The Sun was named "Newspaper of the Year" for the third straight time by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association yesterday, after winning 25 first- or second-place awards in the group's annual competition.
Coverage of last April's shootings at Virginia Tech and a series on how area residents were losing their homes because of unpaid utility bills were among 11 first-place awards given yesterday to Sun writers, photographers and designers.
The 11 first-place awards, for work published in 2007, were the most among the region's high-circulation daily newspapers. The Washington Times placed second, with nine, followed by The Washington Post, with eight.
"Our top showing in this contest is a reflection of the journalistic excellence going on in all parts of our newsroom," said Sun editor Tim Franklin, who also praised it as a reflection of "the depth of talent and commitment to good work in all facets of the paper."
The Sun's first-place winners were:
Local Column, Critical Thinking: Jean Marbella, "Keeping score on taxes no easy task."
Local Column, Feature or Humor: Gregory Kane, "Parren Mitchell did what he had to do to help others."
Spot News: Staff, "Virginia Tech shootings."
Feature Story: Abigail Tucker, Monica Lopossay, "A doctor at war."
Public Service: June Arney, Fred Schulte, "Malfeasance/unfairness in municipal tax sale auctions."
Photo Series: Andr? F. Chung, "The big game."
Sports Story: Childs Walker, "He embodied Orioles magic."
Arts/Entertainment: Jonathan Pitts, "Alive with the Dead."
Page 1 Design: Jay Judge, "April 17, 2007" (part of the Virginia Tech shootings coverage).
Feature Page Design: Joannah Hill, "Man of the hours."
Sports Page Design: Derrick Barker, "Buffalo blues."