Herald-Mail earns 18 awards in Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association editorial contest

April 22, 2011|From staff reports

LINTHICUM, Md. — The Herald-Mail won 18 awards Friday in the 2010 Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association editorial contest.

The newspaper received nine first-place awards and nine second-place awards in its circulation division.

Two photographs, both by Herald-Mail photographer Ric Dugan, were chosen as Best in Show.

"It was a great showing," said John League, editor and publisher of The Herald-Mail. "We have a great newsroom and this validates it."

The Herald-Mail submitted stories, photographs and other work published in 2010.

This year's competition was judged by professional journalists from North Carolina.

The Herald-Mail is in the division of daily newspapers with circulation between 30,000 and 75,000.

The awards were given out Friday at the Four Points by Sheraton BWI Airport hotel in Linthicum.

First-place winners from The Herald-Mail were:

  • Series — Herald-Mail staff writers Kate S. Alexander, Jennifer Fitch, Marie Gilbert, Janet Heim and Alicia Notarianni for a series on six centenarians who live in the Tri-State area.
  • Local Government — Andrew Schotz for his piece "Camera makes driver see red."
  • Public Service — Heather Keels for "What's wrong with this picture?" series.
  • Feature story: Profile— Heather Keels for her story "2009 Person of the Year: Dr. Dan McDougal fights for his patients."
  • General news photo — Ric Dugan for his photo with the story "A father's story."
  • Spot news photo — Ric Dugan for his photo on the Clear Spring fire in July. This photo also won best in show.
  • Feature photo — Joe Crocetta for his photo titled "Nothing but net."
  • Sports photo — Ric Dugan for his photo with the story "Strong second half redeems Blazers." This photo also won best in show.
  • Daily sports page design — Bob Parasiliti and Chad Trovinger for the page "30 years of Suns."

Second-place winners from The Herald-Mail were:


  • Spot news — Dan Dearth for his coverage of an April 2010 fire on Claylick Mountain near Whitetail Resort.
  • General news story — Marie Gilbert for her coverage of Meritus Medical Center's opening and the staff saying farewell to Washington County Hospital.
  • Sports story — Mark Keller for his story, "Winter a wonder for Hubs."
  • Sports column — Keller for his column, "To err is human, but to admit it is superhuman."
  • Education reporting — Heather Lowery for her story, "Education equation: How much do you need to get a job?"
  • Special section — Herald-Mail staff for the Hometown Guide.
  • Best use of interactive media — Dustin Lawyer for live coverage of the MSO's Salute to Independence.
  • Community service and citizen involvement — Heather Keels, Linda Duffield and Ray Naegle for their work on the What's Wrong With This Picture? section at
  • Art or illustration — Chad Trovinger for his "12 days of Christmas in Washington County" illustration.
Members of The Herald-Mail's Advertising Department were presented with awards on Thursday. Jackie Connelly and Michael Myers were honored.
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