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Herald-Mail wins 27 press association awards

March 13, 2004

The Herald-Mail won 27 awards and was named Newspaper of the Year for its division by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association on Friday.

The newspaper's awards included 11 first-place honors and one Best in Show, given to the best entry in a category among six divisions. The divisions are based on newspaper circulation.

The Herald-Mail is in Division B, for newspapers with circulations between 30,000 and 75,000.

Best in Show was presented to sports reporter Bob Parasiliti for a local column entitled "Flight 93 Site Quietly Inspires Awe."

"We have a talented, hard-working newsroom that understands that the reader comes first," said John League, editor and publisher of The Herald-Mail. "It's a great honor to have another organization recognize the excellence of our reporters and editors and, by extension, the entire newspaper operation."

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The awards were presented Friday during the annual MDDC luncheon in Columbia, Md. At the same luncheon, Jim Schurz, a former editor and publisher of The Herald-Mail, was inducted into the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Newspaper Hall of Fame.

The Herald-Mail, which publishes The Morning Herald, The Daily Mail and The Herald-Mail, submitted news and feature stories, editorials and local columns written in 2003.

Also submitted were photographs, pages and graphics that appeared in the newspapers last year.

Winners were:

  • News

    First place, Continuing Coverage: Reporters Tara Reilly, Scott Butki, Andrew Schotz, Laura Ernde and Pepper Ballard and editorial writers Bob Maginnis and Tim Rowland for "Penmar Development Corp. Coverage."

    First place, Investigative Reporting: Candice Bosely for "Death Taking its Toll on W.Va. 9."

    First place, Local Government: Schotz for "Pit Bulls."

    First place, Public Service: Reporters Butki, Ernde, Schotz and Brian Shappell and editorial writers Maginnis and Rowland for "City Fights Hospital over Move."

    First place, Business/Economic: Kevin Clapp for "Bridging the Gap."

    First place, Medical/Science: Lisa Prejean for "Mirror, Mirror."

    First place, Education: Schotz for "School Life."

    Second place, Spot News: Shappell for "Flames Engulf Woman in Park."

    Second place, Local Government: Ernde for "Alone in the Minority."

    Second place, State Government: Tamela Baker for "Political Power Sometimes Short-lived."

    Second place, Medical/Science: Chris Copley for "Know When to Speak Up."

  • Editorial

    First place and Best in Show, Local Column: Parasiliti for "Flight 93 Site Quietly Inspires Awe."

    Second place, Editorial: Maginnis for "A Slap at the School Board."

    Second place, Local Column: Rowland for "Rep. Pat Fleagle gets Clear Shot at his Knapsack."

    Second place, Editorial Cartoon: Rob Rock for "Famous Belfries."

  • Photography

    First place, Feature Photo: Ric Dugan for "Sun Washed."

    First place, Photo Series: Kevin G. Gilbert for "Snowed Under."

    First place, Sports Photo: Dugan for "Sandwiched Gael."

    Second place, Spot News Photo: Joe Crocetta for "Drain Rescue."

    Second place, Sports Photo: Gilbert for "Eyes on the Ball."

    Sports

    Second place, Sports Feature: Kate Coleman for "Racing for a Living."

  • Design and Graphics

    Second place, Special Sections: Herald-Mail staff for "Welcome to Washington County."

    Second place, Headlines: Andrea Rowland for "New Pooch Gadget, Bow-Lingual, Translates Barks into Bytes."

    Second place, Page 1 Design: Joel Huffer for "Snowed Under" (Feb. 17, 2003).

    Second place, Sports Page Design: Huffer for "Up to Speed" (Feb. 15, 2003).

    Second place, Informational Graphics/General: Ryan Harpster for "Route 9 Deaths."

    Second place, Art or Illustration: Harpster for "Gator Bowl."

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