Tribune staffers win first-place 2013 AP awards

COLUMBUS – The Tribune Chronicle picked up five first place awards and 13 awards overall on Sunday during the the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors association’s annual convention.

First place awards went to Tribune Chronicle writers Ashley Newman, Best Features Writer; Joe Landsberger, Best Graphics Artist and Best Full Page Layout; Raymond L. Smith, Best Investigative Reporting; and the staff for Best Special Section.

The Tribune Chronicle tied for third for the General Excellence Award as the best newspaper in Ohio in its division.

Awards were for news and sports stories, features, photos, editorials, columns and graphics published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013. Sixty-four daily newspapers submitted 2,599 entries in the contest. Entries for Division III, newspapers with a daily circulation of 13,000 to 24,999 newspapers, the division the Tribune Chronicle is in, were judged by the staffs of the Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era and the Bowling Green (Kentucky) News.

The full list of awards for the Tribune Chronicle is:

l Best Feature Writer: Newman, first place; Brenda J. Linert, business editor, second place;

l Best Special Section: Tribune Chronicle, “Summer Fun,” by the staff, designed by Landsberger, first place; Tribune Chronicle, “Veterans Day,” by the staff, designed by Mary Beth Wyko, features editor, third place;

l Best Graphics Artist: Landsberger, first place;

l Best Investigative Reporting: Smith, “Sunshine”, first place;

l Best Full Page Layout: Landsberger, “Tracking Crime in Warren”, first place;

l Best Enterprise Reporting: Virginia Shank, “Clean Sweep?”, second place;

l General Excellence: Tribune Chronicle newspaper, third-place tie with Mansfield News Journal;

l Best Business Writer: Ron Selak Jr., third place;

l Best Special Sports Section: Tribune Chronicle, “2013 High School Football Preview,” sports staff, third place;

l Best Informational Graphics: Landsberger, “Pumping the Gas,” third place;

l Best Illustration: Landsberger, “Check-up,” third.

The convention also saw the induction of a television anchor, political columnist and magazine writer into the 2014 class of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame’s inaugural class inducted Chrys Peterson, retired anchor at WTOL-TV in Toledo; Joe Hallett, retired political reporter for The Columbus Dispatch; and Simeon Booker, retired reporter for Jet and Ebony magazines.

M. L. Schultze, web editor of WKSU-FM in Kent, was elected president of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors association for 2014-15 at the group’s annual convention Sunday.

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 85 daily newspapers in Ohio.