Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gorby atop NPPA Region 4 standings

Marshall Gorby of the Springfield News-Sun is now in first place in the NPPA Region 4 Monthly News Clip Contest after picking up a first place win in General News and a second place win in Spot News in June.

Barbara Perenic from Springfield is tied for fourth with Matt Detrich while Springfield's Bill Lackey resides in sixth place. Tracy Boulian from The Plain Dealer is in ninth place.

June Results

Spot News
1st - Ryan Garza, The Flint Journal, “Help push”

2nd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, “Fatal Accident”

3rd - Emily Reynolds, The Courier-Times, “Surveying the Damage”

General News
1st - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, “Flag Day”
2nd - Nathaniel Morgan, Midland Daily News, “Like a Dream”
3rd - James Brosher, Indiana Daily Student, “D-Day re-enactment”

Feature/Single Picture
1st - Diego Robles, Ohio University, “Little Miss Grandma”
2nd - Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun, “Eating with Altitude”
3rd - Ryan Garza, The Flint Journal, “Warm up”

Feature/Multiple Picture
1st - Cory Morse, The Muskegon Chronicle, “A Changed Karim”

1st - Mike Hanson, “Helping Hands”
2nd - Clayton Jackson, The Advocate Messenger, “Down Under”
3rd - Matt Detrich, The Indianapolis Star, “Just Made It!”

1st - Darren Breen, The Muskegon Chronicle, “Slot Music”

Point standings through June (April results not included)
1st - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun - 344
2nd - Ryan Garza, The Flint Journal - 324
3rd - John Tully, Midland Daily News - 272
4th - Matt Detrich, The Indianapolis Star - 204
Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun - 204
6th - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun - 202
7th - Darren Breen, The Muskegon Chronicle - 192
8th - Sarah Wright, Chillicothe Gazette - 174
9th - Tracy Boulian, The Plain Dealer - 152
10th - Cory Morse, The Muskegon Chronicle - 144

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Lackey wins AP National Photo of the Month

Bill Lackey's feature photo from the Clark County Fair has been chosen by Associated Press editors as the National Members Showcase Photo of the Month for July.

Looks like he's got a good start on tackling photos which will come in real handy as another season of high school football starts this evening in most communities.

The staff in Springfield has been producing some very good work this year. Should be a real duel this year for Staff of the Year honors in the under 100,000 category.

Monday, August 24, 2009

MSBNC Week in Pictures marks 10 years online

Photos of the week galleries now appear on a many news sites on the Web, but ten years ago it was MSNBC who made the Week in Pictures a popular link to click.

The concept was the brainchild of former MSNBC multimedia director Brian Storm whose goal was to show that a light-hearted feature could find a home next to a high profile world news event.

MSNBC has produced a video looking back at how the popular feature has grown. There is also a link for a gallery of editors picks spanning the last ten years.

WBNS dominates 2nd quarter of the TV clip contest

Photographers from WBNS-TV in Columbus swept the second quarter of the ONPA Television Quarterly Clip Contest claiming all places in all the categories.

Jeff Ritter from WBNS is the points leader after the second quarter. Steve Maguire trails Ritter by only three points while Nate Van Sickle is in third place just nine points back..

Complete results and point standings can be seen by clicking on the Television Clip Contest tab on the ONPA Website. Contest chairman David Bradford reminds all the the deadline for second quarter entries is October 15.

2nd quarter winning videos

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Odds 'n ends

The dogs days of summer seemed to have finally arrived, coincidently about the same time Tiger Woods and the rest of the golfers descended upon Northeast Ohio last week. Hard to adjust to that kind of heat and humidity with a 400mm lens on your shoulder.

We've been out of touch much of the last two weeks as I was dealing with the sale of my home and the purchase of another. The events of the sale didn't leave much time for blogging so we will play catch up on a few headlines.

ONPA member Shirley Ware put all her years of experience working at the Medina County Gazette to good use and has launched a new Website, She is sharing the site with five other bloggers so the content is varied. There are quite a few Ohio shooters who passed through Medina over the years as interns who might want to take a look and catch up on life in the not so fast lane of Medina County.

Columbus based Associated Press photo editor Kiichiro Sato will be moving to Chicago to work on the AP regional desk where he will still have some Ohio responsibilities. No word on whether Columbus will have full-time staff coverage or if staffer will come in for planned events and rely on stringers day-to-day. I posed the question to Ki via e-mail, but haven't gotten a response yet.

Cox Ohio has extended buyouts to retirement eligible employees at its properties. No word on just how many they are hoping will sign up. Employees has until Sept 14 to apply. Cox Ohio publishes daily papers in Dayton, Springfield, Hamilton and Middletown.

Got word late Wednesday that Springfield News-Sun photographer Bill Lackey has a photo in the Leading Off section of this week's Sports Illustrated, which hit mailboxes today and should be available on the newsstand Friday.

The winning images from the May clip contest are now posted on the ONPA Web site.