Covering the Story - Our Community Comes Together 2016

Covering the Story 2016

 

Covering the Story - Our Community Comes Together, a fundraising event for Community Shares of Mid Ohio, recognizes and honors local reporters for their efforts to build community awareness and public support, and assist nonprofits in taking their mission and achievements to the next level.


Nonprofits from Central Ohio have nominated stories from the past year that shine the light on the issues affecting our community. This year we're recognizing 32 stories from 22 reporters. Award winner will be announced on Thursday, November 3rd from 7:00am - 9:00am at L.A. Catering Event Center.

 

In addition to the awards, we have a special panel discussion - Powerful Storytelling: How to be heard in today's media landscape featuring:

  • Doug Kridler, CEO of The Columbus Foundation
  • Sandy Harbrecht, CEO of Paul Werth

  • Benjamin Marrison, Former Editor of The Columbus Dispatch, Director of Communications for State of Ohio Auditor Dave Yost

 

Join us to recognize the finalists and announce the winners.

 

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Mikaela Hunt

Mikaela Hunt is an award-winning journalist that spent nearly 17 years in TV news, traveling around the Midwest working in every seat from producer to anchor. She's interviewed everyone from President Obama to Jane Pauley and Mario Lopez. Most recently she co-anchored a morning newscast on NBC 4 in Columbus, but this summer she embarked on a new journey as an entrepreneur. Mikaela now works as a brand journalist. She's helping companies and organizations tell their stories through videos that explore their innovations, their unique cultures, and philanthropic efforts. She also started a website along with her freelance work. The site focuses on business, trending topics, and building a better life: www.mikaelahunt.com. Mikaela is a mom of two boys who loves to support reading initiatives. You'll find her online a lot during the day, a Social Media Butterfly in Central Ohio.


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Champion Level

Premier Allergy Logo

 


Benefactor Level

LifeCare Alliance

NNEMAP Food Pantry


 

Subscriber Level

Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO)

Lynne Aronson and Bill Schifman and Stop the Suffering

Deaf Services Center


 

Addittional Support

Heart of the City Foundation

Thirty-One Gifts


Covering the Story Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners from Covering the Story 2016!


NEXTGEN Reporting Award Winner

 

Nick Roll of The Lantern of The Ohio State University - 
Petition Challenges Brutus' Withdrawl from Pride Parade
- Nominated by Roy Clark of NNEMAP Food Pantry

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Pictured: NEXTGEN REPORTING Award Winner Nick Roll with
Teresa Trost, Executive Director of Community Shares.


Trending Now Award Winner

 

Laura Bliss of CITYLAB from The Atlantic - 
How Columbus is Using Transit to Reduce Infant Mortality
- Nominated by Danielle Black of Catholic Social Services

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Read All About It Award Winner

 

Rita Price of The Columbus Dispatch - 
Nonprofit Reaches out to Franklinton Youths through Rehabbing of Old Houses
- Nominated by Caroline Beachy of Rebuilding Together Central Ohio

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Pictured: Read All About It Award Winner Rita Price with 
Teresa Trost, Executive Director of Community Shares.


Special Report Award Winner

 

Debbie Holmes of WOSU Radio - 
College Students Keeping Pets on Campus to Manage Stress
- Nominated by Lynne Aronson of Stop the Suffering


Breaking News Awards Winners (TIE)

Cindy Gaillard of WOSU TV - 
Columbus Neighborhoods: New Americans
- Nominated by Lynne Aronson of Stop the Suffering


 

Kurt Ludlow of ABC6-WSYX - 
Life on the Streets
- Nominated by Sara Loken of Community Shelter Board

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Pictured: Breaking News Award Winner Kurt Ludlow with 
Teresa Trost, Executive Director of Community Shares.


In-Depth Reporting Award Winner

 

Jerod Snalley of NBC4-WCMH - 
The Autism Puzzle
- Nominated by Cathy Kupsky of The Childhood League Center


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Covering the Story Finalists


Ann Fisher of WOSU Radio - Cycling in Ohio
- Nominated by Roy Clark of NNEMAP Food Pantry

Brittany Begley of 10TV-WBNS - Digital Age Destruction: Techonlogy's Role in Children's Hearing Loss
- Nominated by Francis Connelly of Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Carrie Ghose of Columbus Business First - How Besa's Help for Givers Earns It Valuable Revenue
- Nominated by Matthew Goldstein of Besa

Catherine Candisky of The Columbus Dispatch - Suburban Poverty on the Rise in Columbus
- Nominated Melisa Darnieder of Cloth Diaper Connection

Cindy Gaillard of WOSU TV - Columbus Neighborhoods: New Americans
- Nominated by Lynne Aronson of Stop the Suffering

Debbie Holmes of WOSU Radio - College Students Keeping Pets on Campus to Manage Stress
- Nominated by Lynne Aronson of Stop the Suffering

Encarnacion Pyle of The Columbus Dispatch - Starting New Life Harder on Older Immigrants
- Nominated by Danielle Black of Catholic Social Services

Encarnacion Pyle of The Columbus Dispatch - Many Seniors Not Eating Well Enough
- Nominated by Roy Clark of NNEMAP Food Pantry

Glenn McEntyre of 10TV-WBNS - Local LGBTQ Youth Fearful, But Will Continue to Fight After Orlando Attack
- Nominated by Siobhan Boyd-Nelson of Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Jayne Gest of Smart Business - Deploying the Data: I Know I Can Boosts Its Effectiveness by Looking at the Numbers
- Nominated by Sophia Fifner of I Know I Can

Jeff Hogan of 10TV-WBNS - YMCA Offers Program to Teach Everyone About Water Safety
- Nominated by Allison Wiley of YMCA of Central Ohio

Jerod Snalley of NBC4-WCMH - The Autism Puzzle
- Nominated by Cathy Kupsky of The Childhood League Center

JoAnne Viviano of The Columbus Dispatch - United Methodist Minister and Partner Marry in Defiance of Church
- Nominated by Lynne Aronson of Stop the Suffering

JoAnne Viviano of The Columbus Dispatch - Holocaust Survivors Get Help Telling Their Stories
- Nominated by Daneille Black of Catholic Social Services

Joe Blundo of The Columbus Dispatch - Readers for Blind Still Filling a Need
- Nominated by Shari Veleba of VOICEcorps reading service

Josh Givens formerly of The Logan Daily News - March for Meals Campaign Kicks Off
- Nominated by Asti Payne of Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action

Kevin Parks of ThisWeek Community News - Nonprofit Adds Retail Component
- Nominated by Roy Clark of NNEMAP Food Pantry

Kristin Campbell of Columbus CEO - Health Watch: Employee Wellness Program Gain a Healthy Return on Investment
- Nominated by Khisha Fallon of LifeCare Alliance

Kurt Ludlow of ABC6-WSYX - Life on the Streets
- Nominated by Sara Loken of Community Shelter Board

Laura Bliss of CITYLAB from The Atlantic - How Columbus is Using Transit to Reduce Infant Mortality
- Nominated by Danielle Black of Catholic Social Services

Nick Roll of The Lantern of The Ohio State University - Petition Challenges Brutus' Withdrawl from Pride Parade
- Nominated by Roy Clark of NNEMAP Food Pantry

Rita Price of The Columbus Dispatch - Nonprofit Supplies Central Ohio Moms with Cloth Diapers
- Nominated by Melisa Darnieder of Cloth Diaper Connection

Rita Price of The Columbus Dispatch - Pioneering East Side Couple Welcome Adopted Kids' Birth Mothers into Lives
- Nominated by Danielle Black of Catholic Social Services

Rita Price of The Columbus Dispatch - City, Civic Leaders Hope Initiative Makes Columbus Age-Friendly
- Nominated by Danielle Black of Catholic Social Services

Rita Price of The Columbus Dispatch - Worthington Residential Center for Children with Behavioral Problems Will Close
- Nominated by Suzy Davis of Franklin County Residential Services

Rita Price of The Columbus Dispatch - Nonprofit Reaches out to Franklinton Youths through Rehabbing of Old Houses
- Nominated by Caroline Beachy of Rebuilding Together Central Ohio

Rita Price of The Columbus Dispatch - Pathways Project Gives At-Risk Youth a Start Toward Technology Jobs
- Nominated by Lynsey Harris of The Columbus Foundation

Rita Price of The Columbus Dispatch - Early-Intervention Program Works with Families of Autistic Children to Improve Interaction, Development
- Nominated by Cathy Kupsky of The Childhood League Center

Rita Price of The Columbus Dispatch - Disability Advocacy Group Doesn't Want to Lose Residential Programs
- Nominated by Katie Frederick of American Council of the Blind of Ohio

Scott Doelling of 10TV-WBNS - Soul of the Mission - The Childhood League Center Staff's Messages Are Part of Expansion
- Nominated by Cathy Kupsky of The Childhood League Center

Shawn Ireland of FOX28-WTTE - Build Like a Girl
- Nominated by Larry Shuman of Habitat for Humanity - MidOhio


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Panelists for Powerful Storytelling at Covering the Story

 

Powerful Storytelling: How To Be Heard In Today’s Media Landscape

Before announcing the winners, a special panel presentation will discuss storytelling and how to get your story told in today's media landscape. Panelists for the discussion are (pictured above from left to right):

  • Doug Kridler, CEO of The Columbus Foundation

  • Sandy Harbrecht, CEO of Paul Werth

  • Benjamin Marrison, Former Editor of The Columbus Dispatch, Director of Communications for State of Ohio Auditor Dave Yost

 

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An independent awards selection committee volunteered their time and expertise to judge each nomination and determine the award winners. Our committee included:

  • Chelsea Castle, Marketing Manager for Ologie
  • Dan Farkas, Instructor for E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University
  • Marty Homan, Public Information Officer for Franklin County Public Affairs
  • Abbey Kanellakis, Content Devleopment Specialist for Rea & Associates
  • Jeannie Nuss, Senior Media Relations Specialist for CCAD
  • Mark Snider, Senior Audio Engineer for Mills James
  • David Wayne, Media Relations Coordinator for Columbus State Community College
  • Sara West, Senior Manager Public Relations for Thirty-One Gifts
  • Rich Yepsen, Senoir Producer/Director/Writer for Mills James

 

Covering the Story Judging Process


The Awards Selection Committee Members used a 5-point scale to answer questions to judge each nomination independently. Judging was based on content, creativity, concept, effectiveness/impact and execution. Judges provided a score per question.

 

Covering the Story Criteria for Nominations

  • Stories must be nominated by a nonprofit.
  • Stories should be from radio, television, print or web/digital.
  • Stories must have been published or aired between May 1st, 2014 and June 30, 2015.
  • Stories should, but are not required to, focus on one of the following issue areas:
    • Animal Welfare and Rights
    • Civic Involvement
    • Civic Action & Social Justice
    • Rights of the disabled
    • Education & Arts
    • Preservation & Environmental Protection
    • Healthy Lifestyles & Choices
    • Homelessness and housing
    • Hunger
    • Violence Prevention
    • LGBT Rights and Issues
    • Youth Rights and Services
  • Stories do not have to feature a member charity of Community Shares of Mid Ohio or your charity.
  • Stories can address, but are not limited to, policy and law; programs and services from nonprofits; investigative reporting of impact due to laws, policies or effects issues are having on the community.

 

Previous Winners & Finalists

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