Reflector earns pair of awards in AP contest

COLUMBUS The Norwalk Reflector staff took home two awards from the Associated Press at this year's annual award ceremony. The Reflector earned third place in the best breaking news category for its team coverage of the June flood that ravaged the Firelands area. The Reflector's division includes Ohio newspapers with circulations between 8,000 and 12,900.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

 

COLUMBUS The Norwalk Reflector staff took home two awards from the Associated Press at this year's annual award ceremony.

The Reflector earned third place in the best breaking news category for its team coverage of the June flood that ravaged the Firelands area. The Reflector's division includes Ohio newspapers with circulations between 8,000 and 12,900.

This is the second year in a row the Reflector has taken home third place in the best breaking news category. Last year reporters Cary Ashby and Matt Hutton won for their initial coverage of the Gravelle case.

Hutton also received a third place award this year in best enterprise reporting for his three-part series about immigration.

“I thought the writer showed a good presentation of the myriad facts of illegal immigration. Hard to do in a three-part series,” the judges wrote.

(That series is being republished on the newspaper’s Web site, www.norwalkreflector.com)

“This is a fine honor for Matt and everybody at the Reflector,” Managing Editor Joe Centers said. “This is a real team effort here, from publisher Andy Prutsok to the paper boys.

“With all of the improvements to our new Web site and the paper we put out each day, we do our best to give our readers the best product we can.”

The Sandusky Register took home its share of awards as well for newspapers between 13,000 and 24,900:

Don Lee, first place, best editorial cartoonist; Abigail Bobrow, first place, best photographer; Jason Werling, second place, best photographer; Art Price, first place, best full-page layout; Brandi Barhite, first place, best feature writer, second place, best columnist, honorable mention, best enterprise reporting; Evan Goodenow, second place, best feature writer; Molly Linn, second place, best business reporter.

Comments

big mountain (A...

Congratulations on the awards. However, isn't the credibility of this paper being challenged by allowing people, just like me, to get on your website and blast away with their opinions without any ID. This just isn't right and you know it. You would never print a letter in your Forum without it being signed.

Reflector Staff...

We appreciate both your congratulations and your comments. However, we at the Reflector are not breaking new ground with our online comment policy, it is standard practice for the Web. Many other newspapers and communities have adopted the same procedure and it has worked well for them. We expect our community to maintain the same, if not higher, standards. In addition, we are more selective with letters to the editor because there is a limited amount of space on the editorial page each day, therefore those letters must meet a higher standard for publication. The Web allows us unlimited space, and while we still have standards, it allows us to give the community more room to comment.

big mountain (A...

You can put any spin on this that you wish. Regardless of what some area tabloids are doing, I think most people would hope our local paper would hold to higher standards. This continued practice will no doubt someday come back and bite you right in the behind.