Neighborhood Community Press Association
celebrates neighborhood newspaper accomplishments

(Plain Press, June 2006) The Neighborhood and Community Press Association of Greater Cleveland (NCPA) celebrated the accomplishments of local newspapers at its annual conference held Saturday, April 29th at Cleveland State University.

Featured speaker Ward 15 Councilman Brian Cummins, former Managing Editor of the Old Brooklyn News and a past president of NCPA, shared some insights on how the culture and history of Cleveland impacts its institutions and politics. Cummins stressed the important role neighborhood newspapers play as gatekeepers of information about Cleveland’s various citywide organizations, development corporations, civic organizations and politicians.

The NCPA conference also included a presentation by William C. Barrow, Special Collections Librarian for Cleveland State University’s Cleveland Memory Project. The Cleveland Memory Project has placed on-line at www.clevelandmemory.org over 19,000 searchable images of Cleveland’s past.  Many are photos from the Cleveland Press collection at Cleveland State University. In addition, a number of out-of-print publications, such as ethnic histories and histories of individuals or events, are available on the website.

The NCPA also announced the winners of the Community Press Competition that recognizes the work of Northeastern Ohio journalists published in 2005. Members of the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists provided judges for the competition.

Six newspapers competed in eleven categories, with the best overall coverage award going to the Royalton Recorder. The Plain Press placed second in best overall coverage. The East Side Daily News and the Old Brooklyn News tied for third place in best overall coverage.

The Plain Press received recognition in all of the eleven categories in the competition.

Writing for the Plain Press, Laura Fratus won first place for Best Editorial/Opinion Piece for “Mama Says: Let’s tackle the little problems”. Plain Press Managing Editor Chuck Hoven won second place in this category for a commentary titled “Let’s fix school funding this year”.

Plain Press Columnist Laura Fratus won first place for Best Column for a Mama Says column “I’m a pedestrian, not a prostitute.” Maggie Antone’s Plain Press Theatre Review “Men of Y-Haven present ‘On His Way’ ” won third place for Best Column.

Plain Press Managing Editor Chuck Hoven won first place for Best Historical Feature for “Merrick House plays key role in organizing efforts”. Holly Gigante, writing for the Plain Press, won an honorable mention for her historical feature “Extraordinary women: a tribute to the women of the Near West Side”.

Plain Press editor Debbie Sadlon won second place for Best Page Layout for the design of the front page of the November Plain Press. Sandy Worona and George Shuba of the Old Brooklyn News won first place in this category.

Plain Press Graphic Artist David Myers won second place for Best Original Ad for his design of a Tend-R-Lean Steak Co. advertisement. The Old Brooklyn News won first place in this category.

Laura Fratus, writing for the Plain Press, won second place for Best Feature Story for “Covenant celebrates 20 years”.  First place for best feature went to The Villager for “Santa sightings lead to conspiracy theory”.

Chuck Hoven, writing for the Plain Press, won third place for best news story for a story on the concerns of neighborhood residents voiced at a meeting about a nightclub planning to locate on Clark Avenue. The East Side Daily News won first place in this category for a story about the Shaw High School construction project.

Hoven won third place for Best Series for articles published in the Plain Press on the Lakeview HOPE VI proposal. Hoven won an honorable mention in this category for a series of articles on the community’s reaction to the closing of the Tops grocery on Clark Avenue. Lynette Filips of the Old Brooklyn News won first place in this category for a comprehensive series covering all aspects of recycling.

The Plain Press won third place for Best Photo Feature for photos of a Pow-Wow at Edgewater Park taken by photographer Coriana Close placed on a page designed by Debbie Sadlon.

John Cartwright of the Plain Press won an honorable mention for Best Photo for a photo of a boy planting flowers at Marion Seltzer School.

 

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