2021 VPA News and Advertising Contest

In-depth or Investigative Reporting ( Daily Group 1)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The News Leader
    Entry Title: 'I miss my damn charmed life'
    Entry Credit: Amritpal Sandhu-Longoria
    Judge Comment: Tremendous entry. Spectacularly written and reported. Engaging lead draws reader in immediately with short, declarative writing. Use of journal excerpts is terrific; not overused, used just enough to add to the piece.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Progress-Index
    Entry Title: Rolling the dice on inviting a casino to town
    Entry Credit: Joyce Chu
    Judge Comment: Terrific mix of real people stories, data, experts. Paints a clear picture of the problems some people can run into. Interesting geographic angle as well; maybe something not a lot of people consider, an unintended consequence of money grab.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Progress-Index
    Entry Title: 18 homicides in Petersburg, few arrests. Will justice be served?
    Entry Credit: Joyce Chu, Bill Atkinson
    Judge Comment: Good voices from people impacted by the tragedies. Strong, engaging lead gets the readers in right away.