OTTAWA - The Putnam County Sentinel was recently awarded a national prize commemorating the newspaper for its community service efforts.
At the Inland Press Association annual conference in Chicago two weeks ago, the Putnam County Sentinel was named the first place winner in the category of Community Leadership for newspapers of a circulation of 10,000 or less. The category judged newspapers nationwide within a specific circulation range.
"We are excited to have this recognition on a national level," said Marlena Ballinger, Editor. "Community leadership is a level that all community newspapers shoot for because a community newspaper should not only include news about a community but support the people that live there."
The Putnam County Sentinel was recognized on its flood coverage efforts and the partnerships the organization has made with local and national officials to bring top notch coverage during a flooding event.
Judges comments were, "The newspaper is a weekly, but the weather and the website have made the Sentinel into a daily."
The Putnam County Sentinel was also awarded three separate awards, including community service, at the state level during this year's Ohio Newspaper Association Convention by entering the Osmond C. Hooper awards. Other awards include design and column writing.
The Community Leadership Award for the Inland Press Association was judged by faculty members from the prestigious School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Other newspapers awarded for community leadership include the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette from Indiana in the 25,000 to 75,000 circulation level and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald from Illinois in the over 75,000 circulation category.