Staff members of The Daily Record have won high honors in two journalism contests.
On April 21-22, the staff took 51 awards in the annual contests sponsored by the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association, winning 20 in the advertising design contest and 31 in the editorial contest.
On April 14, The Daily Record was named the best news organization in The Dolan Company, the Minneapolis-based firm that owns this newspaper and others in a total of 21 geographic markets throughout the United States. The award recognizes achievement in print and online journalism, social media and marketing.
“Again and again this year, The Daily Record’s editorial team found new ways to do a better job for its readers and its community,” said Mark Stodder, The Dolan Company’s executive vice president for business information. “Meanwhile The Daily Record reinvented its approach to building its subscriber base, developing and marketing new Web and electronic products which have been embraced by the Maryland business community. This is exactly what our publishing operations should be doing today.”
“I am excited and proud that The Daily Record received 51 awards from MDDC for outstanding journalism, design and best website and that our team received the highest recognition possible from The Dolan Company,” said Daily Record Publisher Suzanne Fischer-Huettner.
“At a time when media companies nationally are reducing local content, we are providing more through various channels — Web, print, e-blast, text alert and more,” she added. Our journalists, designers and marketing team work tirelessly to provide timely, accurate and essential news and information to our business and legal subscribers. Through these awards it is clear that their hard work is being noticed.”
In the MDDC Press Association editorial competition, first-place awards were:
-Local column — Barbara Grzincic
-Spot News — Staff
-General news — Brendan Kearney
-Continuing coverage — Brendan Kearney, Barbara Grzincic, Tom Linthicum
-Investigative reporting — Brendan Kearney
-Feature story — Caryn Tamber
-Public service — Staff
-Election coverage — Danny Jacobs
-Photo series — Rich Dennison
-Sports story — Liz Farmer
-Business reporting — Ben Mook
-Medical/science reporting — Ben Mook
-Growth and land use reporting — Liz Farmer
-Headline — Ed Waldman
-Multimedia storytelling, News — Jon Sham
-Multimedia storytelling, Feature — Maximilian Franz
-Best use of interactive media — Jon Sham
-General excellence website — Web staff
-Religion story — Danny Jacobs
-Editorial — Tom Linthicum
Second-place editorial awards were:
-Local column — Fraser Smith
-State government — Nicholas Sohr
-Sports feature — Liz Farmer
-Business reporting — Nicholas Sohr
-Medical/science reporting — Danielle Ulman
-Growth and land use reporting: Melody Simmons
-Best online commentary or blog — Law staff
In winning these awards, Daily Record journalists swept four categories: local column, business, medical/science and growth and land use reporting.
Also, four of the newspaper’s first-place finishers were named Best of Show: Danny Jacobs, for religion story; Brendan Kearney, for general news; Tom Linthicum, for editorial and Ed Waldman, for headline. The Daily Record was the only newspaper of its size to win Best of Show in any category.
On the advertising side, Daily Record designers won these first-place awards:
-Local real estate, b/w or color — Erin Alexander
-Themed feature page — Erin Alexander, Jennifer Park
-Best use of humor — Erin Alexander
-Community service — Todd Zimmerman, Jessica Zwirble, Erin Alexander
-Local retail color less than 1/2 page — Jessica Zwirble
-Print promotion of newspaper — Jessica Zwirble
-House promotion ad — Jennifer Park
-Second-place advertising awards were:
-Special sections — Todd Zimmerman
-Community service — Erin Alexander
-House promotion ad — Jennifer Park
Third-place awards were:
-Wild card — Todd Zimmerman
-Print promotion of newspaper—Erin Alexander
-Community service — Jennifer Park
The design staff won Best of Category awards for community service, local real estate b/w or color, best use of humor and local retail color less than ½ page, and was named the Sweepstakes winner for daily newspapers with circulations less than 75,000.
The Dolan Company
In The Dolan Company contest, Daily Record journalists won these top awards:
-Scoop — Brendan Kearney
-News Photo — Maximilian Franz
-Digital technology — Brendan Kearney, Jon Sham
-Continuing coverage — Brendan Kearney
-News blog — Law staff
Tracy Bumba, The Daily Record’s Audience Development Director, won circulation awards for multi-campaign strategies, newsstand sales and social voice and was named Dolan’s Notable Circ Marketer of the Year.