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Progress wins 1st for news coverage, photo
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013 9:02 PM

COLUMBUS – The Paulding County Progress is proud to announce it has earned four more awards from the Ohio Newspaper Association.

The Progress received a first-place award in two categories.

In the news coverage category, judges said, “Excellent coverage of some major local events in your community.” The entry included editions reporting on the June 29 wind storm and the January 2012 hotel fire in downtown Paulding.

The other win was in the category of best news photo for an image of the hotel fire. The judges, from Kent State University, commented, “Great layout. Strong, clean images that have impact. Captions are well written and descriptive.”

The Progress also received a third-place award in the same category, for a photo from a school bus/van crash last spring. Both photos were taken by editor Melinda Krick.

The fourth award was a second place for special edition or section for the historical publication, Visions of Paulding County Volume 13. “Paulding County Then and Now” was the theme for the edition, which featured vintage and current photos from around the county.

The judge, from Ohio State University, commented, “Love this idea. Great mix of mixing old and new.”

The awards were presented as part of the Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Show at the ONA annual conference in Columbus. The contest is sponsored by the Ohio Newspaper Association. A total of 59 participating member newspapers submitted entries for judging.

All entries were taken from editions that were published between Aug. 1, 2011 through July 31, 2012.

Since 1999, the Progress staff has been recognized for excellence with numerous awards from ONA and also the national Inland Press Association’s Local News Writing Contest.