2020 VPA News and Advertising Contest

Education Writing ( Daily Group 2)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The News & Advance
    Entry Title: Interest in private schools, High school bands, Learning during pandemic
    Entry Credit: Jamey Cross
    Judge Comment: Three well-executed features with insider perspectives and novel subjects win the day here. The entire package was good, and not just one story.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Daily News-Record
    Entry Title: School Furniture; New Voters; Learning Pods
    Entry Credit: Megan Williams
    Judge Comment: The pod learning story here was a standout -- strong writing and good quotes -- but not all stories were as strong as the winning entry.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Free Lance-Star
    Entry Title: Spotsy teachers say fewer students coming to class; School’s out but some students hard at work; and School enrollment drops
    Entry Credit: Adele Uphaus-Conner
    Judge Comment: Capturing what it's like to teach to an empty room ("dystopian"); how a yearbook staff works through their sadness at a pandemic-rattled year to express that to their readers were creative story ideas that made you feel what these people were feeling.