The Baltimore Sun won eight awards of excellence from the Society for News Design in print and digital coverage of the death of Freddie Gray and a series revealing challenges facing teenage immigrants in the city.
In the print competition, The Sun won in the category of "News Design: Pages" for coverage of criminal charges against six officers involved in the arrest and transport of Freddie Gray. The Sun also won in "Special News Topics" for coverage of the Baltimore riots, and in "Photography: single photos" for an image of a protester riding a bicycle in front of a police line. The final print award of excellence came in "Breaking News Topics" for coverage of charges against the officers.
In the 2015 Best of Digital Design competition, The Sun won an award of excellence in the category "Features: Single-subject project" for the series Unsettled Journeys which revealed the lives and challenges facing teenage immigrants at East Baltimore's Patterson High School. The series also won in the category of "Use of multimedia." For an in depth look at the death of Freddie Gray and the Baltimore riots The Sun won awards of excellence for "Use of multimedia" and "Breaking/Daily news: Non-planned coverage." The four digital awards are a record for The Sun in the Society for News Design contest.
Founded in 1979, the Society for News Design is a nonprofit with 1,500 members. Its competitions are open to newspapers and magazines around the world.