MDDC Hall of Fame Class of 2014: The Daily Times' Brice Stump
Brice Stump has been in newspapers for over 40 years, in roles as diverse as the residents of the Eastern Shore where he focuses his work. He has written and photographed for many of the papers in the area. Stump found a home at The Daily Times, where he joined the staff as chief photographer in 1979. He soon began broadening his work, writing news and features.
Stump was nominated for the Hall of Fame by Michael Kilian, the executive editor of The Daily Times and Delmarva Media Group (which publishes The Daily Times and numerous weeklies). He wrote, in part: “Brice
Stump is not merely a journalist on the Eastern Shore, but an institution...He is the one employee of Delmarva Media Group who is known by name in every corner of our circulation area. Mentions of his name are always positive, along the lines of ‘You better never lose Brice Stump!’”
Stump started as a reporter at age 15 freelancing for the Daily Banner and Dorchester Star. At The Daily Times he has worked as a photographer, writer, page designer and held the long-lost position of farmer editor. But it is his Sunday column which has endeared him to Times readers.
“Stump knows the people. He knows the land. He knows the culture,” Killian wrote. “This knowledge draws readers into his Sunday column each week, which features a very personal take on rural traditions that date back decades.” Most recently, Stump has begun publishing a once-monthly series on the Civil War’s impact on the Eastern Shore, unearthing documents and information that local historians marvel at.
Stump’s work has been honored with numerous Associated Press photography and writing awards and he was honored in 2010 by the Gannett Co., Inc. with a Best of Gannett award for his column on rural life. Just last month, Stump received a first place award in MDDC’s Editorial Awards contest in the Religion Reporting category for his article, “The Preacher's Life”. In 2001, the Ward Museum of Salisbury featured Stump as a “one-man show” of photographs. His stories and photos about Eastern Shore history and culture earned him the Maryland Historic Trust’s History Award in the 1990s.
What does the future hold for our industry? Twenty-five years ago, when he was told the paper layout would be done electronically, Stump foresaw a future for the newspaper on “hand-held devices – all electronic”. He believes the electronic newspaper will soon make the paper version extinct. The commitment to readers and telling the stories of the Eastern Shore will never go away. As Kilian writes, “ Stump embodies the era when journalists were truly close to readers…Sources open up to him because they relate to him, because they know he cares.”
Brice Stump's Hall of Fame video.
Brice's video about being named to the MDDC Hall of Fame.