2020 VPA News and Advertising Contest

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

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Cavalier Daily
    Entry Title: ‘My anxiety was kicking in’: Examining the fraught relationship between students of color and the police at U.Va.
    Entry Credit: Geremia Di Maro
    Judge Comment: Reporter Geremia Di Maro and The Cavalier Daily team produced an exhaustive report on university policing and allegations of racism. The use of statistics for arrests and spending greatly strengthens the report and all voices are present in the report. The digital report is strengthened by useful links to original data and reporting. The one thing that hurts the report is granting anonymity to the opening source who is used throughout the report. The report would have been strengthened by persuading this source or finding another source -- perhaps one who filed a complaint -- who would have gone on record.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Fauquier Times
    Entry Title: In-depth -- buddhist temple
    Entry Credit: Coy Ferrell
    Judge Comment: This report by Coy Ferrell about the leadership of the Theravada Buddhist Temple offers an explanation about the leadership dispute and gives readers insight into a part of the Catlett community that likely receives little attention from the general community. Ferrell researched the topic and explained the dispute to readers, without relying on a string of quotes. Less clear was the impact on the Buddhist and general community and use of financials that might have given more insight.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Fauquier Times
    Entry Title: in depth -- the Gray Ghost
    Entry Credit: Christopher Connell
    Judge Comment: Christopher Connell gathered numerous voices to express community thoughts on a controversial decision to rename the heritage area. The effort was a good idea, and the thoughts are balanced. The effort might have improved, however, if Christopher could have used the interviews to weave a narrative of his own rather than stringing thoughts. At the end, it notes the interviews were taped. Were the full interviews offered on the website? That would have made a welcome addition for digital subscribers.