2020 VPA News and Advertising Contest

Feature Story Writing (excluding Obituaries) ( Online)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Harrisonburg Citizen
    Entry Title: Goatees and cat cameos while governing
    Entry Credit: Andrew Jenner
    Judge Comment: I am a sucker for a good-government story. This did well to outline the intricacies of a local government and why that is different from bigger levels. It was engaging and made me care about each of the council members.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Charlottesville Tomorrow
    Entry Title: Man who says he was wrongfully convicted of murder freed after 24 years in prison
    Entry Credit: Jessie Higgins
    Judge Comment: The story was a little bit repetitive at times, but such an interesting piece. The author did well to make me feel like I should care about this story. The writing was engaging and I wanted to continue reading at many points.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Harrisonburg Citizen
    Entry Title: Do not go quiet into that good night
    Entry Credit: Calvin Pynn
    Judge Comment: Was very well executed and does a great job of providing details, and making me care about the story. The writing was engaging, and perhaps even a little much at times. Overall it was well done.