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Buckeye Wins 10 Awards

Two First Places, One Second, Seven Thirds


(Editor’s Note: To see the Buckeye entries that placed first, second, and third, see pages 6A and 7A.)

The Archbold Buckeye placed first in the categories of best editorial and best headline during a virtual presentation of the annual Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Show, Friday, Feb. 26.

The Buckeye placed second in Coronavirus coverage and third in newspaper design, best page design, advertising, best news photo, best sports photo, best headline, and best website.

The Hooper Show is normally part of the annual Ohio News Media Association Convention, but the convention was cancelled this year due to the pandemic.

Twenty-four Ohio nondaily newspapers submitted 609 entries, which were divided into three circulation divisions.

The Buckeye competed in Division C with circulation 2500 and below.

The contest period was from Aug. 1, 2019, to July 31, 2020.

First Place



Best Editorial

The Best Editorial category was judged on the quality of writing clarity, and local impact.

The Buckeye entry that won was, “Companies with thousands of employees are not small businesses.” It was published April 29, 2020.

The judge said, “This editorial expressed outrage over national companies with thousands of employees and tens of millions in revenue, benefiting from a federal paycheck protection program that was supposed to help ‘small businesses’ hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This was a commonly held sentiment, but the editorial’s outrage was real, and it pointed out that there were real ‘small’ businesses in the local community that could have benefited from the help instead.”

First Place

Best Headline

The Best Headline category was judged on the creativity and effectiveness of the headline.



The Buckeye entry that won was, “The Solution To Dog Poo Is You.” It was the headline of an editorial published on Sept. 4, 2019.

The judge said, “A fun, catchy headline for an editorial urging people to clean up after their dogs.”

Second Place

Coronavirus Coverage

The Coronavirus Coverage category was judged on the overall impact of the package. Newspapers could submit up to six individual pieces from their Coronavirus coverage as one package.

The judge said, “The special section and the top-of-page reminders about state-level COVID-19 announcements kept the big news front and center.

“Multiple news articles and features covered a breadth of topics in the community. The ‘cancellation of spring sports’ edition was particularly thorough.”

Third Place

Newspaper Design

The Newspaper Design category was judged on the overall look of the newspaper with emphasis on placement and organization of headlines, photos, stories, art, and ads.

Judges also considered quality and appropriate use of color, art and graphics.

Three issues constituted one entry.

The Buckeye entry that placed second contained the Oct. 30, 2019, Dec. 11, 2019, and March 18, 2020 issues.

The judge said, “Generally design is well organized. Like the standing heads.

“Covid-19 coverage design reflects the seriousness of the subject.”

Third Place

category was judged on the overall look of the page with emphasis on placement of visual elements that may include headlines, photos, graphics, infographics, advertising, color, etc.

The page that placed third was a photo page titled, “Congratulations, AHS Class of 2020,” and was published June 3, 2020.

The judge said, “Beautiful photo page. Well-balanced.”

Third Place


The Advertising category was judged on the overall design and content of paid advertising.

“Nice use of photos and clear messaging,” said the judge.

Five different ads produced by the newspaper comprise the entry. The submitted ads were a Terry Henricks Chrysler-Dodge- Jeep-Ram/Terry Henricks Ford Salute to Veterans ad that was published Aug. 7, 2019; a Terry Henricks Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram/ Terry Henricks Ford ad Salute to the AHS Marching Band full page that ran Sept. 11, 2019; an RTEC Communications ad titled, “Great Teamwork, Blue Streaks! We’re Proud of You!” that ran Nov. 27, 2019; an RTEC Communications ad titled, “Our Fiber to the Home Project Is Almost Complete,” that was published March 4, 2020; and a Shop Archbold ad titled, “Now More Than Ever… Shop Local!” that ran March 25, 2020.

Pam Kruse and Mary Huber received credit for the entry.

Third Place

Best News Photo

The Best News Photo category was judged on the overall quality and impact of a news photo as an integral part of the newspaper.

The photo was of a massive fire at the Metal X scrap yard west of Delta. Taken by David Pugh, it was published on Sept. 11, 2019.

“Good example of a news photo that tells a story in a single frame,” said the judge. “All the elements are present, and the dramatic contrast between the smoke and fire show the challenging work of the fire departments. Well done.”

Third Place

Best Sports Photo

The Best Sports Photo category was judged on the overall quality and impact of a sports photo as an integral part of the newspaper.

The photo that took third place was a boys basketball photo showing Wauseon’s Connar Penrod sailing over Pettisville’s Mitchell Avina. Published Feb. 26, 2020, it was taken by Mary Huber.

“This is a fun image to look at with one player sailing over the other player. Great shot,” said the judge.

Third Place

Best Headline

The Best Headline category was judged on the creativity and effectiveness of the headline.

The Buckeye entry that placed third was, “Milk From Honey ‘Really Creamy.’” It was published on March 11, 2020.

The judge said, “Very good headline about the last lactating cow in the Archbold School District.”

Third Place

Best Website

The Best Website category was judged on content, ease of navigation, layout, design, and advertising.

Websites were randomly “visited” no more than once per week by the judge between Oct. 19-Dec. 3, 2020.

“Lots of entry points,” the judge said.