2020 VPA News and Advertising Contest

In-depth or Investigative Reporting ( Daily Group 3)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Richmond Times-Dispatch
    Entry Title: Power Play: Inside the Dominion lobbying blitz that's going to raise your electric bills
    Entry Credit: Patrick Wilson
    Judge Comment: Fantastic reporting that stood out among a field of competitive investigative entries from across the state. I doubt this issue has been so thoroughly explored and presented in decades. It's a complex topic, and organizing it in this compelling way was a feat itself. Kudos for this fantastic work.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Virginian-Pilot
    Entry Title: Strip search - Virginia Dept of Corrections - Ban on strip searches - Virginian Pilot sues - After Virginia prisions - Entrenced racist culture
    Entry Credit: Gary Harki
    Judge Comment: Great research, sourcing, and reporting on issues of racial bias and disfunction in the city's police department. Securing sources can be difficult for this type of reporting and requires real leg work. Great work.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Roanoke Times
    Entry Title: Graham In-depth or Investigative Reporting
    Entry Credit: Alison Graham
    Judge Comment: This is stellar investigative journalism that dissects complex government disfunction, finds the heart of the story -- how children and families are impacted -- and presents it with intelligence and compassion. This is work of consequence, and the most important work that can be undertaken by journalists. Thank you for this public service, it has undoubtedly made a real impact on child welfare.