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Buckeye Wins 14 Awards

One First Place, Eight Seconds, Four Thirds, One Fourth
 

 

The Archbold Buckeye placed first in the category of best local feature at the annual Osman C. Hooper Newspa- per Show, Thursday, Feb. 6, in Columbus.

The Buckeye placed second in best news story, best local feature, best sports feature, newspaper design, advertising, best news photo, best feature photo, and best sports photo.

The Buckeye received third places in news coverage, best news story, in-depth reporting, and best local profile.

A fourth place was received in community awareness.

The Hooper Show is part of the annual Ohio News Media Association Convention, which celebrated its 87th year, Feb. 6-7.

Twenty-eight Ohio weekly newspapers submitted 837 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, 2018, to July 31, 2019.

First Place

Best Local Feature

The Best Local Feature category was judged on the overall impact of the feature story or series of stories.

The Buckeye entry that won first place was, “Rufenachts Grateful For Community Support After Sunday Barn Fire,” by Mary Huber. It was published Oct. 10, 2018.

The judge said, “The writer’s use of dialog moves the story quickly. I wanted to keep reading to find out what had happened. The story gives a great sense of a community pulling together to help a family of its own.”

Second Place

Best News Story

The Best News Story category was judged on the quality of writing and reporting and obvious extra effort that sets this news story apart from usual news coverage.

The Buckeye entry that won second was, “Rufenachts Grateful For Community Support After Sunday Barn Fire,” by Mary Huber. It was published Oct. 10, 2018.

Second Place

Best Local Feature

The Best Local Feature category was judged on the overall impact of the feature story or series of stories.

The Buckeye entry that won second place was, “Team Effort Saved Man’s Life, Says Brenneman,” by David Pugh. It was published on Oct. 31, 2018.

The judge said, “This compelling story grabbed me and held me there until the last word. The dialog gives it a literary feel. This story shows you can tell a tale in a linear fashion and still be creative.”

Second Place

Best Sports Feature

The Best Sports Feature category was judged on the overall impact of the sports feature story or series of stories.

The Buckeye entry that won second place was, “Stamm Gets Her Wish, Runs 300m Hurdles,” by Mary Huber. It was published April 17, 2019.

Second 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 Nov. 14, 2018, Dec. 19, 2018, and April 3, 2019 issues.

The judge said, “Strong color sports photography would have appeal for local audience. Modular design and standing headers help the reader move through the newspaper. Font choices and sizes are appropriate and consistent.”

Second Place

Advertising

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

“Loved the ads on the sports page,” 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 graduation ad that was published May 15, 2019; a Terry Henricks Word Search ad that ran Jan. 23, 2019; a Farmers & Merchants State Bank ad that was published Nov. 7, 2018; a Farmers & Merchants State Bank ad that was published Feb. 6, 2019, for Ridgeville Falcons Night; and a Weeping Willow Florist ad that was published Oct. 24, 2018. Pam Kruse and Mary Huber received credit for the entry.

Second 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 by David Pugh was of an Archbold school bus after it had been hit by a truck. It was published on April 3, 2019.

“I felt the angle the photographer chose allowed the viewer to understand the full impact of the damage of the accident,” the judge said. “Overall a powerful image.”

Second Place

Best Feature Photo

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

The photo that placed second was titled “What A Difference!” and was of young farmer Grayden Rufenacht standing next to corn on June 27, 2019.

Published on July 3, 2019, it was taken by David Pugh.

The judge said, “This simple shot says so much. I love his hand on the corn and the authority in his pose. The future of farming.”

Second 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 second place was of Rachel Kinsman, AHS assistant track coach, congratulating runner Iris Pena after the AHS girls 4×400-meter relay team won a 2019 state championship. Published June 5, 2019, it was taken by Mary Huber.

“Great job catching an emotional moment that tells the story,” said the judge. “This image complements the article and photo package extremely well. Good job.”

Third Place

News Coverage

The News Coverage category was judged on the overwww. all quality of community news coverage.

The Buckeye entry that won third place contained the April 3, 2019 edition, which contained coverage of the Archbold school bus crash; the Nov. 14, 2018 edition with coverage of the AHS boys soccer state championship; and the Dec. 19, 2018 edition with articles about #GivingTuesdayNWO and Ridgeville Corners residents appearing in a Clint Eastwood movie.

Third Place

Best News Story

The Best News Story category was judged on the quality of writing and reporting and obvious extra effort that sets this news story apart from usual news coverage.

The Buckeye entry that won third was, “Bookkeeping Problems Discovered At Archbold Library” by David Pugh. It was published March 20, 2019.

Third Place

In-Depth Reporting

The In-Depth Reporting category was judged on the depth of reporting on a single issue or series of related issues. These may include investigative reporting, enterprise reporting or an analysis of a subject or issue.

The Buckeye entry that won third place was a series titled “Changes In Recyling,” by Pam Graber. It was published July 31, Aug. 7, and Aug. 14, 2019.

The judge said, “The articles are concise and ‘information dense’ and provide important information to the community about the challenges of municipal recycling locally and nationwide.”

Third Place

Best Local Profile

A new category this year, the Best Local Profile category was judged on the overall impact of the profile story.

The Buckeye entry that won third place was “Ticket For Ferris Wheel ‘One Of The Best Investments I’ve Made’: Harlen Lawrence,” by Mary Huber. It was published Sept. 5, 2018.

The judge said, “The quotes totally make this story. While the story is mostly told through the couple’s words, I don’t think it would have worked any other way. It was a heartfelt story that made me remember my grandparents.”

Fourth Place

Community Awareness

The Community Awareness category was judged on how the newspaper brought awareness to a community issue. The entry consisted of a description of the community need and how results of the newspaper project addressed that need, and included all published documentation.

The Buckeye entry consisted of continuous coverage of Norfolk Southern stopping trains and blocking crossings in downtown Archbold.

The judge said, “It takes a local paper to track a problem that’s only visible to the people who are stuck at the train crossing and demonstrate why an entire community cares. Good combination of stories and editorials.”

Area

The Fulton County Expositor, Wauseon, placed first in sports coverage in Division C.

The Swanton Enterprise, Swanton, placed first in news coverage, third in best local feature, and third in sports