ThisWeek Community News won 20 statewide awards at the 2015 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism competition sponsored by the Press Club of Cleveland.

ThisWeek Community News won 20 statewide awards at the 2015 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism competition sponsored by the Press Club of Cleveland.

The presentations Friday, June 5, in Cleveland included honors for analysis; breaking news reporting, community/ local news reporting, features reporting, public service reporting and sports reporting; page design and infographics; four classes of photography; best sports section; and multimedia presentation.

Competing mainly in the contest's non-daily newspaper categories, nine entries won first-place awards, five won second-place awards and six were selected for third-place awards. Two entries placed in Best in Ohio open print categories, competing with all publications in the state:

* The ThisWeek news staff won first place in public service for "Heroin hits home," a three-week series on the multifaceted problem of heroin abuse in central Ohio that appeared in ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion and all other ThisWeek community newspapers last fall.

* The heroin series garnered three other awards as well: first place for multiple-page design for tab-size papers, first place for best online use of multimedia -- a category that was open to all classes of entrants -- and second place in the Best in Ohio open-print analysis category.

ThisWeek Design Editor Amy Lyle designed the print package; web producer Stefanie Hauck created the stories, video and slideshow online package; and designer Erin Holl created the infographics. Special Projects Editor Julanne Hohbach led work on the series, which also involved nearly every news reporter on the ThisWeek staff.

The public service contest judge praised the series: "Excellent series from all the points of view, addicts, law enforcement, schools, hospitals, parents, government. Comprehensive and told through people. Wonderful job!" the judge wrote.

* The ThisWeek sports staff swept the best section category, winning first place for the sports section of ThisWeek Dublin Villager and second place for the sports section of ThisWeek Olentangy Valley News.

* The ThisWeek photo staff swept the category for sports photography, with photographers Ryan M.L. Young, Joshua A. Bickel and Lorrie Cecil placing first, second and third, respectively.

* In general features reporting, ThisWeek Rocky Fork Enterprise reporter Marla K. Kuhlman won first place for "Faithful forgotten best friends," and ThisWeek Dublin Villager reporter Jennifer Noblit placed second for her story about a paralyzed man who was able to use his fingers again thanks to electronic neuro-bypass surgery.

* Reporter Pamela Willis' coverage of the Reynoldsburg teachers strike in ThisWeek Reynoldsburg News won third place in the breaking news category and third place in the community/local coverage category.

* Sports reporter Scott Hennen won first place in sports reporting for his story about wrestling skin infections published in ThisWeek Hilliard News and several other ThisWeek editions.

* Sports reporter Dave Purpura won third place in sports reporting for "Melvin, Shewalter share rivalry" published in ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.

* In non-daily newspaper general news photography, Chris Parker placed first for his images of supporters of a cancer fundraiser shaving their heads on St. Baldrick's Day.

* ThisWeek Chief Photographer Joshua A. Bickel placed first in the pictorial category for his shots of high school marching bands in competition, and third in the general feature category.

* Holl won third place in the Best in Ohio infographics category.

* ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion placed second in the category of Best Non-daily Newspaper in Ohio: Community Newspaper.

The awards were presented Friday evening at the House of Blues in Cleveland. More than 900 entries from news organizations across the state were submitted. Professionals affiliated with press clubs in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Omaha, Tulsa, San Diego, San Francisco and Syracuse judged the contest.