The judges praised Hulsey’s “cohesive writing style” and “relevant photography and solid infographics”. Schroeder’s article “Ohioans Urged to Seek Mental Health Care During Pandemic” was called by the judges “comprehensive, helpful, insightful.”
The following Dayton Daily News staff and freelancers won awards:
- Dayton Daily News Staff: best of show – best special section: first place for Buckeyes Extra
- Dayton Daily News Staff: best of show – best special section: second place for Flyer Connection
- Dayton Daily News Staff: best delay ratio: second place for active shooter at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
- Sharyn Boyle: best of show – best Page 1 design in Ohio: second place
- Jeff Gilbert: best of show – best freelance writer: first place
- Jeff Gilbert: Freelancer – Best Feature: Second Place for Vandalia’s Special Senior Athlete Night
- Josh Sweigart: best of show – Emil Dansker Award – best Ohio reporter: first place
- Josh Sweigart: best government/political reporting: second place for the payroll project
- Josh Sweigart: best investigative reporting: second place for the payroll project
- Lynn Hulsey: best business/consumer ratio: first place
- Kaitlin Schroeder: best science/medical/healthcare reporting: top spot for Ohioans urged to seek mental health care during pandemic
- Ismail Turay Jr.: best explanatory journalism: second place for Path Forward: water safety and sustainability
- Jeremy Kelley and Jordan Laird: Best Reporting on Minority Issues: Second Place for Path Forward: Race and Equity
- Pujan Roka: freelance – best critic/editorial: first place for editorial cartoons.
The Dayton Daily News awards for Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest came in the category of print with large circulation (60,000 or more).
The Butler County Journal-News had three winners in the low-circulation print category (under 60,000):
- Denise Callahan: best time ratio: first place
- Nick Graham: best of show – best photographer in Ohio: second place
- Michael Pitman: Best Explanatory Journalism: First place for Fairfield’s Firefighter Shortage.