Neighborhood Community Press Association
celebrates neighborhood newspaper accomplishments

(Plain Press May 2007) The Neighborhood and Community Press Association of Greater Cleveland (NCPA) celebrated the accomplishments of local newspapers at its annual conference held Saturday, April 21st at Cleveland State University.

Featured speaker, Mary Jane Skala, a Senior Editor at Sun Newspapers, offered a look into her hectic weekly schedule as editor of seven Sun newspapers. Skala also offered an inside look at changes underway at the Sun News and the Cleveland Plain Dealer as the two former competitors look for ways to collaborate after the Plain Dealer’s parent company purchased the Sun Newspaper chain.

The NCPA conference included a Photoshop workshop led by Clifford Anthony of the Cleveland State University School of Communication.

At the conference, the NCPA also announced the winners of the Community Press Competition that recognizes the work of Northeastern Ohio journalists published in 2006. Members of the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists provided judges for the competition.

Seven 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 Old Brooklyn News placed third in best overall coverage and the Shaker Square Connection received an honorable mention.

The Plain Press won four first place awards in the competition

Plain Press Managing Editor Chuck Hoven won first place for Best Editorial/Opinion Piece for “RTA makes case for fare increase.” Hoven also won third place in this category for “School Board punts on budget.”

Plain Press Columnist Laura Fratus won first place for Best Column for a Mama Says column “The Smoke Alarm.”

A photo feature of the greased pole climbing competition at St. Rocco’s Labor Day Festival earned a first place award for the Plain Press. Photographer Billy Delfs shot the images in the feature, and Plain Press editor Debbie Sadlon designed the layout for the feature.

Plain Press photographer Coriana Close won the first place award for best single photo for her photo of a young girl dancer at the American Indian Education Center’s Father’s Day Weekend Powwow at Edgewater Park.

Chuck Hoven, writing for the Plain Press, won second place for best series for his mix of news and analysis in the La Copa series. Lynette Filips of the Old Brooklyn News won first place in this category for a series on ethnic churches.

Plain Press graphic artist David Myers won third place for best advertisement for his design of a Tend-R-Lean advertisement. Amanda Holland of the Crocker Park Press won first place for best advertisement for a Liberty Festival ad. Holland also won first place for best page layout for the layout of American Liberty Festival coverage.

Lynette Filips of the Old Brooklyn News won first place for best historical feature for a history of the Old Brooklyn neighborhood.

Tom Sargent of the Old Brooklyn News won first place for best news story for “American flag once again flies…”

The East Side News won best feature for its coverage of the “American Blackout.”


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