Baltimore club’s prominence has plateaued, but people like Terry Wedington, the founder of dance crew Team Squad Up, hope to revive the local dance scene for future generations. (Ulysses Muñoz, Algerina Perna, Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)
The Baltimore Sun won nine awards from the Society for Features Journalism, an organization that recognizes lifestyle and entertainment staffs and publications.
The national awards were announced Tuesday on the society’s Twitter page.
The Baltimore Sun is categorized as Division 2 — publications with circulation between 90,000 and 199,999. Among the awards:
The Baltimore Sun won second place in the Finest in Features Sweepstakes category.
Ulysses Muñoz, Algerina Perna and Karl Merton Ferron won second place for their video storytelling in “Still dancing: Baltimore club-style dance has legs” (shown above). Judges wrote: “This piece accomplishes much in under three minutes: It’s a cultural primer, a historical record, a provocative commentary – and it’s fun. The video leaves viewers with an understanding of an important slice of dance history in Baltimore while curious to learn more.”
“Women to Watch” took home first place in the Best Special Section category. The judges called it “a well-rounded presentation of a group of impressive leaders who are as diverse as the city they represent.”
For his arts and entertainment commentary portfolio, David Zurawik won second place. The judges praised Zurawik’s “cogency and careful-fact finding that balances his passion, expressed with clarion-voiced authority.”
The Baltimore Sun’s Dining Guide was an honorable mention in the Best Special Section category.
Features reporter Brittany Britto took home four awards:
Britto also won first place in the Food Feature category for “Unpacking the chicken box: The story behind Baltimore's carryout staple.” “This accessible, deftly told story about a city’s love affair with carryout chicken is imbued with local flavor,” the judges wrote. “The tale is told with a briskness that keeps the piece moving while revealing the history of an oft-overlooked favorite food.”
She earned third place for her features specialty writing portfolio.
Well, folks, @BrittanyBritto has won Twitter today. That’s her fourth SFJ Award this year, the most that any one person has one in one year in as long as we can remember. Congratulations, Brittany! Wow! #sfj18