The Courier’s newsroom is a finalist for eight awards in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors’ 2017 newspaper contest.

The Courier competes in Division IV, among newspapers with a daily circulation of 19,000 to 59,999. The Courier is the smallest paper in the division.

The actual order of finish for the awards — first, second and third place — will be announced at the annual Ohio APME awards banquet March 24 in Columbus.

Sixty-four daily newspapers in Ohio submitted 1,922 entries in the contest, which features news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2017.
Division IV entries were judged by editors from Digital First Media, Troy, Michigan.

The Courier newsroom’s coverage of last year’s flood, “Heavy rains leave Findlay awash,” is a finalist in the category for best spot news coverage.

And a Courier series, marking the anniversary of the disastrous 2007 flood, is a finalist in the best enterprise reporting category.

The Courier’s sports department is a finalist for best special sports section, for the “Hoops 2017” basketball section, and is also a finalist in the best daily sports section category.

Among individual awards, Courier reporter Sara Arthurs is a finalist in the best feature writer category.

Jason Smith, the newspaper’s design editor, is a finalist in the best graphics artist category.

Courier photographer Randy Roberts is a finalist in the best photographer category.

And Kevin Bean of The Courier is a finalist in the best video category for a video called “Elv-ish.”