Springboro Schools Honors Local Journalist

OSBA Media Honor Roll
Springboro Schools recently named Gabrielle Payne, formerly of FOX 45/ABC 22 (a Dayton, Ohio area television station) to the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) 2019 Media Honor Roll. The Media Honor Roll recognizes media personnel statewide for fair and balanced reporting of news about public schools. Media representatives from more than one hundred (100) Ohio newspapers, radio and television stations were honored by their local school districts.

Gabrielle Payne was selected by Springboro Schools specifically for her work in reporting on the Clearcreek Elementary Sensory Garden, as well as Springboro High School’s NASA Culinary HUNCH Challenge. Reba Chenoweth, Executive News Producer for FOX 45/ABC 22, accepted the award on Ms. Payne’s behalf. A plaque for the OSBA 2019 Media Honor Roll was presented at the Springboro Schools’ Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Dec. 5th.

Communications Coordinator for Springboro Schools Scott Marshall said, “Gabrielle Payne’s willingness to represent Springboro Schools and the Springboro community in a positive manner was outstanding. Through her work as an on-air reporter for the FOX 45 Morning Show, Ms. Payne showed grace in highlighting the field of education. We appreciate Gabrielle’s collaboration, effort, and delightful personality in working with our staff to represent Springboro Schools to the community.”

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Criteria for selection by the local school districts include the media representative’s efforts to report school news in a fair, accurate and balanced manner; give a high profile to positive news about schools; visit the schools; and maintain a policy of “no surprises.”

“OSBA is pleased that so many school districts around the state participated in the 2019 Media Honor Roll program,” said OSBA Chief Executive Officer Richard Lewis. “OSBA joins those districts in congratulating the honorees and thanking them for fairly and accurately reporting on the successes of students, teachers and school boards, as well as conveying the many challenges they face.”

OSBA sends personalized certificates to school boards to help them honor reporters, editors and news outlets. OSBA also recognizes the honorees in its Journal magazine and on its website.

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