Virginia journalists take home national honors

Our friends at the National Federation of Press Women pass on this exciting news about Virginia journalists. The press release is below. Congratulations to all the winners!

The National Federation of Press Women presented 35 awards to 15 Richmond-area residents and five from elsewhere in Virginia at the organization’s recent conference in Anchorage, Alaska.


The following people from the Richmond area received awards:

Nancy Beasley, Richmond – Second: Specialty articles – Social issues; Third: Columns – Personal Opinion (bylined, not editorial).

Sue Bland, Ashland – Honorable Mention: Feature story – Online publication.

Ellen Brown, Richmond – Second: Feature story – Magazine, newsletter, or other non-newspaper print publication.

Katherine Calos and Graham Moomaw, Richmond – Second: News Story – Print-based newspaper.

Katherine Calos, Richmond – First: Specialty articles – History; Honorable Mention: Feature story – Print-based newspaper;

Frances Crutchfield, Midlothian – Second: Speeches.

Paul Fletcher, Richmond – Honorable Mention: Columns – General.

Sarah Honenberger, Richmond – Third: Novels for adult readers.

Kimberly Loehr, Richmond – First: Community, institutional, or internal relations; News or feature releases – multiple releases; Second: Social Media Campaign – Nonprofit, government, or educational; Third: Blogs – Nonprofit, government, or educational.

Ann Oppenhimer, Richmond – Honorable Mention: Publications regularly edited by entrant – Magazine, newsletter, or other non-newspaper publication.

Cynthia Price, Richmond – Third: Blogs – Personal; Honorable Mention: Headlines.

Pamela Stallsmith and Cecilia Bingenheimer, Richmond – First: Brochures – Corporate or for-profit.

Martha Steger, Richmond – First: Specialty articles – Travel; Honorable Mention:  Essay, chapter, or section in a book; Specialty articles – Business; Specialty articles – Arts and entertainment.

Joan Tupponce, Glen Allen – First: Specialty articles – Physical health, fitness, mental health, self-help;Third: Specialty articles – Home (interior decor, furniture, architecture, landscaping).

Kimberly Loehr of Richmond, with the Lightening Protection Institute, won second place in the 2015 Sweepstakes. The contest entrants accumulating the most points (based on the number of their winning entries and the number of competing entries in those categories) are named recipients of cash awards in the NFPW Sweepstakes.

Other Virginians who received awards include:

Hannah Davis, Farmville – Second: Single photograph – Sports photo.

Marty van Duyne, Falmouth – Second: Single photograph – News or feature photo; Third: Photo essay; Single photograph – General photo (open competition – no subcategories as to type of publication); Honorable Mention:             Photographer-writer.

Cathy Jett, Fredericksburg – First: Specialty articles – Agriculture, Agribusiness,   Aquaculture.

K.J. Mushung, Stafford – Third: Web site edited or managed by entrant –             Nonprofit, government, or educational.

Marge Swayne, Prospect – Second: Specialty articles – Advertorials (special ad     supplements or special sections.

The winners are members of NFPW and the state affiliate, Virginia Professional Communicators. VPC is a diverse organization of professional communicators in Virginia that is open to women and men. Members work for newspapers, magazines, radio, television stations, schools, colleges, government, corporations, non-profit agencies, communications businesses, and a variety of organizations and associations

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