Dayton Daily News wins best daily newspaper in Ohio; WHIO snags TV awards

The Dayton Daily News was named the best daily newspaper in Ohio by the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus Society of Professional Journalists chapters.

The 2019 winners of the statewide SPJ awards in hundreds of categories were announced Wednesday and the Daily News beat out the other large-circulation papers in the state for the Best of Show award.

The paper and its staff also won:

Best columnist in Ohio, first place: Amelia Robinson

Best page one design, first place: Staff

Best political reporting, first place: Laura Bischoff 

Best public service journalism, first place: The Path Forward

Best website, first place: Staff

Best sports profile, first place: Tom Archdeacon

“Readers are wiser for her efforts,” the SPJ judges said of Bischoff’s coverage of the FBI’s investigation into former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger dealings with payday lenders.

“Bischoff’s relentless coverage of the fall of House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger didn’t just cover a juicy scandal,” the judges said. “It also showed how the corruption may have prevented passage of an important bill. The eyewitness account of the FBI raid on his his house added drama, while the facts gleaned from public records showed meticulous reporting.”

READ THE STORIES:

The fast and furious fall of Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger

Ohio House speaker scandal: How it developed

Payday lending bill comes to life as House speaker faces probe

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger resigning amid FBI probe

The judges called the paper’s Path Forward project, “the embodiment of public service journalism.”

The initiative was created to dig into the most pressing issues facing the Miami Valley and last year looked at the problems facing the Dayton Public Schools; how the region could shift its reputation as the overdose capital; and how to create a more robust local economy as we move into the future.

“From issues facing the local school system to the region’s ongoing opioid crisis, this newspaper has dedicated a significant amount of staff resources to writing deeply and assertively on issues that truly matter and impact the community at large,” the judges comments said.

PATH FORWARD STORIES:

What you told us: Teachers should be top priority for Dayton schools

Major disconnect: Jobs unfilled despite thousands of unemployed

Can Dayton go from ‘overdose capital’ to a model for recovery?

READ MORE: The Path Forward

Archdeacon’s winning piece was the story of Bibebibyo “Bibe” Seko, a Belmont soccer player whose family fled the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo.READ IT HERE

Robinson covers stories of Dayton’s people, culture and quirks, as well as diving into the hot-button issues of the day.

“Outstanding, clear, concise writing about vital issues,” the SPJ judges said.

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WHIO-TV won numerous awards in the television division:

Best videographer, first place: Mike Burianek

Best criminal justice reporting, second place: Jim Otte and Byron Stirsman

Best feature reporting, first place: James Brown and Byron Stirsman

Best general assignment reporting, second place: Mike Burianek and Lauren Clark

Best government reporting, second place: Jim Otte and Byron Stirsman

Best investigative reporting, second place: Kate Bartley and Byron Stirsman

Best spot news: first and second place: Staff

The station’s coverage of a school shooting in Richmond, Indiana, and mix-up over an active-shooter incident at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base swept the spot news category.

“I thought this station covered the incident thoroughly and kept its audience up to date about the situation,” the judges said of the Richmond coverage.

READ THE STORIES:

Officials: No ‘real world’ active shooter incident at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Richmond school shooting: Suspect, 14, killed in exchange with police

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