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The Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com received two Best of Ohio first-place awards and 10 first-places in other categories at the 2017 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards sponsored by the Press Club of Cleveland.
In addition, the Beacon Journal was recognized as Ohios second-best newspaper and Ohio.com was named the third-best website in the state. The Beacon Journals work was recognized with a total of 32 awards at a dinner Friday night in Cleveland.
The Press Club of Cleveland received a record number of entries more than 900 from across the state. Judging was done by journalists from New Orleans, western Pennsylvania, Los Angeles, Idaho, Milwaukee, San Francisco, San Diego, Syracuse and Arizona.
Sports columnist/Cavs reporter Marla Ridenour was named the Best in Ohio for her columns. She also received a first-place award in the category of sports columns. Best in Ohio for essay writing went to columnist Bob Dyer.
Other first-place winners were Mary Beth Breckenridge (lifestyle), Stephanie Warsmith (obituary), Rick Steinhauser (illustration), Paula Schleis (general news), Michael Chritton (general and sports photography), Mike Cardew (feature photography) and Phil Masturzo (studio and portrait photography).
In naming the Beacon Journal Ohios second-best newspaper, the judge cited the writing and reporting. Among the highlights: The final moments in the cockpit before the Akron plane crash, the report on autopsies, the fired officers. There was great local reporting in the post-election Community [section], and I enjoyed the illustrations of the basketball players in the May 1st edition.
The Plain Dealer was named Ohios best newspaper.
The Beacon Journals website, Ohio.com, was named the third-best website in Ohio. First place went to the Dayton Business Journal, and the Cincinnati Business Courier took second.
Here is a list of the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com winners:
?Best In Ohio: Column
First Place Marla Ridenour, sports columnist
?Best In Ohio: Essay
First Place Bob Dyer
?Best In Ohio: Cartooning
Second Place Brian Shellito
?Best Website In Ohio
Third Place Ohio.com Darrin Werbeck, Dan Kadar, Deanna Stevens
?Best Daily Newspaper in Ohio (more than 75,000 circulation)
Second Place Akron Beacon Journal
?General News Column
Second Place After an amazing comeback, the ultimate defeat, Bob Dyer
First Place LeBron James delivers tears of joy, Marla Ridenour
First Place A colorful character dies, Mary Beth Breckenridge
Third Place Indomitable pheasant incites fear, Mary Beth Breckenridge
Third Place For a first-time voter, this election is daunting, Theresa Cottom
First Place Federal judge did job justice, Stephanie Warsmith
Second Place County Executive Russ Pry, Amanda Garrett
Third Place One Nation, Michael Douglas
Third Place Antietam battlefield is full of ghosts, Bob Downing
Third Place Promised Land LeBron James, Brian Shellito
?Illustration Single Image
First Place Chrissie Hynde, Rick Steinhauser
Third Place Cavaliers NBA Playoffs, Brian Shellito
?Single Page Design
Second Place Won for All, Mark Turner, Bob DeMay
?Spread or Multiple Page Design
Second Place Brotherly Love, Mark Turner, Leah Klafczynski, Kimberly Barth, Bob DeMay
?Breaking News: Consecutive Days Same Topic
Second Place Huntington to acquire Akrons FirstMerit, staff
?Breaking News: Single-Day Package
Third Place Scarborough Out, staff
?General News: Single Story
First Place Chaos in the cockpit, Paula Schleis
?Features: Personality Profile
Third Place Roller coaster life of 1996 Olympic gold-medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu reaches another peak, Marla Ridenour
Second Place Your Vote Ohio, staff Your Vote Ohio
?General News Photography
First Place Heroin Kills, Michael Chritton
First Place Head First, Michael Chritton
Second Place Welcome home, Maddy, Phil Masturzo
?General Feature Photography
First Place BFF, Mike Cardew
Third Place Heros Welcome, Phil Masturzo
First Place Blackberry and Peach Cobbler, Phil Masturzo
?Portrait / Personality Photography
First Place Civil War, Phil Masturzo
Second Place Game Face, Leah Klafczynski