COLUMBUS (AP) — The Mount Vernon News brought home four awards during Sunday’s Associated Press Society of Ohio’s annual meeting.
George Breithaupt earned the top spot in the Best Online Photojournalist category, with Kenesha Beheler taking third place. Reporter Mark Jordan received an honorable mention for his article, “Face to face with a modern chicken farm.” Reporter Pam Schehl also earned an honorable mention for her breaking news coverage of the Freshwater controversy.
Newspapers in Columbus, Canton, Sandusky, Marietta and Wapakoneta were named the best in the state Sunday in the annual APSO newspaper competition.
General Excellence awards for 2008 went to The Columbus Dispatch, The (Canton) Repository, the Sandusky Register, The Marietta Times and the Wapakoneta Daily News.
The Cincinnati Enquirer won the First Amendment Award for outstanding accomplishment in pursuing freedom of information with its campaign to show how society could be affected by restricted access to public information.
Sixty-six daily newspapers submitted 2,908 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2008.
Entries were judged by editors from The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Division V; The Modesto (Calif.) Bee, Division IV; the Rome (Ga.) News-Tribune, Division III; The Daily Advance, Elizabeth City, N.C., and the Statesboro (Ga.) Herald, Division II; and The Daily Times, Maryville, Tenn., Division I.
The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,500 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States. Members of AP include 88 daily newspapers in Ohio.