Monday, June 29, 2009

Jeff Ritter wins National Edward R. Murrow Award

Lima Company: A Portrait of Service, a story by photographer Jeff Ritter from WBNS-TV in Columbus, has won a National Edward R. Murrow Award for videography in the Large Market Television division.

The Edward R. Murrow Awards are presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association and honor excellence in electronic journalism. RTNDA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. A complete list of National Edward R. Murrow Award Winners.

Earlier this year the story was the Grand Award winner in the 75th annual National Headliner Awards and was Best of Show in the ONPA year-end contest. Ritter was also the ONPA Television Photographer of the Year for his work in 2008.

WBNS-TV and WTOL-TV in Toledo both won Regional Edward R. Murrow awards for overall excellence in their respective large and small market divisions. The region includes all television stations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Both stations had multiple wins in the regional contest. A complete list of Regional Edward R. Murrow Award Winners.

February and April clip galleries now online

The monthly still clip contest seems back on track and galleries with winning images from both February and April are now posted. Links to each can be found with the corresponding monthly results on the ONPA Web site.

Top Ten Point Standings as of April results
1st - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun - 318
2nd - Tom Dodge, The Columbus, Dispatch - 288
3rd - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch - 246
4th - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Disptch - 196
5th - Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch - 158
- Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch - 158
7th - Kyle Lanzer, Sun Newspapers - 156
8th - Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun, 148
9th - Andy Morrison, The Blade - 146
10th - Tracy Boulian, The Plain Dealer -118
- Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun - 118
- Scott Shaw, The Plain Dealer - 118

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Spot news breaks out in Springfield (where else)

Bill Lackey of the Springfield News-Sun has won the National Associated Press Member Showcase Photo of the Month for May.

The photo, which moved on the wire May 25 shows the driver a car looking out from her vehicle which flipped over after striking a tree.

Of course you can't write about spot news in Springfield without somehow throwing out the name of Marshall Gorby.

Gorby had the flames come to him and became a spot news story himself while capturing video during a Flag Day ceremony to retire old flags at the Legion Post 286 in New Carlisle.

Fortunately for Gorby responders were already on the scene. You'll notice that his camera only leaves the flames for a few seconds despite being on fire himself.

Cleveland Press Club Best Photographer honors go to Gus Chan

Plain Dealer photographer Gus Chan was named Best in Ohio in the 31st Annual Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards present by the Press Club of Cleveland. His co-worker Lisa DeJong placed 2nd - in the competition.

The awards to honor Ohio's best newspapers, magazines, photographers, designers and writers were presented at the Marriott Downtown at Key Center in Cleveland last Friday.

Photography winners are below. A complete winners list in pdf format is available here.

Best in Ohio: Photographer
1st - Gus Chan, The Plain Dealer
2nd - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer

Daily Newspaper Photography
Spot News
1st - Duncan Scott, The News-Herald, "Tragedy Averted"
2nd - Garett Landers, The Cincinnati Enquirer, "Steeple Fire"

General News
1st - Dave Zapotosky, The Blade, "Extreme Makeover: Frisch Family Comes Home"
2nd - Jeff Forman The News-Herald Sentence Reaction
2nd - Ernest Coleman The Cincinnati Enquirer Remembering Dad

Sports Action
1st - Maribeth Joeright, The News-Herald, "Socc-ed"
2nd - Lonnie Timmons III The Plain Dealer, "Cloud of Dust"
2nd - Mike Cardew Akron Beacon Journal, "Sole Sister"

Sports Feature
1st - Duncan Scott The News-Herald, "Stopped Cold"
2nd - Tracy Boulian The Plain Dealer, "Frist Victory"
2nd - Ed Suba Jr. Akron Beacon Journal, "Game Winner"

General Feature
1st - Lynn Ischay The Plain Dealer, "Peeking"
2nd - Ed Suba Jr. Akron Beacon Journal, "A Mother's Wait"
2nd - Chuck Humel The Chronicle-Telegram, "Splish-Splash"

Studio Photography
1st - Peggy Turbett The Plain Dealer, "Pumpkin Soup"

Portrait/Personality Photography
1st - Peggy Turbett The Plain Dealer, "Zanzibar"
2nd - Mike Cardew Akron Beacon Journal, "Freedom"

1st - Lisa DeJong The Plain Dealer, "A Survivor's Journey"
2nd - Gus Chan The Plain Dealer, "Mr. Fix It"

Non-Daily Newspaper Photography
Spot News
1st - Dan Trittschuh, Olentangy Valley News, "Mourning Crash Victims"
2nd - David Liam Kyle, Sun News, "Truck Fire"

General News
1st - Ann Tormet, ThisWeek Olentangy, "Candlelight Vigil"
2nd - Jeff Konczal, Northwest Columbus News, "Welcome Home"

Sports Action
1st - Adam Cairns, ThisWeek Worthington, "LaCrosse Hit"
2nd - David Rea, ThisWeek Newspapers, "Fly Boys"

Sports Feature
1st - Kyle Lanzer, West Side Sun News, "State Champions"
2nd - David Liam Kyle, Sun News, "A Win for the Wildcats"

General Feature
1st - Andrea Kjerrumgaard, ThisWeek West Side, "Surprise!"
2nd - Tim Norman, ThisWeek Rocky Fork, "Money,Money,Money"
2nd - Adam Cairns, ThisWeek Johnstown Ind., "Frog Jump"

Studio Photography
1st - Kyle Lanzer, Brunswick Sun News, "Grinch Sleigh"

1st - Carrie Cochran, The Cincinnati Enquirer, "Four Lives Two Worlds"
2nd - Adam Cairns, ThisWeek Arlington, "UA Champs"
2nd - Tim Norman, ThisWeek Licking County, "Shrine Tournament"

1st - David Liam Kyle, Sun News, "Watercolors"
2nd - Lorrie Cecil, ThisWeek in Bexley, "Chihuly Rest Stop"
2nd - David Liam Kyle, Sun News, "Honey Bee"

Photography - All Others
General Photo: Single Image
1st - Ray Saviciunas, Akron Life & Leisure, "Senior Wiihab"
2nd - Barney Taxel & Jennifer Kessen, Cleveland Magazine, "Tastemakers"

General Photo: Multiple Images
1st - Janet Adams, Columbus Business 1st, "Views from the North Bank"
2nd - Michael Cavotta, Cleveland Magazine, "Vegging Out vs Starch, Meat, Repeat"

Portrait/Personality Photography
1st - Janet Adams, Business 1st, "Gee is Excited"
2nd - Billy Delfs, Cleveland Magazine, "Life According to Les Roberts"

Studio Photography
1st - Ken Mengay & Ivan Sheehan, Northern Ohio Live, "2008 Gourmet Guide"
2nd - James E. Mahan, Dayton Business Journal, "Nano Particles"

1st - James E. Mahan, Dayton Business Journal, "Mission To Kuwait"
2nd - Janet Adams, Business 1st, "Simplicity Rules"

1st - Janet Adams, Columbus Business 1st - "Book of Lists 2008"

Thursday, June 18, 2009

April clip contest results

Fred Squillante, Eric Albrecht, Lisa DeJong and Kyle Robertson were all multiple winners in the ONPA April still clip contest. Marshall Gorby, Tom Dodge and Chris Russell each picked up a win in April as well and hold the top three places in the standings.

Complete standings and judges comments can be found on the ONPA Web site. A slideshow of the winners will be posted as soon as the images are received.

April results
Spot News
1st - Dave Zapotosky, The Blade, "Cop and Lady

2nd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, Fire Reaction"

3rd - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch, "Red Wing Fan"

General News
1st - Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Swine Flu"

2nd - Shari Lewis, The Columbus Dispatch, "Teen funeral"

3rd - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer, "Fire fighters"
HM - Jonathan Quilter, The Columbus Dispatch

1st - Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch, "Baby Elephant"

2nd - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Violinist"

3rd - Leonardo Carrizo, The Columbus Dispatch, “"Ukulele"


1st - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch, "Personal Jungle Gym"

2nd - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer, "Opening Day"

3rd - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch, "Rain was Sideways"

1st - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Kid and Steer"

2nd - Chuck Humel, Elyria Chronicle Telegram, "Rugby"

3rd - Kyle Roberston, The Columbus Dispatch, "Hockey fans and players"

Picture Story

1st - Andy Morrison, The Blade, "Faith Is...Not given"

2nd - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Signs"

3rd - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch, "Vietnam Day"

1st qtr Illustration
1st - Ed Suba Jr., Akron Beacon Journal, "Emo"

2nd - Peggy Turbett, The Plain Dealer, "Syrup"

3rd - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch, "Apples"

JUDGES: Nathan Gray , Sefton Ipock and Ken Ruinard - Photo staff at the Anderson Independent-Mail

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hard times come to Cleveland, Columbus based weeklies

The downturn in revenue which has let to cuts at many daily newspapers has now appeared to take its toll on two major weekly chains in Ohio.

In the Cleveland/Akron market Sun Newspapers said Friday it will eliminate half of its 22 editions and cut staffing. A Sun staffer said two of the four photo positions will be eliminated within 60 days.

Earlier this year the parent company of Suburban News Publications and The Other Paper in Columbus filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A Columbus Business Journal story now says that the company's assets are now to be sold.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Ransom paid February results are in

The ransom was paid and the long awaited February clip results have been released. Not wanting to hold up the process any further we will update the point totals on the Web site as soon as possible.

Tom Dodge of The Dispatch probably didn't mind the wait as he picked up five wins in February taking 1st and 2nd in general news, 3rd in feature and 2nd in portrait and sports. Two hundred points is a good year for some people, he did it in one month.

Marshall Gorby of the Springfield News-Sun scored three wins, placing first in feature and first with an HM in spot news as well.

A slideshow of the winners will be posted as soon as the images are received. There are no more funds for ransom so get them in quickly.

February results

Spot News
1st - Chuck Humel, Elyria Chronical Telegram - "Woman Pulled From Accident"
2nd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun - "Fire at House"
3rd - Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch -- "Clean-up After Fire"
HM - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch -- "Firefighters on Ladder Truck"
HM - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun -- "Racoon Head in Peanut Butter Jar"

General News
1st - Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch, "Readiness at the Capitol"
2nd - Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch, "Mom Comforts Son"
3rd - Scott Shaw, The Plain Dealer, "School nurse checks kid"

1st - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, "Looking at Fish"
2nd - David Rea, ThisWeek Newspapers, "Crossing Fingers"
3rd - Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch, "Lincoln in Mirror"
HM - Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer, "Doctor Looking at Kid"
HM - Lorrie Cecil, ThisWeek Newspapers, "Shake, Rattle and Roll"

1st - Kyle Lanzer, Sun Newspapers, "Showerhead Spokesman"
2nd - Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch, "Veterans Tribute Bike"
3rd - Kyle Lanzer, Sun Newspapers, "Students Doing Art"

1st - Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun, "Wrestler Biting Wrestler"
2nd - Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch, "Weight Lifting Woman"
3rd - David Rea, ThisWeek Newspapers, "Bored looking coach"
HM - Tim Norman, ThisWeek Newspapers, "Battle for the Ball"

Picture Story
1st - Andy Morrison, The Blade, "Floating Free"
2nd - Neal C. Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch, "Kids Camp"
3rd - Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Emus"

Taking a bow

The National Press Photographers Association will be presenting it's honors and recognition awards Saturday night in Las Vegas as it winds up Convergence '09. I find myself on the list of recipients this year being presented the Morris Berman Citation. The Berman Citation is given to an individual for special contributions advancing the interests of photojournalism.

I share the news here to thanks those individuals responsible for nominating me for the award. I'm a little in awe when I look at a list of previous recipients of this award.

I think the recognition speaks very well of ONPA. We've been building upon the successes of our predecessors and couldn't have done so without the help of others. I can't think of a time when I picked up the phone or sent an e-mail that the member on the other end wasn't willing to help the cause.

So lets all take a bow.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Region 4 March clip results

Results for the month of March are in for NPPA's Region 4 clip contest. Region 4, January and February results along with ONPA's February results are still being held hostage.

Sarah Wright of the Chillicothe Gazette was the big winner in March taking first and second in sports and second in spot news. Barbara Perenic from the Springfield News-Sun placed third in general news and feature multiple in March.

Spot News
1st - John Tully / Midland Daily News, “Fatal Fire”
2nd - Sarah Wright / Chillicothe Gazette, “Shocked”
3rd - Marshall Gorby / Springfield News-Sun, “Comforting”

General News
1st - Matt Detrich / The Indianapolis Star, “Down But Not Out”
2nd - Bill Lackey / Springfield News-Sun, “School Funeral”
3rd - Barbara Perenic / Springfield News-Sun, “Fire Victims Remembered”

Feature single
1st - Bill Lackey / Springfield News-Sun, “Demolition”
2nd - Shari Lewis / The Columbus Dispatch, “Taste of Freedom”
3rd - Darren Breen / The Muskegon Chronicle, “Spiritual Turkey”

Feature multiple
1st - Darren Breen / The Muskegon Chronicle, “Trooper Jayme Green”
2nd - CoCo Walters, The Muskegon Chronicle, “Discipleship House”
3rd - Barbara Perenic / Springfield News-Sun, “Austin, A Young Hero”

1st - Sarah Wright / Chillicothe Gazette, “Scramble”
2nd - Sarah Wright / Chillicothe Gazette, “Overtime call”
3rd - Matt Detrich / The Indianapolis Star, “Sweet Sixteen Celebration”

First quarter illustration
1st - Darren Breen / The Muskegon Chronicle, “Gun Sales”
2nd - Shari Lewis / The Columbus Dispatch, “Dancers”
3rd - Ryan Garza / The Flint Journal, “Spring fashion”

Region 4 Top 10
1st - Sarah Wright/Chillicothe Gazette - 168
2nd - Darren Breen/The Muskegon Chronicle - 138
3rd - John Tully/Midland Daily News - 106
4th - Bill Lackey/Springfield News-Sun - 98
5th - Matt Detrich/The Indianapolis Star - 88
6th - Shari Lewis/The Columbus Dispatch - 86
7th - Marshall Gorby/Springfield News-Sun - 78
8th - Barbara Perenic/Springfield News-Sun - 68
9th - CoCo Walters/The Muskegon Chronicle - 42
10th - Ryan Garza/The Flint Journal - 38

Ohio AP Broadcasters recognize best work from 2008

The Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters presented their annual award this past weekend in Columbus.

Tom Nartker, WLIO-TV, Lima, Eric Frisbee, WHIO-TV, Dayton, and Anthony Mirones, WCPO-TV, Cincinnati were recognized as Best Photographers in their respective small, medium and large market divisions for work in 2008.

Awards for Best Use of Photography went to Jeff Ritter, WBNS-TV, Columbus for Lima Company: A Portrait of Service" in the large market division and to James Brown and Byron Stirsman from WHIO-TV, Dayton for "Cowboy Church" in the medium market division.

Complete results for all categories and divisions.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sports, sports and more sports

Yes those Cleveland Cavaliers are sitting at home watching the NBA finals but, sports will still take center stage in Ohio this weekend anyway.

The OHSAA will be hosting state tournaments in softball, baseball and track. The state baseball finals move from Cooper Stadium to the new Huntington Park in Columbus and begin this morning. State softball returns to Akron's Firestone Stadium today for the second year with track and field events once again at Jesse Owens Stadium on the Ohio State University campus beginning Friday.

Here is a link for a pdf file with all the information you will need if you are covering any of these events. 

A word of warning to those covering state track Friday and Saturday. The OHSAA will not be providing media meals this year in an effort to trim costs so be prepared to use the concession stand outside the media workroom or bring something with you to get through the marathon of state track.

Photographers needing some assistance with track results when captioning can find results online here

You can't have spring state tournaments going on without the Memorial Golf Tournament which kicked off Wednesday. All these events are usually a sure sign of either rain or unbelievable humidity. While the skies opened up yesterday during the Skins Tournament at the Memorial it looks as though the rest of the weekend will be rain free with temperatures near 80 degrees. 

Monday, June 1, 2009

"American Youth" Cleveland opening Friday

Cleveland-based editorial and fine art photographer Greg Ruffing was one of 25 photographers from across the country, represented by Redux Pictures, who contributed to "American Youth", a 240-page book that looks at the lives of the newest generation of 18 - 24  year olds. 

The project and images document a segment of the population most overlooked by newspapers. There seems to a an unwritten rule that you need to by unhealthy, under six or over sixty or have a dog to be worthy of appearing in a daily newspaper. The work by the photographers on this project prove there are images and stories worth pursuing not covered by the unwritten rule. 

An "American Youth" book launch and exhibition will be held this Friday, June 5, from 6-9pm at the Low Life Gallery located at 16001 Waterloo Road in Cleveland. The show will include selected images and outtakes from Ruffing's contributions to the project. Ruffing will also have copies of the book on hand for sale. As they say in the ONPA hospitality suite, refreshments will be served.

Join the party,  Ruffing's images and the atmosphere will be a welcome relief from your daily dose of news.

Links for the project: