Three staff finalists in state AP contest

COLUMBUS — Three Examiner staff members have been named finalists in the the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors’ 2014 newspaper contest.

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AARON LaBATT

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JOEL MAST

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REUBEN MEES

Assistant Sport Editor Aaron LaBatt and staff writers Joel E. Mast and Reuben Mees all are multiple past winners in the competition.

Mr. LaBatt is nominated for Best Sports Event Coverage for his work on the state high school wrestling coverage. 

Mr. Mees is a candidate for Best News Photo for Beaver Round Up.

Mr. Mast has been nominated for Best News Writer and Best Feature Writer. He submitted four stories for each category.

The Examiner competes in Division II for newspapers with a circulations of 8,000 to 12,999. 

The awards in actual order of finish — first, second and third places — will be announced at the Ohio APME annual awards banquet May 3 in Columbus. The General Excellence and First Amendment winners also will be announced at the meeting.

Sixty-two daily newspapers submitted 2,426 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2014.

Entries were judged by editors from The San Diego (California) Union-Tribune, Division V; the Charleston (West Virginia) Daily Mail, Division IV; the San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times and the Watertown (New York) Daily Times, Division III; the Janesville (Wisconsin) Gazette and The (Carlisle, Pa.) Sentinel, Division II; The Danville (Kentucky) Advocate Messenger and The (Bowling Green, Ky.) Daily News, Division I.

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.