Baltimore Fishbowl wins 11 MDDC Press Association awards, including ‘Best of Show’ nod

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This photo was part of a photo gallery of Baltimore’s parks, which earned Baltimore Fishbowl second place for “Features-driven Multimedia Storytelling” in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Press Association’s awards contest for work published in 2021. Photo credit: Carl Schmidt/Federal Hill Photography, LLC.

Baltimore Fishbowl won 11 awards – including a “Best of Show” recognition – in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Press Association Contest this week for stories published in 2021.

This is Baltimore Fishbowl’s third year participating in the MDDC contest, in which we entered Division O for online news.

Baltimore Fishbowl won first place in our division and “Best of Show” across all divisions in the “Advertising-driven Special Publication – Standalone” category for Baltimore Fishbowl’s “Guide to Baltimore Independent Schools, 2021-2022.” The sixth annual school guide was spearheaded by advertising director Nicole Allen, founding editor and publisher Susan Gerardo Dunn, school guide editor Muffy Fenwick, and graphic designer Charlie Herrick, with contributions from other members of the Baltimore Fishbowl team.

Baltimore Fishbowl also won second place for “Website of General Excellence.”

Baltimore Fishbowl swept the “Features-driven Multimedia Storytelling” category. Executive Editor David Nitkin and his wife/fellow Baltimore Fishbowl contributor Karen Nitkin won first place for their piece about spending 9 1/2 Hours on the Gwynn Falls Trail. David also won second place in that category with freelance photographer Carl Schmidt for a photo gallery of Baltimore’s public parks.

Managing Editor Marcus Dieterle’s article about Maryland’s energy supplier choice market won first place in the “Public Service” category.

Baltimore Fishbowl also swept the “Arts/Entertainment Reporting” category. Dieterle won first place with his article about the Baltimore Gamer Symphony Orchestra performing music from Maryland-made video games, while freelance reporter Rudy Malcom won second place for his article about Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts and Entertainment District.

In the “Business Reporting” category, freelance reporter Walinda West won second place for her article about three sibling restaurateurs pursuing culinary careers instead of following in the financial footsteps of their father, Raymond “Chip” Mason, founder of the Baltimore-based investment firm Legg Mason.

Meanwhile, freelance reporter Adam DeRose won second place in the “Wild Card: Coronavirus in Communities” category for his article “All or nothing: Two-thirds of Baltimore restaurants get zilch from federal relief fund.”

Bohemian Rhapsody columnist Marion Winik won second place in the “Local Column: Feature or Humor” category for her piece “The Cicadas and the Sun.”

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, across Maryland, Delaware and D.C.

And thank you to our readers for continuing to support our work. These award recognitions highlight some of the important stories we have been able to tell, but it is truly you – the people of Baltimore – who make this city shine.


Marcus Dieterle

Managing Editor

Baltimore Fishbowl

Marcus Dieterle

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  1. Congratulations to Baltimore Fishbowl on your accomplishments. I enjoy your articles & your standards of journalism is one reason why you earned those honors. All the best


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