ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - The Herald-Mail won 25 awards Friday in the 2007 Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association editorial contest.
The newspaper received 14 first-place awards and 11 second-place awards.
Based on the total number of points assigned to those awards, The Herald-Mail was named Newspaper of the Year among daily papers in the 30,000 to 75,000 circulation division.
One first-place winner - a column by Executive Editor Terry Headlee - also was chosen Best in Show, the top overall prize in the "Local column: critical thinking" category, out of newspapers in all six circulation divisions. The column was a commentary on the cost of a City of Hagerstown holiday party for employees.
"It's gratifying to be recognized by your peers for excellence ..." Publisher John League said. "We have a great newsroom."
The Herald-Mail submitted stories, photographs and other work published in 2007.
This year's competition was judged by professional journalists through the West Virginia Press Association.