Journal-Standard earns APME community journalism grant

22.08.2016 John Crouch Awards


Congratulations to the Journal-Standard of Freeport, Illinois, for earning its second Community Journalism Public Service Initiative grant from the Associated Press Media Editors.

The $2,500 grants are awarded to media companies that have websites and serve a metropolitan area of less than 100,000 people.

The Journal-Standard’s submitted project, modeled after television’s “Shark Tank,” looks to help revitalize Freeport’s downtown core.

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Projects can use print and/or digital platforms and include social media and/or a mobile strategy and should be considered entrepreneurial in nature with the potential for use in other areas.

“The Journal-Standard is ambitiously looking at community engagement in a new way,” wrote judge Summer Moore of The Times of Northwest Indiana. “By inserting themselves in a community project such as this, they are letting Freeport know they will be more than observers in the redevelopment of their downtown.

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Herald-Tribune named Online News Association award finalist

22.08.2016 John Crouch Awards

Insane. Invisible. In Danger,” the Herald-Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning joint investigation with the Tampa Bay Times is a finalist for Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, which will be presented at the Online News Association’s 2016 conference in Denver.

The multi-part piece was written after the state of Florida made a $100 million cut to mental health hospital funding.

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Providence Journal #RaceInRI series wins Salute to Excellence award

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence Journal’s series “Race in Rhode Island” has won a National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence award.

Alisha A. Pina, the series’ chief writer, accepted the award at the association’s gala on Saturday in Washington, D.C.

The yearlong multimedia series by a team of writers, photographers, editors and producers, included articles and videos about racial gaps that impact the quality of life and economy in Rhode Island, and introduced ideas and people who are working to close the gaps.

“The Race In Rhode Island series reflects a commitment from the Journal to inform and spark conversations that are important to our community,” said Journal’s publisher Janet Hasson. “I’m thrilled our journalists have received national recognition by the NABJ.”

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Hannibal Courier-Post editor Eric Dundon honored by Missouri Press Association

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Eric DundonCongratulations to the Hannibal Courier-Post’s managing editor Eric Dundon, who was recently slated to receive the 2016 William E. James/Missouri Outstanding Young Journalist awards from the Missouri Press Association in October.

Dundon has worked for the Hannibal Courier-Post since February 2015, and has helped completely rejuvenate the paper and reintroduce social media philosophy, in addition to covering news, features and writing editorials.

“The Courier-Post saw a great change in 2015 under Eric’s leadership. This award has typically been awarded to a nominee who excels in one area of journalism. Eric excels in many, and it’s evident by the success the Hannibal Courier-Post experienced in 2015,” publisher Mike Murphy said.

Dundon graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Herald-Tribune journalists honored by the Society of Professional Journalists

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Congratulations to Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Florida, which was recently honored at the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro Chapter’s annual Sunshine State Awards.

The Herald-Tribune, along with the Tampa Bay Times, won the Gene Miller Award for Investigative Reporting for “Insane. Invisible. In Danger,” their Pulitzer Prize-winning joint series about budget cuts in Florida’s mental hospitals.

Investigative reporter Josh Salman, who recently investigated the federal government’s EB-5 visa program in “Shortcut to the American Dream,” was named Journalist of the Year. Reporter Billy Cox placed third in the Journalist of the Year category.

Other individual award winners included Elizabeth Johnson, who earned first place for Non-deadline News Reporting; Rachel S. O’Hara, who earned first place in the Photography Story category and second in the Feature Photography category; Emily Le Coz, who earned second place in the Best Reporting — Hardship Issues category; Ron Borresen, who earned second place in the Art of Photo Illustration category; Barbara Peters-Smith; who earned third place in the Commentary & Criticism category; and Carrie Seidman, who earned third place in the Special Publication or Section category.

Billy Cox, Jennifer Borresen and Dak Le earned third place in the online Package category.

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Register-Mail honored by Illinois press associations

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Congratulations to The Register-Mail of Galesburg, Illinois, which was recently honored by both the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors at two separate ceremonies in Springfield.

The Register-Mail was named the second best small daily newspaper in Illinois by the Illinois Press Association in addition to the 23 other awards it received.

First-place awards included General Excellence, News Reporting, Government beat, Single page design, Sports Feature, Original Column and Sports Photo.

Second-place awards included Sports Column, Right to Know, Feature Photo, Sports Section and Newspaper Design.

Third-place awards included Lifestyles section, Single page design and Headline Writing.

Honorable mentions included Feature Photo, two Informational Graphic mentions, General News Photo, Website, Government beat and Business/Economic Reporting.

The Register-Mail earned nine awards at the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors contest.

First-place award winners included Tom Loewy for Features and Steve Davis for Features Photo and Mobile Visual.

Second-place award winners included Tom Loewy for Features and Columns or Blog, Tom Martin for Editorial Writing and Steve Davis for Mobile Visual.

Third-place award winners included Tom Loewy for Business Story and Lewis Marien for Sports Feature Photo.

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Dispatch Magazines publications receive industry recognition

15.06.2016 John Crouch Awards

columbusmagazineCongratulations to the Dispatch Magazines publications Columbus CEO, Columbus Alive and Columbus Monthly, which all received honors at The Press Club of Cleveland’s 2016 All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards on June 3.

Columbus CEO received a first-place award for the second year in a row in the Best Business Publication in Ohio category and a second-place award in the Best Magazine Website category. Columbus Alive received a first-place award in the Best Non-Daily Newspaper category for alternatives.

Individual first-place award winners included Columbus Alive’s Andy Downing for Criticism and Arts & Entertainment, Brad Keefe for Sports, Alyse Kordenbrock for Single-Page Magazine Design and Joel Oliphint for Best Freelance Writer in Ohio; Columbus CEO’s Yogesh Chaudhary for Infographics and AABP Gold for Feature Layout; and Columbus Monthly’s Beth Stallings for Food Writing.

Individual second-place award winners included Columbus Alive’s Andy Downing for Personality Profile and Alyse Kordenbrock for Covers and Page Design; Columbus CEO’s Yogesh Chaudhary for Cover Design – AABP Silver, Tim Johnson for Pictorial and Photojournalism and Kitty McConnell for Technology Writing; and Columbus Monthly’s Betsy Becker for Single-Page Design, Tessa Berg for Portrait/Personality Photography and Beth Stallings for Food Writing.

Individual third-place awards included Columbus Alive’s Andy Downing for Arts & Entertainment, Brad Keefe for General Features and Criticism and Jill Moorhead for Public Service; Columbus CEO’s Mary Yost for Features (General); and Columbus Monthly’s Joel Oliphint for Features (Personality Profile) and Will Shilling for Photojournalism.

Columbus CEO also won gold and silver awards at the Alliance of Area Business Publishers Awards in Des Moines, Iowa.

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The Daily Telegram recognized by Michigan Associated Press

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Congratulations to The Daily Telegram team in Adrian, Michigan, on its recent recognition at the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors annual newspaper competition.

The paper was awarded second in the Best Digital Presence category for Division II. The judges noted that the Telegram was successful in promoting a significant amount of content without being overwhelming to followers.

“This honor really is a reflection of how well our community engages with our newspaper through digital means,” said Digital Editor Sheri McWhirter. “We maintain very active Facebook and Twitter accounts and benefit from a local population that keeps an uncommonly active interest in local news and social media platforms. It’s a fortunate thing. It means we can continue to expand our digital offerings and expect a healthy viewership.

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Norwich Bulletin recognized by Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists


Congratulations to The Bulletin team in Norwich, Connecticut, on its recent wins at the 2015 Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Awards.

The paper earned three first-place awards including John Penney for Local Reporting for “Overdue fines add up for libraries, towns;” Marc Allard for Sports News for “Deaths no deterrent to playing football;” and Francesca Kefalas for Arts & Entertainment for “Investment in the arts is paying off in Putnam.”

The paper’s second-place awards included Brendan Cox for both his editorial about Freedom of Information laws and his column, “Call radicalism exactly what it is;” John Shishmanian for Sports Photo; Adam Benson for Diversity Coverage; and Jaclyn Diaz for both feature and business stories.

Third-place awards included Jaclyn Diaz for In-Depth story, Adam Benson and John Barry for Continuing Coverage and Adam Benson for both local and government reporting.

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The Journal Record recognized by Oklahoma Associated Press at annual contest

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Congratulations to the team at The Journal Record, which recently received a total of 32 awards at the Oklahoma Associated Press awards banquet, including being recognized for general excellence and its website.

First-place awards were given to Dale Denwalt for Business Feature, Business Spot News Reporting and General News Reporting; Brent Fuchs for General News Photo and Sports Photo; Sarah Terry-Cobo for Investigative Reporting, Public Service Reporting and Spot News Reporting; Ted Streuli for Personal Columns; Bryan Richter for Non-page one layout; and to Molly M. Fleming for Spot Sports Reporting.

Second-place awards were given to Sharon Beuchaw for Business Feature and Headlines; Adam Brooks for Editorials; Brian Brus for Feature; Dale Denwalt for Investigative Reporting and Public Service Reporting; Bryan Richter for Page one deadline layout and Graphics/Illustrations; and Brent Fuchs for Spot News Photo.

Third-place awards were given to Molly M. Fleming for Business Feature; Sarah Terry-Cobo for Business Spot News Reporting and Investigative Reporting; Ted Streuli for Editorials and Investigative Reporting; Brent Fuchs for General News Photo and Feature Photo; and to Rip Stell for Sports Photo.

Honorable mentions were given to Kaelynn Knoernschild for Feature, Brent Fuchs for Feature photo, Rip Stell for General News Photo and Molly M. Fleming for General News Reporting.

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