The Baltimore Sun was named Newspaper of the Year — and recognized as having the best website among the competitors — Friday in the annual Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association awards contest.
The Sun has been chosen Newspaper of the Year six times in the past seven years. The Washington Post won the award in 2008.
The Sun won 51 first- or second-place awards in the editorial contest among daily papers with a circulation of 75,000 or more; The Post won 13; The News Journal, based in Wilmington, Del., won 11.
Twelve of the Sun's 27 first-place award winners were also considered Best in Show, meaning they were superior to the first-place winners from the five other circulation divisions. The Sun's coverage of the Preakness and Tropical Storm Lee both garnered Best in Show designations for sports and weather articles, respectively.
The Sun also won three second-place awards for page design and art illustration among daily newspapers.
The Sun's first-place editorial winners (Best in Show winners are designated with an asterisk):
•General website excellence: Sun staff, for baltimoresun.com.*
•Spot news: Justin Fenton, Peter Hermann and Julie Scharper, for "17 city officers charged in broad towing scandal."
•Weather, natural disasters: Sun staff, for coverage of Tropical Storm Lee
•General news photo: Algerina Perna, for "For Guard soldiers, an emotional sendoff."
•Feature photo: Karl Merton Ferron, for "Up, up and away," a photo of preparations for an air show.
•Sports photo: Kenneth K. Lam, for "Now, this is how you do it," from the Ravens' first practice of the season.
•Sports story: Sun staff, for coverage of the Preakness.*
•Special section: Sun staff, for a special section after the death of William Donald Schaefer.
•Headline: Andy Knobel, for "ChA&Mps," about Texas A&M winning the NCAA women's basketball championship.
•Feature page design: Peter Dishal, for "The essence of Ireland."*
•Multimedia sports storytelling: Christopher T. Assaf, for "Sights and Sounds: Baltimore Grand Prix debuts."
•Online commentary or blog: Matt Vensel, for Baltimore Sports Blitz.
•Community service and citizen involvement: Sun audience engagement team, for "Your Voices," now called the Community Blog Network.