The Gazette was runner up for Best Daily Newspaper in its circulation class in the 2013 Ohio’s Best Journalism competition.
Gazette staff members won five individual awards in the annual contest, sponsored by Society of Professional Journalists’ chapters in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati:
• Kiera Manion-Fischer took a first place in Best Deadline Reporting for her coverage of the June 3, 2012, crash that took the lives of four Brunswick High students;
• Scott Kline took second place for Best Page One design;
• Nick Glunt won second place in Best Social Issues reporting for a story on the dramatic growth in the number of Medina County residents receiving food stamps;
• Assistant Sports Editor Rick Noland won two awards. He took second for Best Sports Profile for a feature on how Medina softball player Sami Holzman used the sport to help her cope with her mother’s battle with cancer. Noland also was runner-up for overall Best Sports Reporting for six stories, including features on Gazette Senior Female Athlete of the Year Selena Pasadyn of Brunswick and Senior Male Athlete of the Year Nick Tavanello of Wadsworth.
All the awards were in the under-75,000 circulation category.
The Gazette’s sister publication, The Chronicle-Telegram, was named Best Daily Newspaper in that circulation class.
The Columbus Dispatch won best daily newspaper in the large circulation class. The Plain Dealer was runner up.
Nearly 300 awards were chosen from 606 entries submitted in the competition for stories published in 2012.
The awards ceremony will be Oct. 5 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.