Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ohio's Best Journalism Contest Announces 2017 Winners

Ohio's Best Journalism Contest
Announces 2017 Winners

July 6, 2017

Sarah Mills Bacha
COLUMBUS – Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest, sponsored by the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapters statewide, announced its 2017 awards today. There were 315 awards announced out of 700 entries submitted.

The categories include large circulation print (75,000 or greater), small circulation print (fewer than 75,000), radio, television, digital media, trade organizations, freelance and college. Click here for a full list of categories.

Best of Show distinctions are awarded in all categories except college. Entries were for work done in 2016. The Long Island Press Club did judging.

Save the date for a luncheon celebration to honor the winners, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at noon at the world-renowned Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Attendees will have access to Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibits, videos and tours, and see progress for the Johnson Controls Pro Football Hall of Fame Village, a $600 million project being developed at the site in preparation for the NFL’s 100th season in 2019 and centennial celebration in 2020. For more information about the Pro Football Hall of Fame, visit

Watch your inbox for celebration registration details in the coming days.

Journalists, who work for newspaper, magazines, radio, television, trade, online and college media in Ohio and adjacent states that have significant reach into Ohio were eligible to submit entries, as well as freelance journalists, who are Ohio residents, regardless of where their work is published, broadcast or webcast. Entrants did not need to be members of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Ohio’s Best Journalism is the only Ohio competition that honors journalists who fulfill the SPJ mission: defense of the First Amendment, support of literacy, resistance to censorship, advocacy for openness of public records and meetings, media self-criticism and community service.

Attention journalists/editors/entry submitters: Please review the list of winners carefully, and confirm that the individual and/or individuals listed are the names that should appear on the awards. If changes are needed, please email Sarah Bacha at as soon as possible.

Top print winners were The Columbus Dispatch with 30 awards; The Cincinnati Enquirer with 19 awards; The Akron Beacon Journal with 15 awards; and The Chronicle-Telegram with 13 awards. Top broadcast winners were WVXU 91.7 Radio with 13 awards; WBNS-TV with 10 awards; WVIZ/PBS ideastream with 10 awards; and WKSU Radio with nine awards.

In the Large Circulation Print (75,000 or greater), Best of Show category, top winners included:
  • Best Page One Design, First Place, The Columbus Dispatch, Alan Miller
  • Best Columnist in Ohio, First Place, The Akron Beacon Journal, Bob Dyer
  • Best Reporter In Ohio, First Place, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Chrissie Thompson
  • Best Photographer in Ohio, First Place, The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns
  • Best Daily Newspaper, First Place, The Akron Beacon Journal

In the Small Circulation Print (Fewer than 75,000), Best of Show category, top winners included:
  • Best Photographer, First Place, Cincinnati Business Courier, Corrie Schaffeld
  • Best Weekly Newspaper, First Place, Columbus Alive
  • Best Reporter in Ohio, First Place, Medina County Gazette, Halee Heironimus
  • Best Daily Newspaper, First Place, Medina County Gazette
  • Best Columnist, First Place, The Chronicle-Telegram, Rini Jeffers

In the Trade Publications, Best of Show category, winners included:
  • Best Trade Publication, First Place, Cincy Magazine
  • Best Trade Columnist, First Place, Michael von Glahn, The College Store Magazine

In the Television, Best of Show category, winners included:
  • Best Reporter, First Place, Kristin Swilley, WCPO-TV
  • Best Newscast, First Place, News Center 7 at 11 p.m., WHIO-TV

In the Radio, Best of Show category, winners included:
  • Best Reporter, First Place, M.L. Shultze, WKSU
  • Best Anchor, First Place, Amanda Rabinowitz, WKSU

In the Digital Media, Best of Show category, winners included:
  • Best General News Site, First Place,
  • Best Online Still Photographer in Ohio, First Place, Kristin Bauer, The Chronicle-Telegram

In the Freelance, Best of Show, categories, winners included:
  • Small Circulation Print (fewer than 75,000), Best Freelance Writer, Great Lakes Publishing, Vince Guerrieri
  • Digital Media, Best Freelance Writer,, Grant Walters

In the College category, winners included:
  • Best College Daily Newspaper, The Daily Kent Stater, Kent State University
  • Best College Non-Daily Newspaper, The Lantern, The Ohio State University
Visit Awards List
ABOUT SPJ: The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members; works to inspire current and future journalists through professional development; and advocates for the protection of the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech and press.

Nationally, SPJ improves and protects journalism through national and local training; advocacy for freedom of Information and resources; its Code of Ethics that encourages responsible reporting; a website filled with career resources –; and a national recognition program for excellence in journalism.