Cox Media Group newspapers finalists for Ohio Associated Press awards

Several reporters and photographers from Cox Media Group Ohio newspapers were named finalists in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors’ 2017 newspaper contest.

The awards will be announced at the Ohio APME annual awards banquet March 24 in Columbus. The General Excellence, Hall of Fame, Rising Star and First Amendment winners also will be announced at the meeting.

Sixty-four daily newspapers submitted 1,922 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2017.

Finalists from CMGO newspapers were:

Best Daily Sports Section: Dayton Daily News

Best Public Service:Katie Wedell, Dayton Daily News

Best Explanatory Reporting:Katie Wedell, Dayton Daily News

Best Investigative Reporting:Josh Sweigart, Mark Gokavi and Chris Stewart, Dayton Daily News

Best Digital Presence:Dayton Daily News

Best Business Writer:

• Springfield News-Sun's Matt Sanctis

• Journal-News' Eric Schwartzberg

Best Columnist:

• Journal-News' Rick McCrabb

• Springfield News-Sun’s Tom Stafford

Best Photographer:Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun

Best News Writer:Michael Cooper, Springfield News-Sun

Best News Photo: Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun

Best Feature Photo: Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, for all three nominations.

Best Photo Story:Greg Lynch, Journal-News

Best Video: Greg Lynch, Journal-News

Best Public Service: Michael Cooper, Springfield News-Sun

Best Spot News Coverage: Matt Sanctis and Parker Perry, Springfield News-Sun

Best Explanatory Reporting: Matt Sanctis, Springfield News-Sun

Best Digital

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