The Virginia Press Association today announced winners of its 2009 news contest.|
The News Virginian -- our state's smallest seven-day-a-week newspaper -- became the smallest newsroom to ever win the association's Award for Journalistic Integrity and Community Service.
Background: The public service award was created in 1947 to recognize editorial leadership as well as community service. Entries are judged on evidence of a significant effort beyond a publication’s routine scope; the initiative of the publication; the use of editorials in connection with the project or projects; and the results.
Judges honored The News Virginian for our reporting and editorial leadership regarding revitalization of Waynesboro's downtown and our managing editor's formation of a revitalization panel.
Among individual awards, judges looked favorably upon my work in the public safety, feature writing, business, news and breaking news categories.
Chase Purdy also shocked his judge, earning 3rd place for his feature story Lost pigeon perishes on pilgrimage!
Chase and I rode to Roanoke for the VPA banquet today, where we met up with other TNV reporters and editors and hob-knobbed with some fat cats.
Here's a list of my VPA honors from this year:
:: Full summary of TNV awards.
:: More on the integrity award.
:: View all winners (searchable database, too, for '08 and '09) at VPA.net.
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