|Thursday, August 26, 2010|
|News Virginian wins APME honors|
NEW YORK (AP) -- The News Virginian captured first place in international writing and was a finalist in the public service award in the annual Associated Press Managing Editors journalism excellence contest.|
"Borders Within," an ongoing series of stories on Waynesboro's growing Hispanic population, placed first in the International Perspective category for newspapers under 40,000 circulation, the APME announced today. Reporters Chase Purdy and Tony Gonzalez launched the series in late 2009.
"This series is an example of two journalists digging deep into the community to give readers a fuller, better understanding of a key and growing segment of our population," said Lee Wolverton, editor and general manager of The News Virginian. "It's the product of old-fashioned source-building and hard work on the part of Tony and Chase, and it shows us the human side of the Hispanic community, an aspect frequently ignored in the immigration debate."
Judges in the public service category awarded an honorable mention to the newspaper for coverage and editorials on the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents in Staunton, which narrowly avoided closure two years in a row in tough budgeting times. Gonzalez' investigation revealed that a committee report explaining the drawbacks to closure had been altered at the state government level to diminish those concerns.
The News Virginian was the smallest of the newspapers honored in the competition. Earlier this year, The News Virginian became the smallest daily in the 62-year history of the Virginia Press Association's public service award to win it.
Read more about the APME awards at NewsVirginian.com.
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