The Washington Blade dominated the weekly newspaper category in this year’s Society of Professional Journalists D.C. chapter Dateline Awards, racking up six wins.
Last year’s controversy about the dissident group No Justice No Pride disrupting the Capital Pride parade led to multiple awards. In the Breaking News category, Blade features editor Joey DiGuglielmo and photo editor Michael Key took first place for their story, “No Justice No Pride protesters disrupt Capital Pride parade.” In the Best Photography Story category, Key, DiGuglielmo and reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr. took first place for “No Justice No Pride protesters disrupt Capital Pride parade.” And editor Kevin Naff won first place in the Editorial/Opinion Writing category for his take on the controversy, “Stop eating our own.”
In the non-breaking news category, the Blade’s international news editor Michael K. Lavers won first place for, “Puerto Ricans with HIV/AIDS continue to struggle after Maria.”
DiGuglielmo picked up two more awards, for best Features Writing for a piece titled, “New co-pastors settle into life at Calvary Baptist” and for Commentary & Criticism for a review titled, “Ramirez balances taste, restraint with solid technique at First Baptist recital.”
“Congratulations to all of our winners,” said Blade editor Kevin Naff. “Our team works tirelessly year round and these awards are a testament to our high standards of journalistic excellence.”
The Washington, D.C., Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists awarded its 2018 Dateline Awards for journalism excellence on June 12 at its annual Hall of Fame Dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The chapter also inducted three journalists into its Hall of Fame: Sonya Ross, the race & ethnicity editor for The Associated Press; Tom Sherwood of WAMU, who covered politics for 28 years for NBC’s Channel 4; and Robert Siegel, who retired after 41 years at National Public Radio.