Staff members and contributors to the Towson Times received five first place and three second place awards for reporting and writing from the Maryland Delaware D.C. Press Association during the organization’s News with Integrity and Excellence in Journalism Conference held Friday in Annapolis.
The association’s annual contest, governed its Editorial and Advertising Committees, admitted nearly 2,200 entries from 62 member publications among 94 categories. There are eight divisions in the contest, which group member publications into daily and non-daily print and online-only categories, then further group them by circulation.
The Towson Times entries in the association’s annual editorial awards contest were in a division for news organizations and non-daily publications with a circulation of 20,000 or more.
The Towson Times awards were as follows:
Business reporting, first place, former staff member Margarita Cambest, for “Push the mop;”
Medical/science reporting, first place, contributor Nelson Coffin, for “Head games;
Education reporting, first place, Margarita Cambest, for “Popular Towson High teacher’s Facebook post brings flood of student memories;”
Public notice reporting, first place, Margarita Cambest, for “Developer to host public meeting on Presbyterian Home development plan;”
Sports feature story, first place, Nelson Coffin, for “Birds of a feather;”
Local government, second place, former staff member Rachel Pacella, for “Expanded reach of ‘Social Host’ law sought;
Religion reporting, second place, Rachel Pacella, for “Faith and love;”
Growth and land use reporting, second place, Margarita Cambest, for “Stoneleigh residents optimistic about county plans to relieve flooding.”