2021 VPA News and Advertising Contest

General News Writing ( Online)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Charlottesville Tomorrow
    Entry Title: COVID-19 coverage was consistent, useful and highly local
    Entry Credit: Jessie Higgins
    Judge Comment: Writing style exceptionally clear; makes complicated topic understandable. Tackles COVID-related angles that many others didn't, like scientists looking for universal COVID vaccine, UVA Health dismissing employees for nonvaccination, state laws that ban adult mask wearing.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Henrico Citizen
    Entry Title: COVID-19
    Entry Credit: Tom Lappas
    Judge Comment: Very thorough reporting. Excellent use of data. The specific focus on diversity is not found in a lot of COVID coverage.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Virginia Mercury
    Entry Title: Ned Oliver general news portfolio
    Entry Credit: Ned Oliver
    Judge Comment: Coverage of the Virginia Republican governor candidates is engagingly written and shows good command of the subject.