TDN staff members capture AP awards




Staff Reports

COLUMBUS — Three Troy Daily News staff members brought home a total of six awards at the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors annual competition Sunday in Columbus.

Civitas Media group sports editor David Fong won four awards (two first place and two third place), reporter Melanie Yingst won one first place award and TDN sports editor Josh Brown won one second place award.

Competing in Division I (based on newspaper circulation), Fong won first place awards in the “Best Sports Writer” and Best Sports Columnist” categories, while taking third place in the “Best Sports Feature Writer” and “Best Sports Enterprise” categories.

Judges in the “Best Sports Writer” category wrote: “Each article painted a vivid picture for the reader. The use of words and storytelling made this an easy first-place pick.”

Judges in the “Best Sports Columnist” category wrote: “Great writing. Columnist really brought the characters he wrote about to life.”

In the “Best Sports Feature Writer” category, judges wrote: “The finest in storytelling. Well-written and entertaining.”

Fong won third in “Best Sports Enterprise” for his story about the changing state of high school football recruiting. Judges wrote: “Signing day is a tough story; it’s sort of always the same. This takes a broader look at what it means and what happens after the ink dries. Good work bringing new life to the topic.”

Yingst won first place in the “Best Spot News Coverage” category for her in-depth coverage of three Troy youths who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in their home in 2015.

Judges wrote: “Excellent work covering the carbon monoxide deaths in this community. The series looked at the tool it took on the family and the first responders, but then also showed how the community rallied. The series also offered helpful advice for readers. It was well-rounded and well-written work that provided context, emotion and information for readers. Good work.”

Brown was awarded second place in the “Best Sports Writer” category, giving the Troy Daily News a clean sweep of the top two places in the category.

Judges wrote: “Writer’s use of words and imagination into each story created interesting stories and great articles.”

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