Lima News staff honored in journalism contest –

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COLUMBUS — The Lima News won 19 awards Sunday in the annual Ohio Associated Press Media Editors journalism contest, including first-place finishes for best digital presence and best news writer.
Mackenzi Klemann, a reporter with the newspaper, was honored as the best news writer in Division IV, while the paper’s staff won an award for best digital presence. The newspaper also finished third for general excellence in the division, which was judged by newspapers in Michigan.
“The most important thing to us is serving our communities well,” said David Trinko, editor of The Lima News. “Still, it’s always a nice pat on the back to have the quality of our work recognized like this by our peers. It’s especially gratifying to see all areas honored — news, sports, opinion, photography and design.”
Former reporter Josh Ellerbrock and Trinko won first place for an informational graphic on the most common words area politicians tweeted. Trinko also won a first-place award for best graphics artist.
Second-place finishes included Klemann and Trinko (best digital project, U.S. Census page), Bob Seggerson (best sports columnist) and Trinko (best columnist).
Third-place finishes included retired editor Jim Krumel (best editorial writer; best explanatory reporting, “Putting the brakes on speeding”; best investigative reporting, “2020: A year of overtime”), designer Kevin Riege (best full-page design, “Lima buries a hero”), news reporter J Swygart (best news writer), Trinko (best infographic, college football playoff national championship preview; best digital project, “Trinko Thinks So Podcast”), photographer Amanda Wilson (best photographer), sports staff (best sports section, high school football preview; daily sports section) and news staff (best enterprise reporting, “9/11: 20 years later”).
The Ohio APME also recognized four hall of fame inductees Sunday, Todd Baucher of WTAP-TV, Les Levine of the Cleveland Jewish News, Alan Miller of the Columbus Dispatch and Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal.
The First Amendment Award went to the Cincinnati Enquirer for its efforts to uncover the name of a Cincinnati police officer who used a pseudonym to sue people.
By Staff Reports
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