Receives Three First Place Awards Including “Best Website”

Contact: Meredith Hart, Marketing & Communications Director
614.247.2675, meredith.hart@wosu.org

89.7 NPR News, the all-day NPR news radio station of WOSU Public Media, was honored with seven awards from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. The 2018 Ohio’s Best Journalism Competition recognizes work from the 2017 calendar year and was presented collaboratively by the Society of Professional Journalists’ chapters in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland. There were 645 entries submitted.

Three First Place awards were given to 89.7 NPR News in a variety of categories, including Best Feature to Digital News Editor Gabe Rosenberg and Best Website to the entire WOSU Digital Team.

Full details of WOSU’s performance at the 2018 Ohio’s Best Journalism Competition are as follows:

  • Best Website – First Place to the WOSU Digital Team and wosu.org.
  • Best Feature Reporting – First Place to Digital News Editor Gabe Rosenberg for “Zoar Village, Two Centuries After Founding, Survives the Floods,” a profile of a small village in Northeast Ohio founded two hundred years ago that, despite challenges, was recently designated as a national historic landmark:
  • Best Headline Writing – First Place to Digital News Editor Gabe Rosenberg.
  • Best Feature Reporting – Second Place to 89.7 NPR News Reporter Adora Namigadde for “Seriously, What’s the Deal with Pee Pee Township?” a light-hearted look at one township in Pike County with a unique moniker.
  • Best Minority Issues Coverage – Second Place to 89.7 NPR News Reporter Adora Namigadde for “Ohio’s African Immigrants Commission Finally Has Members – And Much Work to Do,” an examination of a state board finally convening to advocate for the interests of sub-Saharan African immigrants.
  • Specialized Journalism Site – Second Place to the WOSU Digital Media Team for the microsite for “Chasing The Dream,” a multi-platform initiative developed by WOSU Public Media that looks at income inequality in Central Ohio.
  • Best General News Site – Second Place to wosu.org.

Entries were judged by out-of-state chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and professional organizations. Ohio’s Best Journalism is the only Ohio competition that honors journalists who fulfill the SPJ mission: defense of the First Amendment, support of literacy, resistance to censorship, advocacy for openness of public records and meetings, media self-criticism and community service.

89.7 FM NPR News is the only all-day NPR news radio station in central Ohio and specializes in news and public affairs programming, including All Sides with Ann Fisher, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered. Live audio streaming of the station is also available at wosu.org, as well as through the free WOSU Public Media mobile app.