C-N staffers capture APSO awards


COLUMBUS -- The Crescent-News was well represented at the 2013 Associated Press Society of Ohio (APSO) newspaper contest awards luncheon held Sunday in Columbus.

Winning first place for The Crescent-News in best sports enterprise was sports editor Bruce Hefflinger for his article "Wayno's World" about longtime high school basketball coach and athletic director Paul Wayne.

Hefflinger and assistant sports editor Tim McDonough brought home another first-place award for best sports event coverage for their work during the 2013 boys high school state basketball tournament.

Website editor Mark Froelich captured second- and third-place awards in the category of best use of multimedia for two video productions available on the C-N website.

In her first year participating in the APSO contest, C-N reporter Taryn Lawson captured third place in the category of best feature writer.

"It's always gratifying to see the hard work of the C-N staff recognized by others in the newspaper industry," said C-N editor Dennis Van Scoder. "These awards are well deserved and representative of the hard work of all the staff here at The Crescent-News."

Sixty-four Ohio daily newspapers submitted 2,599 entries in the APSO contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2013.

The C-N competed in division III for newspaper with circulations of 13,000-24,999. Entries in division III were judged by editors from the Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era and the Bowling Green (Ky.) News.

The Ashland Times-Gazette, a member of the Dix Publishing group, won the general excellence award in division II, newspapers with a daily circulation of 8,000 to 12,999.

In division I (circulation up to 7,999), Kristina Smith, a reporter for the News-Messenger in Fremont and the News-Herald in Port Clinton and daughter of C-N news editor Al Smith, won four awards. She won first place for best community service and best enterprise reporting; second place for best business writer and second place (along with coworker Daniel Carson) in best enterprise reporting.

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