Daily sweeps top awards in annual contest

The Northern Virginia Daily took home top honors for overall excellence from the Virginia Press Association’s annual awards banquet held in Richmond on Saturday.

The Daily won sweepstakes awards for both news and advertising, and won the grand sweepstakes prize by collecting the most award points for first, second and third places in both news and advertising for its work during 2015 in its class of newspapers with a circulation under 20,000.

The Virginian-Pilot, of Norfolk, won the grand sweepstakes in the daily class with a circulation over 70,000. The News & Advance, of Lynchburg, and The Free Lance-Star, of Fredericksburg, tied for grand sweepstakes for newspapers with a circulation between 20,000 and 70,000.

Also winning grand sweepstakes were the Loudoun Times-Mirror, of Leesburg, in the non-daily class with a circulation of over 7,000, and Style Weekly, of Richmond, in the Specialty class.

Current and past newsroom employees of the Northern Virginia Daily took home 10 first place awards, five second place awards and eight third place awards. The winners are:

First place:

• Best website – www.nvdaily.com: staff

• Multimedia news report:  Rich Cooley, Jeff Nations, Joe Beck, Alex Bridges, Josette Keelor

• Photo-illustration: Rich Cooley

• Picture story or essay: Rich Cooley

• Sports news photo: Rich Cooley

• Headline writing: Josette Keelor

• Combination picture and story: Rich Cooley, Joe Beck, Linda Ash, Jeff Nations

• Feature series or continuing story: Joe Beck

• Feature writing portfolio: Henry Culvyhouse

• Health, science and environmental writing: Kaley Toy


Second place:

• Breaking news photo: Rich Cooley

• Personality or portrait photo: Rich Cooley

• Headline writing: Jeff Nations

• Pictorial photo: Rich Cooley

• Breaking news writing: Joe Beck


Third place:

• Sports feature photo: Rich Cooley

• Front page design: Linda Ash, Jeff Nations, Josette Keelor

• Business and financial writing: Kevin Green

• Education writing: Josette Keelor

• Feature series or continuing story: Kevin Green

• Feature writing portfolio: Josette Keelor

• Public safety writing: Alex Bridges

• Sports column: Gerald Almy


Advertising awards

The Northern Virginia Daily’s advertising staff won four first place awards, seven second place awards and nine third place awards. The winners are:

First place:

• Lifestyles: Feletia Sharples, Sara Ring

• Special sections: staff

• Small space ads: Cheryl Dellinger, Carol Hough

• Professional/technology services: Madeline Hickman, Carol Hough

Second place:

• Home and garden: Cheryl Dellinger, Carol Hough

• Education and churches: Debbie Fadeley, Michelle Burdette

• Small space ads: Debbie Fadeley, Michelle Burdette

• Multiple advertisers and themed pages: Susan Ritenour, Michelle Burdette

• Fashion and personal care: Feletia Sharples, Michelle Burdette

• Automotive: Feletia Sharples, Michelle Burdette, Sara Ring

• Lifestyles: Feletia Sharples, Sara Ring

Third place:

• Entertainment: Cheryl Dellinger, Michelle Burdette

• Lifestyles: Cheryl Dellinger, Michelle Burdette

• Fashion and personal care: Cheryl Dellinger, Sara Ring

• Real estate: Madeline Hickman, Michelle Burdette

• Member self-promotion: Michelle Burdette

• Automotive: Louise Coleman, Carol Hough

• Online advertising: Cindy Copp, Sara Ring

• Special sections: staff

• Professional/technology services: Feletia Sharples, Michelle Burdette