Front Page, Guild Service Awards:
The Baltimore Sun’s Melissa Harris and Monica Lopossay won the grand prize awards for Writing and Photography, respectively, in the Front Page Awards sponsored annually by the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. Emily B. Thompson of Catholic News Service won the grand prize for Design. Each carries a $250 cash prize.
In the Guild local’s annual Guild Service Awards, members from the Washington Post, BNA, and the United Food and Commercial Workers won top prizes, and Catholic News Service claimed the “Build the Guild” Award for bargaining unit of the year. Each award similarly carries a cash prize ranging from $100 to $250. The awards were presented March 26, at a ceremony in AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington.
Harris’ prize-winning entry, “Neighbors’ 7-Year Feud Results in 13th Criminal Case,” took the Front Page Award for Local News Reporting. Winners in each category of the Writing, Photography and Design divisions of the competition are then judged additionally for the grand prize.
Lopossay’s grand prize entry, “Dangerous Remedy,” took Front Page honors for Picture Story; she also took the award for National News Photography with "Capt. Shane Mahaffee.” Sun photographers swept the Front Page Awards: Lloyd Fox won in both the Sports Photography (“Death Spiral”) and Local News Photography (“Families’ Grieving Begins”) categories; Algerina Perna took the award for Feature Photography (“Seeing His Duty -- Barely”); and Chiaki Kawajiri won in Portrait Photography (“Swimming Baby”).
Sheila Cole was a repeat winner of the Customer Service Professional Award, the Front Page Award that honors commercial work at a journalistic enterprise. Cole was rewarded with a $100 prize for her tireless work on behalf of Baltimore Sun customers, and for dealing with the after-effects of the Sun’s decision to outsource some customer-service work to the Philippines.
CNS won the “Build the Guild” Guild Service Award after showing solidarity in forcing management to back off an onerous pension proposal in contract talks that extended more than 10 months past the expiration date of the previous pact.
Emily Thompson won in her first full year at CNS, a wire service for Catholic newspapers and periodicals. Her “Images From the Archive 2007 Calendar” took honors for Marketing and Promotion Design. She copped an honorable mention in the same category for the “CNS Supplement Kits” brochure, and took another first place for Illustration Design with “No More Pluto.”
Member of the Year Rich Bronson, a BNA activist, served on the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild’s Executive Council and its Communications Committee. He also won a Front Page award for best Bargaining Unit Publication for the BNA unit’s newsletter, “Behind the Dome.”
Shop Steward of the Year Michele Clemmons, a longtime UFCW staffer, was recommended for the award by Guild local administrative officer Cet Parks for stalwart service on behalf of the professional staff of the UFCW union headquarters.
Washington Post unit editorial co-chair Rick Weiss won Organizer of the Year honors for developing a new initiative that benefits both new members when the join the Guild, and their rank-and-file recruiters. Weiss additionally won an honorable mention for best Unit Publication for “Radio Free Washington Post,” detailing the Guild’s objections to how the newspaper’s radio service was launched.
In a nomination letter for Unit Officer of the Year, Post nightside copy editor Stephen King was cited for, among other things, the time he spends “helping younger Guild members honing their writing skills and defending members who capriciously fall out of favor when a new editor arrives.”
The Guild Service and Front Page award winners:
Guild Service Awards
Dan de Souza Memorial Award for Member of the Year: Rich Bronson, BNA
Nadine Grinder Memorial Award for Shop Steward of the Year: Michele Clemmons, United Food and Commercial Workers
Unit Officer of the Year: Stephen King, Washington Post
Organizer of the Year: Rick Weiss, Washington Post
“Build the Guild” Award for Bargaining Unit of the Year” Catholic News Service
Front Page Award Grand Prizes
Bill Pryor Memorial Grand Prize For Writing: Melissa Harris, Baltimore Sun, “Neighbors’ 7-Year Feud Results in 13th Criminal Case”
Bill Pryor Memorial Grand Prize For Photography: Monica Lopossay, Baltimore Sun, “Dangerous Remedy”
John Albano Memorial Grand Prize For Design: Emily B. Thompson, Catholic News Service, “Images From the Archive 2007 Calendar”
Bernie Harrison Memorial Award for Commentary: Tom Dunkel, Baltimore Sun, “A Time for Remembrance”
Criticism: Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun, “Restored but Still Fresh, `Rules’ Is Dazzling Display of Art at Its Best” (honorable mention) Mary Carole McCauley, Baltimore Sun, “In Our Own Image from Cars to Cats to Monsters”
Feature Writing: Mary Carole McCauley, Baltimore Sun, “A Colorful Life”
International News Reporting: Gady A. Epstein, Stephanie Desmon, Baltimore Sun,. “Crab Factory”
Morton Mintz Award for Investigative Reporting: Dan Morgan, Sarah Cohen, Gilbert Gaul, Washington Post, “Dairy Industry Crushed Innovator Who Bested Price-Control System”
Frank C. Porter Memorial Award for Labor and Business Reporting: Jamie Smith Hopkins, Baltimore Sun, “The Coming Housing Crunch” series
Local News Reporting: Melissa Harris, Baltimore Sun, “Neighbors’ 7-Year Feud Results in 13th Criminal Case” (honorable mention) Michael E. Ruane and Robert E. Pierre, Washington Post, “Each Victim in the City’s Violent July Has a Story”
National News Reporting: Robert Little, Baltimore Sun, “Dangerous Remedy”
Non-Daily Specialized and Technical Reporting: Carolyn L. Whetzel, BNA Correspondents, “After 20 Years, California’s Proposition 65 Causes Lawsuits, Warnings to Proliferate”
Public Service Reporting: Fred Schulte, June Arney, Baltimore Sun, “On Shaky Ground” series
Sports Reporting: Sandra McKee, Baltimore Sun, “Fear Can Race Through Horses at Starting Gate, but Training Helps”
Unit Publication: Rich Bronson, BNA. “Behind the Dome”
Feature Photography: Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun, “Seeing His Duty -- Barely”
Local News Photography: Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun, “Families’ Grieving Begins.”
National News Photography: Monica Lopossay, Baltimore Sun, “Capt. Shane Mahaffee”
Picture Story: Monica Lopossay, Baltimore Sun, “Dangerous Remedy”
Portrait Photography: Chiaki Kawajiri, Baltimore Sun, “Swimming Baby”
Sports Photography: Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun, “Death Spiral”
Advertising Design: Gene Russell, Baltimore Sun, “Lilypons”
Illustration Design: Emily B. Thompson, Catholic News Service, “No More Pluto”
Marketing and Promotion Design: Emily B. Thompson, Catholic News Service, “Images From the Archive 2007 Calendar”
News Graphics Design: Lamont Harvey, Baltimore Sun, “A Maritime Icon”
Customer Service Professional of the Year: Sheila Cole, Baltimore Sun