Daily Kent Stater wins multiple honors in Ohio Newspaper Association ConventionPosted Mar. 3, 2014
• News Coverage. DKS won first place, with entries on President Obama’s 2012 visit to Kent State, the 2012 election issue, and a March 2013 story on the lack of heroin detoxification facilities in Portage County. ONA judges said, “This paper had [the] feel of true professionalism in all areas of news coverage. It was easily the best entry of those judged.”
• Editorial writing. Former DKS opinion editor Jody Michael, ‘12, won first place. His entries included editorials on breast-cancer “pinkwashing”; the absentee record of Ohio’s treasurer Josh Mandel; and the lack of local focus in President Obama’s speech at Kent State.
• Sports Coverage. DKS won first place, and ONA judges commented “superior section, with arresting images, gripping narratives, informative graphics and fine design.”
• Headline writing. DKS won second place for articles entitled “Behind these Hazell eyes,” “The swing state of swing states” and “Flashes of brilliance – Kent State football.”
• Design. DKS won third place for issues on Obama’s visit; a map wrap of downtown Kent, and the issue featuring the 2013 heroin article.
The award-winning content also appeared on www.kentwired.com.
DKS has a well-established history of winning major honors in ONA’s state-wide competition. In 2009, ONA and the Ohio Newspapers Foundation established the annual Ohio Collegiate Newspaper and Website Competition to recognize the achievements of Ohio’s college and university newspapers, and DKS was the inaugural “general excellence” winner. Last year, DKS won first place for headline and editorial writing.