COLLEGE PARK (5/18/20) — The University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Capital News Service won 13 awards and had 12 students recognized in this year’s Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Press Association contest.

CNS, staffed by Merrill College students and led by faculty members, competed against professional news organizations in the annual contest. Student work was entered in Division O, for online-only news organizations.

CNS won eight first-place awards, including for General Website Excellence. In the Features Video category, students Caitlyn Mateik and Liam Harrington took both first place in Division O and won Best of Show across all divisions for their ViewFinder story on Harford County police training to respond to mental health calls.

Student Natalie Jones won two awards for her story “Maryland youths needing psychiatric care find long waits, drives,” taking first place in Investigative Reporting and second place in Medical/Science Reporting.

Here is the complete list of MDDC award winners, all in the online-only division unless specified:

General News Video

1st place – Carly Haynes for her segment on the opioid haunted house in Centreville

2nd place – Kathryn Brown and Joe Ilardi for “Fire Starters”

Features Video

1st place (Division O), Best of Show (across all divisions) – Caitlyn Mateik and Liam Harrington for their ViewFinder story on Harford County police training to respond to mental health calls

2nd place – Max Marcilla for “Sweet Redemption”

Sports Video

1st place – Amy Jennings for her segment on a bar trading free drinks for recycled Bryce Harper apparel

General News Story

1st place – Hannah Gaskill for “Shooter in Capital Gazette pleads guilty to murder, other counts”

Investigative Reporting

1st place – Natalie Jones for “Maryland youths needing psychiatric care find long waits, drives”

Wild Card: Immigration in Communities

2nd place – Ian Round for “In Maryland, advocates educate immigrants about the census”

Business Reporting

1st place – Teresa Johnson for “Prices for construction projects spike, likely due to labor shortages”

Medical/Science Reporting

2nd place – Natalie Jones for “Maryland youths needing psychiatric care find long waits, drives”

Religion Reporting

1st place – Elliott Davis for “Maryland synagogues receive grant funds for security”

For more information, contact:
Josh Land
joshland@umd.edu
301-405-1321