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The Ohio chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recognized Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star in several categories for its 2013 “Ohio’s Best Journalism” awards.
Toledo Free Press Managing Editor Sarah Ottney was awarded first place for “Best Arts Profile” in the newspapers greater than 75,000 circulation category for her profile of Toledo resident Barbara “Bobbie” John, who worked with the late Dick Clark on three television shows.
Former Staff Writer Caitlin McGlade won first place for “Best Newsmaker Profile” in the newspapers greater than 75,000 circulation category for her story “HipHop4Peace to benefit young victims’ family,” about shooting victims Ke’Ondra and Le’Ondra Hooks and local rappers who produced a benefit CD to help cover the family’s expenses.
Both women competed against Ohio’s daily newspapers in their categories.
The annual Toledo Free Press Mud Hens Opening Day special section earned second place for “Best Special Publication,” competing against the state’s daily newspapers.
Toledo Free Press Pop Culture Editor Jeff McGinnis won two major awards for his Toledo Free Press Star work in the category for newspapers with less than 75,000 circulation. McGinnis won first place in the “Best Columnist” category for his body of work and first place in “Best Arts Reporting” for his body of work.
Toledo Free Press Design Editor James A. Molnar won first place in the “Best Page One Design” category for his Toledo Free Press Star covers. Molnar was also named second-best graphic designer.
“We aim to compete on a level with daily newspaper journalists, so to have Sarah and Caitlin win these writing awards means a great deal to us,” said Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller. “I am particularly pleased that James’ design work was recognized and that Jeff won what may be unprecedented simultaneous victories in two major writing categories. These are hard-working journalists and I hope these statewide awards remind people of the caliber of work Toledo Free Press strives for.”
Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in Columbus in October.