Coalfield Progress Editor and Publisher Jenay Tate has received the Virginia Press Association’s 2014 statewide best-in-show writing award for non-daily newspapers.
The newspaper received a total of nine news and advertising awards Saturday night during the association’s annual conference, held at the Hotel Roanoke.
Tate is the first person to win a VPA best-in-show writing award for opinion columns. Her topics included a smoking ban on school grounds, racism in schools and reclaiming the region’s apple-growing heritage.
The judge wrote of Tate’s entry, “Sometimes her writing is blunt; sometimes it’s allegorical; but it’s always entertaining, informative and on point.”
The Progress received these additional awards in competition among non-daily newspapers with circulation of less than 5,000:
• Tate, first place, column writing.
• News Editor Jeff Lester, first place, personality or portrait photo, for an image of a World War II veteran.
• Lester, second place, column writing.
• Staff Writer Katie Dunn, second place, education writing, for stories involving young student gardeners, an autistic student and college sexual misconduct policies.
• Tate, second place, public safety writing, for stories about a child abuse murder case and a police department’s use of smartphones.
• April Bevins and Chris Willis, first place, lifestyles black-and-white advertising.
• Karen Tate, Bevins and Willis, first place, multiple advertiser and themed page black-and-white advertising.
• Tate and Willis, first place, fashion and personal care black-and-white advertising.
The Post in Big Stone Gap received three awards in competition among non-dailies with circulation of less than 5,000:
• News Editor Glenn Gannaway, second place, general news photo.
• Karen Tate, Chris Willis: First place, entertainment advertising.
• Karen Tate, April Bevins, Eric Hicks: Second place, multiple advertisers and themed pages black-and-white advertising.
The Dickenson Star won one award in competition among non-dailies with circulation of less than 5,000: Staff, second place, feature writing portfolio.
This year’s Virginia news and advertising contests were judged by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.