Trumping numerous newspapers throughout the region, the AFRO scooped up a first place win in this year’s Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association Awards.

The 2011 editorial “We Owe Mississippi Gov. Barbour NOTHING!,” placed the AFRO at the top of its division in the competition’s “Editorial” category.

The annual contest judges articles, editorials and advertisements featured in newspapers across Maryland, Delaware and D.C.

Works are submitted in various categories including investigative reporting, general news stories and feature stories, among many others.

AFRO publisher John J. Oliver Jr. said the MDDC competition sets a bar for everyone to strive for.

“It’s a way for the industry to establish standards of excellence in journalism,” he said.

“You can look to see who won in various categories and you can see what the judges consider to be the top.”

Oliver added that, while it was “disappointing” that the AFRO only received one award this year, the newspaper’s sole award is still a tremendous honor.

“It’s always good to know that you have the best,” he said. “When you look at the number of newspapers competing, that’s something to be proud of.”

Gregory Dale

AFRO News Editor