COLLEGE PARK (5/13/19) — The MDDC Press Association has named the University of Maryland Capital News Service the top online-only news organization in the Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C., region in its annual Editorial Contest.

In the same contest, “The Other Games” — a CNS ViewFinder project — won Best of Show for multimedia sports storytelling, beating out stories entered by The Baltimore Sun, The Frederick News-Post and other professional news organizations.

The awards, announced Friday, were among roughly two dozen won by students working for CNS, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism‘s nonprofit news organization.

Merrill College student journalists competed against professional news organizations in the online-only division. “The Other Games,” about sports that rarely find the spotlight, was named the top multimedia sports story across all divisions.

“Our students and the faculty members guiding them through CNS are committed to telling stories that matter, and we’re so proud of them for that,” Dean Lucy A. Dalglish said. “They’re so deserving of this recognition from the MDDC Press Association and its members, and Merrill College is grateful the judges saw what we see every day.”

Numerous Merrill College alumni now working for professional news organizations also won awards — including Talia Richman (’17), who was named Rookie of the Year. The award honors a journalist with fewer than 18 months of experience.

The judges said Richman, who covers education and breaking news for The Baltimore Sun, “tackled some big stories and did so thoroughly … She un-earthed national experts to broaden the perspective of the local issues she was reporting on. And the writing was clear and concise.

“Her work did not read like that of a rookie, and reflected her training via internships and The Diamondback. The Sun is lucky to have her.”

The full list of Merrill College award winners appears below.

General Social Media Reporting

First Place
Katie Bemb
Jealous Faceboook audience smaller, more active than Hogan’s

Second Place
Jordan Katz
Campaign events for Hogan and Jealous show different strategies

Breaking News Social Media

First Place
Kristen Seto
Maryland politicians among those reacting to Florida school shooting on social media

Best Use of Interactive Media

First Place
Capital News Service
After the Floods, Rebuilding Ellicott City [360 video in 3D]

Continuing Coverage, Video

First Place
ViewFinder
Baltimore in Pieces

Investigative Reporting

First Place
Capital News Service
Reforming the Force

Public Service

First Place
Aaron Rosa
Maryland’s garbage workers in harm’s way

News-driven Multimedia Storytelling

First Place
ViewFinder
In the Wake

Business Reporting

First Place
Chris Cioffi
One of Trump’s companies is licensed in Maryland — for what is not clear

Medical/Science Reporting

First Place
Sean Whooley
Legislation aims to improve oversight of nursing homes

Environmental Reporting

Second Place
Alex Mann
Bills would update Maryland’s forest conservation law”

Arts/Entertainment Reporting

First Place
Hannah Yasharoff
As House of Cards filming nears end, Maryland pushes to be entertainment contender

Growth & Land Use Reporting

Second Place
Chris Cioffi
Chesapeake farmers target runoff reduction, lawmakers seek conservation funds

Sports Story

First Place
Julia Karron, Chloe Pavlech
Diplomacy meets basketball at 2018 Friendship Games

Sports Feature Story

First Place
Julia Karron, Timmy Chong
Three Maryland athletes competing in South Korea games

Multimedia Storytelling (Sports)

First Place
ViewFinder
The Other Games

General News Video

First Place
Alex Littlehales
Red Flag Mother

Second Place
Steven Dilsizian
Student Walkout

Spot News Video

First Place
Danielle Stein, Max Marcilla
UMD Football Regents

Features Video

First Place
Andi Wenck
Why I Farm

Second Place
Liam Harrington
Hopeful Baltimore

Sports Video

First Place
Danielle Stein
Singing football star

Special Event Video

First Place
Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau
Maryland Newsline Special Edition: Ellicott City

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321