Finalists have been announced in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors 2021 broadcast and newspaper contests, according to the Ohio APME. The awards in actual order of finish will be announced April 3 in Columbus along with the General Excellence, Hall of Fame, Rising Star and First Amendment award winners.
Forty-eight daily newspapers submitted 1,302 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2021. Entries were judged by editors from The Detroit News and The Detroit Free Press, Division V; The Grand Haven (Michigan) Tribune, Division IV; The McComb Daily (Michigan), Division III; Mount Pleasant (Michigan) Morning Sun, and MLive Media Group, Division II; The Holland (Michigan) Sentinel and the Alpena (Michigan) News, Division I.
The Mansfield News Journal was recognized with multiple finalists, including:
- Best Business Writer: Lou Whitmire
- Best Columnist: Mark Caudill
- Best Sports Columnist: Jake Furr
- Best Sports Writer: Jake Furr
- Best Photographer: Jason Molyet
- Best News Writer: Lou Whitmire
- Best Sports Enterprise: Jake Furr, “MNJ Scholar Athlete Honorees”
- Best Special Sports Section: Jake Furr, “MNJ Scholar Athlete Awards”; Jake Furr, “The Stars Align – MNJ All Star Classic Preview”
- Best Daily Sports Section: Jake Furr, Mansfield News Journal
- Best News Photo: Jason Molyet, “Face of Homelessness.”
- Best Feature Photo: Jason Molyet, “Hatched Sparrow”
- Best Sports Photo: Jake Furr, “A Champion’s Joy”’
- Best Public Service: Zach Tuggle, “Poison Hemlock ‘Spreading Like Wildfire’ Across Ohio.”
- Best Spot News Coverage: Monroe Trombly and Lou Whitmire, “38-year-old Man Shot and Killed by Police after Three-hour Standoff”
- Best Explanatory Reporting: Monroe Trombly, “Police Discipline: Records Show Mansfield Officer Suspensions Often Reduced.”
- Best Enterprise Reporting: Monroe Trombly, “Fine, I’ll do it Myself:’ Vet Who Removed ‘Unserviceable’ Flags Charged with Petty Theft.”
- Best Investigative Reporting: Lou Whitmire, “He’s Turning Blue.’ Family Demands Answers in Richland Jail Death after Video Surfaces.”
We consider ourselves fortunate to be serving a media market with such talent. A big 1812 Congrats to all involved!