2021 VPA News and Advertising Contest

General News Writing ( Non-Daily Group 2)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Smithfield Times
    Entry Title: Windsor traffic stop goes viral
    Entry Credit: Stephen Faleski, Tracy Agnew
    Judge Comment: An important story covered professionally and completely, allowing readers to follow every twist and turn.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Rappahannock News
    Entry Title: COVID-19 Vaccines Roll Out in Rappahannock County
    Entry Credit: Rachel Needham, Sara Schonhardt, Randy Rieland
    Judge Comment: The writers provided a valuable service to their community, with particular focus on vulnerable populations and repeated efforts to bring the story to life through the vivid and empathetic incorporation of individual community members representing multiple perspectives.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The News & Record
    Entry Title: Coverage of Halifax County Public Schools -- facilities and employee compensation debates
    Entry Credit: Tom McLaughllin, Liza Fulton
    Judge Comment: These stories allowed the community to follow each step in a months-long series of steps that were likely to reshape the community's next generations.