place- Shane Hoover- “Only Kenneth A. Roth Knows How Many He Killed”- The Canton Repository

Best Investigative Reporting- 3rd place- Kelli Weir- “Vic Whiting’s Coaching, Teaching Careers Over in Ohio”- The Canton Repository

Best Full Page Design- 2nd place- David Manley- “Sight to See”- The Canton Repository

Best Full Page Design- 3rd place- B.J. Lisko- “Talent Show”- The Canton Repository

Best Digital Presence- 1st place- The Canton Repository

Division V
General Excellence- 1st place- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Headline Writer- 2nd place- Danny Goodwin- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Columnist- 2nd place- Theodore Decker- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Feature Writer- 2nd place- Holly Zachariah- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Sports Columnist- 3rd place- Rob Oller- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Sports Feature Writer- 2nd place- Adam Jardy- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Sports Writer- 3rd place- Adam Jardy- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Photographer- 2nd place- Brooke LaValley- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Photographer- 3rd place- Kyle Robertson- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Special Sports Section- 2nd place- Staff- “The Columbus Dispatch College Basketball 2017”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Daily Sports Section- 2nd place- Staff- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Illustration or Informational Graphic- 1st place- Justin Gilbert- “Wind Energy”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Illustration or Informational Graphic- 3rd place- Justin Gilbert- “Firefighter Gear”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best News Photo- 1st place- Eric Albrecht- “Beheaded Among the Dead”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Feature Photo- 3rd place- Brooke LaValley- “Moonrise”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Sports Photo- 2nd place- Brooke LaValley- “Expressive Effort”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Sports Photo- 3rd place- Barbara J. Perenic- “Fantastic Finish”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Photo Story- 2nd place- Jonathan Quilter- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Video- 1st place- Courtney Hergesheimer- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Spot News Coverage- 2nd place- “Kirkersville Shootings”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Spot News Coverage- 3rd place- “State Fair Tragedy”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Explanatory Reporting- 1st place- Mark Ferenchik and Rita Price- “Dividing Lines”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Enterprise Reporting- 3rd place- Dan Gearino and Marion Renault- “Ohio Coal — Digging for Hope”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Full Page Design- 1st place- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Digital Presence- 1st place- The Columbus Dispatch

For more information, visit the Associated Press.

GateHouse Media projects recognized by Society of American Business Editors and Writers

8.03.2018 John Crouch Awards

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers recently recognized two GateHouse Media reporting projects on its list of 2017 Best in Business Honorees.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune reporter Barbara Peters Smith’s “Catching Our Drift,” which explored local trends that threaten to exacerbate the national phenomenon of widening disparities in personal wealth, won the economics coverage award in the small newsroom division.

GateHouse Media’s “In the Shadow of Wind Farms,” by reporters Emily Le Coz and Lucille Sherman and designers Tyson Bird and Mara Corbett, which investigated the potential health and economic impacts of living in proximity to wind turbines, won the innovation award in the medium newsroom division.

Check out the complete list of winners here.

Two GateHouse newspapers named to Editor & Publisher “10 Newspapers That Do It Right” list

5.03.2018 John Crouch Awards

GateHouse Media, one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States, received nearly one-third of the honors announced by Editor & Publisher Magazine this past week. Both the Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, NC) and newly acquired Register-Guard (Eugene, OR) were among the ten winners, while The Repository (Canton, OH), Daytona Beach News-Journal (Daytona Beach, FL), Erie Times-News (Erie, PA), Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, FL) and the State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL) received honorable mentions.

E&P’s ”10 Newspapers That Do It Right” recognizes some of the biggest and brightest ideas taking place in the newspaper industry each year. The Fayetteville Observer was honored for growing fayobserver.com pageviews to 63 million in 2017. Executive Editor Matt Leclercq created a digital team dedicated to producing original digital content and engaging with readers online. The digital team collaborates with the reporting staff to brainstorm 20 ideas once a week for 20 minutes.

The Register-Guard saw an under-served problem in its community and set out to raise awareness about an extremely visible sector of the Eugene population: the homeless. Rather than writing a single column or even a 10-part series, the team wrote more than 50 editorials on the subject packaged under the label “Focus on Homelessness.” The Register-Guard wrapped up the series with a public forum in January where the local community could discuss the series and the issues it raised. Although the editorial series officially ended in February, editorial page editor Jackman Wilson said the city’s homeless problem would still be on the paper’s radar.

“We’re extremely proud of all the great work being done by GateHouse newspapers throughout the country,” said GateHouse CEO, Kirk Davis. “To have so many of our publications recognized with these prestigious awards is a testament to our editorial teams’ commitment to journalism with impact.”

Read the complete list of winners here.

GateHouse Media recognized at Second Street Awards

28.02.2018 John Crouch Awards

Several GateHouse Media publications were recently honored at the annual Second Street Awards, which highlights successful Second Street promotions by the company’s media partners.

Awards included:

Best Small Market Program
First Place Winner: Pocono Record in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Best Mid-Size Market Program
First Place Winner: Daytona Beach News-Journal in Daytona Beach, Florida

Best Group Wide Strategy
First Place Winner: GateHouse Media

Best National Sports Contest: Pro Football Face Off
First Place Winner: Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Best Email Program: Birthday Club
First Place Winner: Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Best Native Campaign: Baptist Health, Stroke Safety Quiz
First Place Winner: The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Florida

For a complete list of winners, visit Second Street.

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