Dayton Daily News a finalist for 8 statewide journalism awards

The Dayton Daily News and staff members were named finalists Monday for eight awards in seven categories in the 2021 Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Association contest.

The contest honors the best daily journalism work by newspapers, television and radio stations from across the state.

Finalists for the Dayton Daily News include:

Best headline writer: Sean McClelland. His nomination includes four sports headlines, including, “Wright St. right school for well-traveled Wright” and “Angel divine as usual as raiders advance.”

Best business writer: Lynn Hulsey. The stories nominated include packages on the child care crisis; the Great Resignation on the record millions of workers quitting jobs; the Great Mismatch and why firms can’t connect with job applicants; and the need for local businesses to focus on cybersecurity.

Best sports feature writer: Tom Archdeacon. The stories nominated include a homecoming queen turned python hunter; a boxer and family man shot five times; the Wilmington College baseball coach and his bond with his assistant with brittle bone disease; and former Anna High and Ohio State basketball standout Sarah Schulze, who became a Catholic nun.

Best sports writer: Tom Archdeacon. The stories nominated include coverage of Miami University and NBA legend honored; a softball hall of famer dealing with devastating cancer diagnosis; a Miami University basketball player and his story of coming to America as an unsure teenager from Africa; and UD volleyball great dealing with pregnancy and motherhood.

Best news photo: Marshall Gorby, with two entries that captured the story of a standoff and deadly police shooting on Hoover Avenue last year. When SWAT teams used tear gas to get the man out of the house, some of it came back toward the photographer and got in his throat and eyes.

Best investigative reporting: Josh Sweigart and Chris Stewart. This series of articles looked into how Montgomery County distributed federal CARES Act funds to landlords led to policy changes, an ongoing federal investigation and some landlords paying the county back.

Best digital presence: Dayton Daily News. This award looks at, as well as our social media sites, including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

“It is our mission to serve readers with in-depth information and journalism they can trust,” said Ashley Bethard, Dayton Daily News editor and chief content officer. “It’s an honor to see our journalists recognized as some of the best in the state of Ohio. We’re incredibly proud of the work they’ve done, and its impact on our community.”

The winners will be announced during an April 3 awards luncheon.

Forty-eight daily newspapers submitted 1,302 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2021.

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