2020 VPA News and Advertising Contest

General News Writing ( Daily Group 3)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Roanoke Times
    Entry Title: Staff General News Writing
    Entry Credit: Staff
    Judge Comment: Exceptional reporting. This is more than reporting on COVID-19. This is well-planned coverage of a once-in-a-lifetime event. A good variety of stories from hospitals, to drive-in restaurants, to religious services. The connection with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and the timeline for the day was interesting and well-written. A moving story of the priest who was denied access to perform last rites on a parishioner.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Daily Press
    Entry Title: A part of me died - Never underestimate our resolve - 20 years after the attack
    Entry Credit: Dave Ress
    Judge Comment: An excellent, gripping retelling of the tragic tale of the USS Cole, is accompanied by moving stories about the survivors and the families, who lost their loved ones in the tragedy.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Richmond Times-Dispatch
    Entry Title: Monumental change: Richmond removes its Confederate iconography
    Entry Credit: Sabrina Moreno, Kenya Hunter, Michael Martz, Mark Robinson, Mel Leonor, Justin Mattingly
    Judge Comment: Strong series of stories covering many aspects and sides of the controversial removal of confederate statues.