COLUMBUS — Finalists have been announced in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editor’s 2017 newspaper contest.
The awards in actual order of finish — first, second and third places — will be announced at the Ohio APME annual awards banquet on March 24 in Columbus. General Excellence, Hall of Fame, Rising Star and First Amendment winners also will be announced at the meeting.
The Mount Vernon News placed in the top three of eight categories.
News City Editor Fred Main and Sports Editor Bill Davis are in the top three for Best Sports Columnist. Rounding out the category is a writer from The Sidney Daily News.
Main’s submission, “Gimme a Mulligan” mostly features the sport of golf but can hit any sports related topic. Entries included, “Already prepping for golf season,” published Jan. 13, 2017; “Early PGA season is something to watch,” from Feb. 10, 2017; “Giving the NFL a red card,” Dec. 22, 2017; and his personal favorite, “Dad makes big return to the golf course,” a column marking his dad’s triumphant return to the golf course following a stroke three years prior.
Davis goes “Off the bench” in his column where he explores many facets of sports including watching his own son compete with “Win or lose, Dad is proud of wrestling son,” from Feb. 3, 2017; and looking into the evolution of student fans in the Feb. 17, 2017 column, “Student sections becoming more creative.” July 22, 2017 saw Davis’ take on events at the Knox County fair with “All hail mighty Redneck Relay” and on Nov. 17, 2017, he told the story of being gifted a Steelers jacket and how difficult it can be to a fan these days.
News Graphic Design Manager Joshua Worster placed in three design categories including Best Graphic Artist. Entries in this body of work category are the index page from the 2017 Looking Glass, Cross Country All-Area Honors page, full-page on the progression of the Woodward Opera House and Virgil Shipley’s 90th Birthday. Worster competes against graphic artists from Cleveland Jewish News and The Athens Messenger.
Shipley’s birthday page also places Worster in the top three of the Best Full Page Design category, again competing against Cleveland Jewish News and The Athens Messenger.
Worster rounds out his trifecta of awards with a graphic on potential costs to Centerburg water customers based on options discussed by the village in April 2017. Also finishing in the top three are artists from The (Celina) Daily Standard and The Athens Messenger.
Scoles entered three columns published during National Newspaper in the Best Columnists category that “spread the message that newspapers are still functioning businesses that require as much, if not more, community support than they offer,” the submission stated.
The columns were: “Editor: Ban could be costly to city,” published Sept. 1, 2017; “News a valuable local commodity,” published Oct. 2, 2017; “All businesses need community support,” published Oct. 3, 2017; and “Scoles: News should support free speech,” published Oct. 4, 2017.
The two remaining finalists are both from the Cleveland Jewish News.
Scoles is also a finalist for Best Editorial Writer placing with writers from The Newark Advocate and Lisbon Morning Journal.
Editorials submitted included a piece published May 16, 2017, addressing the videotaping of a Mount Vernon Police Department officer making an arrest on a subject under a sealed indictment. The editorial further commented on local law enforcement’s decision to encrypt scanner traffic on the auspice of officer safety. A piece from June 27, 2017, addresses the city of Mount Vernon’s discussion of an income tax levy and suggested the city should find a way to equitably share the burden on city residents rather than those employed in the city and those taxed without representation. Two other submitted editorials addressed a mishandled case in the city law director’s office (Feb. 13, 2017) and a piece published June 15, 2017, after Kevin Remillard turned himself in after being charged with the murder of his cousin.
A Best Investigative Writing nod was given by judges to Scoles for her Dec. 30, 2017, article on former Mount Vernon Fire Department Capt. Mike Treisch’s suspension from the department. In addition to the article, the News was required to “show how the story developed, investigative methods used and evidence of the ultimate impact of the story.”
A Newark Advocate reporter fills the other top two spots in the category with stories on the Kirkersville tragedy.
The final award for Scoles, and the News, is a Best News Writer. The body of work entries included “City facing $1.2 million budget deficit,” Jan. 23, 2017; “Victim loses hope after Broeren’s delays,” Jan. 26, 2017; Centerburg narrows water options,” April 17, 2017; and “Both sides vocal on income tax levy,” Oct. 30, 2017.
Also in the top three of this category are writers from The (Ashtabula) Star Beacon and Zanesville Times Recorder.
Judges for Division II, which included the Mount Vernon News, were editors from the Niagara-Gazette, Niagara, New York and the Cadillac (Michigan) News.