The people of a publication truly make it what it is, and that’s no different at The Post. Last week, The Post attended the Ohio News Media and Collegiate Fellowship Day hosted by the Ohio News Media Association, or ONMA. While there, The Post was given a plethora of awards, including the Frank E. Deaner Award for Excellence in Collegiate Journalism Division A. That award is given to the best collegiate newspaper in the state of Ohio, and it’s all thanks to our people.
Other awards The Post received included first place for Arts and Entertainment coverage by The Post’s Culture staff, first place for Best Multimedia Package by Riley Runnells, third place for Best Website, first place for News Coverage by The Post’s News staff, second place for Photojournalism by Nate Swanson and first place for Photojournalism by Jesse Jarrold-Grapes.
The last time The Post won the Frank E. Deaner Award was 2020, so we are excited to be the recipient once again and hopefully for years to come. I, Kayla, had the opportunity to receive the award on behalf of The Post, and it was such an exciting moment to be a part of. We are thankful for the opportunity to showcase our staffs’ work and will take any opportunity to appreciate their hard work.
College is a time of growth and finding out what you want to do in the future, so winning those awards only reassures us as journalists that we picked the right career. It’s a team effort, and it couldn’t have been done without every individual Postie. For each person or staff who was recognized and awarded by the ONMA, there are hundreds of other Posties putting in the work day in and day out to deliver the best content possible to our audiences.
As editor-in-chief, I, Ryan, am extremely proud to lead such a talented and recognized group of young journalists. By no means am I taking credit for their successes, but I want to point out how rewarding it is to know the students I work with each day have produced content that will go down in Post history. And it wouldn't be possible without the support of our readers.
The only reason any of us are here is because of the people who pick up our weekly printed newspaper and interact with our content online. Over the years, The Post has garnered an impressive following on social media and a dedicated readership on Ohio University’s campus and in the Athens community. Knowing that inspires all of us at the publication to put forth our best, award-winning work.
As this academic year comes to a close, I’m confident The Post will be able to bring home the hardware next year, too. We’ve had a lot of interesting and innovative content this year, which puts us in an excellent position moving forward.
In closing, it’s not about the awards The Post wins or the recognition it gets. We do what we do because we love it and we have a passion for journalistic endeavors of all kinds. And we do it for our readers. It’s still nice, though, to be reminded of our quality of work along the way.