ANNAPOLIS — The Cecil Whig won 13 awards at the 2018 Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. Press Association awards banquet May 10, including two Best of Show awards for photography last year.
The Whig’s haul included six first place awards and seven second place awards in the Class C division of non-weekly newspapers with circulation under 20,000, which includes papers such as the Carroll County Times, The Daily Times in Salisbury, The Daily Record in Baltimore, and the Whig’s sister paper The Star Democrat in Easton.
Jim Normandin, president of the Whig’s parent company APG Media of Chesapeake, said he was proud of the work done by the chain’s papers, but especially of the Best of Show awards, which topped all competition levels up to papers with statewide circulations.
“On behalf of all APG Chesapeake associates, it’s with gratitude I extend this heartfelt congratulations to each and every APG Chesapeake associate recognized in the 2018 MDDC contest. Each and every day we strive to deliver relevant news and information to our readers and online users, as well as offer integrated marketing solutions to our advertisers and community leaders, but it’s seldom we’re uniquely recognized for this excellence from our peers, so we are mighty proud of all our associates,” Normandin said.
The Cecil Whig won second place for general website excellence in Division C, where judges complimented the site’s “intensely local focus, fun history section from the archives, robust letters to the editor, submenus that allow users to zero in on an interest, and a clear call to subscribe.”
In the editorial awards, reporter Katie Tabeling’s story “County rethinks Port Deposit sewer plans” earned a first place for public notice reporting in Division C. The story detailed the county’s change in plans for its replacement sewer plant at Port Deposit to no longer immediately serve the former Bainbridge property.
Finishing second in the division were two entries: Tabeling’s story “Threat of global trade war stokes dairy farmers’ fears” in business reporting and reporter Jane Bellmyer’s story “Tome Memorial UMC members preparing to say goodbye” in religion reporting.
In sports, editor Jordan Schatz and Whig contributing photojournalist Scott Serio earned first place division awards for sports video and multimedia sports story, both for “Chasing the Ghost of Apollo,” the story of how Justify chased the legacy of becoming a Triple Crown winner despite never running as a 2-year-old.
In photography, Serio captured a first place division award and a Best of Show award in sports action photo for “Out of the Chute,” a photo of a rodeo rider on the back of a bucking bull at the Cecil County Fair. He won a second first place division award and a Best of Show award in breaking news photo for “Inferno save,” a photo of a lone firefighter investigating a burning Conowingo home in April 2018.
It was Serio’s second and third Best in Show award in two years.
Serio also earned a first place division award for photo gallery, shared with photographer Alex Evers, of the 2018 Kentucky Derby. He also earned second place division awards in photo gallery, shared with Bellmyer and Tabeling, for their work at the 2018 Cecil County Fair; and general news photo, for “A Wife’s Remembrance,” a photo of a widow sitting by her husband’s grave at the Delaware Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery.
“We’re very proud to continue producing award-winning work for our dedicated readers in Cecil County,” said Jacob Owens, the Cecil Whig’s executive editor and a member of the MDDC’s Editorial Committee. “Our job is often one of long hours and more criticism than commendation, so we’re always appreciative to receive recognition from our peers.”
In advertising awards, the Whig’s ad reps brought home two second place division awards, one in new business concept for the Santa’s Little Helper Section and one for advertising-driven special section in-paper production for the Whig’s 2018 Elkton Fall Fest Guide.