COLUMBUS — The Register-Herald was honored with one of the highest accolades for weekly newspapers in Ohio on Thursday, Feb. 9, when it was awarded first place for News Coverage in its circulation division at the Ohio Newspaper Association’s annual Osman C. Hooper Awards.
Entries for the overall News Coverage category consisted of multiple, complete issues of the newspaper from July 31, 2015-Aug. 1, 2016.
Judges said The Register-Herald provided a “good mix of features and issues-based reporting, solid writing with crime news and touching human interest. Good selection of newspapers.”
The R-H finished ahead of second place Putnam County Sentinel and third place The Press of Avon Lake.
Also honored once again was R-H Editor Eddie Mowen Jr., who received second place for his series “Digital Dangers,” which spanned several editions last year. Judges said, ” Digital Dangers is a timely series on our ever-evolving media — and Eddie Mowen Jr. includes a quote with a crucial reminder for teens as well as parents: ‘A lot of times Snapchat images which they think are only existing for a brief second and disappearing are in fact not disappearing. You can capture those.’ Yes, there are Digital Dangers, but there’s also a digital divide. This is a series of reports which helps readers understand the risk we face from digital bombardment. Interesting work.”
Mowen, who began his journalism career with The Register-Herald as sports editor in late 2000, has been editor since 2008. He has won multiple state and local awards for news and sports coverage, and his photography, in the past 17 years.
The Register-Herald was also honored once more with a first place award in Sports Photography, for a photo featuring a celebration on the court after a crucial win for the Eaton High School volleyball team.
The competition for weekly newspapers is presented by the Ohio Newspaper Association Weekly Newspaper Committee and the Ohio Newspapers Foundation.
Reach General Manager Leslie Collins at 937-683-4055 or on Twitter @lcollins_RH.