Delaware State News, sister papers collect MDDC Press honors

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Delaware State News won two best-in-show awards and collected several other honors Friday at the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association’s annual awards luncheon Friday in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Delaware State News advertising and graphics team won the two best-in-show awards in advertising categories.

Sue Short and Heather Cregar were honored for a small print retail ad for Forney’s Too, and Ms. Short and Katrina Sullivan were honored for large print restaurant/entertainment ad for Country Liquors.

The awards showcase the best advertising and news content of MDDC Press Association members.

The Delaware State News competes against other small newspapers, but the best-in-show awards represent the best of each of the first-place winners from newspapers of all sizes.

On the news side, Delaware State News reporter Ian Gronau won first place for a series on the area’s wine and craft brewing and distilling industries.

Managing Editor Ashley Dawson won second place in the feature story category for “Child’s rare neuro-genetic disorder inspires a cause.” It told the story of young Lillie Rose Larimore who was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome.

Photographer Marc Clery won second place in the feature photo category for a shot of young girl holding a baby chick on the first day of the Delaware State Fair.

The Delaware State News won first place for best event, the “W3: What Women Want Fest.”

Graphic designer Lee Hoover won two first-place awards – news page design for NASCAR photos in The Airlifter and illustrations for the Citywide Black History Celebration logos – and shared two others.

She and Heather Cregar won first place for large print business ad for the Delaware State Education Association and first place for a self-promotion campaign on holiday gift subscriptions.

Other honors:

•Second place, Sue Short and Heather Cregar, small print retail ad, Forney’s Too T-shirts;

•Second place, Sue Short and Heather Cregar, self-promotion campaign, Greater Dover Extra;

•Second place, Angi Hicks, self-promotion single ad, subscription sports;

•Second place, Lee Hoover and Heather Cregar, advertising and graphics teams, custom publication, Dover Days Festival.

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We were proud to learn of our sister Maryland and Delaware publications’ honors in non-daily divisions.

The Salisbury Independent’s Susan Canfora and Greg Bassett won best in show for public service with a section on 2018 local elections and best in show for an advertising-driven special section, “Salisbury Rising,” an economic development piece.

Graphic designer Angi Hicks shared a best in show with Jenny Keim for the Sussex County Post’s multi-media advertising campaign for Wilgus Associates and shared a best in show with Karen Riggins for the Crisfield Times’ multimedia business ad for the Smith Island Cultural Center.

Jennifer Antonik, news editor of the Milford Chronicle, won a second-place award in business reporting for an overview of growth in the city and the opportunities it presented.

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For the first time, the MDDC Press Association presented a “Courage In Journalism” award.

The recipient was Wendi Winters, who was killed during a gunman’s attack June 28 at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.

Ms. Winters, 65, a reporter, tried to fight off and distract the shooter. Her heroic actions saved other lives that day.

In addition to Ms. Winters, the Capital Gazette lost Gerald Fischman. 61, a columnist and editorial page editor; Rob Hiassen, 59, an assistant editor and weekend columnist; John McNamara. 56. a sports reporter and editor and primary reporter for the Bowie Blade-News; and Rebecca Smith. 34. a sales assistant.

“They wanted to tell the stories of our community,” said Rick Hutzell, Capital Gazette editor. “They wanted to point out what was right, what was wrong and what we could do better. They wanted to celebrate our successes and help our readers understand the failures of our community.

“They were journalists. But they were more than that. They were community journalists.

“It’s incredibly rewarding that the people here feel that it’s important to recognize their work and their sacrifice.”

Mr. Hutzell also recognized his staff for having the courage to continue.

“It took an incredible amount of heart to return to work,” he said.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said the Capital Gazette shooting was one of only two incidents in which multiple journalists were killed in the United States since the organization began compiling data in 1992.

In his remarks about threats to journalists, MDDC President Brian Karem said, “The incident also figured in the recent Reporters Without Borders assessment that now ranks the United States as only the 48th freest country for journalists and places us in the troubled category.”

Reach Executive Editor Andrew West at awest@newszap.com

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