FreshWater Writers Honored at the 2022 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards

Last Friday, June 10, at the Press Club of Cleveland’s 2022 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony at the House of Blues, FreshWater Cleveland received five awards for eight articles and one photo essay published last year.

Editor-in-chief Karin Connelly Rice was honored for three articles and chief photographer Bob Perkoski won a prize for a photo essay. Editor Tom Matowitz was recognized for his Cleveland Masterworks series on Cleveland’s architectural history, and regular FreshWater contributor Grant Segall was recognized for two articles on Cleveland’s history.

Deming HouseRice took first place in architecture/design writing category for its history, the Barton Deming Historic House welcomes people to “Euclid Avenue from the Heights”, with the judge’s comment stating, “The winning entry is a beautifully curated and well-researched story about a historic property. Well-chosen quotes help move the story forward in an informative way. The reporter brings the reader into the story quickly and clearly.

She also took third place in the community/local coverage category for two articles she wrote about residents’ efforts to revitalize the Buckeye neighborhood: “EDWINS Campus Expands with Additional Buckeye Housing” and ” Brick by Brick: Residents continue their quest to save deteriorating buildings on South Moreland.’

“Good journalism featuring the voices of ordinary residents and citizens trying to make a difference,” Judge wrote. “I love the effort to tell a positive story about people working to better their community and helping those in need along the way.”

Perkoski placed second in the “Best in Ohio: Photographer” category for “The Cityscape: A Photographic Essay of Cleveland Neighborhoods,” with the judge declaring, “Great capture of urban beauty.”

Matowitz earned second place in this Best in Ohio: Essay writing category for his Cleveland Masterworks series. The award was given based on three of his stories, “A Century in the Saddle: Cleveland’s Mounted Police Unit Played, Protected and Saved Lives”, “Frank B. Meade: Architect of Iconic Tudor Homes of Cleveland” and “The Steamship William G. Mather: Great Lakes Draft Horse, Historic Landmark.

“Great historical storytelling,” Judge wrote.

A regular FreshWater contributor and freelance writer, Segall won second place in the Best in Ohio: Freelance Writer category. This category recognizes the coverage that freelancers provide to publications that is at a “level most often seen by dedicated journalists. Their editors are lucky to have such capable reporters at their fingertips.

His submitted works include two FreshWater stories, “One Hundred Years of Cleveland Theater: Playhouse Square Marks a Century of Highs and Lows” and “Happy Birthday Cleveland: In 225 Years We’ve Had Our Moments.”

FreshWater is honored to be recognized by the Press Club of Cleveland and the judges. We are also grateful for the support we receive from our readers and sponsors who motivate us to produce the stories you love to reach the week.

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