WKBN First News reporter named to Ohio Media Honor Roll

Julie Bercik, WKBN

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – A veteran reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN 27 First News was recognized by the Canfield Local School Board.

Julie Bercik was named to the Ohio School Boards Association 2015 Media Honor Roll.

The Media Honor Roll recognizes media representatives statewide for fair and balanced reporting of news about public schools. Media representatives from more than 100 Ohio newspapers and radio and television stations were honored by their local school districts.

Bercik said she is thrilled to be honored by the board and is committed to following the issues of education that impact so many families in the Valley.

“Education is the cornerstone of the community and impacts every person in the Valley. Understanding issues from all perspectives is my goal when reporting on those issues that are so important to our families,” Bercik said.

Criteria for selection include the media representative’s efforts to get to know the superintendent, board president, and district mission and goals; 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” by sharing information with school officials.

“OSBA is pleased that so many school districts around the state participated in the 2014 Media Honor Roll program,” said OSBA Executive Director 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.

Robert Connelly from the Vindicator was also recognized by the group.

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