2021 VPA News and Advertising Contest

General News Writing ( Non-Daily Group 3)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Fauquier Times
    Entry Title: Dirt wars
    Entry Credit: Peter Cary
    Judge Comment: Cary digs deep into a topic that, in less skillful hands, might make for slow going. Along the way, he rakes through the regional- and state-level context, excavates the ??Fauquier County background, and unearths a character in Mike Hawkins that really brings the story to life. The writing is consistently top-notch and Cary does a nice job highlighting the larger implications of the “dirt wars.”
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Star-Tribune
    Entry Title: Blue Ridge Rock Festival
    Entry Credit: Lanie Davis, Elias Weiss, Kacey Martin, Tom Dixon
    Judge Comment: The Star-Tribune writers follow every twist and turn as Pittsylvania County hosts its first-ever major music festival and consistently humanizes the story with sources representing the various stakeholders.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Cavalier Daily
    Entry Title: Lawn Room Expression Restrictions
    Entry Credit: Eva Surovell, Erin Rafferty, Amanda Pallas, Julianne Saunders, Ava MacBlane
    Judge Comment: The Cavalier Daily staff handles with professionalism a story in which the irony is remarkable: a school founded by Thomas Jefferson — a champion of freedom who was himself an enslaver — imposing limits on speech in response to speech that criticized the history of both Jefferson and the school he founded. I would like to have heard from a wider variety of Lawn resident voices and perhaps independent legal authorities on the issues raised by the situation, but the stories are consistently compelling.