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Ohio SPJ recognizes Canvas and its website with five awards

Staff report

Canvas was recently recognized by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists with five awards in the 2018 Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest for work completed in 2017.

Topping our list was the first-place award for “Best Trade Publication Website” for CanvasCLE.com. Judges said, “Dynamic website with numerous points of entry for readers to enjoy. So many creative links between online and print products. Strong writing and photos keep engagement and page views up. Great job!”

The magazine also was awarded second place in both the “Best Trade Publication” and “Best Special Publication” categories. Judges said, “I love the new ‘On Deck’ referenced in the editor’s note that creates new entry points to draw readers into this product. Great use of graphic elements, headlines and stories throughout.”

Canvas editor Michael C. Butz was awarded second place in the “Best Arts Profile” category (circulation 75,000 or fewer) for “Making a statement,” a profile of artist Darius Steward.

Butz also earned second place in the “Best Arts Reporting” category (circulation 75,000 or fewer) for a body of work that included three articles: “Making a statement”; “Unearthed gems,” a preview of exhibitions at The Sculpture Center and the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve that both featured Lilian Tyrrell’s “Disaster Blankets”; and “TEXT books,” a review of “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks,” the Cleveland Museum of Art’s exhibition revolving around Jean-Michel Basquiat’s notebooks.

All told, there were 308 awards issued out of 645 entries submitted to the Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest. Canvas’ sister publications — Bar•Bat Mitzvah magazine (one), the Cleveland Jewish News (six) and Jstyle magazine (one) — earned a combined eight Ohio SPJ awards.

A celebration to honor the winners will be held at noon Aug. 25 in Cincinnati with a riverboat cruise luncheon on the Ohio River.

Journalists, who work for newspaper, magazines, radio, television, trade, online and college media in Ohio and adjacent states that have significant reach into Ohio were eligible to submit entries, as well as freelance journalists, who are Ohio residents, regardless of where their work is published, broadcast or webcast. CV