Daily wins top awards for news, advertising

The Northern Virginia Daily accepted the top award in its circulation group for overall best performance in news, advertising and general excellence for its work in 2014 during the annual meeting of the Virginia Press Association in Roanoke on Saturday evening.

This is the 15th year in a row that the Daily has won the grand sweepstakes award for daily newspapers under 20,000 in circulation. There were eight publications competing in this category for the top honor.

The Northern Virginia Daily also won sweepstakes awards for news and advertising — earning the most points in those categories in the annual competition.  In news, the Northern Virginia Daily had the most points for writing and art/photo.  The Danville Register and Bee had the most points in news presentation and The Progress-Index of Petersburg had the most points in online and multimedia.

In the advertising category, Northern Virginia Daily salesperson Feletia Sharples and designer Michelle Burdette won Best in Show in the small daily circulation category for an ad for the Miller Auto Group. The judges wrote, “Not just another auto ad. This piece showed great creativity.”

Northern Virginia Daily Publisher Mike Gochenour praised staff members of the news and advertising departments for their work in 2014.

“We are very honored to receive these prestigious awards again this year. I am very proud of the staff here at the Daily,” Gochenour said. “Everyone comes in each day to cover the news and advertising needs of our communities that we serve and they do it very well. It is our intention to do the very best that we can each and every day. To be recognized among our peers as the best in our circulation category is truly an honor.  The Daily has a long history of excellence and it is our goal to continue that.”

Other winners of the grand sweepstakes awards were The Free-Lance Star of Federicksburg, Style Weekly of Richmond, The Virginia-Pilot of Norfolk, The Tidewater News of Franklin, The Breeze from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, and The Virginia Gazette of Williamsburg.

In this year’s competition, judges from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association reviewed 3,628 news entries and 1,278 advertising entries.

Individual winners in the news competition:

Photographer Rich Cooley:  first place, breaking news photo; second place, breaking news photo; second place, feature photo; second place, personality or portrait photo; second place, photo-illustration; second place, pictorial photo;  third place,  pictorial photo;  first place, picture story or essay;  second place, picture story or essay; third place, sports news photo; third place, sports feature photo, second place, sports feature photo; third place, combination picture and story; second place, combination picture and story.

Former reporer Ryan Cornell: first place, business and financial writing; first place, health, science and environmental writing;  first place, personal service writing; second place, feature writing portfolio; second place, government writing.

Reporter Joe Beck: first place, public safety writing; second place, combination picture and story; third place, feature writing portfolio.

Region editor Jeff Nations: first place, front page design; second place, sports writing portfolio.

Reporter Alex Bridges: first place, government writing; third place, combination picture and story.

Former region editor Jeb Inge: first place, front page design; first place, combination picture and story.

Reporter Josette Keelor: third place, health, science and environmental writing;

Reporter Brad Fauber: first place, sports writing portfolio.

Staff: first place, business, financial or agricultural page design; third place, sports page design.

Staff members who won in the advertising competition:

Louise Coleman:  first place, professional/technology services, third place, fashion and personal care; third place, food and drug; third place, real estate; second place, multiple advertisers and themed pages – black and white; second place, entertainment — black and white; third place, professional/technology services – black and white; second place, food and drug, color; first place, education and churches – color.

Carol Hough: first place, professional/technology services, third place, fashion and personal care; third place, food and drug; third place, real estate; second place, entertainment — black and white; second place, entertainment — color; third place, lifestyles — color; second place, lifestyles — black and white; third place, education and churches — color; first place, home and garden — black and white; second place, recruitment; third place, food and drug — black and white.

Madeline Hickman: second place, lifestyles — black and white; third place, education and churches, black and white; first place, home and garden — black and white; second place, lifestles — color; second place, food and drug — black and white; third place, home and garden — color; third place, multiple advertisers and themed pages — black and white; second place, professional/technology services — black and white; second place, professional/technology services — color; third place, multiple advertisers and themed pages — color.

Michelle Burdette — second place, multiple advertisers and themed pages – black and white; second place, food and drug — color; third place, automotive; first place, home and garden — black and white; second place, lifestyles — color; second place, food and drug — black and white; third place, home and garden — color; third place, multiple advertisers and themed pages — black and white; first place, automotive.

Sara Ring: third place, professional/technology services; first place, education and churches — color; first place, entertainment; second place, professional/technology services — black and white; second place, professional/technology services — color; third place, multiple advertisers and themed pages — color;  first place, fashion and personal care — black and white.

Feletia Sharples: third place, food and drug — black and white; first place, automotive; first place, fashion and personal care — black and white.

Cheryl Dellinger: second place, multiple advertisers and themed pages – black and white; second place, entertainment — color; third place, lifestyles — color.

Debbie Fadeley: second place, entertainment — black and white; third place, professional/technology services; third place, member self-promotion — color.

Cindy Copp: third place, automotive; first place, entertainment — color.

Susan Ritenour: second place, recruitment.

Staff: first place, multiple advertisers and themed pages — color; first place, special sections — football; first place, slick publications — calendar; second place, special publications — holiday gift guide.