WILMINGTON – Delaware Business Times won seven awards in the 2021 Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association contest, including sweeping business and land use coverage along with editorial writing for papers of its size.
The latest award wins for DBT come after the paper won nine awards in the Delaware Press Association’s 2021 contest.
Both editor Jacob Owens and reporter Katie Tabeling earned awards in the larger MDDC contest. DBT became a member of the regional association this year and participated in its first MDDC contest. All of its 2021 awards came in Category D with papers of a similar size circulation.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our team for the extraordinary quality and quantity of work that they have produced over the past year,” said Michael Reath, publisher of the Delaware Business Times. “Recognition from the MDDC affirms the positive feedback we’ve heard from readers and community members alike. We’re honored to be included in the 2021 group of honorees.”
Owens won first place for a business story for his October story “As Delaware’s bioscience sector grows, space is in short supply,” regarding the discussions on how to support bioscience growth in the state. He also won second place for his June story “Corporate caution may slow Wilmington’s recovery,” which explored the impact that large employer’s office policies had on small businesses that depend upon office workers.
Owens won first place for his July cover story “How the deal for Delaware’s largest building got done,” which explored the history behind the revitalization of the General Motors Boxwood plant in Newport that is set to become one of Amazon’s largest facilities in the country this summer and the largest building in the state. Tabeling won second place for her June story “Milford building boom continues despite pandemic,” about growth in the Kent/Sussex city.
Owens also earned first place for an editorial for November column “Don’t blame Carney, this scenario is all our fault,” about the personal responsibility tied to the COVID-19 second surge. He also earned second place for an October column titled “Delaware is staring down a crossroads on its R&D future” about the rapid need to build more-intensive lab space in the state.
Finally, Owens won first place for investigative journalism for his January 2020 story “N.Y. firm acquired Concord Mall before foreclosure,” which explored the circumstances behind the change in ownership of the Wilmington suburb mall.