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Daily Record staffers honored

Staff members of The Daily Record won numerous awards last week for excellence in print journalism, online media and advertising in the annual contests sponsored by the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association.

In the advertising contest, the newspaper won the sweepstakes award for the best overall performance among daily papers with circulation under 35,000. Staff members won nine first-place awards, three second-place awards and three third-place awards.

Individual first-place awards were won by Todd Zimmerman, Assistant Managing Editor/Visual Journalism, for ad campaign or series; by Senior Graphic Designer Erin Alexander for effective use of space and by designer Jessica Zwirble for quarterly or monthly special section and for use of humor.

Team awards for first place went to Zimmerman and Alexander for annual special section; Zwirble and Senior Photographer Maximilian Franz for real estate supplement; Alexander and Franz for house promotion ads; and to Zwirble and Zimmerman for print promotion of the newspaper. The staff also won first place in the wild card category for The Daily Record’s “Know more” outdoor advertising campaign.

In addition to winning first place for print promotion and for house promotion ads, The Daily Record swept both categories with Zimmerman wining second place and Alexander and Zimmerman taking third place for print promotion, and designer Laura Lummino winning second place and  Alexander and Zwirble winning third place for house promotion ads.

Best-of-category awards were won by Alexander and Zimmerman for annual special section, by Zwirble for quarterly or monthly special section, by Zwirble and Franz for real estate supplement and by Zwirble and Zimmerman for print promotion.

In the online media contest, competing against daily newspapers with circulation under 75,000, Webmaster Richard Simon and Assistant Business Editor Ben Mook won first place for best use of interactive media. The Daily Record’s website placed second in the general excellence category.

In the journalism contest, competing against daily newspapers with circulation under 30,000, The Daily Record staff won 10 first-place awards and 11 second-place awards.

In doing so, the staff swept the feature story category, with law reporter Brendan Kearney winning first place and law reporter Danny Jacobs wining second place.

Other first-place awards went to law reporter Steve Lash for state government coverage, former business reporter Robbie Whelan for economy coverage, Franz for sports photo, law reporter Caryn Tamber for sports feature story, business reporter Danielle Ulman for business reporting, Jacobs for environmental reporting, former intern reporter Maria Zilberman for arts and entertainment coverage, Zimmerman and Franz for page one design and Zimmerman for feature page design.

Tamber’s sports feature story about a lawyers’ summer softball league and Zimmerman’s and Franz’s page one photo illustration of  a piggy bank being smashed with a hammer as part of an article about the underfunded state pension system were awarded best-in-category honors.

Other second-place awards went to C. Fraser Smith for his local column, Tamber for best series, Whelan for local government coverage, photographer Rich Dennison for feature photo and photo series, business reporter Liz Farmer for sports story, education reporting and growth and land use reporting, Franz for art or illustration and to Executive Editor Tom Linthicum for headline writing.

One comment

  1. Perhaps The Daily Record hasn’t read the epitaph, but newspapers are dead! How is it possible that this one paper continues to expand its services as others cut resources for print journalism throughout the nation?

    With veteran editors like Barbara Grzincic at the helm, energetic reporters like Danny Jacobs and Caryn Tamber continue the quality of journalism established by their predecessors. While maintaining this tradition, TDR has effectively used specialized sites, blogs and online resources to distribute content and to push key information to my desktop each and every day.

    Larger newspapers may dismiss TDR as a “specialized” paper that is somehow immune from the challenges of general circulation dailies. But they would do well to study TDR’s approach and learn a few lessons on how to avoid extinction and stay relevant in a changing world.