SNA Editorial Awards
Category 101A, Editor of the Year – WEEKLY CIRCULATION Circulation Classes: A-D Combined, 3rd Place - Ben Cason
Category 10, Best Graphic Artwork (supporting news content) Circulation Class: B, 2nd Place Walking Routes, CAC Districts, Two Middle Schools
Category 31, Best Arts & Entertainment Criticism/Commentary Circulation Class: D, 2nd Place Uneven Kitchen, Service Pose Problems For Sushi
Category 7, Best Editorial Page Cartoon Circulation Class: D, 3rd Place Health Care Frankenstein
Category 30, Best Arts & Entertainment Writing-Feature Circulation Class: A, 2nd Place Promusica: Messiah Sing-Along
Grove City Record
Category 15, Best News Photo Circulation Class: C, 1st Place Levy Passes Narrowly
Grove City Record
Category 18, Best Continuing Coverage Circulation Class: C, Honorable Mention School District Finances
Category 2, Best Special Section Circulation Class: C, 3rd Place State Champs - ThisWeek Hilliard
Category 19, Best Breaking News Story Circulation Class: C, Honorable Mention Hilliard Mourns Loss Of A Rising Star
Category 32, Best Coverage of Investigative Reporting Circulation Class: C, 3rd Place Hilliard CVB Controversy
Category 4, Best Editorial Writing Circulation Class: B, 2nd Place
Category 24, Best Environmental Coverage Circulation Class: B, 3rd Place Hi-Q Egg Farm Controversy
Category 17, Best Photojournalism Circulation Class: A, 3rd Place Beating Bodies Up For Nickels
Category 29, Best Coverage of Local Education / School District Issues Circulation Class: A, 3rd Place Superintendent Review Leads To Resignation
Category 22, Best Local Election Coverage Circulation Classes: A-B Combined, 1st Place November Elections
Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Show
Ohio Newspaper Association Awards & Judges’ Reports 2010
First Place: ThisWeek Delaware-Candace Preston-Coy’s 6 pieces focused on the multiple referendums/petition circulating on the sale and consumption of alcohol at “Jeff’s Jam,” an annual blues festival. Her reporting was even-handed and very readable. Every article contained just enough recap to bridge into the next series of events. Preston-Coy’s articles moved to my top choice in Division A by her ability to enhance and balance the story with public reaction. She successfully captured the energy in many contentious council meetings with such clarity that I eagerly reached for the next installment.
Third Place: ThisWeek Dublin Villager - With complimentary photographs capturing each story, the 8-part series showcased public art in Dublin, Ohio. Reporter Jennifer Noblit did a very nice job combining project and location descriptors, the artists’ background, and general historic information. Her interviews with various Dublin Arts Council members added insight and supported the significance of the funded pieces.
Third Place: ThisWeek New Albany - When a school levy is on the line, campaign plans and organization charts can go out the window and that’s what happened here. Although the question of who was authorized to order last-minute “get out the vote” phone calls isn’t earthshaking, the story offers an interesting look at the tensions in any campaign as it comes down to the wire.
First Place: ThisWeek Hilliard -The writers use precise language and vivid details to make their subjects unforgettable. I now feel as if I know the 37-pound dancer with cystic fibrosis, the quiet yet beloved retiring police chief and the veteran transplant recipient. Sources’ quotes provide an emotional depth you don’t always see in small-town newspaper features.
Second Place: ThisWeek Westerville -These articles are quintessential local features. They spotlight ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The articles begin with engaging introductions, quote generously and leave the reader with great insight and few unanswered questions.
Third Place: ThisWeek Dublin Villager - I applaud the writer’s light, engaging style and quirky story choices. The pieces in this collection are concise and informative.
First Place: ThisWeek Hilliard - Two examples of excellent individualized leads from Aaron Blakenship on state champion track athletes made the difference. Also of note was a state semifinal softball preview by Brad Emerine and region title game story by Scott Hennen.
Second Place: ThisWeek Dublin Villager -Writing and leads were a little less sharp with references to the past and future instead of strong explanation of events. Of note was Anders Larson’s analysis of a team’s switch from a spread offense to a run-oriented team.
Third Place: ThisWeek Grove City Record -Another quarter-step back in writing. Nicely done was the report of a state final softball game by Jarrod Ulrey.
First Place: ThisWeek New Albany -Excellent use of photos. Large pictures and lots of them. Diverse coverage, with balanced treatment for boys’ and girls’ sports. Well-written stories, especially by Anders Larson. The coverage shows a concern for offering a smorgasbord of seasonal sports. First rate.
First Place: ThisWeek Westerville -Designers follow the obvious design guidelines with the best layout and effective design.
Third Place: ThisWeek Grandview -Creative use of photos and the photos themselves were more expressive and “in the moment” shots.
First Place: ThisWeek Hilliard -Clearer hierarchy and simpler layouts
First Place: ThisWeek Pickerington - The story-telling photographs from this entrant capture emotion and action, freezing the moment for all to see. Photographer Ann Tormet, for example, made what could have been a boring shot of a bridal show into an interesting shot with repetition and texture. Photos have strong community appeal and a solid technical foundation.
Second Place: ThisWeek Westerville - The strong photos in this newspaper capture emotion, like excitement and disappointment, in telling the story. Readers are drawn to react. Photographers utilize composition techniques like framing and depth of field to add interest and bring the reader to the subject.
Third Place: ThisWeek Hilliard - The thrill of the moment and the sadness of the loss are told in the photographs from this entrant. Additionally, photographers took the time to look at their feature subjects creating interest through composition and simplicity.
Second Place: ThisWeek Canal Winchester - Photographers for this entrant captured the action. The stories told in these pictures were interesting and gave a more genuine feel to the news. The overall issue also contained many good pictures.
Third Place: ThisWeek New Albany - Photographers at this newspaper have a good feel for the audience. Good story telling was complemented by composition techniques like framing and silhouettes.
SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION
Second Place: ThisWeek Dublin Villager -This section had interesting stories about the Memorial Golf Tournament at Muirfield. They were well-written and wide-ranging. The idea of having high school students describe each hour was well-executed.
Third Place: ThisWeek Hilliard -For a typical football tab, this one was complete and interesting to read. The copy was well-written and tightly edited. The photos were really good action shots. This evidenced tremendous amount of work.
First Place: West Life, Westlake - This retrospective of 50 years of publishing was extremely interesting and targeted to people who are interested in the history of the Westlake area. The stories were wisely chosen and displayed varied perspectives.
GROUP NEWSPAPER WEBSITES
Second Place - ThisWeek Community Newspapers/www.thisweeknews.com - This Web site highlights lots of local content with a rotation of photos and headlines on the homepage, along with excellent navigation and a “more news” section above the fold. It also offers video on the home page. It provides both mobile alerts of local news and weather, and access to ThisWeek headlines from mobile phones. Each community is included in the navbar at the top of every page, making it easy to find local content. Strong all around.