ANNAPOLIS - The Montgomery County Sentinel Newspapers was awarded the Maryland Delaware, District of Columbia Press Association “News Organization of the Year” award for the second time in as many years in a ceremony here Friday.
“It is an honor to be awarded this distinction for the second time in as many years and the third time in the last five years,” said Sentinel owner Lynn Kapiloff. “It is vital for independent publications to remain vibrant – especially at this time in our history.”
The Sentinel won 35 awards out of a possible 48 categories, picking up first and second place in categories such as Investigative Reporting, State Government Reporting, and Multimedia Storytelling (news).
Overall, they received 22 first place awards, 13 second place awards, and three best of shows awards, an improvement over the 11 first place awards, eight second place awards, and the one “Best in Show” award from last year.
The Sentinel’s “Water Supply Challenges” was a particularly well- received series, winning a “Best of Show” award and first in the Investigative Reporting Category. The investigative series is an indication that journalism still makes a difference in the local community.
Furthermore, the Sentinel also won a “Best of Show” award for online commentary or blog, continuing its performance from last year and demonstrating that it is capable in print or online. The ongoing feature “Editor’s Notebook” picked up its second best in show award in as many years.
The newspaper picked up honorable mention in the James. S. Keat Freedom of Information Award competition. The judges acknowledged the newspapers “huge impact on readers,” with its series on water quality and said, “the small and scrappy publication . . .took on this project because no one else had and it was an issue they believed spoke to the very nature of what journalism should do in serving its community.”