The Gazette’s website, design and community reporting received a number of honors in the annual Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association editorial contest.
For general website excellence, Gazette.Net took first place for a second year. Judges noted “quality content is highlighted by clean design and interesting graphics.” The site’s 2012 Voters Guide and a special report on the 10th anniversary of the Beltway sniper killings won first- and second-place awards in the “Best Use of Interactive Media” category for large weekly newspapers.
Designer William P. (Bill) Sears II dominated design categories, with nine awards, including a “Best in Show” for an arts-and-entertainment section published in Prince George’s County editions.
Montgomery Staff Writer Kara Rose received a first-place award in feature-profile writing for a story called “A charmed path of survival: Former soldier relates experiences as POW,” published in Montgomery County editions.
In other print categories, “Living Among Sex Offenders,” received first place for general news story. The story was by Daniel J. Gross and Vanessa Harrington of the Prince George’s newsroom.
“Communities feel crunch of reduced library hours,” by Jeffrey Lyles of the Prince George’s office, received first place in local government coverage.
For business coverage, Tripp Laino of the Frederick Gazette took a “Best in Show” for his business story “A Tale of Two Malls,” examining the fate and fortune of Frederick’s major malls.
In the environmental reporting category, “Bamboo invasion sprouts request for ban,” Timothy Sandoval of the Laurel Gazette received a second place certificate.
Clyde Ford of the Gazette of Politics & Business (now known as the Business Gazette) won second place for an election/ballot initiative story on the state Republican Party. Business Editor Robert Rand’s headline, “FBI on counties Most-Wanted list,” received a second place.
Awards for the 2012 contest, judged by journalists in South Carolina, were presented Friday at a luncheon near Baltimore.