2018 Front Page Awards

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The Front Page Awards honor the “best of the best” in writing, photography, commentary, graphics and union campaigns, all created by workers in WBNG-covered units. Former workers can enter, too.

Check out this handy, printable entry form to entry.

Post Series on Freddie Gray Wins Front Page Awards Grand Prize

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Washington Post reporter Terrence McCoy’s eight-part series on the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody in Baltimore won the Grand Prize for writing and reporting in 2015 from the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. McCoy will receive his award at the Guild’s Front Page Awards ceremony in September. Continue reading “Post Series on Freddie Gray Wins Front Page Awards Grand Prize”

May 1 Deadline for Front Page Awards Competition Entries

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“May Day! May Day!”

No, it’s not a call for emergency aid. It’s a call for you to submit your entries to the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild’s Front Page Awards competition. And May Day is the deadline.

The Front Page Awards honor the “best of the best” in writing, photography, commentary, graphics and union campaigns, all created by workers in WBNG-covered units in calendar-year 2015. Former workers can enter, too. The point is if you created your work and it was published or posted on your employer’s web site, or both, it’s eligible for an award – and so are you.

AND REMEMBER FOLKS, IT’S OUR MEMBERS RECOGNIZING THE GREAT WORK OF OUR MEMBERS – SO GET THOSE ENTRIES IN!

The entry deadline is easy to remember: Postmarked or hand-delivered to the WBNG office, 1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 300, Washington DC 20005, by MAY DAY. The handy, printable entry form should be attached to each entry. Please specify the category in which your entry is being submitted, and please provide two copies of each entry. An entry can be submitted in more than one category.

This year, we’re trying to move into the electronic media age, with more awards in those categories and fewer in writing and photography.

Here are the categories:

WRITING: Morton Mintz Award for Investigative Reporting or Public Service Reporting; Bernie Harrison Memorial Award for Commentary; News Analysis; Frank C. Porter Memorial Award for Labor and Business Reporting; Criticism; Feature Writing; National or International News Reporting; Local News Reporting; Non-Daily Specialized Technical Reporting; Sports Reporting; Labor Unit Publication.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Feature Photography; Local News Photography; National News Photography; Sports Photography; Best Videography.

GRAPHICS AND ART: Advertising Design; Illustration Design; Labor Promotional Campaign; Marketing and Promotion Design.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Best Use of Social Media, Best Social Media Campaign, Most Informative Blog (fewer than 250 words), Most Informative Blog (More than 250 words), Best Web Site Design, Best Web Site User Experience, Most Creative Web Graphic.

There are two separate non-editorial Front Page Awards, one for Mobilizing and the other for the Customer Service Professional of the Year. Send in nominations for those by letter.

There are also three Grand Prizes, for which there are no separate entries: The Bill Pryor Memorial Grand Prize for Writing, the Bill Pryor Memorial Grand Prize for Photography and the John Albano Memorial Grand Prize for Art. The judges will select individual Grand Prize winners from among the winners of the individual Front Page Award categories.

A cash award will accompany the Grand Prizes. But there is an extra qualification to be in the running for a Grand Prize: You not only have to be among the individual winners to be eligible for those, you must also be a dues-paying WBNG member (hint, hint).

The Front Page ceremony will also honor members who performed distinguished and outstanding service for the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild during 2015, through our annual Guild Service Awards. Letters of recommendation should be submitted by May Day.

The Guild Service Awards are as follows: Dan de Souza Memorial Award for  Member of the Year; Nadine Grinder Memorial Award for  Shop Steward of the Year; Unit Officer of the Year; Organizer of the Year; Bargaining Unit of the Year; Herb Block Award for  Community Service; and the Connie Knox Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild.

WBNG created that last award in honor of the long-time WBNG President and International Chair of The Newspaper Guild. Connie Knox died in 2012, just weeks after she retired from both her Guild post and theBaltimore Sun.

The Front Page Awards and Guild Service Awards will be formally presented to the winners at the WBNG Membership meeting in July.

Front Page Awards Competition Announced

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Front Page Awards Competition Announced
Honoring the ‘Best of the Best’ Created by WBNG Members in 2014

(Feb. 13, 2015) “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” That long-ago cry of newsboys hawking papers in city streets applies equally well to “reading all about it” in the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild’s Front Page Awards competition.

The Front Page Awards honor the “best of the best” in writing, photography, commentary, graphics and union campaigns, all created by workers in WBNG-covered units. Former workers can enter, too. The point is if you created your work and it was published or posted on your employer’s web site, or both, in calendar 2014, it’s eligible for an award – and so are you.

The entry deadline is easy to remember: Postmarked or hand-delivered to the WBNG office, 1100 15th St. NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20005, by the Ides of March (Sunday, March 15). We won’t stab you, unlike the assassins who killed Julius Caesar that long ago day. We’ll just accept your entries.

The handy, printable entry form should be attached to each entry. Please specify the category in which your entry is being submitted, and please provide two copies of each entry. An entry can be submitted in more than one category.

Here are the categories:

Writing: Morton Mintz Award for Investigative Reporting or Public Service Reporting; Bernie Harrison Memorial Award for Commentary; News Analysis; Frank C. Porter Memorial Award for Labor and Business Reporting; Criticism; Feature Writing; Headline Writing; National or International News Reporting; Local News Reporting; Non-Daily Specialized Technical Reporting; Sports Reporting; Labor Unit Publication. 

Photography: Feature Photography; Local News Photography; National News Photography; Portrait Photography; Sports Photography. 

Graphics and Art: Advertising Design; Illustration Design; Labor Promotional Campaign; Marketing and Promotion Design; News Graphics Design; Web-Site Design.

There are two separate non-editorial Front Page Awards, one for Mobilizing and the other for the Customer Service Professional of the Year. Send in nominations for those by letter.

There are also three Grand Prizes, for which there are no separate entries: The Bill Pryor Memorial Grand Prize for Writing, the Bill Pryor Memorial Grand Prize for Photography and the John Albano Memorial Grand Prize for Art. The judges will select individual Grand Prize winners from among the winners of the individual Front Page Award categories.

A cash award will accompany the Grand Prizes. But there is an extra qualification to be in the running for a Grand Prize: You not only have to be among the individual winners to be eligible for those, you must also be a dues-paying WBNG member (hint, hint).

The Front Page ceremony will also honor members who performed distinguished and outstanding service for the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild during 2013, through our annual Guild Service Awards. Letters of recommendation should be submitted by Valentine’s Day. The Guild Service Awards are as follows: Dan de Souza Memorial Award for Member of the Year; Nadine Grinder Memorial Award for Shop Steward of the Year; Unit Officer of the Year; Organizer of the Year; Bargaining Unit of the Year; Herb Block Award forCommunity Service and the Connie Knox Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild.

WBNG created the Knox Award in honor of the late Connie Knox, longtime WBNG President, WBNG vice president and International Chair of The Newspaper Guild. Connie died in 2012, just weeks after she retired from both her Guild post and the Baltimore Sun.

The Front Page Awards and Guild Service Awards will be formally presented to the winners at the WBNG General Membership meeting on July 22 at the AFL-CIO building in Washington.

WBNG Announces 2013 Guild Service, Front Page Awards

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(July 18, 2014) On Saturday, July 26, WBNG members and friends will gather at St. Ignatius Church (740 N. Calvert St., two blocks from the Sun) in Baltimore to host our annual Guild Service and Front Page Awards, which recognize and honor hard-working union activists and journalists.

2013 Guild Service Awards
Member of the Year (Dan de Souza Memorial Award)
Bruce Kaufman
(Bloomberg-BNA)
Shop Steward of the Year (Nadine Grinder Memorial Award)
Lori Richards (UFCW)
Unit Officer of the Year
Stephen (Rocky) Richardson, Nikita Stewart (Washington Post)
Organizer of the Year
Mo-Yain Tham (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)
Bargaining Unit of the Year
UFCW
Outstanding Service to the Local (Connie Knox Memorial Award)
Ken May
(Bloomberg-BNA)
Customer Service Professional of the Year
(Darlene Meyer Memorial Award)
Monique Carr (Baltimore Sun)

2013 Front Page Awards
A comprehensive Baltimore Sun series on problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs – which ran months before the rest of the national media even discovered the story – won the Grand Prize for writing and reporting in 2013.

The award judges were unanimous in their praise of the completeness, timeliness and quality of Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger’s “VA Falls Short Of Helping Vets” series, which also took the Guild’s Morton Mintz Award for Public Service Reporting.

Wenger will receive her honor, which includes a cash prize, at The Guild’s Front Page Awards ceremony. The other grand prize, for Photography, went to Sun photographer Algerina Perna for her picture story, “Linda’s Journey.” The grand prize also includes a cash prize. Perna’s pictures accompanied her feature story, with the same headline, which won that writing category.

The Sun, Catholic News Service and Bloomberg-Bureau of National Affairs dominated the awards. The Guild represents those publications, the Washington Post, and workers at 26 other newspapers, media outlets, union staffs, associations and magazines in Washington, Baltimore, York, Pa., Chicago and, in one case, worldwide.

Other Front Page winners and honorable mentions, among the 124 entries, were:

Sports Reporting: Mike Klingaman, Sun, “Beloved Player Known For His Grit And His Wit Went On To A Second Career As A Storyteller: Artie Donovan, 1994-2013.”

Feature Writing: Algerina Perna, Sun, “Linda’s Journey.”

Morton Mintz Award for Public Service Reporting: Yvonne Wenger, Sun, “VA Falls Short Of Helping Vets” series.

News Analysis: Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service, “To Frack Or Not To Frack.” Honorable mention: Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service, “The Economic And Moral Dimensions Of The Debt Ceiling Debate.”

Non-Daily Specialized Technical Reporting: Steven Burkholder, Bloomberg-BNA Correspondents, “Financial Reporting In Japan.” Honorable mention: Julie Steinberg, Bloomberg-BNA, “Primary Jurisdiction Argument Often Raised In Food Label Suits.”

National News Reporting: Kevin Rector, Yvonne Wenger, Carrie Wells, Sun, “Please Tell Me You’re OK.” Honorable mention: Yvonne Wenger, Sun, “Wage Theft On The Rise As Economy Flounders.”

Labor And Business Reporting: Meredith Cohn and Andrea K. Walker, Sun, “System Failure, Technixl Problems, Feuding Contractors. Those Issues – And More – Plagued The Launch Of Obamacare In Maryland.” Honorable mention: Meredith Cohn, Sun, “A Remedy And A Rebirth: Badly Wounded And Economically Drained By Scandal, St. Joseph Hospital Follows A Prescription For A New, Brighter Future.”

Criticism: Chris Kaltenbach, Sun, “Honesty, Insight Flow In Porterfield’s Latest Film.”

Local News Reporting: Justin Fenton, Justin George, Sun, “At Summer’s End, Weary City Grapples With The Toll.” Honorable mentions: Andrea K. Walker, Sun, “Approaching Birth, Preparing For Death,” and Ian Duncan,Sun, “Fall Of Online Drug Bazaar Began With Tip In Maryland.”

Picture Story: Algerina Perna, Sun, “Linda’s Journey.”

Sports Photography: Kim Hairston, Sun, “Taylor Cummings.”

Local News Photography: Karl Merton Ferron, Sun, “Nuns Heading For Mass.” Honorable mention: Algerina Perna, Sun, “From The Rooftops, Fire Fighters Battle.”

Portrait Photography: Amy Davis, Sun, “Hairspray.” Honorable mention: Kim Hairston, Sun, “Timothy Devine, The Waterman.”

Feature Photography: Kim Hairston, Sun, “Stepping High.”

Advertising Design: Michelle Schneider, Bloomberg-BNA, “Holiday Practices.”