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Sanctis and Staff Writer Parker Perry also earned a nomination for best spot news reporting for covering the West Liberty- Salem school shooting on Jan. 20, 2017.
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Staff Writer Michael Cooper earned two nominations, including for news writer of the year and best public service reporting. The public service nomination was for Cooper’s work documenting the impact of the opioid epidemic in Clark County and what solutions local leaders are working on.
Cooper won the public service award last year for his Healthy Springfield series, a year-long project reporting on the health of Clark County residents.
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Tom Stafford also received a nomination for best columnist. The long-time Springfield News-Sun columnist was nominated for his work that included profiles of Springfield residents and community institutions, such as a man who still works after 55 years on the job and a church closing after more than 100 years.
“The Springfield News-Sun staff digs into the important and compelling stories in our community to tell our readers what’s really going on,” Editor Samantha Sommer said. “These awards reflect their hard work and our commitment to report on the stories that no one else is covering in Clark and Champaign counties — whether that’s excellent photographs, what’s happening with our biggest employers or how drug overdoses have affected our safety forces.”
The awards in actual order of finish — first, second and third places — will be announced at the Ohio APME annual awards banquet March 24 in Columbus. The General Excellence and First Amendment winners also will be announced at the meeting.
More than 60 daily newspapers in Ohio submitted more than 1,900 entries in the contest, which included news and sports stories, features, photos and more from 2017.