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
“Jealous Faceboook audience smaller, more active than Hogan’s“
“Campaign events for Hogan and Jealous show different strategies“
Breaking News Social Media
“Maryland politicians among those reacting to Florida school shooting on social media“
Best Use of Interactive Media
Capital News Service
“After the Floods, Rebuilding Ellicott City [360 video in 3D]“
Continuing Coverage, Video
“Baltimore in Pieces“
Capital News Service
“Reforming the Force“
“Maryland’s garbage workers in harm’s way“
News-driven Multimedia Storytelling
“In the Wake“
“One of Trump’s companies is licensed in Maryland — for what is not clear“
“Legislation aims to improve oversight of nursing homes“
“Bills would update Maryland’s forest conservation law”
“As House of Cards filming nears end, Maryland pushes to be entertainment contender“
Growth & Land Use Reporting
“Chesapeake farmers target runoff reduction, lawmakers seek conservation funds“
Julia Karron, Chloe Pavlech
“Diplomacy meets basketball at 2018 Friendship Games“
Sports Feature Story
Julia Karron, Timmy Chong
“Three Maryland athletes competing in South Korea games“
Multimedia Storytelling (Sports)
“The Other Games“
General News Video
“Red Flag Mother“
Spot News Video
Danielle Stein, Max Marcilla
“UMD Football Regents“
“Why I Farm“
“Singing football star“
Special Event Video
Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau
“Maryland Newsline Special Edition: Ellicott City“