Plain Press Excels in
Neighborhood Community Press Association Competition

(Plain Press, June 2004) The Plain Press dominated news and news analysis categories sweeping the best news series category, winning second and third place for best news story, and winning first and second place for best editorial/opinion piece in the annual Neighborhood Community Press Association competition held at Cleveland State University on May 8 th.

In addition to the Plain Press, newspapers competing in the competition were The Connection, East Side Daily News, Old Brooklyn News, and Royalton Recorder. Entries for the contest were published in the 2003 calendar year. Contest judges are members of the Society of Professional Journalists.

In the Best Series category the Plain Press won first place for the “Save Our Y” series. Judges said, “Well-focused exposition on the decline of a traditional community- based institution.” The Plain Press won second place in this category for a school reform series and won third place for a series on school budget cuts.

The Plain Press won second place for Best News Story with an article by Chuck Hoven, “ISG land is key to future redevelopment along Cuyahoga River ”. Writing for the Plain Press, Chuck Hoven also won third place in this category for “CMHA Hope VI plans will transform Lakeview, Riverview and Valleyview”. Brian Cummins of the Old Brooklyn News won first place in this category for “Deaconess shuts down suddenly, future of hospital uncertain”. Judges said, “A complete and comprehensive account of a major event that affected the community. The reporter sought to present as many sides of the story as possible.”

James Levin’s Quiet Crisis commentary published in the Plain Press won first place for best editorial/opinion piece. Judges said, “Thoughtful analysis of the way the University Circle establishment obtains public funds for its interest.” Chuck Hoven’s commentary on the Cleveland Municipal School District won second place in this category.

The Plain Press came in second in the best overall coverage category. The Old Brooklyn News won this year’s best overall coverage award.

Writing for the Plain Press, Chuck Hoven won third place for best feature story for “Environmental Health Watch seeks to move lead poisoning problem to top of community agenda”. The Connection won first place in the best feature category for “Strong Bindery moves to Larchmere”. Judges said, “An interesting profile of a little-known profession. It was an informative piece with good detail and was easy to read.”

The Plain Press placed second in the Best Single Photo category for a photo taken by Chuck Hoven of a horse kissing a cop. Judges said, “The candid shot captures the affection and interaction between horse and rider.” John Cartwright won an honorable mention in this category for a photo of a Polish American Veteran selling carnations at the West Side Market. Katherine Kay of the Connection won first place for a photo of a woman adjusting a crown of leaves. Judges said, “The close-up view captures action and animation in the faces. The ‘crown’ creates an unusual textural element of interest and contrast with the woman’s hair.”

David Myers of the Plain Press won third place for best advertisement for a Tend-R-Lean ad featuring chicken pot pies. Judges said, “Size and typeface clearly identify focus of ad. Easy to read and follow.” The Royalton Recorder won first place for best advertisement.

The Connection won first place for best photo feature. Jim LaRue, writing for the Connection, won first place for Best Column for a column on gutter problems. The Old Brooklyn News won first place for best historical feature for a feature titled “Thanksgiving memories from bygone decades”. The Old Brooklyn News also won best page layout. Judges said liked the strong relationship between the photos and the story content on the page.

 

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