Columbus Alive is a finalist for eight awards from the Press Club of Cleveland

Winners are set to be announced on June 24

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
A group of protesters on a bus named Buttercup were briefly detained by police in Downtown Columbus on Sunday, May 31.

Columbus Alive learned that it is a finalist for eight awards in a statewide journalism contest, including best staff reporter. The placement of the awards will be announced during a virtual ceremony on June 24 hosted by the Press Club of Cleveland.

Alive, Columbus CEO and Columbus Monthly — all part of Dispatch Magazines — received a total of 38 finalist distinctions.

Here are the categories in which Alive placed:

--Best in Ohio: Staff Reporter, Andy Downing

--Arts & Entertainment: When murals matter more than lives, Joel Oliphint

--Election 2020: The inevitability and dire consequences of “Stop the Steal,” Joel Oliphint

--Features: General: “We were terrified and confused:” The curious case of the colorful school bus, Joel Oliphint

--Features: General: Open to interpretation: How an 18-second video landed one local in President Trump's crosshairs, Andy Downing

--Public Service: “We were terrified and confused:” The curious case of the colorful school bus, Joel Oliphint

--Public Service: Bursting the Bexley bubble: A series of racist online attacks spur conversation, reflection, Andy Downing

--Reviews/Criticism: The story behind the slow rollout of live music in Ohio, Joel Oliphint