Baltimore Brew was awarded 14 Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia (MDDC) Press Association prizes during the group’s annual meeting in Annapolis on Friday.
Competing in the online publications division, The Brew won first or second place in 10 categories, including public service, critical thinking, breaking news, continuing coverage, land-use reporting, arts and entertainment, business reporting and local government.
In two categories – local government and environmental reporting – The Brew’s submission was considered “Best in Show” among all divisional award winners.
Among those competing for the Best in Show prizes were The Baltimore Sun, Frederick News-Post, Star Democrat, Daily Times and other newspapers.
Founded in 2009 by former Washington Post reporter Fern Shen, The Brew concentrates on Baltimore area news. It expanded into accountability and investigative reporting when Mark Reutter, a book author and former Sun reporter, joined in 2011.
The two-person publication, which employs occasional interns, is now viewed by over 70,000 unique visitors a month.
The awards covered calendar year 2017. The Brew won four MDDC awards in 2016, including a “Best in Show” for its coverage of Kevin Plank’s proposed Port Covington development.
Here’s the lowdown:
– Breaking News, Division O (online), 1st place: Fern Shen, “Columbus statue in Baltimore vandalized.”
– Continuing Coverage, Division O, 1st place: Fern Shen, Louis Krauss & Mark Reutter, “On any given night.”
– Local Government, Division O, 1st place: Mark Reutter, “Mayor and councilman gift a $50,000 patrol vehicle to Shomrim”; 2nd place: Fern Shen & Louis Krauss, “On any given night.”
– Local Government, “Best of Show” among all division awardees: Mark Reutter, “Mayor and councilman gift a $50,000 patrol vehicle to Shomrim.”
– Public Service, Division O, 1st place: Mark Reutter & Fern Shen, “An Open Letter to Baltimore’s New Housing Commissioner.”
– Business Reporting, Division O, 1st place: Fern Shen, “Mayor Pugh flip-flops on $15 minimum wage.”
– Environmental Reporting, Division O, 1st place: Mark Reutter, “Sniffing out a secret sewer pipe.”
– Environmental Reporting, “Best in Show” among all division awardees: Mark Reutter, “Sniffing out a secret sewer pipe.”
– Arts/Entertainment Reporting, 1st place: Louis Krauss, “Peabody Institute’s Gary Thomas resigns and fans and students lament.”
– Growth & Land Use Reporting, Division O, 2nd place: Fern Shen, “Little parks mean a lot.”
– General News Story, Division O, 2nd place: Mark Reutter & Fern Shen, “Mayor and councilman gift a $50,000 patrol vehicle to Shomrim.”
– Local Column: Critical Thinking, Division O, 1st place: Corey Gaber, “In reporting Baltimore students’ low test scores, the media misses who really failed”; 2nd place, Lauren Siegel & Jeff Singer, “Applause for Tent City and a word of caution about the city’s promises.”
More than 2,300 entries were submitted in the competition from news media across Maryland, Delaware and D.C., according to MDDC executive director Rebecca Snyder.
The Brew submitted entries only in editorial news categories; awards were also announced on Friday in sports, design, photography, advertising, video and other areas.