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The Aegis receives a 2014 Newspaper of the Year Award from regional press association

Aegis reporters David Anderson and Bryna Zumer are photographed with the 2014 Newspaper of the Year Award their paper received Friday from the Maryland, Delaware, DC Press Association. The award recognizes top reporting, writing, photography and web content among the region's non-daily publications with a circulation of more than 20,000.
Aegis reporters David Anderson and Bryna Zumer are photographed with the 2014 Newspaper of the Year Award their paper received Friday from the Maryland, Delaware, DC Press Association. The award recognizes top reporting, writing, photography and web content among the region's non-daily publications with a circulation of more than 20,000. (Staff photo / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The Aegis received the 2014 Newspaper of the Year Award for the region's largest non-daily papers from the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association on Friday.

The award is based on the number of award winning articles, photographs, online content, editorials and page designs among the association's non-daily papers whose circulation exceeds 20,000 weekly.

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Entries are judged in three daily and three non-daily circulation categories.

The Aegis previously received Newspaper of the Year Awards for 2013, 2012 and 2011, as well as 2008 and 2001.

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Among individual awards won by Aegis staff members this year was first place for Public Service.

The award, shared by Senior Editor Ted Hendricks, county government reporter Bryna Zumer and Yvonne Wenger of The Baltimore Sun, was for their coverage of the new Harford County Council president's short lived "Don't Approach" rule for public contact with council members imposed last December.

The Baltimore Sun received the Newspaper of the Year Award for daily papers with circulation above 75,000; The Frederick News Post was Newspaper of the Year for dailies with circulation between 20,000 and 75,000; the Carroll County Times was Newspaper of the Year for dailies with circulation under 20,000.

The Washington Business Journal was Newspaper of the Year for non-dailies with circulation between 10,000 and 20,000, and the Baltimore Business Journal was newspaper of the year for non-dailies with circulation under 10,000.

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The Aegis, The Baltimore Sun and Carroll County Times are part of the Baltimore Sun Media Group.

Judging for this year's association editorial contest was done by members of the Texas Press Association.

The press association's annual awards luncheon was held at the BWI Westin Hotel in Linthicum.

Aegis staff awards:

Individual awards by The Aegis staff members were as follows:

Local Column: Critical Thinking: First Place - Social media's dark side could kill you - Krishana Davis;

Spot News: First Place - Standoff suspect is killed - David Anderson, Bryna Zumer, Matt Button;

General News Story: First Place - Crash kills Bel Air teens - Erika Butler, David Anderson, Bryna Zumer;

Continuing Coverage: First Place - Murder convictions overturned in 1972 fire - Allan Vought, David Anderson;

Investigative Reporting: First Place - Police involved deaths in Harford County - David Anderson, Erika Butler, Allan Vought;

Investigative Reporting: Second Place - Harford Community College financial problems uncovered - Krishana Davis, David Anderson;

Local Government: Second Place - Rain tax use cloudy - Bryna Zumer;

State Government: First Place - "Feed these kids" Harford is told - Krishana Davis;

Public Service: First Place - Council bans public from approaching - Bryna Zumer, Ted Hendricks, Yvonne Wenger;

Extreme Weather: First Place - Powerless against the weather - Aegis news staff;

Extreme Weather: Second Place - A real washout - Krishana Davis, David Anderson;

Spot News Photo: First Place - Riverside house fire - David Anderson, Billy Osterhout;

Spot News Photo: Second Place - Cracked utility pole - Matt Button;

Sports Feature Story: First Place - Wong goes from Ripken to big time - Randy McRoberts;

Business Reporting: Second Place - Downtown mainstays, Havre de Grace businesses are strong after decades - David Anderson;

Medical/Science Reporting: First Place - Entering a new dimension - Krishana Davis

Education Reporting: Second Place - First Harford ag magnet students graduate - David Anderson;

Environmental Reporting: First Place - Here comes the sun and solar panels in Harford - Bryna Zumer;

Environmental Reporting: Second Place - Harford cooking oil case reflects larger issue - David Anderson, Erika Butler, Pamela Wood;

Arts & Entertainment Reporting: First Place – Many hear call, few are chosen – Allan Vought;

Headline: First Place - Wrath of winter whacks Harford - Ted Hendricks, Jim Kennedy;

Headline: Second Place - Appropriately, Hopp wins Bunny 5k - Randy McRoberts;

Page 1 Design: First Place - Aegis Page 1, Friday, August 15, 2014 - Aegis Editors;

Feature Page Design: First Place - Aegis PPT Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - Jim Kennedy;

Multimedia Storytelling (News): Second Place - Annual 9/11 Remembrance on I-95 in Joppa - David Anderson, Matt Button, John Sham;

Multimedia Storytelling (Sports): Second Place - Undefeated 119 - David Anderson, Matt Button, Jon Sham;

Best Use of Interactive Media: First Place - Harford Farm Fair Rodeo and other events - Aegis reporters, Matt Button, Aegis web team;

Online Commentary or Blog: First Place - Commentaries - Allan Vought (Best in Show);

Social Media Reporting: First Place - Bel Air hyperlocal - Bryna Zumer;

Best Photo Gallery: First Place - More snow for Harford - Matt Button, Brian Krista;

Non-Daily Sports Column: First Place - A baseball season's long ago memories not soon forgotten - Allan Vought (Best in Show).

Record staff awards

A number of individual awards also were received by staff members of The Record in the circulation category for non-dailies under 10,000:

Spot News: Second Place - Firefighters are injured fighting blaze in HdG - Krishana Davis, David Anderson;

Investigative Reporting: Second Place - School officials no show for HdG High Appeal - Krishana Davis;

Local Government: Second Place - Grants get court help to stop Aberdeen plan to flatten house - Bryna Zumer;

Public Service: First Place - School construction plan gets a boost - David Anderson, Bryna Zumer, Allan Vought;

General News Photo: Second Place - State's attorney and Vietnam combat vet Cassilly at Havre de Grace War Memorial on Veterans Day - Matt Button;

Spot News Photo: First Place - Downtown Havre de Grace Fire - Rayma McRoberts;

Spot News Photo: Second Place - A driving rain - Matt Button;

Sports Story: First Place - Perryville's Christ Brown ends season undefeated, state champion - Randy McRoberts;

Sports Feature Story: Second Place - Despite bad season, fans enjoy victory finale - David Anderson;

Best Photo Gallery: First Place - Aberdeen IronBirds final game of season - Matt Button.

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For a full listing of all the winners and their award-winning work, please visit http://www.mddcpress.com.

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