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Awards & Judges’ Reports 2019

Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Awards

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Ohio Collegiate Newspaper & Best Website Awards


Hooper Papers by Division Division

A

circ 7500+

Chagrin Valley Times Farm and Dairy The Athens News The Budget The Press - Millbury

ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News ThisWeek Olentangy Valley News ThisWeek Rocky Fork Enterprise

Barberton Herald

The People’s Defender The Press -Avon Lake The Telegram, Jackson ThisWeek Tri-Village News ThisWeek Whitehall

Geauga County Maple Leaf

Geauga Times Courier

Pike County News Watchman

Putnam County Sentinel

Division

C

circ 2501-3799

Clermont Sun

Journal & Noble Co. Leader

The Gazette, Jefferson The Lake County Tribune West Life

Archbold Buckeye Fulton County Expositor North Ridgeville Press Ripley Bee Solon Times

Swanton Enterprise The Courier, Conneaut The News Vinton-Jackson Courier Yellow Springs News

Monroe County Beacon Morgan County Herald News Democrat

Division

B

circ 3800-7499

Division

D

circ 2500 and below


Collegiate Papers by Division Division

Division

enrollment 10,000+

enrollment under 10,000

BG News - Bowling Green State University The Clarion - Sinclair Community College The Guardian, Wright State University The Jambar, Youngstown State University The Lantern, The Ohio State University The Miami Student - Miami University The News Record - University of Cincinnati The Post - Ohio University

Cedars, Cedarville University Northern Review, Ohio Northern University T&C Media - Otterbein University The Carroll News- John Carroll The Chimes - Capital University The Collegian - Ashland University The Exponent, Baldwin Wallace University The NewsWire - Xavier University The Pulse - University of Findlay

A

B


HOOPER

Category 1: News Coverage


A

3rd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Fantastic feature stories that fit your niche market. Good use of local, state and national stories, whether reported on by a staff member or pulled in by wire. Comprehensive coverage and nice variety of local columns.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS A good newspaper: well written, good news.


A

1st Place

Credits: Staff JUDGE’S COMMENTS Exciting coverage, real news, well presented.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Decent reporting; witty headlines.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Nice variety of news and feature stories. Local government coverage is impressive. Staff captured the contentious nature of the topics at hand.


B

1st Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Granted it shares Opioids story with other papers in the group, but what appears to be individual coverage is good as well.


C

3rd Place

Credits: Katherine Wnoroski, Marian McMahon JUDGE’S COMMENTS Excellent local coverage, in particular with the woman who was deported. Coverage went the extra mile. Nice mix of hard and soft news. Enjoyed “Adopt-a-pet” page.


C

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Solid, relevant in-depth coverage, making an effort to diversify coverage.


C

1st Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS It’s better than average coverage with overall interest value.


D

3rd Place

Credits: Drew Stambaugh, David Coehrs

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Fantastic in-depth coverage of the Joughlin murder trial. The news package was better than what I read in other papers covering this high profile trial. Overall nice mix of hard news and packaged feature with photos. Perfect emphasis on Chicken Fest with stories, updates and photos. This paper knows what the community wants.


D

2nd Place

Credits: Staff JUDGE’S COMMENTS Interesting, insightful coverage, of a range of topics. Handling of different ideas on school levy was interesting.


D

1st Place

Credits: Sydney Dawes, Elizabeth White, Tyler Buchanan

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Nice range of news, smart presentation, open to community, inclusive, well produced.


COLLEGIATE

Category 1: News Coverage


A

3rd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Nice coverage of large issues. Solid reports.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Great coverage of various pieces of the college campus and communities. Solid transitions. Classic layouts. Good use of photography.


A

1st Place

Credits: Morgan Petronelli, Rachel Gobep, Staff JUDGE’S COMMENTS Three unique issues filled with pieces that helped the reader feel like they were a part of the campus. No matter the interest, there was something that you could take away from each issue. Clear writing. Nice headlines. Clean layouts.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Great mix of stories that are solidly written mixed with good pictures. This easy read was definitely in a class by itself.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Great news stories. Good mix of stories written to appeal to broad range of readers. Good quotes.


B

1st Place

Credits: Staff JUDGE’S COMMENTS Absolutely stellar newspapers. Superb mix of stories, photos, writers, layouts. Total package.


HOOPER

Category 2: Best News Story


A

3rd Place

Credits: Kelley Youman

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Sure, it’s a NIMBY story, but it’s a nicely told one, with all sides getting a voice on why the township should or shouldn’t let someone turn an empty lot into a gas station.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Conor Morris

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Story shows how data reporting can add to an important community discussion. While everyone has been covering the opioid crisis, this piece details where it’s happening close to home and gets community leaders talking about why.


A

1st Place

Credits: Ryan Dentscheff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Strong piece of enterprise, detailing why employees keep leaving this small community’s fire department to make more money elsewhere. Story includes details of the specific pay rates compared with neighboring communities, as well as what raises would cost the town in tax increases, and voices explaining what’s likely (and not likely) to happen.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Joseph Koziol Jr. JUDGE’S COMMENTS The article covered the story well and gave across all the important details. I feel it needed to have more than the easily available facts and to dig into the story more by finding more sources or information.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Phil Buffington

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Overall a very good read. The story is well-sourced with some quotes that bring it to life.


B

1st Place

Credits: Steven Coburn-Griffis, Martin Verni

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Of all the stories I read it has the best combination of original reporting, clear-writing, in-depth analysis and good news values. I would like to have seen a stronger human angle (maybe some parent views) but otherwise it was a very good story.


C

3rd Place

Credits: Wayne Gates JUDGE’S COMMENTS The story has some great depth and detail to its coverage.


C

2nd Place

Credits: Wayne Gates JUDGE’S COMMENTS A very well-written and enjoyable story that covers the topic well. I would have loved to have had some of the story from the children’s perspective - all sources are currently the police but otherwise it’s a good story.


C

1st Place

Credits: Robert Lebzelter JUDGE’S COMMENTS The story opens up with a great lead and continues to explore the story from there on in. It’s well-written and enjoyable to read.


D

3rd Place

Credits: Martha Sorohan

JUDGE’S COMMENTS When you get a colorful character, you let that person talk. I’m glad, and I’ll bet readers were, that the reporter reached out to get the details of one strange night in Conneaut.


D

2nd Place Credits: David Pugh

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Well-crafted story of a local connection to major national news.


D

1st Place

Credits: Diane Chiddister

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Solid school beat coverage about an error on a flier put out by levy supporters. The reporter reached everybody involved and came up with a clear explanation of what happened -- and why the supporters say their mistake shouldn’t matter.


COLLEGIATE

Category 2: In-Depth Reporting


A

3rd Place

Credits: Ceili Doyle

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Ceili Doyle did a skillful job of telling the story of the fire department’s increasing calls and decreasing resources. The reporter’s storytelling through using clock times on a shift log as calls came into the fire station and weaving in quotes and facts reflecting the situation was very effective. The reporter also managed to tell readers why a fire department’s situation would impact the ever-growing population of the university that this station serves.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Jordan Unger JUDGE’S COMMENTS Jordan Unger’s story on international students adjusting to campus life is a topic not often covered. Adjusting to the language and culture of the U.S. can be more complicated and difficult than readers may have imagined. Jordan does a thorough job of talking to students, faculty and others who are involved in overcoming the challenges and paving the way to success for these students. Jordan’s use of statistics and quotes was excellent. Job well done.


A

1st Place

Credits: Sheridan Hendrix JUDGE’S COMMENTS Sheridan Hendrix presented a well-researched look at the rising rate of suicide among college students. She skillfully personalized the topic by telling real stories about Adam Doleh and Cody Sweitzer who had different backgrounds but the same tragic endings. Ms. Hendrix did a thorough job of reporting by interviewing friends, family members and mental health experts. She went after statistics including suicide rates at Big Ten schools that significantly added to the overall story. She provided information that readers could use, such as risk factors. Her use of quotes was excellent.


A B

3rd Place

Credits: Heather Barr

JUDGE’S COMMENTS The reporter did a good job of explaining the situation as it affects Capital University without getting political. It didn’t make judgments, nor ask the reader to do so, which was the correct way to handle this story.


A B

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Another project deserving of strong kudos. I liked the personal aspect of the series, especially mixing in the emotional ties and hands-on work of the staff. The project had a first-person quality to it that really worked.


A B

1st Place

Credits: Emma Selmon

JUDGE’S COMMENTS This was a well-developed project, reaching all the angles that were necessary. The stories were well-written, which despite it being a longer series, it kept my interest. Great job!


HOOPER

Category 3: In-Depth Reporting


A

3rd Place

Credits: Kevin Corvo JUDGE’S COMMENTS Very good in-depth report about the complicated issue of basement flooding in one community. The article provides ample coverage of homeowners’ frustration with inadequate sewerage and the municipality’s struggle to acknowledge the problem and find an affordable solution. The article puts the issue on the public agenda in a fair, balanced, and well-researched manner.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Conor Morris

JUDGE’S COMMENTS An exhaustive telling of a single case of rape that exposed procedural problems with local police and health care. Aside from giving the victim a chance to have her story told, the story has prompted reforms at the local level that should improve the professionalism of local police, health care, and prosecutors. The coverage included extensive comments from the local police chief, which adds a level of balance often not found in such case studies.


A

1st Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS This is, quite simply, an outstanding bit of in-depth reporting for any newspaper. It is especially impressive for a paper that doesn’t normally cover such issues. Equally impressive is the investment of staff time for reporting, writing, editing, graphics, design, and overall presentation. The in-depth interviews with recovering addicts speaks well not only of the Farm and Dairy editorial team’s drive to tell these stories, but of the rapport the reporters must have developed to get people to speak so frankly and honestly about the worst years of their lives. This series deserves more than “congratulations” -it also deserves “many thanks for the public service.”


B

3rd Place

Credits: Pete Wilson, Phillip Buffington, Red Thompson, Jr. JUDGE’S COMMENTS The coverage is of an ongoing issue of fiscal mismanagement has been driven largely by covering of events -- report releases, meetings, public statements, etc. The commitment to cover all the developments in the story is laudable.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Steven Coburn-Griffis

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Good, complete look at the “dicamba drift” issue as applied locally to Putnam County. The reporting included talking to experts outside of Putnam County and pointing to problem areas outside of Ohio.


B

1st Place

Credits: Martin Verni

JUDGE’S COMMENTS The report provides an in-depth explanation of an irregularity in how the sheriff ’s office had been handling charitable funds without any apparent wrongdoing. The story lays out the facts, statements from stakeholders, and clear notification that no public funds were misused, and that all involved are working toward reasonable corrections to process. Kudos to the Sentinel for publishing the story to explain that there was no “scandal” after all. This is solid “watchdog” journalism.


C

3rd Place

Credits: Stefanie Wessell

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Good compilation of local resources, logically organized. Through this series, the paper provides an important community service by informing its readers of where to turn for help.


C

2nd Place

Credits: Wayne Gates JUDGE’S COMMENTS Important story. Good, concise and chronological coverage.


C

1st Place

Credits: Teresa Ackerman

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Human interest story. Very sensitive and nicely covered. The story is well told and providing the context of how dangerous the area where she was sent to makes the story more complete. Excellent humanization of a topic that too often is discussed in the abstract.


D

3rd Place

Credits: Martha Sorohan JUDGE’S COMMENTS Important story. Good chronology. Neat details. Would have been better if the final judgement was known.


D

2nd Place

Credits: Megan Bachman, Morgan Beard

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Very nice series on an important topic. Impressive coverage of the overall aspects of suicide, police involvement, prevention and survivors. Nice use of anecdotes and also overall statistics. Excellent overall coverage.


D

1st Place

Credits: Tim Tedeschi, Tony Lange

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Good story. Enough follow -up news stories. Good leads. Excellent job of diving into the coverage and following it through. Story helped illustrate the uncertainties of finding the actual truth in these types of stories.


COLLEGIATE

Category 3:

Arts & Entertainment


A

3rd Place

Credits: Henry Wolski, Cerridwyn Kuykendall, Jeri Hensley


A

2nd Place

Credits: Ghezal Barghouty, Rachel Bules, Sydney Riddle

JUDGE’S COMMENTS “Ode to Too’s” is well written with vivid descriptions. I especially like the phrasing of “It was a place where being 21 was just a soft suggestion instead of a hard requirement.”


A

1st Place

Credits: Bharbi Hazarika, Alexis Eichelberger, Maddie Capron

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Three incredibly well-written stories with innovative perspectives.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Katie Milligan, Naomi Harward

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Really interesting, well written stories. Especially enjoyed the Tattoo Project.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Staff JUDGE’S COMMENTS These are three well-written and diverse stories. Clearly a ton of work was done on the 100 years of T&C story, tracking down so many alums.


B

1st Place

Credits: Kaitlyn Moore, Justin Davis, Kellie Pleshinger

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Justin Davis’ lead is beautifully written. Kellie Pleshinger found an interesting angle for a holiday story that was informative and heartfelt. Kaitlyn Moore brilliantly used the art show to highlight the experiences of international students.


HOOPER

Category 4: Best Local Feature


A

3rd Place

Credits: Kayla Beard

JUDGE’S COMMENTS As I read this series, I kept imagining the interviews. Kayla Beard did an excellent job of drawing out her subjects, getting each of them to dive deep and reflect on their experiences. If she had not done that so skillfully, the series could have become repetitive and superficial. There are common threads, to be sure, and the series never loses its focus, but Beard comes away with four distinct and thought-provoking stories.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Catie Noyes

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Catie Noyes does a fine balancing act in telling this story. We feel Kristi’s anxiety as she travels to the hospital. We feel the family’s gratitude for the support they got. We feel Jeff ’s sense of accomplishment when he is able to drive his combine again. But Noyes never veers into cliched sentimentality, which would have been easy to do in telling a story like this one. She uses quotes that advance the story and help us get to know Kristi and Jeff, and provides plenty of solid details for readers to grab hold of.


A

1st Place

Credits: Conor Morris

JUDGE’S COMMENTS This story has a nice soft dramatic arc, but it was the details that sold it for me. “Each of them sports a tangled beard that reaches to (his) chest, Chris’s a light gray and Locke’s a chestnut brown.”/“... a gnarly skeleton riding a rusty tricycle hanging from the ceiling, the same tricycle he used to ride around naked as a toddler.” The details are not only wonderfully descriptive; they also reveal -bit by bit -- the back stories of the men and the rough-and-tumble ambiance of the bar.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Patricia Beech

JUDGE’S COMMENTS The essence of a hometown newspaper is one that pays attention to its past as well as its present. This series captured the heart and soul of its communities, respectful in recognizing that their economic and population declines have not diminished the loyalty and love of those who have remained.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Stephanie Stanley

JUDGE’S COMMENTS A very colorful piece that captured the essence of the artist striving for authenticity, interacting with the community.


B

1st Place

Credits: Cassandra Shofar

JUDGE’S COMMENTS A very powerful and well-written story that draws out all the emotions of a family struggling with addiction - fear, confusion, hope and grief. Personalizing this through the eyes of a prominent local family shows the breadth of our opioid crisis.


C

3rd Place

Credits: Stefanie Wessell JUDGE’S COMMENTS Some interviewees make you work for every syllable; others keep up such a steady stream of stories, you can fill a whole reporter’s notebook. I feel sure Newell was the latter. That makes the interview part a lot more fun, but a writer still has to know what to do with all that material. The writer knows when to let Newell talk and when to use his own voice, creating the right pacing. Newell’s anecdotes range from humorous to horrifying, and the writer arranges them in a way that gives the story some ebb and flow.


C

2nd Place

Credits: Megan Alley, Brett Milam

JUDGE’S COMMENTS This story stood out from the usual crop of feature topics: people battling disease, veterans recalling their war experiences, senior citizens looking back on the lives, and so forth. This story took what could have been a straight news story and gave it a more thoughtful feature treatment. Quotes from the student leader expressed some of the complexities of the topic. And information from several superintendents and other school officials highlight the difficulty of deciding how to balance discipline and order with students’ free speech rights and their fears and concerns.


C

1st Place

Credits: Staff JUDGE’S COMMENTS The lead can make or break a feature story. The writer wisely chose to recap one of the “tall tales” as the lead, also giving us a glimpse of the rapt audience. Just as wisely, the writer didn’t let the teller of tall tales run away with HIS story. He also interspersed quotes from several students and the principal, and enough background for readers to understand Childers’ part in the traveling artist program. The conclusion announces Childers’ next school visit and touches back to the opening tall tale, thus bringing readers full circle.


D

3rd Place

Credits: David Pugh

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Well-written story with a strong delayed lead. The article has good flow explaining what the couple has experienced. Strong use of anecdotes to give the reader a sense of those experiences. Good job of weaving the theme (thankful, not bitter) throughout the article. A well-written close that brings the story full circle.


D

2nd Place Credits: Samantha Taylor JUDGE’S COMMENTS Very strong descriptive lead and excellent writing throughout the article. An informative article that used clear writing to explain the process of birdbanding. More quotes would have strengthened the story.


D

1st Place

Credits: David Pugh

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Very well written. Good background information including highlights of Coach Wagner’s career. The story effectively used anecdotes and quotes to contiue the theme of ‘all about the kids’ throughout the story.


COLLEGIATE

Category 4: Editorial Writing


B

3rd Place

Credits: Grace Huff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Strong personal writing on school shooting column, use of personal story to connect readers to important issue.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Kathleen Mackey JUDGE’S COMMENTS Makes good use of personal stories to help others and address important issue.


B

1st Place

Credits: Mariella van der Sluijs

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Strong writing on substantial topics.


HOOPER

Category 5: Original Columns


A

3rd Place

Credits: Jessica Hartzler Stock JUDGE’S COMMENTS These columns charm readers with an understanding of the everyday decisions faced by the most important people in the world -- the moms.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Margo Bartlett

JUDGE’S COMMENTS These columns draw the reader in with slow but steady charm. Kind of like catching a whiff of warm bread and following your nose to the kitchen.


A

1st Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Funny, even nonsensical at times, but who says a column can’t just be entertaining.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Sherry M. Stanley JUDGE’S COMMENTS Well-written slices of life in the rural world.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Rich Muller

JUDGE’S COMMENTS These columns read as if a neighbor is sharing his observations and frustrations over a cup of coffee.


B

1st Place

Credits: Anne Coburn-Griffis JUDGE’S COMMENTS Wonderfully readable columns from an observant writer who is putting into words what the rest of us feel but can’t express nearly as well.


C

3rd Place

Credits: Maureen Bole

JUDGE’S COMMENTS These are compelling first-person columns addressing a crisis many readers may want to ignore. Ms. Bole’s openness and honesty about addiction and recovery cannot be ignored.


C

2nd Place

Credits: Martha Jacob

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Ms. Jacobs has a refreshing sense of humor. Her musings highlight the routine and the extraordinary in everyday life.


C

1st Place

Credits: Anne Chlovechok JUDGE’S COMMENTS These columns reflect current events in a non-confrontational, but decidedly clever and compelling way. The writing is clear and the point-of-view is evident without being pretentious.


D

3rd Place

Credits: Audrey Hackett


D

2nd Place

Credits: Martha Jacob

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Ms. Jacob has an easy way with words and writes about day-today events with humor and selflessness. This work is fun, funny and truly relateable.


D

1st Place

Credits: Lauren Shows

JUDGE’S COMMENTS “Thought for Food” is an unusual column idea combining musings that eventually relate to a recipe -- but it WORKS! These columns are interesting, succinct and clever.


COLLEGIATE

Category 5: Sports Coverage


A

3rd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Strong story on Ryan Pedon. Good design and photos. Did not see stories on Ohio State’s lesser known sports and athletes, which a college newspaper should possess.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Marc Weems, Sports Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS The Jambar submitted stories that were unique to the college experience, which are stronger than straight game coverage. Giving under-appreciated sports space, like golf, is a strength.


A

1st Place

Credits: Jordan Horrobin, Jimmy Watkins, Cameron Fields JUDGE’S COMMENTS Three extremely interesting and well-written stories are pared with a beautiful web experience and great print design. Graphics and photos help the strong stories. Unmatched in the category.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Tim Miller, Joshua Woolverton, Gwendolyn Peterson

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Strong coverage of the school’s sports, especially the preview stories. Strong writing and feature ideas. Photography could be improved.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Love design and layout on this easy-to-read sports section. A variety of stories by a variety of writers that cover the entirety of Baldwin Wallace sports for those who can’t make it to games.


B

1st Place

Credits: Grant Pepper

JUDGE’S COMMENTS This website provides current coverage throughout the season and in-depth coverage, like the lacrosse series. Graphics like the standings make a difference. The design of the site is clean and easy to navigate.


HOOPER

Category 6: Best Editorial


4th Place Credits: John Karlovec

JUDGE’S COMMENTS While this is an issue addressing the special interest of the newspaper, it makes it clear how that issue is also the special interest of the readers.


3rd Place Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS This started out with condemnation of a local official trying to operate in secret and then did a good job explaining why that behavior was bad for the community.


2nd Place Credits: Ellen J. Kleinerman

JUDGE’S COMMENTS The writer let the power of those she was writing about make the argument for her, rather than cluttering this up with her own outrage. Very effective.


1st Place Credits: Beverly Keller

JUDGE’S COMMENTS This editorial praising the dedication of a local official reads like the entry of a diary of a person who loves her hometown and the people in it. It is personal, clear and effective.


COLLEGIATE

Category 6: Design


A

3rd Place

Credits: Staff JUDGE’S COMMENTS Good use of basic elements to create pleasing pages.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Staff JUDGE’S COMMENTS Strong elements make some pages pop. Good use of white space, consistent fonts and photos.


A

1st Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Good design which adds to the ease of getting into the pages of this paper. Solid, classic elements. Great job.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Nice bold elements. Strong photos and clean layouts make this design one to look at again and again.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Staff JUDGE’S COMMENTS Classic pages. Easy to read due to clean design. Great job.


B

1st Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Solid design throughout. Good repeated elements. Easy to read.


HOOPER

Category 7: Sports Coverage


A

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Excellent coverage of high school sports. Very nice photos, nicely placed in stories. Lively leads for stories and separate boxes for additional information.


A

1st Place

Credits: Tony Lange

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Good placement of photographs, in accordance with the headline of the story. Photos themselves are excellent, capturing not just the sports events but fan reactions as well. Nicely written stories covering a wide variety of sports.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Staff JUDGE’S COMMENTS Very good writing and visuals combine to make for an effective presentation.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Charlie Warnimont JUDGE’S COMMENTS Strong writing draws the reader into these stories, which often are supported by compelling visuals.


B

1st Place

Credits: Mark Carpenter

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Terrific writing combined with strong design and photography make this the clear winner in this category.


C

3rd Place

Credits: Garth Shanklin

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Good writing. Well done.


C

2nd Place

Credits: Wade Linville JUDGE’S COMMENTS Solid writing. Congrats to the sports staff.


C

1st Place

Credits: Jack Kopanski, Chris Voloschuk, Joe Ostrica JUDGE’S COMMENTS

A10 West Life, July 11, 2018

Westlife sports Southwestern Conference • Patriot Athletic Conference • Great Lakes Conference

Sports spot Fairview Park’s summer camp offerings and coach openings Following suit of many high schools, Fairview Park will be offering numerous summer camps for students to get involved in different sports. Football Camp will run July 16, 17 and 18 for children entering grades three through six. Boys and Girls Soccer Camp is from July 23 through 26, and is open to those in kindergarten through eighth grade. The high school is also searching for candidates for multiple coach openings. Current openings include both boys and girls tennis, as well as girls volleyball. Anyone interested in registering for these camps or applying for these openings should email Athletic Director Joe Dianetti (jdianetti@fairview. k12.oh.us) for more info or with questions.

Bay High School summer lacrosse camp Photos by David Cleveland

Jacob Cole, 12th grade, takes a shot at the inaugural Summer Slam 3-on-3 basketball tournament June 30, at Great Northern Mall.

First-year basketball tournament a slam dunk By CHRIS VOLOSCHUK NORTH OLMSTED — If bringing 3-on-3 basketball back to prominence in Northeast Ohio is indeed a major long-term goal, then last Saturday’s Summer Slam tournament at Great Northern Mall in North Olmsted was a step in the right direction. The event, hosted as a joint venture by the mall and The National Basketball Academy (TNBA), was held in the parking lot closest to Dick’s Sporting Goods, which was also one of its sponsors. Sports Connection and T-Mobile were also among the major tournament sponsors. For tournament organizer Steve Vega of the TNBA, the first-year event, though held in 90-plusdegree heat, was a rousing success. In all, 44 teams signed up to play in age groups ranging from fourth grade to high school. Boys and girls

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teams were represented in half-court games played on six different courts. “It was great for the first year,” Vega said. “I think we had a lot of representation from different teams. If you look around, there are a lot of different jerseys here…It was definitely a nice turnout.” Players came from all over the area, including as far away as Sandusky, Norwalk and Cleveland’s East Side. Teams consisted of four to six players, with teams broken up by age group into divisions, with three to six teams per age group. Both boys and girls teams competed. Games were set with 20-minute time limits, with winners either having to be the first to 21 points or to simply have the lead once time expired. Though 3-on-3 tournaments and youth leagues take place across Ohio each year, they are still relatively scarce. Saturday’s event in North

Olmsted was the third scheduled by the TNBA in Northeast Ohio this summer amid a push to incorporate more 3-on-3 competition into young athletes’ schedules. In 2017, the International Olympic Committee added 3-on-3 basketball as an official sport, with a debut set for the 2020 Games in Tokyo. More locally, a template for the TNBA to follow would be the Hoop It Up tournament, which used to be a prominent event in Cleveland and has continued to run tournaments across the country for 25 years. “We wanted to get 3-on-3 back on track,” Vega said. “There’s been a push by USA Basketball to do more 3-on-3, and I think from a player development standpoint, you get more touches. And once we got the partnership with Great Northern (Mall), which has been a great partner, and the sponsors, it was just the blocking and BASKETBALL continued on next page

Bay High School boys youth lacrosse camp runs from July 16-19, and is open to grades three through nine, with times differing based on grade levels. Third through sixth will go from 8:00-9:30 a.m., with seventh through ninth from 10:00 a.m.-noon. The cost for this camp is $70, and includes a lacrosse penny. The camp will take place at the high school. For more information, contact Keri Altieri at Bay High School, 440-617-7406 or keri.altieri@ bayschoolsohio.org. Editor’s note: Sports Spot submissions are due before 4 p.m. on the Thursday before the desired publication date. Only items from community, school and nonprofit groups and organizations will be accepted. All items will run on a space-available basis. Email to jkopanski@westlifenews.com

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Stellar writing and story telling. Very impressive. The kind of work that other sports sections should strive to emulate.


D

3rd Place

Credits: Tyler Buchanan, Daniel Joseph, Elizabeth White

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Nice coverage of lots of events. Photos from nearly every event. Writing is accessible and to-the-point.


D

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Very neatly organized coverage. Nice writing and photos.


D

1st Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Good story selection and pictures. Lively writing and comprehensive coverage.


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Category 7: Photojournalism


A

3rd Place

Credits: Hannah Ruhoff, Emilee Chinn, Carl Fonticella

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Nice composition in the rally photo to give an overall of the event while creating a storytelling image. The quilt image was also a good capture of a solemn moment.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Tanner Mondok

JUDGE’S COMMENTS A nice variety of photos to package for this protest event made it stand out. Good work overall.


A

1st Place

Credits: Jack Westerheide JUDGE’S COMMENTS Solid sports photography all around. Really enjoyed the stern look of Urban Meyer juxtaposed with the heckling Michigan fans to illustrate the heated rivalry and the quiet moment of Snyder’s final home meet.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Sydney Deibert, Matt McCrosky

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Some interesting character portraits and nice use of layering in the play photo.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Bree Gannon

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Solid action photo with good faces and properly exposed. Cropping tighter might get the viewer to action quicker.


B

1st Place

Credits: Naomi Harward, Lydia Wolterman JUDGE’S COMMENTS This entry did the best job of creating storytelling imagery. Nice faces/reactions in the pizza photo and humor in the canoe shot.


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Category 8: Best Sports Feature


A

3rd Place

Credits: Scott Hennen

JUDGE’S COMMENTS A nice exploration of the tensions between not wanting to be in his situation but still trying to do the right things and make the best of it. It’s a sports story, but it’s a family story too. Well handled.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Scott Hennen

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Nice storytelling -- sharing origin points really highlighted what drove and inspired Lindsey. Concise injection of details added the stats and timeline elements deftly.


A

1st Place

Credits: Tony Lange JUDGE’S COMMENTS Great use of subject quotes to share varying perspectives and tell parts of Stueber’s story. It really felt like you got a sense of him as a person and a coach.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Jamie Ward JUDGE’S COMMENTS Great job portraying the off-the-court motivations and emotions behind the event.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Scott Hennen

JUDGE’S COMMENTS I really liked the connection to early, formative motivations and echoes between first day of school and entering college program. This all helped paint a complete picture of the subject. Well done.


B

1st Place

Credits: Jamie Ward

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Nice summary of a career through stats and statements. It’s not easy to encapsulate 2 decades-plus in a single article, but this does a good job conveying her priorities and accomplishments.


C

3rd Place

Credits: Chirs Voloschuk

JUDGE’S COMMENTS I feel like I’m in on a dialogue with the subject through rich use of quotes and context. A really nice, solid profile.


C

2nd Place

Credits: Jack Kopanski

JUDGE’S COMMENTS I really like how this piece digs into motivation and sheds lights on the realities of the subject’s journey -- including highs and lows. Keeps it very real.


C

1st Place

Credits: Jack Kopanski JUDGE’S COMMENTS I get a full sense of Babson through examples and a rich collection of reactions and quotes. It’s clear time was spent with the coach, but also with all the people in his orbit. I leave with a rich sense of his motivations, strengths and challenges.


D

3rd Place

Credits: Wade Linville

JUDGE’S COMMENTS This really was a touching story. I salute the space and time dedicated to it, and the effort to get lots of local names and faces documented in support of a local sports figure.


D

2nd Place

Credits: Mary Huber JUDGE’S COMMENTS Great details and dialogue elevate this and made me care about the subject and the outcome.


D

1st Place

Credits: Chirs Voloschuk

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Great storytelling and pacing in a concise space really transported me to the event and conveyed the tension and progress of the meet.


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Category 8: Headline Writing


A

1st Place

Credits: Jeremy Hill


B

3rd Place

Credits: Grant Pepper

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Gets straight to the point and compels reader to keep reading.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Grant Pepper

JUDGE’S COMMENTS A strong, compelling headline.


B

1st Place

Credits: Holly Dyer

JUDGE’S COMMENTS This type of headline turns what could be a boring headline into one readers are far more likely to click or read.


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Category 9: Newspaper Design


A

3rd Place

Credits: Aimee Tenzek, David Hartong, Tammy Reese

JUDGE’S COMMENTS A lot of good but watch for clutter.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Staff JUDGE’S COMMENTS This also had strong layouts and a good flow.


A

1st Place

Credits: Amanda Petkiewicz, Maureen Bole JUDGE’S COMMENTS Strong layouts with good modular design. Easy for reader to navigate and engage with articles. Well done.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Well constructed, strong design. Try and simplify headline usage and give more white space, but a good effort.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Good use of dominant photo and clean lines to make a pleasing package. Rules break up copy where beneficial. Strong design overall.


B

1st Place

Credits: Pam Molnar

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Lovely design with strong uses of images, well-designed headlines and a good use of white space. A truly lovely effort.


C

3rd Place

Credits: Staff JUDGE’S COMMENTS Strong images that well-capture the community attention.


C

2nd Place

Credits: Katherine Wnoroski JUDGE’S COMMENTS Good modular layout with strong elements and a comfortable community feel.


C

1st Place

Credits: Maureen Bole, Amanda Petkiewicz

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Clean fonts, design and modules that come together well for a pleasing package. Well done.


D

3rd Place

Credits: Fred Hilger

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Interesting modular elements that have strong pieces. A dominant image would have helped as well as consistency on headline fonts.


D

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Interesting modular elements that have strong pieces.


D

1st Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Clean lines, simple design best serve the readers of this broadsheet. Consistent design elements and clean fonts. Well done.


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Category 9: Best Multi-Media Package


A

3rd Place

Credits: Rachel Gobep

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Solid package covering an event.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Solid story brought to life with the use of multimedia. Cancer touches everyone and this package tells the story well.


A

1st Place

Credits: Bharbi Hazarika

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Perfectly placed photos combined with solid videos add solid pieces to the story.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Ingrid Schmidt, Christine Jenkinson JUDGE’S COMMENTS Great topic and solid package.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Emily Richards

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Great photos and pieces to tell the story of Michael Murray.


B

1st Place

Credits: Staff JUDGE’S COMMENTS Great job covering a story from a variety of angles.


HOOPER

Category 10: Best Page Design


A

3rd Place

Credits: Maureen Bole

JUDGE’S COMMENTS The use of the hexagon shape for the infographic works well with the honeycomb design throughout the spread. Golden honey color choice is appropriate to the topic. Nice use of increase margin to separate the events briefs from the feature content. The bee in the corner of the second page would add consistency.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Aimee Tenzek, David Hartong

JUDGE’S COMMENTS The feature headline is catchy and entices readers to want to know more about the article. The font contrast in the main headline works well. The overprint on the photo is clear and the simplicity of design invites readers into the story. All the front page elements worked well together.


A

1st Place

Credits: Maureen Bole

JUDGE’S COMMENTS The alternative story approach is very effective in educating about medical marijuana, and the elements are neatly organized within the text. The images are not overly “weed” themed and inform on all levels, including types, effects, and legislation. There are also not a lot of hyphen breaks, to make reading easier. The green color is cohesive throughout the two page spread. Great balance and appeal.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Pam Molnar

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Consistent, clean, modular design that doesn’t cram the stories on the page. Bottom story includes a unique vintage photo treatment that effectively matches the historic topic and draws the reader down through the page.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Phil Buffington JUDGE’S COMMENTS Since the feature was about the development of a project, having all the photos align on one side and the long story on the other side worked for the topic. Including the artist rendering added contrast to the photos. The overlapping of one or two pictures worked in this instance, again because of the subject matter.


B

1st Place

Credits: Pam Molnar JUDGE’S COMMENTS Clean design with a large photo above the fold to anchor the page. The cutout photo at the bottom is wrapped slightly in to the story to add appeal and draw the readers’ eyes down through the page. An additional three stories are consistent and equally weighted to balance the page. Page is very organized.


C

3rd Place

Credits: Maureen Bole

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Strong modular design contributes to the ease of reading and works with the advertisement on the page. Infographics provide good information to complement the narrative piece. Color choice is effective. Clean design.


C

2nd Place

Credits: Maureen Bole JUDGE’S COMMENTS Sensitive subject handled with great design. The cool blue color fits well with the “chilling” effect of addiction on children. Map is easy to read and the highlight of the local area add interest for the audience. Increased spacing works as a good separator between the feature and the sidebar on resources.


C

1st Place

Credits: Maureen Bole

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Excellent use of alternative copy styles to educate the reader about the complicated subject of the brain and addiction. Great use of space and color. The continuation of the story on the second page utilizes an L-wrap with the pulled quotes and works to balance the weight of the page.


D

3rd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Good use of space to separate the groupings of the various award places of the paper. The size of the place graphic did not overpower the content but was a strong organizer. Design consistency and hierarchy contributed to ease of reading. Also, adding the actual award winning design or photo with judges comments provided good information beyond what a typical list would have accomplished.


D

2nd Place

Credits: Elizabeth White

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Very clean design that breathes and is easy to read. The infographic on the page adds variety and appeal. Consistency in type choices and color use bring the page together.


D

1st Place

Credits: Elizabeth White, Tyler Buchanan

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Presenting the information as in the timeline made the topic easy to understand. The curvy line moves the reader through the story. Font choice is clean with good contrast to indicate specific dates. The use of a background photo interfaced well with the pictures used within the timeline. The use of the color tone ties to the photos.


COLLEGIATE

Category 10: Best Website


A

3rd Place

Credits: Staff


A

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Excellent use of video. Lots of information but in an easy-to-use format.


A

1st Place

Credits: Stephanie L. Smith

JUDGE’S COMMENTS In a strong class of websites, the News Record wins because of their mobile design. With the majority of Internet users visiting sites through mobile devices, this was the tie-breaker. Clean and easy to navigate.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Staff JUDGE’S COMMENTS Clean site. Would like to see some use of multimedia but overall informative.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Excellent mixture of news and information in a variety of formats.


B

1st Place

Credits: Ryan Strodbeck, Stepha Poulin, Kyle Weimer

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Excellent mobile site and integration. Lots of articles but easy to search. Easy to navigate. Excellent job.


HOOPER

Category 11: Advertising


A

3rd Place

Credits: David Hartong

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Big and bold designs, easy to read and impactful. Simple but effective color choices.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Strong design -- the ads are clean and elegant in their simplicity. The designer made good font choices for each situation.


A

1st Place

Credits: Constance Gabor, Ashley Gier, Michael Schwartz

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Elegant and sophisticated entry. Strong use of type faces, which gives each ad a sense of its own style but makes them easy to read and navigate. Good use of visuals.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS This is “meat and potatoes” advertising that’s essential to small markets. While the designs aren’t fancy, they’re effective and serve their purpose.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Tracy Miller, Joanne Poras

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Generally well-designed. The ads are elegant and have the feel of a magazine. Use of space and color is effective and draws in the viewer, inviting them to spend more time. Effective design of the “calls to action.”


B

1st Place

Credits: Karen Kaplan

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Each advertisement was clean, elegant and visually inviting. All felt like they belonged on a magazine spread. Each was strongly visual and exhibited strong type choices and hierarchies.


C

3rd Place

Credits: Rachel Turner, Lisa Zavada

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Some good basic design that does the job. Watch overuse of italic and script fonts -- they’re hard to read. Simplify your approach overall, but there is some good work here.


C

2nd Place

Credits: Rachel Turner, Lisa Zavada JUDGE’S COMMENTS Visually sophisticated and eye catching. Nice use of color. Some of the font selections are hard to read -- a simpler approach using less variety or more sans serif would be beneficial.


C

1st Place

Credits: Tracy Miller, Joanne Poras

JUDGE’S COMMENTS All of the ads were elegant and well designed. Sophisticated use of fonts and color were apparent. They all exhibited the polish of a magazine and were visually appealing. A standout entry.


D

3rd Place

Credits: Tracy Miller, Joanne Poras

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Good basic designs, a bit simpler than the first place entry, but effective nonetheless.


D

2nd Place

Credits: Matt Minde

JUDGE’S COMMENTS The ads, all designed for black and white reproduction, are elegant and clean. They’re easy to read and follow simple hierarchies of design that make them effective for the viewer.


D

1st Place

Credits: Rachel Turner, Lisa Zavada

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Nicely executed designs -- this entry excels in keeping complicated, large multi-faceted ads organized and visually appealing. Good use of typography and color.


HOOPER

Category 12: Best News Photo


A

3rd Place

Credits: Dennis Powell

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Interesting photo that tries to capture the impact of road construction on the community. I liked the dust in the air and the car in front to provide a sense of depth. I wish some of the business were closer or that the cones were more apparent to help this photo tell a story.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Dennis Powell

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Really great closeup and reaction from the subject. However, the smoking joint in the foreground helps this photo to tell a story of victory for the ordinance. Good blurring of the background as well to really make the subject stand out.


A

1st Place

Credits: Geoff Powers

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Perfect use of a low angle shot to tell a powerful story. I like that the shoes dominate the frame, but there are also people in it to provide perspective. This photo draws the viewer in and makes them want to read the story. The accompanying headline helps too.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Steven Coburn-Griffis JUDGE’S COMMENTS The closeup of this shot really emphasizes the emotion of the subject. His reaction is natural. It doesn’t seemed staged or emphasized. The depth of field is used well too, but the people in the background also help to tell the story.


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Michelle DeShon Herald Staff Writer Barberton City Council voted 8-0 to contract with Kimble Recycling and Disposal after displeasure with their last contract with Republic Services. They will begin collecting Monday, March 5. This year, residents will pay the city $19 per month and that will increase to $20.86 by 2022. Kimble started as a small family business in Dover, Ohio operating a landfill in the 1950s. Business Development Manager Don Johnson said back then, there were no regulations for landfills and items were just placed into dumps.

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Purchase of the third, unmarked car for detectives is planned in the summer. In a special session, Feb. 5, council approved the lease-purchase of a dual axle and dump truck and snow plow from Kinstle Sterling/ Western Star Truck Center at a cost not to exceed


B

1st Place

Credits: Steven Coburn-Griffis

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Great timing on this photo. The person’s reaction is appropriate. The wealth of water around the car and the hint of land in the background helps this photo tell a story of high water and flooding. I don’t have to read the story to get it.


C

3rd Place

Credits: Wayne Gates

JUDGE’S COMMENTS I love how this photo was framed. The grey skies behind the memorial enhance the solemn emotions. I wish there were more elements in the photo to tell a more complete story. Not knowing the story beforehand, there was nothing in the photo that told me this was a memorial for an unsolved shooting.


C

2nd Place

Credits: Mark Faulhaber

JUDGE’S COMMENTS An interesting way to frame and shoot the aftermath of a bust. I really like all the detail in the photo, even if part of me wanted the man being arrested to be the focal point of the photo.


C

1st Place

Credits: Dawn Bubonic JUDGE’S COMMENTS Well executed photo that really tells a story through the reactions, the background, and the framing. I like all the color, and the photo has a sense of solemnity that fits the occasion.


D

3rd Place

Credits: Diane Chiddister

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Excellent protest shot. Good contrast in a black and white picture. There’s a lot going on in the photo, but it seems like you have centered the action on one group of protesters. I wish I could see more faces. The signs are bold and easy to read.


D

2nd Place

Credits: Mary Huber

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Incredible shot of the angry orange flames. I liked that you included the firefighter in the foreground to provide some perspective on how large they are.


D

1st Place

Credits: Mary Huber JUDGE’S COMMENTS This is just such a fun photo. I love the details in it, such as the paper bag viewing helmets and the kids with two different socks or no socks at all. I think it was well composed and edited. It connected well with the overall story of the eclipse too and captured the experience we all had trying to view it.


HOOPER

Category 13: Best Feature Photo


A

3rd Place

Credits: Dennis Powell JUDGE’S COMMENTS A fun moment that breaks the rules of traditional news photography by having the subject address the photographer (audience), though it doesn’t feel unnatural or insincere.


A

2nd Place

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A

1st Place

Credits: Geoff Powers

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Strong moment from a good daily assignment. Moment overcomes some technical difficulties of softness and separation. Well-written caption helps tell the whole story.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Phil Buffington

JUDGE’S COMMENTS A lovely and fun moment from a grin-and-grip situation. Nice work to turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse. This feels genuine and fun.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Steven Coburn-Griffis JUDGE’S COMMENTS Great quality of light and mood. Choice of low angle and lens add to intimacy and mood of photo.


B

1st Place

Credits: Bill Fugate

JUDGE’S COMMENTS A clean frame with great faces in the foreground and background that make the reader feel the fun of the day. Caption adds good details to help tell a full story.


C

3rd Place

Credits: Janis Keller

JUDGE’S COMMENTS A nice, quiet moment in a busy scene. Good moment between father and daughter. Her shirt helps tell the story.


C

2nd Place

Credits: Dawn Bubonic

JUDGE’S COMMENTS A fun moment from a fun event. Getting close and into the action made this photo work well.


C

1st Place

Credits: Dee Riley

JUDGE’S COMMENTS A cool and colorful take on an annual tradition. Good use of light and exposure to create an image that is interesting to look at.


D

3rd Place

Credits: David Pugh JUDGE’S COMMENTS Pure fun and joy shown through face and body language. Good moment.


D

2nd Place

Credits: Carol Simmons

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Such a cute and heartwarming picture of a close-knit and laid-back family and a little girl who appears to be all business on her first day of school. Nice moment.


D

1st Place

Credits: Mike Crupi JUDGE’S COMMENTS A wonderful use of moment, light, composition and color to really make the reader feel what it’s like to be at the drive-in theater.


HOOPER

Category 14: Best Sports Photo


A

3rd Place

Credits: Dennis Powell

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Captures an iconic moment when the gun is fired for the race to begin, unique setting and angle, communicates a story, interesting subject matter.


A

2nd Place

Credits: Geoff Powers

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Vivid color, excellent timing of shot, captures emotion, exceptional clarity and contrast, leaves something to the imagination.


A

1st Place

Credits: Philip Botta JUDGE’S COMMENTS Unique, captures a moment in time, expresses a lot of different emotions, excellent composition, depth and perspective. tells a story, unique lighting and timing of the shot.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Julie Billings

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Presents the unique, leaves something to the imagination, depth perception, timing, vivid color and contrast.


B

2nd Place

Credits: Julie Billings

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Excellent composition, vivid color, form, perspective, leaves something to the imagination.


B

1st Place

Credits: Charlie Warnimont JUDGE’S COMMENTS Shows emotion, impactful image, good depth perception, captures an iconic moment.


C

2nd Place

Credits: Dawn Bubonic

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Great emotion showing the intensity of the match where seconds make the difference between winning and losing. The photographer did very well by including the ref in the frame.


C

1st Place

Credits: Wade Linville

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Great moment and action going to the basket. This image looks very well on the page and invites the audience to the article.


D

3rd Place

Credits: Scott Jones

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Simple, clean and very effective photo. Great use of depth of field to separate the subject from the background. The movement of the runner’s hair completes the image.


D

2nd Place

Credits: Mario Gomez

JUDGE’S COMMENTS This image captured the entire story in one frame. The audience can feel the raw emotion of victory from this image.


D

1st Place

Credits: Mary Huber

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Superb action shot enticing the audience to read the caption to find out if he made the catch. This image has that wonderful uncertainty of the play since the ball is on the tip of the glove and the other player is also sliding in to attempt the catch. Great moment.


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Category 15: Best Headline


4th Place Credits: Brett Milam

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Hard to make a zoning dispute in a small town very interesting. The Clermont Sun succeeded with ‘Judd is a Dud.’


3rd Place Credits: Terry Smith

JUDGE’S COMMENTS The phrase and accompanying graphic capture the news of the story in a way that makes me want to read on.


2nd Place Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS What at first looks like a typo, turns out to be a clever use of an old pop tune and a swell invitation to read a sports feature.


1st Place Credits: Phil Buffington

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Fun word play that I’ve not read before captures the culminating high school experience.


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Category 16: Special Edition/Section


A

3rd Place

Credits: Staff


A

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Targeted for incoming students. Complete coverage of issues students care about.


A

1st Place

Credits: Staff JUDGE’S COMMENTS Comprehensive look at every team.


B

3rd Place

Credits: Staff


B

2nd Place

Credits: Todd Compston, Red Thompson, Jr., Buzz Fisher


B

1st Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Great feature writing.


C

3rd Place

Credits: Stefanie Wessell, Staff


C

2nd Place

Credits: Stefanie Wessell


C

1st Place

Credits: Jay Cordray

JUDGE’S COMMENTS A special section that offers what you would expect and more for a community’s bicentennial.


D

2nd Place

Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS A really good idea that’s executed well.


D

1st Place

Credits: Susan Tebben, Tyler Buchanan, Elizabeth White JUDGE’S COMMENTS Special attention and effort paid to a serious issue that deserved the coverage.


HOOPER

Category 17: Community Awareness


4th Place Credits: Martin Verni, Steven Coburn-Griffis

JUDGE’S COMMENTS The importance of school safety is spotlighted in this very effective project.


3rd Place Credits: Cassandra Shofar, Ann Wishart, Pam Molnar


1st Place

TIE for 1st Place


1st Place Credits: Susan Love, Kevin Kelley, Maureen Bole

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Very, very strong, in-depth commitment to the issue of drug abuse and opioid addiction.


1st Place Credits: Megan Bachman, Morgan Beard

JUDGE’S COMMENTS The work done on this project is exemplary. Communities benefit enormously from this type of work.


HOOPER

Category 18: Best Website


IND 3rd Place Credits: Beverly Keller


IND 2nd Place Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Nice use of multi-media content - embedding video on some of the pages. The menu structure is straightfoward, and it makes it very easy to navigate the website. Overall it’s a good website.


IND 1st Place Credits: Sara Welch, Jordan Roberts, Tammy Reese JUDGE’S COMMENTS Menus flow really well. Menu options seem sensible and straightforward to navigate. Design is also responsive, which is great to see. Fonts are clean and pleasing. Overall, it’s a very solid design.


GRP 3rd Place Credits: Staff

JUDGE’S COMMENTS Overall the layout is nice. The site is responsive which is good for mobile browsers.


GRP 2nd Place Credits: Krista Kano, Tim Tedeschi JUDGE’S COMMENTS The website is very clean and easy to use. The site is responsive which is great for mobile browsing. The menu structure is straightforward and intuitive.


GRP 1st Place Credits: Staff JUDGE’S COMMENTS The menu structure is clear and easy to use. Images did have alt-text (many sites don’t) so that’s good from an accessibility standpoint. The website is also responsive which is good for mobile users.


THANK YOU, JUDGES HOOPER

Steve Dorsey - Statesman Media, Austin Spencer Hunt - The Ohio State University Nicole Kraft - The Ohio State University Leonardo Carrizo - The Ohio State University George Pearson - The Ohio State University Bill Reader - Ohio University Bob Stewart- Ohio University Hans Meyer - Ohio University Kelly Taylor - Bowling Green State University Catherine Cassara - Bowling Green State University Jim Foust - Bowling Green State University Terry Rentner- Bowling Green State University Ken Garland - Bowling Green State University Brandi Barhite - Bowling Green State University Blessy McWann - Bowling Green State University Mitch McKenney - Kent State University Jan Leach - Kent State University Sue Zake - Kent State University Kevin Dilley - Kent State University Beth Butler - Kent State University John Stowell - Xavier University David Wells - Miami University Patricia Newberry - Miami University


THANK YOU, JUDGES COLLEGIATE Bev Keller - The Budget, Sugarcreek Kirk Dougal – APG Media of Ohio Ellen Kleinerman – Chagrin Valley Times Christine Quickel –The Budget, Sugarcreek Jamie Ward – Geauga County Maple Leaf Lee Cochran – ThisWeek Newspapers, Columbus Shane Flanigan – ThisWeek Newspapers, Columbus Mike Shearer – Record –Courier, Gatehouse Media Ohio Krista S. Kano – Chagrin Valley Times

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2019 Awards & Judges' Reports for Hooper Newspaper Awards & Collegiate Newspaper Awards  

The Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Awards and Ohio Collegiate Newspaper & Best Website Awards were presented at the ONMA Convention on February 7...

2019 Awards & Judges' Reports for Hooper Newspaper Awards & Collegiate Newspaper Awards  

The Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Awards and Ohio Collegiate Newspaper & Best Website Awards were presented at the ONMA Convention on February 7...

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