We’re pleased that three Bay Journal staff members won awards from the Maryland/Delaware/District of Columbia Press Association in its annual contest for excellence in journalism. This jug was awarded to the Bay Journal by the Friends of Jug Bay.

Our work was judged in a category for large nondaily newspapers, and our writers were recognized for the following work that they produced in 2018:

  • Tim Wheeler: 1st place in the general news category for his reporting on Ellicott City, where stormwater-related flooding is becoming more severe and frequent.
  • Jeremy Cox: 2nd place in the general news category for his reporting on Smith Islanders putting their faith in both God and $6.9 million jetties, as a bulwark against the rising tides that threaten their island. 
  • Tim Wheeler: 2nd place in the investigative news category for his reporting on the dramatic falloff in the planting of streamside forest buffers — one of the most effective runoff controls — across the Chesapeake watershed.
  • Jeremy Cox: 1st place in the public service category for his reporting on the ultimately successful effort to keep the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge open to the public in the face of budget cuts.
  • I won 2nd place in the environmental reporting category for my package of stories about the region’s efforts to meet its 2025 nutrient reduction goals.

We appreciate the recognition and extend our congratulations to all of the other winners for their work last year.

We were also greatly honored by Maryland’s Friends of Jug Bay when their organization recognized our work with an award at their annual meeting in April.

The Jug Bay Award, fittingly, is an actual — and really cool — hand-crafted ceramic jug, given in recognition of the Bay Journal’s work since 1991 in informing the public about issues facing the Chesapeake.

The Friends of Jug Bay is a nonprofit group of citizens and citizen-scientists who work to preserve the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and support its education and research programs. We greatly appreciate the honor — we just need to figure out how to share the jug amongst our dispersed staff!