Past Contest results

 VPW members win
54 national awards

by  Diane Carroll Vogel

   Thirty-one members of Virginia Press Women achieved a total of 54 awards in the National Federation of Press Women 2010 Communications Contest, which earned the state affiliate a $100 check as sweepstakes winner. The Virginia winners were among 297 NFPW members who received 497 awards at NFPW’s annual conference Aug. 28 in Chicago. 
 Virginia winners are:
•    Bonnie Atwood, a freelance writer from Richmond, won first place for editorial/opinion in a daily newspaper.
•    Nancy Wright Beasley, a freelance writer from Richmond, received three awards: first place for  general column, second for specialized column, and honorable mention for humorous column.
•    Laura Beck of Richmond, publications manager at Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau , won honorable mention for four-color magazine.
•    Ellen Firsching Brown, freelance writer from Richmond, won second for news article written for the web.
•    Julie Campbell of Lexington, associate director of communications and public Affairs with Washington & Lee University, placed second for general report.
•    Lisa Crutchfield of Richmond, achieved second place for news reporting in a daily newspaper and for special articles, education.
•    Linda Evans of Richmond, assistant director of media and public relations with the University of Richmond, Richmond took first for news or feature releases, multiple.
•    Sarah Ferrell of Spotsylvania County, columnist: "Devoted to Dogs," placed first for informational column.
•    Mike Freeman of Richmond, an associate art director for Target Communications, got honorable mention for four-color magazine.
•    Jessica Haddad, a freelance writer from Richmond, achieved first for special articles, home.
•    Emyl Jenkins of Richmond, an editor with Evincere Inc., won first for non-fiction novel.
•    Cathy Jett of Fredericksburg, Free Lance-Star assistant business editor, captured three awards: third for investigative reporting and for special articles, business, and a second for special articles, agriculture/agribusiness/aquaculture.
•    Virginia Johnson of Fredericksburg, web content librarian with Central Rappahannock Region Library,  took second for  feature article for the Web.
•    Patty Kruszewski of Richmond, Henrico County managing editor, placed second in special articles, history and in caption writing.
•    Kim Loehr of Richmond, Lightning Protection Institute communications manager, won second for public service.
•    Cara Ellen Modisett of Roanoke, Blue Ridge Country magazine editor, had two third place wins for editing.
•    Anne Marie Morgan of Midlothian, a bureau chief/state capitol correspondent with Virginia Public Radio, placed third for prepared radio report and second for special programming radio.
•    Lynn Nystrom of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech director of news and external relations, had a second for news, single release and an honorable mention for faculty adviser of a student publication.
•    Ann Oppenhimer of Richmond, president of the folk art society of America, had a second for editorial/opinion and a third for editing. 
•    Norma Pierce of Richmond, co-owner and co-publisher of Page One History Publications, won a first for an original poster campaign, and two honorable mentions for web site development/creation.
•    Cynthia Price of Glen Allen, director of communications with ChildFund International, achieved three awards: first for manuals and handbooks, and an honorable mention for four-color brochure and for community or institutional relations.
•    Sande Snead of Richmond, senior account executive with Pulsar Advertising, won a first in electronic media advertising and a second in billboard advertising.
•    Pamela Stallsmith of Richmond, communication consultant with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, achieved two firsts: web content and a book editing.
•    Martha Steger, a freelance writer/editor from Midlothian, placed second for special series, advertorials and third for creative verse.
•    Marge Swayne of Prospect, Farmville Herald social and lifestyles editor, had a second in non-daily news reporting.
•    Susan Trulove of Blacksburg, PR manager for research division of Virginia Tech, achieved seconds for  web content and feature release.
•    Joan Tupponce, a freelance writer from Glen Allen, had three wins in special articles: first for sports and third for food and for health/fitness/self-help.
•    Marty van Duyne, a freelance writer from Falmouth, won two second places for photography in a non-daily newspaper and an honorable mention for  photo essay.
•    Diane Carroll Vogel, a freelance writer from Spotsylvania County,  won third for non-fiction book, inspirational.
•    Gwen Woolf of Fredericksburg, Town & County magazine editor with The Free Lance¬-Star, won a second place for editing of a daily newspaper and honorable mention for commentary written for the web.
•    Jessica Wright of Roanoke, editor assistant with Leisure Publishing, had an honorable mention for a section edited by an entrant.
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     Diane Carroll Vogel, co-coordinator of VPW 2010 Communications Contest, is a freelance writer living in Fredericksburg.

2010 VPW Professional Competition

Virginia Press Women’s 2010 communication contest honored 55 professional communicators at VPW’s spring conference, April 23 in Roanoke. From a variety of categories, 201 awards were presented. First place winners will advance to the National Federation of Press Women contest, with winners to be announced in August.

Freelance writer Marty van Duyne of Falmouth won the Sweepstakes Award, with seven firsts, five seconds, five thirds, and four honorable mentions.

All winners and their awards are listed in the press release sent April 24 by our Public Relations chair, Peggy Weston (see Attachments below).

2010 VPW Contest: Deadline Jan. 6

Teresa Mannix and Diane Vogel, co-chairs for the VPW 2010 Communications Contest, have been busy lining up judges and getting out information about the contest to VPW members.

To be eligible, members must have paid 2009 NFPW dues. Dues for new members may be paid until the contest deadline date of Jan. 6, 2010. The entries package must be postmarked no later than Jan. 6, 2010, and no late entries will be accepted.

This competition offers a wonderful opportunity for members to submit their best work for special consideration, and there is a wide range of categories from which to choose.

2009 VPW Communications Contest Winners

National results: With 47 awards won by 28 VPW members, Virginia won the sweepstakes in the 2009 NFPW Communications Conference. Joan Tupponce was first runner-up for personal sweepstakes, new NFPW president Cynthia Price reported to Virginia members at the fall VPW conference in Richmond.

The national prize winners were Laura Beck, Pat Crepeau, Barbara Crookshanks, Laura Fortunato, Marie Hodge, Cathy Jett, Gail Kent, Dave Kohler, Teresa Mannix, Cara Ellen Modisett, Anne Marie Morgan, Lynn Nystrom, Tammy Poole, Cynthia Price, Donna Harter Raab, Kurt Rheinheimer, Louise C. Seals, Sande Snead, Pamela Stallsmith, Martha W. Steger, Marge Swayne, Susan Trulove, Joan Tupponce, Marty van Duyne, Linda White, Pat Wilson and Gwen Woolf.

Joan Tupponce, a free-lance writer based in Richmond, was awarded the sweepstakes plaque at the VPW Annual Spring Conference April 25 in Fredericksburg, Va. Her awards:

  • First place, Feature story – Daily newspaper
  • First place, Special Articles – Sports
  • First place, Personality Profile – more than 500 words
  • First place, Special Articles – Arts and Entertainment
  • First place, Special Articles – Physical health, fitness, mental health, self-help
  • First place, Special Articles – Social Issues (family, minority affairs, welfare, women, the elderly, consumerism)
  • Second place, Special Articles – Business First place, Special Articles -- Home (interior decoration, furniture, architecture, landscaping)
  • Second place, Special Articles – Physical health, fitness, mental health, self-help
  • Third place, Special Articles – Education
  • Third place, Special Articles – Social Issues (family, minority affairs, welfare, women, the elderly, consumerism
  • Third place, Feature story – Publication/magazine/supplement for general or specialized circulation, including internal publications
  • Third place, Special Articles – Travel

First-place entries are advanced to the national competition administered by the National Federation of Press Women, with winners announced at the annual NFPW conference set for Sept. 10–12, 2009, in San Antonio, Texas.

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