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614columbus.comPRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Human Interest WritingFirst PlaceModern GospelThis piece grabs your attention from the first sentence, and doesn't let go. Gripping, raw, emotional... an excellent representation of what "human interest" should be.TravisHoewischerMegan Leigh Barnard
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90.3 WCPN ideastreamRADIO Best Continuing CoverageSecond Placeideastream RNC CoverageMarkSimpson
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90.3 WCPN ideastreamRADIO Best Education Issues Reporting, K-12First PlaceStateImpact Ohio Eyes Take Over Lorain SchoolsA disturbing story, well-told.MichelleFaust
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90.3 WCPN ideastreamRADIO Best Environment ReportingSecond PlaceGreat Lakes TodayElizabethMiller
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90.3 WCPN ideastreamRADIO Best Government ReportingSecond PlaceEast ClevelandNickCastele
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90.3 WCPN ideastreamRADIO Best Investigative ReportingFirst PlaceDangerous WatersA well-done, deep-dive for summer safety. Good RadioElizabethMiller
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90.3 WCPN ideastreamRADIO Best Minority Issues CoverageFirst PlaceRadio Special: Hough, Before & Beyond '66An impressive sonic sampler of documentary, discussion, and dedication to a community.TonyGanzer
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90.3 WCPN ideastreamRADIO Best Sports ReportingSecond PlaceCleveland Fans Basking in Success of Indians and CavaliersMarkUrycki
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90.3 WCPN ideastreamBEST OF SHOW - RADIO Best ProducerFirst PlaceSOI: Sexual Assault in Northeast OhioRachelRood
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90.3 WCPN ideastreamBEST OF SHOW - RADIO Best Public Affairs ProgramSecond PlaceSOI: Sexual Assault in Northeast OhioGREAT Q&A, informative, great content. The guest's personal story was extremely touching and amazing. She had me wanting to hear more of her story as time went on throughout the show.MichaelMcIntyre
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91.7 WVXURADIO Best Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceMonarchs and MilkweedBillRinehart
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91.7 WVXURADIO Best Feature ReportingFirst Place20 Women, 8 Summers, And The One And Only Silver StreakAn ideal "vehicle" for the story of brave, inventive, ADVENTUROUS young women; a truly enjoyable use of the medium!TanaWeingartner
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91.7 WVXURADIO Best Feature ReportingSecond PlaceWish You Were Here: How Old Postcards Are Finding A New AudienceTanaWeingartner
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91.7 WVXURADIO Best Spot NewsSecond PlaceTrump In Sharonville: Hillary Clinton A "Dirty, Rotten Liar"TanaWeingartner
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91.7 WVXURADIO Best General Assignment ReportingSecond PlaceProsecutor: No Charges For Family In Zoo Gorilla IncidentTanaWeingartner
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91.7 WVXURADIO Best Investigative ReportingSecond PlaceCincinnati Left Out Of Longer Bar Hours LawBillRinehart
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91.7 WVXURADIO Best DocumentaryFirst PlaceCelebrating King Records MonthCrank down the windows on the BluesMobile, and crank-up the Blues! A sound celebration of artists and a local institution.LeeHay
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91.7 WVXUBEST OF SHOW - RADIO Best ReporterSecond PlaceTana WeingartnerTanaWeingartner
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91.7 WVXUBEST OF SHOW - RADIO Best Public Affairs ProgramFirst PlaceCincinnati Edition: Two Locally-Produced Films Addressing Our Areas's Heroin CrisisLOVED the show! It kept me informant me informed and educated about a topic I didn't know was a big issue. Superb content! Great questions/guests.MarkHeynePete RightmireBelinda Cai
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91.7 WVXURADIO Best Criminal Justice ReportingFirst PlaceFormer Officer Stands Trial for MurderMasterfulTanaWeingartner
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91.7 WVXURADIO Best Government ReportingFirst PlaceCincinnati City CouncilA good report. And "good on" WVXU for keeping a watchful ear-full on local government, as Radio should.JayHanselman
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91.7 WVXURADIO Best WebsiteFirst Placewvxu.orgWVXUNews Team
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91.7 WVXUDIGITAL MEDIA Best FeatureFirst Place20 Women, 8 Summers, And The One And Only Silver StreakTanaWeingartner
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aeqai, international online visual arts magazineFREELANCE - PRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Feature WritingFirst PlaceCivic Garden Center: An Oasis in the CityExtremely well written, thorough account of what truly sounds like a quaint oasis in a bustling city. Makes the reader - even one as far away as Long Island, New York - want to stop by and visit.LauraHobson
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Akron Beacon Jounal/Ohio.comPRINT LG: (75,000+ circ.) Best Headline WritingFirst PlaceMark J. Price, Akron Beacon JournalOften intriguing headlines effectively draw reader in, plus are aptMarkPrice
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Akron Beacon Jounal/Ohio.comBEST OF SHOW - PRINT (75,000+ circ.) Best Page One DesignSecond PlaceWon For All!MarkTurner
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Akron Beacon Jounal/Ohio.comPRINT LG: (75,000+ circ.) Best Explanatory JournalismSecond PlaceChaos in the cockpitPaulaSchleis
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Akron Beacon Jounal/Ohio.comPRINT LG: (75,000+ circ.) Best Media CriticismFirst PlaceTrump said he'd never kill usHoly Schnikes! A reasoned description of efforts to respect and serve fellow-citizens.DougOplinger
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Akron Beacon Jounal/Ohio.comPRINT LG: (75,000+ circ.) Best Newsmaker ProfileSecond PlaceSummit County Executive Russ PryAmandaGarrett
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Akron Beacon Jounal/Ohio.comPRINT LG: (75,000+ circ.) Best Political CommentaryFirst PlaceOhio and its lost generationConcise, clear writing expressing a strong, well-reasoned point of view.MichaelDouglas
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Akron Beacon Jounal/Ohio.comPRINT LG: (75,000+ circ.) Best Political CommentarySecond PlacePolitical civility? Go blank yourselfRichHeldenfels
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Akron Beacon Jounal/Ohio.comPRINT LG: (75,000+ circ.) Best Consumer ReportingSecond PlaceBetty Lin-Fisher, Akron Beacon JournalBettyLin-Fisher
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Akron Beacon Jounal/Ohio.comPRINT LG: (75,000+ circ.) Best Public Service JournalismFirst PlaceEnding the silenceSmart attempt at engaging your readers, via the paper-led community forums on heroin overdoses. If you only helped one person who is battling this demon, your efforts will have been worth it.CherylPowellBruce WingesDoug Oplinger
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Akron Beacon Jounal/Ohio.comPRINT LG: (75,000+ circ.) Best Education Issues Reporting, Higher EdSecond PlaceMarilyn Miller, Akron Beacon JournalExcellent storytelling. Nicely reported.MarilynMiller
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Akron Beacon Jounal/Ohio.comBEST OF SHOW - PRINT (75,000+ circ.) Best Photographer in OhioSecond PlacePhil Masturzo, Akron Beacon JournalPhilMasturzo
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Akron Beacon Jounal/Ohio.comBEST OF SHOW - PRINT SM (<75,000 circ.) Best PhotographerSecond PlaceMike Cardew, Akron Beacon JournalEach image is very different and has a sparkle to it. I especially like the last one - perfect for Veterans Day.MikeCardew
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Akron Beacon Jounal/Ohio.comPRINT LG: (75,000+ circ.) Best Business ProfileFirst PlaceAcme stays fresh after 125 yearsIt's always laudable for a company to not only survive for more than a century, but to report growth and continued success. New and seasoned business owners can learn something from the Acme bunch about how it all began and what it takes to survive. Nice reporting, historical references, quotes from the board and (founder) Albrecht's descendants.BettyLin-Fisher
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Akron Beacon JournalBEST OF SHOW - PRINT (75,000+ circ.) Best Daily NewspaperFirst PlaceAkron Beacon JournalAkron Beacon Journal provided great insight on their stories and nice variety.Staff
Akron Beacon Journal
Bruce Winges
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Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.comBEST OF SHOW - PRINT (75,000+ circ.) Best Columnist in OhioFirst PlaceBob Dyer, Akron Beacon JournalStellar. Engaging, well written takes on everything from the lighthearted to the mundane. Exemplary work.BobDyer
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Canvas Magazine - Cleveland Jewish NewsPRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Arts ProfileFirst PlaceA Different Kind of TensionCarloWolff
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Canvas Magazine - Cleveland Jewish NewsPRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Arts ReportingSecond PlaceMichael C. Butz Body of WorkMichaelButz
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Christian Market MagazineFREELANCE - DIGITAL MEDIA Best Arts Review (movies, art, music, theatre, etc.)Second PlaceApp Intended for Horror Films Revolutionizes Bible TeachingGinnyMcCabe
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Cincinnati Business CourierBEST OF SHOW - DIGITAL MEDIA Best General News SiteSecond PlaceCincinnati Business Courier websiteErinCaproniCincinnati Business Courier Staff
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Cincinnati Business CourierBEST OF SHOW - PRINT SM (<75,000 circ.) Best PhotographerFirst PlaceBest Photographer - Corrie SchaffeldI love this shot. It's one of those rare moments when you were in the right place at the right time and actually captured the opportunity. Well done.

Beyond that the other images are also special and deserving of this award.
CorrieSchaffeld
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Cincinnati Business CourierPRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Investigative ReportingSecond PlaceThe streetcar effectMust reveal a bias: I love streetcars. That being said, this was an excellent package that represents a tremendous amount of work, providing excellent insights to readers.TomDemeropolisChris Wetterich
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Cincinnati Family MagazineDIGITAL MEDIA Best Overall Blog (independent)First PlaceCincinnati Family Mom BlogBonnieFeldkamp
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Cincy MagazineBEST OF SHOW - TRADE PUBLICATIONS Best Trade PublicationFirst PlaceCincy MagazineCorinneMinardMike BoyerGuy Kelly
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cjn.orgPRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best WebsiteSecond Placecjn.orgCJN StaffCJN Staff
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Cleveland Jewish NewsBEST OF SHOW - TRADE PUBLICATIONS Best Trade PublicationSecond PlaceCanvas MagazineCJN StaffCJN Staff
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Cleveland Jewish NewsBEST OF SHOW - PRINT SM (<75,000 circ.) Best Special PublicationSecond PlaceCanvas Spring/Summer 2016CJN StaffCJN Staff
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Cleveland Jewish NewsBEST OF SHOW - PRINT SM (<75,000 circ.) Best CriticSecond PlaceBob Abelman Body of WorkAn excellent resource for anyone interested in local theater.BobAbelman
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Cleveland Jewish NewsPRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Religion ReportingSecond PlaceLocal rabbi in middle of Western Wall clashKristenMott
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Cleveland Jewish NewsPRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Public Service JournalismSecond PlaceBlunting pain lifelong process for grieving parentsCarloWolff
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Cleveland Jewish NewsPRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Headline WritingFirst PlaceBob Jacob Body of WorkCreative, fun word play both grabs readers' attention and identifies what each article's aboutBobJacob
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Cleveland Jewish NewsPRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Education Issues Reporting, Higher EdFirst PlaceCJN Higher Education Issues ReportingBravo. This was a well-written, comprehensive piece on the volatile 2014-15 academic school year, subsequent arrest of students and then a student "trying to graduate from an institution that's pressing charges against you," and the rise of the BDS movement on Ohio U's campus.

These elements of the story are delicately interwoven and handled with concise, clear language that cuts through the chaos to tell the story.

Congratulations!
KristenMott
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Cleveland MagazinePRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Children’s Issues ReportingFirst PlaceThe Lost OnesThis is an excellent example of first-rate journalism, a work that could easily have been published by a top newspaper like The New York Times. The writer has skillfully woven an abundance of information into the engrossing stories of the
homeless youths.
JamesBigley II
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Cleveland MagazinePRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Social Issues ReportingFirst PlaceThe Lost OnesThis is a remarkable piece of work, well researched and written. It not only highlights the problem, but is compelling because of the humanity that keeps the reader glued to the pages. Excellent.JamesBigley II
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Cleveland MagazinePRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Public Service JournalismFirst PlaceThis Should Not Be Happening in Our City'Comprehensive examination told through anecdotal evidence and well supported by excellent statistics that together told a compelling story of what gun violence can do to a community. Impressive.SheehanHannan
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Cleveland MagazinePRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Investigative ReportingFirst PlaceThis Should Not Be Happening in Our City'Excellent storytelling on an issue critical to public safety. Terrific infographics. Compelling photography. Overall, an amazing body of work.SheehanHannan
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Cleveland MagazineBEST OF SHOW - PRINT SM (<75,000 circ.) Best Reporter in OhioSecond PlaceJames Bigley IIJamesBigley II
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cleveland.comPRINT LG: (75,000+ circ.) Best Sports ProfileSecond PlaceLake Erie Monsters equipment manager's hockey life a busy one: Behind the scenesMarcBona
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cleveland.comFREELANCE - DIGITAL MEDIA Best Government ReportingFirst PlaceSeries on Strongsville school board miscalculation in land appraisalDogged reporting and persistence in uncovering the numerous bureaucratic issues and problems surrounding the sale of school property.BobSandrick
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Cleveland.comFREELANCE - DIGITAL MEDIA Best Criticism/EditorialSecond PlaceDefeat partisan gerrymandering by switching to proportional U.S. representationRichardPerloff
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cleveland.com, The Plain DealerDIGITAL MEDIA Best FeatureSecond PlaceA Sunday in JuneZackMeisel
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cleveland.com/News SunFREELANCE - DIGITAL MEDIA Best Feature WritingFirst PlaceTherapy cat' Angel brings comfort to Middleburg Heights cemetery visitorsWell done. Very engaging feature that draws the reader into the narrative. Unparalleled in this category.BethMlady
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cleveland.com/News SunFREELANCE - DIGITAL MEDIA Best News WritingFirst PlaceWestlake school board gets booed off stage after denying more public comment about teachers' contract negotiationsAn excellent account of an important public meeting.BethMlady
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Columbus AlivePRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Minority Issues ReportingFirst PlaceIntroducing Lisa Bella DonnaBeautifully written profile with the kind of intimate details that really draw the reader into Lisa Bella Donna's inner workings.AndyDowning
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Columbus AlivePRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.)
Best Rock and Roll Commentary / Best Music Review
Second PlaceKanye West at the Schottenstein CenterAndyDowning
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Columbus AlivePRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Rock and Roll Feature WritingSecond PlaceLydia Loveless opens up about her career-best album, 'Real'AndyDowning
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Columbus AlivePRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Social Issues ReportingSecond PlaceColumbus' music community wrestles with allegations of sexual assault in the local sceneAndyDowning
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Columbus AliveBEST OF SHOW - PRINT SM (<75,000 circ.) Best CriticFirst PlaceAndy Downing, Columbus AliveFull disclosure: I'm a big Sting and Peter Gabriel fan. Still, great writing. Breezy, intelligent style.AndyDowning
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Columbus AlivePRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Arts ProfileSecond PlaceCharles Wince explores his blessing, curseJimFischer
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Columbus AlivePRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.)
Best Rock and Roll Commentary / Best Music Review
First PlaceColdplay at Nationwide ArenaFantastic. Well written! You have a knack for capturing the right snippet of dialogue (in this commentary piece) that exemplifies what you are writing about.

Your grammar is spot-on.

I enjoyed this commentary and felt like I was there.

Congratulations!
JoelOliphint
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Columbus AlivePRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Rock and Roll Feature WritingFirst PlaceAnyway Records celebrates 25 yearsCongratulations! Your use of language, sentence structure, and storytelling techniques are excellent. I understood the scene exactly as the "label" was developing.

Getting extra sources like the Spin music journalist and the entrepreneur of the smaller music zine was an excellent touch.

All of the quotes sound like real people and not just nuggets of information to serve the story. They are organic.
Well developed and executed. Bravo.
JoelOliphint
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Columbus AliveBEST OF SHOW - PRINT SM (<75,000 circ.) Best Weekly NewspaperFirst PlaceColumbus AliveThis publication combines a graphic presentation that grabs you by the eyeballs and doesn't let go; an impressive breadth and depth of subject matter; and a quality of writing under more than one byline that achieves eloquence while staying accessible. "Alive" stands out for its determination to go beyond what could be considered its own "jurisdiction" (i.e. simply coverage of, by, and for artists), managing to highlight the worlds of the artists it covers while also making them relevant to a reader who was previously unacquainted with the arts scene.ColumbusAlive
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Columbus Business FirstDIGITAL MEDIA Best Overall Blog (news organization)Second PlaceForget Obamacare politics: Here's an inside look at Ohio co-op InHealth's demiseCarrieGhose
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Columbus Business FirstPRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Business ProfileSecond PlaceThe guy everyone wants to talk to: Columbus' small-business conciergeDanEaton
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Columbus Business FirstDIGITAL MEDIA Best Business/Tech StorySecond PlaceMaking the NSX supercarDanEatonDoug Buchanan
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Columbus Business FirstBEST OF SHOW - PRINT SM (<75,000 circ.) Best Weekly NewspaperSecond PlaceColumbus Business First collectionDominicCappaStaff
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Columbus CEO/Dispatch Media GroupPRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Newsmaker ProfileFirst PlaceColumbus CEO, Best Newsmaker Profile, Fran Horowitz, Abercrombie & FitchGreat insight into a "fitting," fashionable topic for the category. See what I did there? An easy-to-read, engaging profile.MaryYostTim JohnsonYogesh Chaudhary
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Columbus CEO/Dispatch Media GroupPRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Explanatory JournalismFirst PlaceColumbus CEO, Best Explanatory Journalism, Co-ops: Sharing for SuccessColorful, flavorful and informative in generous portions.JenniferWrayTim JohnsonYogesh Chaudhary
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Columbus CEO/Dispatch Media GroupBEST OF SHOW - PRINT SM (<75,000 circ.) Best Graphic DesignerFirst PlaceColumbus CEO, Best Graphic Designer, Yogesh ChaudharyYogeshChaudhary
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Columbus CEO/Dispatch Media GroupBEST OF SHOW - PRINT SM (<75,000 circ.) Best Special PublicationFirst PlaceColumbus CEO, Best Special Publication, OSU Fisher College of BusinessMaryYostYoghesh ChaudharyKitty McConnell French
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Columbus Monthly magazinePRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Minority Issues ReportingSecond PlaceThe Second Shangri-LaChrisGaitten
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Columbus Monthly magazinePRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Political ReportingSecond PlaceRating the Legislators/The Accidental Candidate/The Battle for the Prosecutor's OfficeDaveGhose
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Columbus Monthly magazineBEST OF SHOW - PRINT SM (<75,000 circ.) Best MonthlyFirst PlaceColumbus Monthly, January and October 2016; Best Monthly magazineStaffColumbus Monthly
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Columbus UndergroundDIGITAL MEDIA Best Editorial WritingFirst PlaceOpinion: Police Needs to Join Protestors, Rally For Self-ReformSega successfully tackles a tough and complicated subject with this hard-hitting column.LaurenSega
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Columbus UndergroundBEST OF SHOW - DIGITAL MEDIA Best Online Still Photographer in OhioSecond PlaceFood Photography (Series)LillianDent
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Columbus UndergroundBEST OF SHOW - DIGITAL MEDIA Best General News SiteFirst PlaceColumbus UndergroundHands-down winner. This local news site has it all and does it well.WalkerEvans
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Columbus UndergroundBEST OF SHOW - FREELANCE - DIGITAL MEDIA Best Freelance WriterFirst PlaceMusic Interviews (Series)Great interviews and break down of each artist focusing on their growth and personal desires outside the music.GrantWalters
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Columbus Underground / The MetropreneurDIGITAL MEDIA Specialized Journalism SiteFirst PlaceThe MetropreneurA thorough, targeted, well-developed concept highlighting small business issues in Central Ohio.SusanPost
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Crain's Cleveland BusinessBEST OF SHOW - PRINT SM (<75,000 circ.) Best Graphic DesignerSecond PlaceBusiness page designRebeccaMarkovitzMICHAEL ARNDT
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Crain's Cleveland BusinessBEST OF SHOW - PRINT (75,000+ circ.) Best Graphic Designer in OhioFirst PlaceBusiness page designDavidKordalski
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Crain's Cleveland BusinessBEST OF SHOW - PRINT SM (<75,000 circ.) Best Page One DesignFirst PlaceBusiness page one designRebeccaMarkovitz
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Crain's Cleveland BusinessBEST OF SHOW - PRINT SM (<75,000 circ.) Best Special SectionFirst PlaceTwenty in their 20sAh, to be 20 years old again! Great investment in the subject matter. The theme carries throughout and draws you from front to back, SUPER CREATIVE!DavidKordalski
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Crain's Cleveland BusinessPRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Business ProfileFirst PlaceStill all in the family: Mark SmuckerDanShingler
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Crain's Cleveland BusinessPRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Business ReportingFirst PlaceRebuilding Cleveland and AkronStaffStaff
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Crain's Cleveland BusinessPRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Education Issues Reporting, Higher EdSecond PlaceHigher education coverageRachelMcCafferty
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Crain's Cleveland BusinessPRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.) Best Sports ReportingSecond PlaceSports business coverageKevinKleps
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