For the 12th straight year, The Baltimore Sun was named News Organization of the Year among large newspapers, the highlight of a number of top awards the newspaper and website received in the annual Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association awards contest.
The MDDC contest, which celebrates print and online work that was completed in 2019, received nearly 1,900 entries from 52 member publications among 85 categories.
Among large dailies, The Sun claimed 92 awards, including 45 that won first place. Fourteen of the winners also were named ‘best in show,’ considered the best among all eight circulation divisions.
“Our passionate journalists tell the stories of Baltimore and the region better than anyone else. It’s a joy to watch them push themselves and each other to be the best. With their strong writing, dogged reporting, moving images and incredible reader engagement, they keep the community well informed,” said Sun publisher and editor-in-chief Trif Alatzas.
In addition to being named News Organization of the Year, which was among daily newspapers with a circulation of more than 75,000, The Sun also won the association’s annual James S. Keat Freedom of Information Award for its use of public records. It marked the sixth straight year the newspaper won the award.
For the seventh time since 2009, The Sun won best of show in website of general excellence.
Determined by audience vote, The Sun won for its Best Moves submission, which was its creation of a diversity committee, headed by arts and entertainment reporter John-John Williams.
Tracie Rawson was named Designer of the Year with judges noting her portfolio stood out for its creativity and versatility.
Here’s a look at The Sun’s 14 “best in show” winning efforts:
>> Staff, continuing coverage: Mayor Catherine Pugh’s Healthy Holly scandal and University of Maryland Medical System investigation
>> Kevin Kallaugher, Editorial cartoon: KAL on Cummings and Trump: Whose city is infested with vermin?
>> Kevin Rector, environmental reporting: From tiny Cove Point on the Chesapeake, tankers take natural gas around the world. At what cost?
>> Tim Prudente, feature story profile: Peanut King: After 37 years in prison, a giant of Baltimore’s drug trade returns to face his city’s ruins
>> Jerry Jackson, general news photo: “Historic House Move”
>> Lloyd Fox and Kevin Richardson, general news video: Cops and Robbers/Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force
>> Dan Rodricks, local column: Rodricks: Amid the daily violence, it’s hard to see the next Baltimore ‘renaissance’
>> Leeann Adams and Mathieu Lalumiere, news-driven art or illustration: Cops and Robbers: The rise of Wayne Jenkins and the gun trace task force
>> Staff, page 1 design: “Pugh Indicted”
>> Ulysses Munoz, Jerry Jackson, Kim Hairston, special event video: Preakness 2019: Sights and Sounds
>> Jonas Shaffer, sports feature story: Where did Marshal Yanda’s path to Ravens history start
>> Lloyd Fox, sports photo feature: Preakness bath
>> Lloyd Fox, sports video: One team, one coach one season in Baltimore: Trying to change kids lives through wrestling
>> Karl Merton Ferron, spot news video: Convenience store clerk carries wounded mom to her dying teenage son