Gazette recognized with 8 AP awards
The Delaware Gazette was recognized with eight awards during the Associated Press Society of Ohio’s annual awards banquet Sunday.
Gazette graphic designer Halley Miller led the way with five awards in the Gazette’s circulation division, including a first place nod for Best Illustration for her design of the Gazette’s 2011 Letters to Santa section. Miller was named the second-place winner in the Best Graphic Artist category and received second-place awards in the Best Informational Graphic and Best Illustration categories for her “Inside Look at Zoo’s Wildlights” and her clay-themed Readers’ Choice 2011 special section respectively.
Miller also received a second place award in the Best Full Page Layout category for “ODOT, County Road Projects take Shape,” which detailed the locations and specifics of various 2011 road construction projects throughout the county.
The judges described Miller’s work as “beautiful, attention-grabbing and very informative.”
Former Gazette staff writer Andrew Tobias was recognized by the AP with three awards. Tobias received the second-place award in the Best Community Service category for his series “From Prescription to Addiction,” which highlighted the growing prescription drug epidemic in Delaware County.
“This was excellent coverage of a real problem that touches all demographics,” the judges said of Tobias’ series.
Tobias also was named a second-place winner in the Best Investigative Reporting category for his probe into former Delaware County Commissioner Todd Hanks. The investigation resulted in Hanks’ resignation and later his guilty plea to conflict of interest charges. Tobias also took the third-place award in the Best Business Writer category.
The awards were presented Sunday in Columbus to recognize the best journalism published across the state in 2011. Sixty-seven daily newspapers submitted 2,928 entries to the contest in the categories of news and sports stories, features, graphics and photos. The Gazette competes in Division I for Ohio newspapers with a daily circulation of up to 7,999.
The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,500 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States. Members of AP include 87 daily newspapers in Ohio.