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MDDC Contests

The Association sponsors annual contests to highlight the outstanding work of members and honors winners in award ceremonies.
Please click here for the 2013 Awards publication, showcasing the award-winning work of the Editorial and Advertising contests.


Acknowledges editorial excellence, entries are accepted for print and online categories that include continuing coverage, investigative reporting, public service, medicine and science, religion and arts and also recognizes superior page design, blogs, photography and informational graphics.

There are two special adjunct awards in this discipline. One, the James S. Keat Freedom of Information Award, named for a Baltimore Sun editor who made significant contributions to the region and the Association in that arena, salutes a newspaper that demonstrates extraordinary efforts to gain access to public records, pursue open meetings or address other FOI issues. The other, new to the 2014 contest, is the Rookie of the Year, which honors a new journalist with less than 18 months experience in the field.

The awards are presented in each of six circulation divisions: dailies above 75,000 or 30,000 and dailies under 30,000; and to non-dailies over 20,000 or 10,000, and non-dailies under 10,000 circulation.

The categories for the upcoming Editorial contest are here. This contest will honor work completed in 2014.


Our contests are performed on a reciprocal basis with other state press associations through common affiliation under the Newspaper Association Managers' coalition.

The contest period begins each November when entry packets are distributed. Original content published during the calendar year is eligible for entry according to each contest's particular rules and is due typically the following January. The awards for each are presented the Annual Awards Program.

Full contest rules may be found here.


The Advertising contest is being revamped for 2015, moving to later in the year. More information to come on these exciting developments!

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