The Archbold Buckeye received second place in the best local feature category and fourth in community service at the annual Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Show, Thursday, Feb. 10, in Columbus.
The Hooper Show is part of the annual Ohio Newspaper Association convention, which celebrated its 78th year, Feb. 9-10.
The Buckeye competed in Division D for newspapers with a circulation of 1,098 to 2,885. Sixty-one Ohio weekly newspapers were divided into four circulation divisions. Best Local Feature
The best local feature class was judged by Oliver Boyd- Barrett, professor; Nancy Brendlinger and Catherine Cassara, associate professors; Dave Sennerud, Kelly Taylor, and Brandi Barhite, journalism instructors, the Department of Journalism and Public Relations, Bowling Green State University.
The Buckeye entry which won second place, written by Pam Graber, centered on Dale and Florence Schrock and was titled “Alzheimer’s Disease Also Victimizes Family, Schrock Says.”
The judges said, “The story provides a moving account of the experiences of a local senior couple as a basis from which to explore the subject of Alzheimer’s and links this with a reader-friendly source of reference that readers may use to check for symptoms of the disease.
“It achieves several important goals at once: it establishes a personal and sympathetic link with a local couple, it provides important education and insight concerning a worrying disease, in a way that may be helpful both for victims and their families, and also demonstrates the value of appropriate institutional care.
“In doing this it provides an important public service.
“However, there was scope for improvement in the quality of writing and/or editing.” Community Service
The community service class was judged by Karen Kaiser, Kaiser Association Management Administrator, Central Ohio PRSA.
She said, “Entries in the Community Service category were impressive and inspirational. Projects ran the gamut from fund-raising events, to municipal tax levies, to city CVB transparency issues, to disaster relief, to a proliferation of an odor coming from an abandoned house– and beyond.
“To see how the power of the press informed people, moved them to action, improved their community, and affected long-needed changes was rewarding.
“It was a very competitive category, and choosing ‘winners’ from this array of good work and deeds was indeed challenging.”
The Buckeye entry focused on “Smelly House,” a house on Wilson Street which emanated an odor that could be smelled by neighbors.
The judge said, “For nearly one year, an Archbold neighborhood became increasingly vexed by a pervasive odor. The source of the problem was tracked to an abandoned house and, despite an order by the Health Department, the bank responsible for the upkeep failed to address and resolve the problem.
“This came to the attention of the Buckeye during a City Council meeting, and a front-page article was written two days later.
“The reporter made repeated calls to the bank, continued to ask questions, and followed up with another feature article and an editorial.
“Hours before the next issue went to press, the Buckeye was notified that repairs were underway at the “Smelly House.”
“Seemingly, the newspaper’s persistence and exposure to the community of the responsible parties resulted, finally, in immediate action.”