ADA - The Ada Herald recently won multiple awards from a statewide journalism organization for its coverage of the First United Methodist Church fire, design of the newspaper, and photos.

Last week at the Ohio Newspaper Association annual convention, the Herald won awards in four different categories in its division of the Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Awards. This ceremony is named after Hooper who worked for 58 years at the Columbus Dispatch, beginning as a telegraph editor in 1880. He was also a journalism professor at Ohio State University and wrote, "The History of Ohio Journalism," a book exploring the beginnings of newspapers in the state as well as their importance to the development and growth of Ohio. The ONA award program was named after him in 1937.

The Ada Herald won a second place award in the News Coverage category for its articles on the First United Methodist Church fire. The judges said that the "Very comprehensive coverage of the fire shows how important this institution is locally."

The Herald also won a second place in the Design category which takes into account the general layout of the newspaper and its readability. The newspaper also won in the Best Feature Photo category (third place) for a shot of the First United Methodist Church after the fire, taken just as rays of the sun came through the destroyed windows. The final award was a first place honor in Best Sports Photo.

"The most gratifying part of receiving these awards is the recognition from your peers of a job well done," said Group Publisher Kirk Dougal. "These are people who understand what it takes to chase down a story, find the right light for a photo and agonize over the placement of articles so that the newspaper is a coherent whole. The divergent range of awards shows dedication of the staff to their craft and I could not be more proud of their efforts."