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CV takes home coveted Virginia Press Association awards

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm

CV staff earning VPA awards for 2012 include Juanita Riordan (front row, l to r), Tina Walker, Paula D. Parrish, Tommy Nelson (back row, l to r) and Kelly Drumheller.

News and advertising staff at The Central Virginian were recognized for their coverage and service to the community this weekend in Norfolk at the annual Virginia Press Association News and Advertising Awards Conference.

The Central Virginiancompeted in the non-daily category for publications statewide with a similar circulation. The Colorado Press Association judged the entries for th

e 2012 awards competition.

News Awards

In the headline writing category, Paula Parrish, community news editor, took home an award for her entries entitled, “Eagle hatching new business at Pendelton; Math not adding up in SOLS; Hot chili raises dough; Louisa County is for the birds’ watchers; and Save a horse, ride a mustang.”

The judges commented, “Apparently, this writer is an animal lover, with three of the five entries topping stories from the animal world.

“Can’t say neigh to this one: ‘Save a horse, ride a mustang and subhead, “Rescue group offers a second chance.’”

The CV’s former editor, Brian Cain, was saluted for his package of government writing entries which covered issues such as pay raises for county employees following tax hikes, the skate park being scuttled to make way for the health department and earthquake-related articles.

“Good writing. Clear communication of facts. Nice Work,” wrote judges about Cain’s submission.

The Central Virginian staff also garnered honors in the front page design category.

The front pages judged were of the May 24, 2012 issue featuring the Alan Jackson concert; the Jan. 26 2012 issue highlighting the repair project of the earthquake damaged historic home at Cuckoo; and the December 13, 2012 issue designed to resemble  an older back issue of The CV.

“Everything on each page flowed nicely. Headlines and photos started big at the top of the page and became smaller the further down the page they eye went,” said judges.

“Each selection had a commanding front page photo that grabbed readers’ attention and different kinds of headline fonts.

“The May 24 and June 26 editions were more compelling than that of the December 13 [issue], because there was a person in the photo that was easily recognizable, while the December 13 issue had a main photo of a previous edition.

“That said, the effort to make the December 13 issue look aged was clever.  Overall, nice work.”

Advertising Awards

An insert featuring the Odyssey of the Mind competition held in Louisa County Public Schools last year snagged a first-place award.

In addition to several colorful and interesting photos, the insert provided valuable information for Odyssey contestants’ families including a guide of local restaurants, a map of the school where the competition was being held, map of Louisa County and competition schedule.

Tina Walker and Tommy Nelson took home an award in the Food & Drug advertisement competition for a first anniversary ad designed for Made in Asia Restaurant.

In the Professional/Technology competition, Walker and Nelson were recognized for an ad designed for a bridal show at Earlyhouse.

Walker and Juanita Riordan also received an award for an ad recognizing Louisa Health and Rehab Center’s March 2012 Employee of the Month.

The pair was also recognized for both a Dalton Tax Service ad and a birthday advertisement.

“In a time of constant tweets and status updates, it is encouraging that people from Colorado to Virginia appreciate the local news and advertisements The Central Virginian has provided since 1912,” Steve Weddle, publisher of The CV, said.