COLUMBUS — Three Sidney Daily News staff members and one former reporter have been named finalists in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors’ 2016 newspaper contest. The finalists were announced Monday afternoon.
The awards were made for work published in 2016 and three finalists were named in each category of the competition.
Patricia Ann Speelman, Localife Editor, was named a finalist in the Best Business Writer category. The other two finalists are Hayden Kull, Zanesfield Times Recorder, and Steve Robb, The Athens Messenger. Each entered four stories for the competition.
Speelman’s four entries were:
• “NK Parts wins fitness award” profiles the company’s Gold Achievement Fit-Friendly Worksite. The fitness center is available any hour of the day for the company’s employees. It also has fruits and salads in the vending machines. The award was presented by the American Heart Association.
• “Privitization positive move” tells how S&H Products, the sheltered workshop operated by the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities, became a separate, nonprofit entity. Six month after becoming a private entity, the number of associates it served had increased.
• “Funeral home 10th oldest” shares the history of Salm-McGill & Tangeman Funeral Home, which marked its 150th anniversary in 2016. It is the oldest continuously operating business in Shelby County.
• “Wilson gets study results” tells how the Board of Trustees of Wilson Health approved plans to move toward the establishment of a cancer treatment center in Sidney.
Freelance writer Dave Ross has been named a finalist in the Best Sports Columnist category. The other two finalists are Jason Arkley, The Athens Messenger, and Les Levine, Cleveland Jewish News. Each entered four columns for the competition.
Chief Photographer Luke Gronneberg is a finalist in the Best Sports Photo competition with his entry, “D-4 State Champions Again.” He is competing against Chris Cook, Zanesville Times Recorder, “Slide Surprise,” and Shane Flanigan, Zanesville Times Recorder, “Face Tag.”
Former Sidney Daily News Reporter Alexandra Newman is a finalist in Best Spot News Coverage for “JC Police Chief Arrested.” She is competing against Joe Higgins, The Athens Messenger, “Prison Escape,” and Zanesville Times Recorder, “Murder of Homeless Man.”
“It’s very rewarding to see the work of our staff members be recognized by the Associated Press,” said Joshua Byers, SDN publisher. “Every member of the editorial staff goes above and beyond each day to put out the best newspaper possible for our readers.”
“I’m so proud of our team of journalists,” said Natalie Buzzard, SDN general manager. “I see each of them working hard to put out the newspaper on a daily basis so it’s nice to see them recognized for the work that they do.”
The first, second and third place winners will be announced at the annual at the Ohio APME annual awards banquet Sunday, May 21, in Columbus. The General Excellence and First Amendment winners also will be announced at the meeting.
Sixty-seven daily newspapers submitted 2,084 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2016. The Sidney Daily News competes in Division II, which is for newspapers with a daily circulation of 8,000 to 11,999.
Entries were judged by editors from The Detroit (Michigan)News, Division V; Digital First Media, Pontiac, Michigan, Division IV; the Loveland (Colorado) Reporter-Herald and The Paducah (Kentucky) Sun, Division III; the San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times and the Cadillac (Michigan) News, Division II; The News-Dispatch, Michigan City, Indiana and the Ludington (Michigan) Daily News, Division I.
The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.