The Archbold Buckeye received third place in in-depth reporting at the annual Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Show, Thursday, Feb. 11, in Columbus.
The Hooper Show is part of the annual Ohio Newspaper Association convention, which celebrated its 77th year Feb. 10-11.
The Buckeye competed in Division D for newspapers with a circulation of 1,126 to 3,299. Sixty-one Ohio weekly newspapers were divided into four circulation divisions.
The in-depth reporting class was judged by Jerry Kosicki, Felicia Ross, Tom Schwartz, and Sharon West, associate professors; Nicole Kraft, lecturer; and John Milliken, The Lantern
general manager, from the Ohio State University School of Communication.
The Buckeye entry included articles and editorials about the non-renewal of Kevin “Scoop” Miller as Archbold High School head girls basketball coach.
The judges said, “The unexpected firing of the girls basketball coach is a big deal in a small community, especially when it is sudden and unexplained. The paper made heroic, but unfortunately unsuccessful, efforts to learn the ‘why’ of the story.
“A significant flaw was the absence of the girls on the team. Surely they had opinions and reactions.”
Other Area Results
The Fulton County Expositor, Wauseon, competed in Division C, circulation from 3,345 to 5,818.
The Expositor received third places in design and headline writing.