Six LCCC students received nine awards from the Press Club of Cleveland’s 41st Annual 2019 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards banquet at the House of Blues on June 7.
President of the Press Club of Cleveland, Amy McGahan, said in an opening speech that “801 entries from all corners of the state were judged by Press Club members from across the nation.” McGahan went on to say that “journalism matters… now more than ever.”
In the category of Student Run Media, six LCCC students won with four out of seven categories, with LCCC sweeping all 2 year/Trade School awards.
Among the winners of the Best Print Newspaper Story for a 2 year/Trade School was Abigail Doane who took first place with her story “Students bolster local economy.” The judges wrote, “This Story showed some originality by looking at how the college’s students contribute to the local economy by working in various businesses. The quotes are good and help the storytelling quite a bit. Well written and interesting.”
Mark Perez-Krywany won second with his story “Scuffle during game brings on investigation.”
Perez-Krywany who took first place in Best Sports category for his story titled “Scuffle during game brings on investigation.” The judges commented, “Good reporting breaks down the sequence of the scuffle and the results. Reporter did a good job of including multiple sources.”
Kirsten Hill won second place for her story “Focus keeps students in the game.” The judges commented, “Interesting story that not only explains the coach’s five points to consider, but gives examples, which makes it relatable for many readers.”
Perez-Krywany won third for his story, “Controversy in extra innings assists Charger’s sweep.” The judges commented, “This story does a good job of relating the controversy with lots of good quotes.”
Jayne Giese who took first place in the Best Print Feature category for her story “Overcoming abusive relationships.” The judges commented, “This story is especially powerful because abuse victims shared their stories under their own names. Well written and researched, it included valuable information on signs of abuse where to go for help.”
Abigail Doane won second place for her story “Students bolster local economy,” and Jay Sigal took third place for his column ” Suicide evokes emotions, guilt.” The judges commented, “This story contains valuable information on where there is help for anyone contemplating suicide. It could help save a life.”
Finally, Madelyn Hill took first place in the category of Best Online Report for her story “Ballinger highlights new challenges.” The judges wrote, “Good summary reporting of the college president’s presentation.”
The award recipients went on to reflect on their honors. “It’s inspiring and motivational for what I want to be,” said Giese, later adding, “It is really exciting for college students to receive awards like these.”
Sigal commented on how, “Having never attended [a Press Club award ceremony] it was interesting to attend.”
Hill said, “It was an honor to receive something from the Press Club of Cleveland.