COLUMBUS - The Review has been named a finalist in seven categories of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors' 2012 newspaper competition.
The sports department was nominated in four categories, including Best Daily Sports Section and Best Special Sports Section for the annual high school football edition. In addition, sports writer Paul Edgar was named a finalist in both the Best Sports Writer and Best Sports Feature Writer categories.
On the news side, The Review is among finalists for Best Page One Layout, Best Full Page Layout and Best Online Portfolio.
"I'm extremely proud of the recognition given the staff here at The Review," said Jim Mackey, the newspaper's managing editor. "Each day, I see the dedication from all those who work hard to bring the news to our readers. It's nice that others see that same effort."
Members of the newsroom during 2012 included Mackey, Edgar, desk editors Pam Anthony and Laura Reed, reporters Stephen Huba, Richard Sberna and Devin Bezeredi, news clerk Mary Ann Robinson, and former employees Aaron Petchal, Darcy Edgell, Nancy Tullis and Matt White.
Those who had a part in the football edition included Edgar, Petchal, Mackey, Anthony, correspondent Jimmy Joe Savage and former Review staffers Michael D. McElwain and Wayne Maris.
The awards in actual order of finish - first, second and third places - will be announced at the Ohio APME annual convention May 19 in Columbus. The General Excellence and First Amendment winners also will be announced at the meeting.
The Review competes in Division I for newspapers with a daily circulation up to 7,900. Judges in the division were The Herald-Argus of La Porte, Ind., and the Palladium-Item of Richmond, Ind.
Other nominations in the Best Daily Sports Section include the Troy Daily News and the Wilmington News Journal. The football edition is up against two other high school football publications produced by the Van Wert Times-Bulletin and The Ironton Tribune.
On the news side, The Review is nominated in the Best Page One Layout category alongside the Hillsboro Times-Gazette and the Circleville Herald. The Best Full Page Category also includes The (Greenville) Daily Advocate and the Logan Daily News. And in the Best Online Portfolio, other nominees include the Washington Court House Record Herald and the Wilmington News Journal.
Sixty-seven daily newspapers submitted 2,742 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2012.
Entries were judged by editors from The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C., Division V; the Naples (Fla.) Daily News, Division IV; The Paducah (Ky.) Sun and the Newspaper Daily Press Media Group in Newport News, Va., Division III; and The Courier, Houma, La., and the Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, Division II.
The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,500 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States. Members of AP include 85 daily newspapers in Ohio.