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Tribune wins four first-place awards in statewide contest

WARREN — Four Tribune Chronicle staffers have won first-place awards in this year’s Ohio Associated Press Media Editors’ newspaper contest.

Fifty-six daily newspapers submitted 1,630 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2019. The Tribune Chronicle participates in Division IV, for daily newspapers with circulations ranging from 19,000 to 59,999. Entries in that division were judged by editors from The Grand Haven (Michigan) Tribune.

First-place awards went to:

• Sports reporter John Vargo in the best sports enterprise category for “YSU Road Trip,” a behind-the-scenes series on the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team as it played in the Detroit area in February 2019;

• Business editor Ron Selak Jr., best enterprise reporting for “End of the Line,”about the closure of the General Motors Lordstown plant;

• Staff, for best public service for its “Community Stars” program, which honors volunteers from all over Trumbull County; and

• Photographer R. Michael Semple for best feature photo “Reflection on Life.”

Also winning awards were:

• Vargo, second place in best sports enterprise for “Seated Athletes,” a story about athletes who use wheelchairs;

• Selak, third place for best explanatory reporting on “Legalizing Marijuana”;

• News reporter Renee Fox, second place, best news writer, body of work;

• Page designer Laura McDonough, third place, best full-page design, for “Gifts for Bookworms”;

• Editor Brenda J. Linert, third place, best editorial writer, body of work.

The contest finalists were announced Feb. 14. First-, second- and third-place finishes were to be announced during the annual awards banquet May 9 in Columbus, but it was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,300 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

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