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News~ The Enterprise wins eight awards at annual press conference banquet

2017-06-07 04:56 [TECH] Source:Netword
Guide:The Enterprise won five first-place awards and three second-place awards in the 2016 Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association Editorial Contest.

The Enterprise won five first-place awards and three second-place awards in the 2016 Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association Editorial Contest.

The MDDC honors were announced May 12 at an awards conference at the Doubletree Hilton in Annapolis.

Staff writer John Wharton won first place in this year’s special wild card category, which dealt with drug use in communities. Wharton won for the story “Murder alleged in overdose death.” The judges wrote, ‘What appeared to be a straightforward lead crime beat story (and therefore relatively routine, I expected) was much, much more. The story was moving, wonderfully paced, and a worthy winner.”

Wharton won second place in the breaking news category for his story “Police SUV kills pedestrian,” about a fatal collision last year that occurred on Chancellor’s Run Road.

He also won a second-place award in the breaking news photography category for his photograph showing firefighters last December dousing a house fire.

Staff writer Jason Babcock won first place in the investigative writing category for his stories under the headline “State police outline months of calls not shared,” which outlined problems with the county’s 911 dispatch protocols related to the state police and sheriff’s office. The judges wrote, “This is an example of exactly a newspaper’s role in being a community watchdog.”

Babcock was also part of a team that took first place in the breaking news photography category for a group of photos taken during and following a snowstorm last year that dumped almost 16 inches in St. Mary’s County. Other photographs for the winning entry were taken by Jesse Yeatman, deputy editor, and former staff writer Gretchen Phillips.

Yeatman also was part of a second-place win, along with Wharton, for multimedia storytelling — news category, for the story “Man accused of pulling gun deputy,” which also was accompanied online by footage from the officer’s body camera.

Staff writer Dandan Zou won first place for her story “In jail, Christmas is just another day,” in the category feature story, nonprofile. The judges wrote, “This wonderful story captured, but didn’t over dwell on, the sadness of incarceration, the hope from the inside, and the struggles for inmates. The story could have been written in any jail or prison in the nation. Timely, succinct, and compassionate, this was a worthy winner.”

Rick Boyd, former special projects editor, won first place for his two-part series about being Muslim in Southern Maryland. The stories, published last year in March, offered voices of people from St. Mary’s communities and told of their ongoing attempts to counter misconceptions at the local level.

“I am so proud of our editorial staff that had multiple winners recognized at this year’s MDDC editorial awards luncheon,” Art Crofoot, publisher of The Enterprise, said. “It validates all their hard work over the past year and shows the power of what excellent journalism can achieve. The residents of St. Mary’s County are fortunate to have such talented editors and reporters covering the stories that affect their lives.”

The contest included nearly 2,100 entries from member publications in 51 award categories. There are seven divisions in the contest, which group member publications into daily and nondaily print and online-only categories, then further group them by circulation.

The Enterprise entries were judged in the most competitive circulation division in the contest, which was nondailies with a circulation of 10,000 to 20,000. This year’s MDDC editorial contest was judged by members of the West Virginia Press Association.

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