- The Washington Times - Friday, March 12, 2004

The Washington Times won 10 awards for reporting, design, photography and editorial cartoons in the 2003 Editorial Contest sponsored by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association in the division set aside for daily newspapers over 75,000 circulation.

“Redskins ‘03/NFL ‘03,” a special section devoted to the District’s beloved football team, garnered first place for Assistant Managing Editors Joe Scopin and Maria Stainer, Sports Editor Mark Hartsell, designer Scott Haring, staff illustrator Alex Hunter, free-lance illustrator Ismael Roldan and members of the sports and photo department staffs.

“From front to back, excellence, great writing, headlines, photos and design,” the judges noted in their evaluation.

“I can’t improve on the judges’ description of the work of the staff,” said Wesley Pruden, editor in chief of The Times. “The dedication of the best newspaper staff in town is on display in The Times every morning, and I’m delighted to get this recognition from our peers.”

A pair of reporters from The Times also brought home first-place awards.

In the business/economics story category, foreign desk writer Tom Carter caught the judges’ attention with a story titled “U.S. Farm Policy Sows Ire in Africa,” which the panel felt offered considerable insight into how U.S. policy affects individuals overseas.

Sports columnist Tom Knott won first place in the sports column category for “The Game Player,” described as a succinct and strong opinion piece, but “a column not an epic,” according to judges.

Peter Steiner also won a first-place award for an editorial cartoon titled “Same Sex Mirage,” which provoked the judging panel to literally “laugh out loud! So it does its job,” they noted.

Times photographers Liz O. Baylen and J.M. Eddins Jr. both won first-place awards in separate categories. Miss Baylen won for General News Photography, and Mr. Eddins for Spot News.

Joyce Howard Price won a second-place award in the medical/science division for “Assault on Alzheimers,” an investigation into cutting-edge research on the disease, and future prospects.

David Sands won a second-place award for “Liberty for Muslims?” in the religion-writing category, exploring the changing and often complex religious climate in a post-September 11 world.

Peter Parisi was honored for double entendres, winning second place in the headline category for his reader-friendly message, “Near Mrs: Broken Engagement Seen as Better than Broken Heart.”

Scott Haring won a second-place award for sports-page design for “Baseball ‘03,” a colorful and succinct overview of what the season would bring.

Originally founded in 1908, the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association is composed of 164 newspapers, including all the dailies and most non-daily papers in the three jurisdictions.

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