Newspaper Staff Finalists for 16 Statewide Awards | News, Sports, Jobs

WARREN — The newsroom staff who produce both The Vindicator and Tribune Chronicle publications are among the finalists for 16 statewide awards announced for their work in 2021. The Editors chief of the Ohio Associated Press announced the finalists last week.

The awards in actual order of finish – first, second or third place – will be announced April 3 in Columbus, along with the winners of the Overall Excellence, Hall of Fame, Rising Star and first amendment.

Forty-eight daily newspapers submitted 1,302 entries in the competition, which included news and sports reports, features, editorials, columns, graphics, page design and photos that were published in 2021.

“I am proud of my staff for the solid reports we produce every day to inform our readers of what is happening in our community,” said editor Brenda J. Linert. “Granted, we don’t do our job for awards, but it’s always a plus when we’re recognized for the hard work we do every day. I am delighted with these accolades.

Newspapers compete in Division IV with publications of similar size. The judging was conducted by peer-reviewed Michigan newspapers.

Page designer Patrick Litowitz is a finalist in three categories: best headline writer and best graphic designer, which involve reviewing a body of work, and best illustration or informational graphic, for his titled design, “117 million dollars worth of apple bites”, on school funding.

Two staff members, editor Burton Cole and journalist Allie Vugrincic are both finalists in the Best Feature Writer category.

Mahoning County crime reporter Ed Runyan is a finalist in the timely news category for “Lower the Arms” coverage of the tragic shooting death of a 10-year-old child in Youngstown.

The newspaper is also nominated for a staff-wide topical award for its coverage of a fatal fire on January 1, 2021 in Warren.

Metro editor Tom Wills is a finalist in the explainer reporting category for his article titled, “Choking is not a game” about the death of a young boy from Trumbull County.

Editor-in-chief Amy Leigh Wilson is a finalist for her full-page design titled “Death penalty: justice or brutality?

Business editor Ron Selak Jr. is a finalist in the Best Business Writer category; Editor-in-Chief Brenda J. Linert is a finalist for Top Editorial Writer; Chief Photographer R. Michael Semple is a finalist for Best Feature Photo for an image titled “A close shave.”

The local sports department also performed very well in this year’s competition. The section is a finalist in the best daily sports section category. Sports columnist Jack Wollitz is a finalist for his weekly fishing column; sports writer Joel Whetzel is a finalist in the best sports writer category; and freelance photographer Michael Taylor is a finalist for his sports photo titled, “JFK celebrates.”

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