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Common Denominator wins regional awards
(Published May 1, 2006)

The Common Denominator has won four awards from the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association for staff members’ work published during 2005.

The awards were presented April 28 during the regional press association’s annual editorial awards luncheon, held this year in Annapolis, Md.

The Common Denominator won first place for its circulation division in the category for reporting on growth and development with its story entitled "GWU vs. neighbors," written by former staff writer Laura Petersen. The story, published last Oct. 17, examined the controversy over redevelopment of George Washington University Hospital’s former site, which currently sits vacant on Washington Circle in the city’s West End.

Petersen’s story entitled "Secret Talks," which exposed city officials’ closed-door involvement in the creation of a nonprofit organization called EdBuild to help with rebuilding of the city’s dilapidated schools, won a second place award for local government reporting. The story was published last Oct. 31.

The newspaper also won second-place awards for editorial writing and education reporting.

Newspapers compete for the annual awards in their respective circulation divisions, ranging from daily newspapers over 75,000 circulation to non-daily newspapers under 10,000 circulation. This year, The Common Denominator competed in the division for non-daily newspapers with circulation from 10,000 to 20,000. Competition in the division included the Washington Business Journal, which was named the division’s Newspaper of the Year. Contest entries are judged by other state press associations.

The Common Denominator’s editor and publisher, Kathryn Sinzinger, won second place honors for her editorial entitled "Another secret hospital deal?" Published last Oct. 17, the editorial raised questions about the $424 million proposal to build a National Capital Medical Center on the former site of D.C. General Hospital as a public-private partnership with Howard University. This year was the third time since 2001 that the press association has honored Sinzinger for editorial writing.

Former staff writer Stephanie Brinson’s story entitled "Supply shortage," published last May 30, won second place for education reporting. The story looked at the challenges faced by science teachers in D.C. Public Schools who lack the necessary equipment and materials to conduct laboratory experiments in their classes.

This was the seventh year in which The Common Denominator entered the MDDC Press Association competition and won awards. The newspaper’s winning entries may be viewed online by clicking here.

Founded in 1908, the MDDC Press Association is a trade association that represents 164 member newspapers, including all daily newspapers and a majority of the non-daily newspapers published in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

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