The Collegian took eight honors and the Boom Radio won three honors in the trade/2-year school category in 2021 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, hosted by the Press Club of Cleveland on June 24.
Oscar Rosado, the former editor of The Collegian, picked up first place in the Best Print Newspaper Story for “Issue 17 levy passes regardless of Covid-19 quarantine.” The judges commented on the story, “Solid story, lots of detail – and that’s a good combination. Very timely as well.”
Rosado also took home second place in this category for his story, “Extra security placed to ensure safety from virus,” which the judges applauded for its “perfect framework.”
Third place was awarded to The Collegian staff for their story on the 2020 Presidential election titled “Residents sound off on Lorain poll results.” The judges commented that The Collegian’s election story covered “interesting facts and comments on one of the most controversial elections in modern times.”
In the Best Print Feature Story category, Collegian editor Anthony LaRosa placed first with “LCCC’s theatre program and Spark Theatre join forces to host two events.”
The Collegian staff placed second with “LCCC sets example of gender equality,” and Rosado placed third with his story titled “Alumni encourages future reporters to be right, not first.”
LaRosa also placed first in the Best Print Sports Story category for his piece, “COVID restrictions cut athletics programs, cross country takes second place.”
The Collegian’s placed second for the Best Online Report with “No welcoming week events due to Pandemic,” which the judges said featured “factual and concise reporting.”
The Boom Radio took first, second, and third places for the Best Radio/Podcast news.
Janet Maltbie’s podcast episode titled, “You Want to Combat Viruses?” placed first, receiving applaud from the judges for its professionalism. Justin Below’s episode on climate change and the environment took second, and Gabe Apanius placed third with “A favorite Christmas memory.” The judges commented, “A solid effort. There was a certain level of professionalism that came through with this program.”