Named Best Website in All Ohio Journalism Contest

Akron Beacon Journal staffers won 26 statewide journalism awards, including 11 top prizes, as was named Ohio’s top website Friday night.

The judges commended for striking a “balance between serious

innovative tricks and ways to appeal to the more casual reader. The print edition also ranked second in Ohio’s Best Daily for those with fewer than 75,000 copies.

The awards were presented for the All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards sponsored by the Cleveland Press Club at the House of Blues in Cleveland.

Journalist Stephanie Warsmith, who covers the courts and crime, was named Ohio’s top staff reporter for what the judges described as “excellent storytelling.”

“(She) puts a human face at the forefront of some very gripping stories. It’s such a fascinating portfolio that I wanted to read more.”

Betty Lin Fisher

Consumer columnist and medical reporter Betty Lin-Fisher won three first-place awards for her coverage of Baby David’s kidney transplant in the multiple story category; “Finding My Voice Amid Asian American Hate Crime and Violence” in the essay category, and “Never Been So Afraid: Mom Stow Recounts Baby’s Life-threatening COVID-19 Infection in the COVID-19 category. She also received a third-place Award for public service for her project addressing racism as a public health issue.

The judges described Lin-Fisher’s essay as “a beautifully written piece and a very

courageous effort.”

“Reporters are told not to reveal what’s inside, but this writer knew she had to put that aside and add her voice to the community however uncomfortable it may be for her,” wrote they stated.

The judges described this winning photo by Akron Beacon Journal photographer Phil Masturzo as

Photographer Phil Masturzo won two first place awards for General Photo for “Shaving Cream Fight” and Studio Photography for “Black Fig Stuffed with Ohio Goat Cheese”. He also placed second in the General News Picture for “Family Calls for End to Gun Violence”.

The judges described the shaving cream photo as “an incredibly fantastic photo” and “a wonderful photo”.

The judges said this photo by Akron Beacon Journal photographer Jeff Lange

Other first place winners included:

Journalist George Thomas placed third in Best in Ohio for Critics and Critics while earning second in Entertainment Writing for “There’s Reason to Hope Black Filmmakers and Movies Will Have Durability .”

The remaining rewards included:

  • Best Ohio Page Design, Rob Backus, second place.
  • Medical/Health Writing for “‘It Was So Quick’. The Story of the Abrupt and Chaotic Closing of Stow-Glen Retirement Village,” Amanda Garrett, runner-up
  • Company: “Fewer Workers, Higher Prices, Less Stuff: Shortages Changing Lives in Northeast Ohio,” Staff, Second.
  • Characteristics/Personality Profile: “Golfer Ivana Shaw hits balls in Mumbai,” Marla Ridenour, third.
  • General News Photo: ‘Student speaks out for wearing masks,’ Karen Schiely, third.
  • Humor writes: “Akron Flashback: Cruising in a Chevy Nova,” Mark J. Price, third place.
  • Multicultural Writing for “‘I Want to See My Future’: What Ma’Khia Bryant’s Filming Reveals About Black Youth”, Third Place Seyma Bayram
  • Front page design: Rob Backus, Sydney Clark, third place.
  • Photojournalism: “Inside an Election”, Mike Cardew. third place.
  • General presentation photo: “Firestone Sign”. Karen Schiely, third.

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