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Sentinel Wins Newspaper of the Year


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Published on: Thursday, May 23, 2013

By Holden Wilen

By Holden Wilen

Staff Writer

BALTIMORE – A commitment to excellence by the Montgomery County Sentinel staff, as well as a strong work ethic, has resulted in the paper being named Newspaper of the Year by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association in the 2012 editorial contest.

Overall, the Sentinel won 17 awards in Division F, which is for non-dailies with a circulation under 10,000, and it is the first time in the paper’s 158-year history it has been named Newspaper of the Year.  The Sentinel tied with the Baltimore Business Journal for the prestigious award.

“This award honors my husband, Bernard Kapiloff, who always believed that a voice for the community is vital,” said Lynn Kapiloff, owner and chief executive officer of the Sentinel.

 Jennifer Thornberry, member services coordinator for the MDDC Press Assocation, said the contest is very competitive and the Sentinel beat out 17 other papers in its division.

“To win paper of the year is a really big deal,” Thornberry said. “It is a dedication for reporting and just goes to show how hard work pays off.”

Managing editor Brian J. Karem led the Sentinel staff with seven awards including a first-place award for his online blog “Montgomery County Undercover – One man’s Opinion.” Christa Puccio won five awards, including first place in the categories of investigative reporting and public service for her series of stories on complaints from Rockville city employees of discrimination and racism by supervisors.

The Sentinel was also awarded first-place awards for its use of interactive media and for multimedia storytelling in news and sports.

“This recognition is a great honor for the Sentinel,” Karem said. “It honors the great work and dedication of our staff. This award is not possible without them.

Sentinel awardees:

2012 Division F Newspaper of the Year – Montgomery County Sentinel

Editorial, 2nd place – Brian Karem

Local Column, 2nd place – Brian Karem

Spot News, 1st place – Daryl Buchanan

Investigative reporting, 1st place – Christa Puccio

State government, 2nd place – Christa Puccio

Public Service, 1st place – Christa Puccio

Election or ballot initiatives, 2nd place – Christa Puccio

Spot news photo, 2nd place – Dawn Nicole Schulz

Photo series, 2nd place – Dawn Nicole Schulz

Arts/Entertainment reporting, 2nd place – Christa Puccio

Page 1 design, 2nd place – Brian Karem

Multimedia storytelling (news), 1st place and 2nd place – Brian Karem, Patrick Heflin, Brennan Karem

Multimedia storytelling (sports), 1st place – Brandy Simms, Brennan Karem, Patrick Heflin

Best Use of Interactive Media, 1st place – Brian Karem, Patrick Heflin, Brennan Karem

Online commentary or blog, 1st place – Brian Karem, Patrick Heflin

Reader Comments - 2 Total

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Posted By: Thomas Cisher On: 5/29/2013

Title: good job

To bad Christa is no longer reporting the story on Rockville. She seemed able to connect with the former employees and gain their trust in her to bring these stories to our attention.
Do not let up on Rockville till justice is complete.

Posted By: Reader On: 5/27/2013

Title: Congratulations

Congratulations to the Sentinel. Thanks for your dedication and valuable service to the public.
You have earned this long overdue award. Keep up the good work.




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