Towson Times garners nine awards in MDDC editorial contest

The Towson Times took home nine awards Friday in the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association editorial contest, including a "Best of Show," meaning it was superior to the first-place winners from other circulation divisions.

The Baltimore Sun Media Group's community newspapers, which compete in smaller circulation divisions, won more than 80 awards. The Towson Times competes in the division of non-dailies over 20,000 circulation.

In that division, Jon Meoli's story on a Towson High senior stunning the audience and her classmates when she sang "An Chloe," an opera piece by Mozart, which earned her a standing ovation, was named Best of Show.

Meoli also took a first for his story on a new athletic field built with donations from the One Love Foundation, honoring Yeardley Love, a Notre Dame Prep graduate who was killed by a former boyfriend in May 2010, and another for a woman who had cochlear implants whose goal was to become an audiologist and help other hearing-imparied people.

Former Towson Times editor Jim Joyner and photographer Jen Rynda, also took a first place award for a multimedia entry about the Lutherville and Towson rec councils performing on the Ravens football team's home turf.

Other winning entries were Dave Sturm's editorial "Lawsuit appropriately targets redistricting crazy quilt," about legislative redistricting; Meoli's news story related to the December 2011 shooting at Towson Town Center; a story by Meoli about Ryan Ripken, son of famed Oriole Cal Ripken Jr., who is making his own name in the baseball world; and a multimedia feature about the Halloween-related "Scaregrounds" in Timonium. The Towson Times was also named for its General Web Site Excellence.

Also noteworthy among the Baltimore Sun Media Group's community newspapers, The Aegis tied for Newspaper of the Year in its division and the Howard County Times won Newspaper of the Year in its division on non-dailies with a circulation of 10,000 to 20,000.

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