Heights Observer honored as one of Ohio's top community papers
The Heights Observer took second place in competition for the title of Ohio’s best non-daily community newspaper. The award was announced June 1 at the 2018 All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, sponsored by The Press Club of Cleveland.
Media nominate themselves for the awards. More than 750 entries were submitted across all categories of the competition, which were divided by size and type of media. In addition to non-daily community newspapers, categories included large daily newspapers (more than 75,000 circulation), small dailies, business publications and trade journals, alternative publications, magazines, digital media and student media. A panel of journalists from outside Ohio judged the competition.
In selecting the Heights Observer, the judges wrote—in their typically abbreviated fashion—“Its very words showcase the community’s commitment to each other.”
The Cleveland Jewish News was the first-place honoree in the same category. Among the other winners were Akron Beacon Journal, best large daily newspaper; Medina County Gazette, best small daily; Ohio Magazine, best magazine; and Columbus Alive, best alternative newspaper. A complete list of honorees can be found on The Press Club of Cleveland's website, www.pressclubcleveland.com.
"I'm thrilled that the Heights Observer, a volunteer community newspaper, is recognized as among the best in Ohio," said Deanna Bremer Fisher, publisher of the Heights Observer and executive director of FutureHeights. "It's an honor to be in the good company of so many respected publications that won awards. We’re grateful to the volunteers who have helped write, edit and deliver the paper, and the advertisers who have sustained it for the 10 years we have been in publication."
The awards program—the largest journalism competition in Ohio—was the 40th annual edition hosted by The Press Club of Cleveland. It was held downtown at the House of Blues.
Cleveland Heights resident Bob Rosenbaum is co-chair of the Heights Observer Advisory Committee, and is responsible for its advertising sales and market development.