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home : local news : local news July 25, 2017

2/7/2014 8:32:00 AM
Telegram named 'Newspaper of the Year'

For the eighth consecutive year, The Telegram has continued its proud tradition of competitive excellence in the 2014 Osman C. Hooper Show - and the icing on the cake was being named "Best Newspaper of the Year."

The Ohio Newspaper Association (ONA) held its Annual Convention the week of Feb. 6, 2014 at The Hilton Columbus Downtown. The Telegram's Staff Writer Brad S. Sherman was on hand to accept the awards, as well as General Manager Jerry Mossbarger who also serves on the ONA's Board of Trustees.

All entries for the 2014 Hooper Show were taken from newspapers published between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013. A total of 35 newspapers competed in the 2014 Hooper Show, with a total of 470 entries. The Telegram received a total of 13 awards, including the distinguished "Newspaper of the Year" Award. Most classes were judged by division based on circulation: Division "A" (10,500 and over); Division "B" (from 5,200 to 9,500); Division "C" (from 3,038 to 4,600); and "Division D" (from 1,000 to 2,954). The Telegram competed in Division "B."

Year after year The Telegram has consistently excelled in this ONA-sponsored contest, capturing a total of 70 Hooper awards to date and placing in all possible classes, including being a five-time "General Excellence"/"Newspaper of the Year" trophy winner, which is the top overall award in each division.

The Telegram awards in the 2014 Osman C. Hooper Show also included the following:

• News Coverage: First Place. This entry is judged on the overall quality of community news coverage and includes three full issues. The Telegram's winning issues were those printed on 1-12-13, 4-13-13 and 6-29-13. The judges noted "a good mix of news, teases, and photos."

• Advertising: First Place. This class is judged on the overall design and content of paid advertising and must be entirely prepared by the newspaper staff. The Telegram's winning entry included the full Special Anniversary issue of 4-13-13 (48 pages), as well as five individual ads, entitled: "Memorial Day Sale/Smith Chevrolet Buick"; "March Madness" (for basketball season); Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau's "Going Hog Wild" (a scholarship project); "Down Home Quality Right Down the Road" (for Amish businesses); and "Honoring Our Veterans" (a thank-you signature page).

• Best News Photo: First Place. All photos are judged on their overall quality and impact as an integral part of the newspaper, in their respective classes. The winning news photo was taken by Brad S. Sherman, entitled "Fire destroys local home," 1-19-13. The judges wrote, "Best, most storytelling photo in the contest. Photograph has everything -- action, fire, reaction, environment. Congrats on being on the scene so quickly."

The Telegram won two awards for Feature Photos, and the judge noted: "Real emotion and real action, often accented by a short distance between camera and subject matter and a tight crop, makes these photographs worthy of honors -- as well as a second and third look by readers perusing their papers. These winners show how the small things -- finding the right angle, waiting for the right moment, capturing something spontaneous and true -- can make the difference between a good photograph and a great one."

• Best Feature Photo: First Place. This first-place winning feature photo was taken by Pete Wilson, entitled "Coalton Mayor Milliken takes one for charity," 9-5-12. The judge commented, "Nicely done. This is a staged event, so the photographer knows what's coming. Still, the shot is well organized and timed. The spray from the hose makes a halo framing the victim. Her reaction is caught at just the right moment. And the photographer's setup of the shot, with truck and onlookers in background, is excellent. The bright color also makes this pop off the page."

• Best Feature Photo: Third Place. This winning feature photo was taken by Brad S. Sherman, entitled "The Agriculture Experience," 5-15-13. The judge commented, "This photo nicely captures the sense of wonder and excitement of the children. It does not feel staged. Instead, the tight crop and the fact that the children have fixed their gazes at the lizard and at others outside the photo makes the reader feel like an onlooker bathed in real human joy and wonder."

• Best Sports Photo: Third Place. The winning sports photo was taken by Red Thompson, Jr., entitled "Oaks take down Valley in SOC Division II," 4-10-13. The judges noted "good timing, well framed, and exposed."

• Design: Second Place. This class is judged on the overall look of the newspaper with emphasis on placement and organization of headlines, photos, stories, art, and ads; the quality and appropriate uses of color, original art and original graphics. The Telegram staff's winning entry consisted of three full issues from 1-16-13, 3-16-13 and 4-24-13, with all three front pages designed by Brad S. Sherman.

• Best Special Section or Edition: Second Place. An entry in this class includes an entire newspaper, section, page or series of consecutive pages, including editorial and advertising material promoting a single theme, and a statement concerning the success achieved. The Telegram's winning entry was a magazine-quality publication entitled "A Better Today -- Technology," published in July, 2013. The articles, advertisements, layout and distribution were all executed in-house, with the focus on how technology has influenced changes in medicine, education and communications within the 21st Century. The work represents a clear team effort from every member of the entire The Telegram staff. Of this team-driven achievement, the judges noted: "The Telegram's 'A Better Today' has an excellent cover page. Also, the first two pages of the publication demonstrate an expert use of opacity, design concept, and color. Both the theme and writing are quite strong in this submission."

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• Best Website, Independent Newspapers Division: Second Place. The Websites are judged on the following criteria: Content, Navigation, Visual/Design, Advertising, and Community. The Telegram's Website is maintained jointly by its designer and Webmaster, Rick Callebs, and the news staff members who update it regularly with breaking stories and photos. Brad S. Sherman, who is also The Telegram's videographer, handles the chief responsibility for the majority of the updates on a daily basis, including Website videos, which he produces. The judge commented that the use of video on the page was a good addition.

• Best Headline: First, Second and Fourth Places. This class is judged on the creativity and effectiveness of each headline, and all entries are judged together with no division by circulation. The Telegram's three winning entries were as follows:

First Place, Pete Wilson: "Hundreds at BOE meeting say: 'Jesus Must Stay'." The judges noted, "Outstanding headline around a church and state controversy covered effectively by the paper... well done." This story was part of an in-depth reporting series covering a period of four months, collaboratively written by Pete Wilson, Brad S. Sherman, Steven P. Keller, and Red Thompson, Jr.

Second Place, Brad S. Sherman: "Hundreds have a blast at Muzzleloader Club Trade Fair." The judge commented, "The headline is a fine complement to effective design and photography."

Fourth Place, Brad S. Sherman: "Jackson home puts 'dead' in dead-end street" -- describing a classic "Hometown Halloween" outdoor display.


The Telegram staff members are once again very proud to wrap up another ONA contest season with sound success. The full-time staff includes: General Manager/Publisher Jerry Mossbarger; Circulation Director Rayanna Puckett; Classified Ad Manager/Receptionist Beckie Owens; Advertising Manager Jeanne Gillum; Advertising Sales Representatives Joel Walton, Renee Conley, and Keith Davis; Ad & Graphic Designers Christina Bryan and Danielle Staten; and the Editorial Department: Managing Editor Steven P. Keller, Executive Editor/Radio News Director Pete Wilson, Community Editor Pam Wilson, Sports Editor Todd Compston, Staff & Sports Writer Red Thompson, Jr., and Staff Writer/Website Videographer Brad S. Sherman.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Article comment by: Ray Napper

A well deserved honor to deserving people. Congratulations to the entire staff because it took you all working together to get that award for a JOB WELL DONE !

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