Sunday, May 15, 2016
The Vindicator received 20 awards Sunday for journalistic excellence in the 2015 Associated Press Media Editors competition, including seven first-place rankings.
The newspaper competed in Division IV for newspapers with a daily circulation of 20,000 to 69,999.
Awards were presented at a luncheon in Columbus. Vindicator winners and their rankings include:
General Excellence: The Vindicator, second place.
Best Columnist: Bertram de Souza, first place.
Best Editorial Writer: Bertram de Souza, second place.
Best Feature Writer: Jordyn Grzelewski, third place
Best Graphics Artist: Robert McFerren, third place.
Best Sports Columnist: Ed Puskas, second place.
Best Sports Writer: Joe Scalzo, first place.
Best Photographer: Robert K. Yosay, third place.
Best Sports Enterprise: Steve Wilaj, first place; and sports staff for “Death of Hamzah Ajahmi,” second place.
Best Illustration or Informational Graphic: Robert McFerren for “Oakhill Primer,” third place.
Best Feature Photo: William D. Lewis for “Special Needs Prom,” third place.
Best Sports Photo: David Dermer for “Catching Up,” first place.
Best Video: William D. Lewis for “Thankful: Rev. Steve Popovich,” third place.
Best Public Service: Jordyn Grzelewski and Joe Gorman for “Heroin in the Mahoning Valley,” first place, and Jordyn Grzelewski for “Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision,” third place.
Best Explanatory Reporting: Staff report on “Mill Creek Park and Youngstown Sewers,” second place.
Best Investigative Reporting: Staff report on “After Woodside,” first place.
Best Full Page Design: Robert McFerren, third place.
Best Digital Presence: The Vindicator, first place.
At the meeting in Columbus, Todd Franko, editor of The Vindicator, was named APME of Ohio’s director representing newspapers with a daily circulation of 15,001 to 50,000.
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