The Archbold Buckeye placed first in sports coverage and best sports photo at the annual Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Show, Thursday, Feb. 8, in Columbus.
The Buckeye placed second in news coverage, best editorial, best page design, advertising, best sports photo, and special edition/ section.
The Buckeye swept the best sports photo category, also receiving a third place.
The Hooper Show is part of the annual Ohio News Media Association Convention, which celebrated its 85th year, Feb. 7-8.
Forty Ohio weekly newspapers submitted 795 entries, which were divided into four circulation divisions.
The Buckeye competed in Division D with circulations below 2500.
The contest period was from Aug. 1, 2016, to July 31, 2017.
First Place: Sports Coverage
The Sports Coverage category was judged on all aspects of local sports, writing, and photo quality and overall appearance of the sports section.
The Buckeye entry consisted of the April 5, 2017 AHS 2017 state boys basketball souvenir section, the March 22, 2017 edition containing regional boys basketball tournament coverage and spring sports previews, and the March 15, 2017 edition that included AHS wrestling state tournament coverage, AHS boys basketball district tournament coverage, and AHS girls basketball regional tournament coverage.
The judge said, “Souvenir section is reason for the first place. Outstanding work, solid photos, and good story ideas.”
First 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 was of Bryce Williams scoring to give Archbold a 1- 0 lead in the first round of the 2017 state Acme baseball tournament. It was taken by Mary Huber.
“This is an amazing shot that really tells a story,” said the judge. “The photographer did a good job capturing a pivotal moment and ensuring the photo draws the viewer’s eye to the most important elements.”
Second Place: News Coverage
The News Coverage category was judged on the overall quality of community news coverage. Three full issues are submitted as one entry.
The judge said, “Great use of print to promote online work. This is convergence and teamwork at its best. Overall good coverage of community events, good in-depth reporting.”
Second Place: Best Editorial
The Best Editorial category is judged on the overall quality of writing, clarity, and local impact. There are no circulation divisions in this category, which means all entries were judged together.
The Buckeye entry that placed second was “Send Governor, Legislature Back To School,” which was published March 15, 2017.
The judges said, “This is a clearly written and forceful condemnation of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to require teachers to complete 40 hours of training as externs in a business– presumably so that educators would learn the efficiencies of the real-world business environment.
“The Archbold Buckeye’s comeback to that half-baked idea: Require the governor and legislators to each spend a couple weeks working in a public school.
“That would be a real-world education.”
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 Buckeye entry that placed second was the front page of the April 5, 2017 edition, with coverage of the Friday, March 31 collision of two semis at the St. Rt. 34- Co. Rd. 24 intersection.
The judge said, “The lead story (truck crash with environmental pollution) is particularly well designed. The bundling of a main bar and a sidebar ensures the two major aspects of the story are emphasized.”
Second Place: Advertising
The Advertising category consisted of five different ads. It was judged on the overall design and content of paid advertising.
The Buckeye entry consisted of a Shop Archbold ad, an RTEC Communications ad, a Joe Newlove Real Estate ad, a Terry Henricks Chrysler Dodge-Jeep-Ram ad that was published in the AHS boys basketball state tournament souvenir section, and a Village of Archbold ad detailing sidewalk snow removal requirements.
The judge said, “Very clever design. The white space really catches the reader’s eye (the Shop Archbold ad). Simple, clear call to action. Overall, extremely effective ads.”
Second Place: Best Sports Photo
The photo that took second place was of Noah Mattin celebrating after winning a 6-4 sudden victory in the semifinals of the state wrestling tournament. It was taken by Mario Gomez.
“You can feel the wrestler’s joy and struggle after his victory,” said the judge.
“This photo tells a strong important story and uses photo techniques to effectively guide readers to it.”
Second Place: Special Edition/Section
The Special Edition/Section category consists of an entire newspaper, section, page, or series of consecutive pages, including editorial and advertising material, promoting a single theme.
The Buckeye entry was the April 5, 2017 AHS boys basketball state tournament souvenir section.
The judge said, “Strong combination of local-local prep sports coverage and advertising support makes this section a win-win for the community and the newspaper.”
Third Place: Best Sports Photo
The photo that placed third was of Archbold’s Brian Ball grimacing as he throws the shot put.
“The strain on the athlete’s face is compelling,” said the judge.
“The selective focus of the photo ensures that readers are drawn to him.
“The framing and crop also ensure the athlete is front and center.”
The Fulton County Expositor, Wauseon, placed third in features and in sports coverage in Division D.