The Tidewater News wins overall excellence in annual VPA contest

Published 7:02 pm Monday, May 6, 2024

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The Tidewater News earned the Virginia Press Association(VPA) 2023 Grand Sweepstakes award for overall excellence in the VPA’s Non-Daily 2 category at the annual awards banquet in Charlottesville on May 4. This is the newspaper’s fifth consecutive year of being named best in the Non-Daily 2 category.

The Tidewater News also earned the 2023 Advertising Sweepstakes, the 11th time the newspaper has won this award. 

The newspaper won over 30 awards in the news and advertising contest for entries published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2023. 

The banquet, an annual statewide gathering of journalists and advertising professionals, was held at The Omni Charlottesville Hotel in Charlottesville.

The newspaper competes in the VPA’s Non-Daily 2 category against other newspapers throughout the state, with paid print circulation between 1,600 and 3,999.

The awards were judged by journalists and advertising professionals from Missouri.

Advertising Director Mitzi Lusk took home first-place honors in five categories, including digital and small space ads. Lusk also won nine second and third-place awards.

Staff reporter Titus Mohler earned first place in Headline Writing and Picture Story or Essay, as well as two third-place finishes. 

Designer Loretta Lomax swept the Entertainment advertising category, placing first, second, and third. Overall, Lomax took home 12 awards. 

The Tidewater News also swept first, second, and third place in the Digital Advertising category, with Lusk taking first and second place and Lomax placing third.

Below is a list of the winning entries.

First Place

Automotive First Place Mitzi Lusk
Digital Advertising First Place Mitzi Lusk
Entertainment First Place Loretta Lomax
Food and Drug First Place Loretta Lomax
Headline Writing First Place Titus Mohler
Lifestyles First Place Mitzi Lusk
Page Design First Place Loretta Lomax
Picture Story or Essay First Place Titus Mohler
Real Estate First Place Mitzi Lusk
Small Space Ads First Place Mitzi Lusk
Special Sections (standalone section non-slick cover) First Place Loretta Lomax
Sports Pages First Place Loretta Lomax


Second Place

Digital Advertising Second Place Mitzi Lusk
Education, Churches, and Organizations Second Place Mitzi Lusk
Entertainment Second Place Loretta Lomax
Food and Drug Second Place Mitzi Lusk
Front Page Second Place Loretta Lomax
General Make-Up Second Place Loretta Lomax
Home and Garden Second Place Mitzi Lusk
Lifestyles Second Place Mitzi Lusk
Multiple Advertisers and Themed Pages Second Place Mitzi Lusk
Professional Services (excluding medical/healthcare) Second Place Mitzi Lusk
Small Space Ads Second Place Michelle Gray
Special Sections (standalone section non-slick cover) Second Place Loretta Lomax


Third Place

Digital Advertising Third Place Loretta Lomax
Education, Churches, and Organizations Third Place Loretta Lomax
Entertainment Third Place Loretta Lomax
Government Writing Third Place Titus Mohler
Home and Garden Third Place Mitzi Lusk
Professional Services (excluding medical/healthcare) Third Place Mitzi Lusk