TFP wins third SPJ Best Weekly honorWritten by Jason Mack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Society of Professional Journalists has awarded Toledo Free Press the title of Best Weekly Newspaper in Ohio for the third straight year. Toledo Free Press competes in the circulation of 100,000 or above category.
“We are grateful to SPJ for the recognition and we are pleased to keep this title in Toledo,” said Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller. “There is a small group of people here who work very hard, and as we enter our seventh year, we feel like we are just hitting our stride in serving the local community.”
Toledo Free Press Star writer Kristen Criswell was awarded second place in the Best Arts Reporting category, under 100,000 circulation.
“For Star to make an impact at the state level during its first year is exciting and provides a challenge to improve that impact in the coming years,” Miller said.
Raceway Park award
Raceway Park named Toledo Free Press its Corporate Sponsor of the Year for its sponsorship of the Party at the Park concert series.
“We wouldn’t be able to have the level of success we had this year if it wasn’t for the relationship with the Toledo Free Press,” said John McNamara, director of marketing and guest services at Raceway Park. “It was a no-brainer this year. The partnership helped us take the concert series to a new level of awareness in the community, seeing how successful Toledo Free Press has become in this market in such a short amount of time. It’s obviously well-respected and held in high regard with the community as a reliable news and entertainment source.”
Tom Pounds, president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and TFP Star, said, “We have great resepct for Raceway Park and have been impressed with its community-minded operators. We look forward to seeing the impact of Penn National Gaming as it invests hundreds of millions of dollars in our community.”
The fifth year of the concert series featured performances by local bands such as Hoozier Daddy, Nine Lives, MAS FiNA, The Chris Brown Band and 56 Daze. Attendance at the track has increased by 40 percent on Saturdays since the concert series began.
“Because of the way the racing industry is and what a corporate sponsor allows you to do, it is an essential piece of marketing and bringing live racing to the public,” McNamara said. “Since we started partnering with local businesses, it’s helped us do a lot of fun stuff at the track. We’ve bucked the national trend of live racing attendance plummeting.”