Bowers won first and third place in a headline-writing category. (Photo by Tim Phillis)

McKnight’s Senior Living Senior Editor Lois A. Bowers picked up two writing awards Friday at the 41st annual Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony.

The contest, organized by the Press Club of Cleveland, was open to all professional journalists working in or publishing in Ohio via daily and other newspapers; consumer, trade, professional and business publications; radio; television; and websites.

“This year we received 801 entries from all corners of the state, which were judged by Press Club members from across the nation. This year, that includes journalists from Florida, Idaho, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, Southeast Texas, Syracuse and Western Pennsylvania,” said Press Club of Cleveland President Amy McGahan, managing director of Dix & Eaton’s media relations group.

Bowers won first and third place in a Best Headline Writing category open to all magazines, Sunday magazines, alternative publications, trade and professional publications and business publications.

Her first place-winning headline was “PETA’s claws come out over Brookdale community’s activities,” which appeared online Jan. 16, 2018.

“Hard to beat the connection between PETA and real claws,” the judges said.

The other winning headline was “Senior living CEO gives himself a pink slip to try to push community into the black,” for an article that appeared online July 20, 2018.

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