2020 VPA News and Advertising Contest

General News Writing ( Non-Daily Group 4)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Richmond Free Press
    Entry Title: General News Writing Entry 2-Confederate statues
    Entry Credit: Jeremy M. Lazarus, George Copeland, Jr., Ronald E. Carrington, Brian Palmer
    Judge Comment: The coverage of this debate was excellent, with great detail and depth. There were lots of wrinkles and angles to this story, and the newspaper examined and explained them all. Terrific work.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Suffolk News-Herald
    Entry Title: Suffolk tornado
    Entry Credit: Tracy Agnew, Jimmy LaRoue, Rachel Wartian
    Judge Comment: The news staff's blanket coverage of this devastating disaster focused on what mattered the most: the people who were affected. Nice job of fanning out to get their stories, which made for a compelling account of their recollections, actions and reactions. This was exemplary work under trying circumstances.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Eastern Shore Post
    Entry Title: The Death Felt ’Round the World: Reverberations From George Floyd’s Death Reach the Eastern Shore of Virginia
    Entry Credit: Constance Morrison
    Judge Comment: The news staff did a wonderful job of exploring many angles of this topic. It excelled in getting stories and information that added layers of context and understanding. Strong effort in explaining police tactics, examining history, and, most of all, documenting the inequalities that exist day to day, not just when something momentous happens.