Monday, June 03, 2002

Enquirer's race coverage wins award

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLUMBUS The Cincinnati Enquirer's coverage of and community-wide response to the city's strained race relations during the year of the April 2001 riots was honored as the state's best community service reporting of the year Sunday.

        The newspaper's entry to the Associated Press Society of Ohio awards included news coverage, a regional poll on racial attitudes and the newspaper-sponsored Neighbor to Neighbor series of conversations in 130 Tristate communities.

        The Enquirer also took second place for General Excellence for newspapers with circulation over 75,000.

        The General Excellence award is based on overall excellence of the paper, including but not limited to breadth of coverage, readability, headlines, selection and use of photos, layout and packaging.

        General Excellence awards for 2001 went to — in declining order of circulation size — the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Div. V), the Cincinnati Post (Div. IV), Sandusky Register (Div. III), the Marietta Times (Div. II) and the Coshocton Tribune (Div.I).

        The Enquirer competes in Division V, newspapers with a daily circulation of more than 75,000.

        The newspaper also took a first place for Best Special Section for its “Cincinnati: A year of unrest” section, which looked back on 2001.

        The Enquirer received honorable mention in the Breaking News division for its coverage of the April 2001 riots.

        Enquirer Associate Editorial Page Editor David Wells was named the Best Editorial Writer in the state, with sports columnist Paul Daugherty named the Best Columnist in the state. Columnist Peter Bronson took third in the Best Columnist competition.

        Enquirer transportation reporter James Pilcher was honored with a second place in the Best Business Writer category.

        Food writer Chuck Martin took second place in the Best Feature Writer category.

        The Enquirer's sports section posted other awards, with John Fay taking second for Best Game Story, Paul Daugherty and Tim Sullivan earning honorable mention for Best Sports Columnist, and Mark Curnutte taking third in Best Sports Writer.

        The Enquirer took second in Best Special Sports Section for its Guide to the 2001 Major League Baseball Season and third in Best Daily Sports Section.

        The photo department won a number of awards in the competition. Michael E. Keating took second in Best Spot News Photo for “Riot action.” Patrick Reddy took third for Best General News Photo, with Steven Herppich taking honorable mention.

        Ernest Coleman placed first in Best Sports Photo, with Jeff Swinger taking second.

        Mr. Keating took honorable mention in Best Photographer.

        Designer Ron Huff took third place for Best Full-page Layout, and the newspaper took second in the state for Best Page One Layout.

        Sixty-three daily newspapers submitted 2,883 entries in the contest, which featured stories, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2001.

        Division V was judged by editors at the Tampa Tribune.

        The Associated Press is a nonprofit news cooperative serving 1,700 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States, including 89 daily newspapers in Ohio.


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