2021 VPA News and Advertising Contest

Health, Science and Environmental Writing ( Daily Group 2)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Bristol Herald Courier
    Entry Title: Herping in high place; Fish boom; Tracking trends
    Entry Credit: Sarah Wade
    Judge Comment: An exceptional entry. Writing was solid. Topics varied but all written with expertise and complementary info boxes. If this is a sample of what readers get from this writer on a weekly basis, they are very fortunate indeed.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Free Lance-Star
    Entry Title: Couples' deaths leave 5 orphans; Local pediatricians report crisis of COVID-19 testing; and A dose of kindness with every shot of vaccine
    Entry Credit: Cathy Dyson
    Judge Comment: Really nice work on three very different stories that ranged from absolutely tragic to feel-good. Text boxes helped supplement some solid writing and reporting.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Daily News-Record
    Entry Title: Cover Crop A Way To Keep Moisture Through Virginia's Weird Weather; Lack Of Rain Hurting Local Farmers; State Dairy Program Changes Meant To Help Farmers, Environment
    Entry Credit: Ian Munro
    Judge Comment: Three stories on farmers and farming and the many obstacles they have to put up with. Thought these were all well-sourced. Clean. Spelled out clearly some of the issues that East Coast farmers deal with.