The newspaper’s awards included six first-place and 14 second-place honors in its division. The Herald-Mail is in Division B, for newspapers with daily circulation between 30,000 and 75,000.
Tri-State Editor Bill Kohler earned the Best In Show award in the Local Column: Critical Thinking category.
HM Media Publisher Andy Bruns said he was proud of his staff’s “stellar” commitment to continued print success in 2012, especially while adapting to the growing realms of digital media and video reporting.
“It would be easy to let the traditional work suffer while we learn these new skills,” Bruns said. “It’s fantastic that we are able to embrace the change and continue to do great work along the way.”
The awards were presented Friday during the annual MDDC luncheon, held at the Four Points by Sheraton BWI Hotel in Baltimore.
The Herald-Mail submitted news and feature stories, editorials, local columns, photographs, pages, graphics and videos that were published last year.
The winners and their categories include:
- 1st place, Spot News: Dave McMillion for “Fiery Wreck Ends Chase”
- 1st place, Public Service: Arnold Platou for “We Want Full Transparency”
- 2nd place, General News: Dan Dearth for “Rescue Mission Criticized for Accepting Violent Criminals”
- 2nd place, Continuing Coverage: C.J. Lovelace for “Study Says New Stadium Could Help Revitalize Downtown Area”
- 2nd place, Feature Story — Profile: Janet Heim for “Former Wrangler, 98, Remembers His First-Hand Look at U.S. History”
- 2nd place, Local Government: Andrew Schotz for “Cops Concede Error in Death Notification”
- 2nd place, Public Service: Arnold Platou for “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”
- 2nd place, Election or Ballot Initiatives: Staff for Election Previews and Q&A
- 2nd place, Business Reporting: Arnold Platou for “Taking Advantage or Taking a Risk”
- 2nd place, Medical/Science Reporting: Chris Copley for “Prey. Eat. Love it.”
- 1st place, Local Column — Critical Thinking: Bill Kohler for “Paterno’s Statue Had To Fall...”
- 2nd place, Local Column — Feature or Humor: Kate Coleman for “Working Mom Lives American Dream”
- 1st place, Feature Photo: Joe Crocetta for “Super Slide”
- 2nd place, Sports Photo: Colleen McGrath for “Simply Perfect”
- 2nd place, Best Photo Gallery: Ric Dugan for Battle of Antietam: “Bloody Lane” Re-Enactment
Design and Graphics
- 1st place, Headline: Sherry Bourgeois for “Powerless”
- 2nd place, Headline: Dave Rhodes for “It’s a Tree-For-All”
- 1st place, General Web Site Excellence: Staff for Herald-Mail.com
- 2nd place, Multimedia Storytelling — Sports: Dave Barnhart, C.J. Lovelace, Yvette May for JFK 50 Mile Ultramarathon
- 2nd place, Best Web Video: C.J. Lovelace for “Antietam: Burying the Dead”