The Daily Standard editorial staff took statewide prizes in 16 reporting and writing categories of the Ohio Professional Writers 2003 communications contest.
Winners were announced at the annual spring dinner of the association in Dublin on April 24. All first-place entries have been forwarded to the National Federation of Press Women for competition on the national level with winners to be named in September.
Reporter Margie Wuebker won the human interest writing award, named in honor of OPW founding member Helen Waterhouse of the Akron Beacon Journal. It is the 10th time Wuebker has won this particular award.
For her reporting and writing on government and on history, Wuebker took the top state prizes in both categories.
She also placed second in the state for her articles on the arts, health, food, religion and advertorials (stories appearing in advertising sections). Wuebker placed second in the statewide feature writing contest. No first prize was awarded. Shelley Grieshop of The Daily Standard placed third in the same category.
For daily news reporting, Wuebker placed second and Grieshop placed third statewide.
Pat Royse, managing editor of The Daily Standard, placed second in the state for editorial writing. No first prize was awarded.
Grieshop took first place for a rotating subject category, which this year was "America, the Beautiful." Wuebker won honorable mention in the same contest.
Reporter Janie Southard placed third in the writing category for personality profile, and Grieshop took honorable mention in the same category.
Reporter/page designer Nancy Allen took second place in the science writing category. No first place was awarded.
Page designer Linda Regedanz took first place for headline writing. Allen and page designer Christine Henderson took second and third place respectively.
Regedanz took third place in the page design category, and Henderson and Allen won honorable mentions.