Parkersburg News and Sentinel honored by West Virginia Press Association

Executive Editor Christina Myer and Advertising Director Lisa Northcraft of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel display the General Excellence Awards the newspapers received and were presented at the West Virginia Press Association Awards Banquet. (Photo by Jenna Pierson)

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg News and Sentinel represented well on Aug. 3 in the annual West Virginia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

An awards banquet held at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown honored excellence in newspaper journalism throughout the state.

“We are proud of the quality work we do in all departments here at The News and Sentinel,” said Publisher Jim Spanner. “The awards and recognition for our newsroom staff and advertising team only reinforces that we are delivering a great product to our readers and for our business partners.”

The advertising department won 13 awards in total while the editorial department won 10 awards.

For the newsroom, highlights included receiving first place in newspaper design, first place in a single best issue and third place in the General Excellence Award for papers with a circulation of over 16,000.

The advertising department also brought home multiple first-place awards for categories such as best recruitment advertisement and best small advertisement campaign.

“It’s gratifying to know that the judges who looked at the work we submitted understand what we already know, which is that this newsroom produces a very high quality product and that we can continue to do so day in and day out for our readers,” said Christina Myer, executive editor.

Reporter Michael Erb won first place for breaking news coverage and paginator Kristofer McKenna won first place for the best headline writing.

“Community journalism remains the centerpiece of the newspaper industry in the Mountain State,” said Don Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Press Association. “The West Virginia Press Association is proud to recognize and honor the excellent work produced by West Virginia’s terrific newspapers and journalists.”

The full award breakdown and recognition is:

Advertising Awards

* Staff, 1st Place, Glover’s Continental Coffee, Best Spot Color Ad Half Page or Less

* Angela Phelps, 1st Place, CAS Cable, Best Spot Color Ad Larger Than Half Page

* Staff, 1st Place, Marietta Memorial Health System, Best Small Ad Campaign

* Staff, 1st Place, Get Lost, Best Process Color Ad Half Page or Less

* Mary Jo Miller, 1st Place, Now Hiring, Best Recruitment Ad

* Angela Phelps, 2nd Place, CAS Cable, Best Process Color Ad Larger Than Half Page

* Staff, 2nd Place, Dream Cars, Best Process Color Add Half Page or Less

* Art Smith, 3rd Place, Local Books Make Great Gifts, Best Online Static Ad

* Art Smith, 3rd Place, Books Make Great Graduation Gifts, Best Newspaper Promotional Campaign

* Dominion Energy, 3rd Place, Dominion Energy, Best Agency Advertisement

* Patty Kehl, 3rd Place, Champs Pack, Best Spot Color Ad Half Page or Less

* Staff, 3rd Place, Be Kind To Animals, Best Theme Page Retail

* Art Smith, 3rd Place, MOV Paranormal, Best Single Black and White Ad


* Kristofer McKenna, 1st Place, Headlines, Best Headline Writing

* Michael Erb, 1st Place, Storage trailer explodes, Best Coverage of Breaking News

* Staff, 1st Place, News and Sentinel Design, Best Newspaper Design

* Staff, 1st Place, Single Issue Oct. 21, 2018, Best Single Issue

* Steve Hemmelgarn, 2nd Place, Dave Hall: Chiropractor, Best Sports News and Feature Writing

* Staff, 2nd Place, Page 1 Dec. 9, 2018, Best Front Page

* Michael Erb and Janelle Patterson, 2nd Place, Kids in Crisis, Service to the Community

* Evan Bevins, 3rd Place, Parkersburg City Council, Reporting Generated from Public Notice

* Jeff Baughan, 3rd Place, A Strong Response, News Photography

* Staff, 3rd Place, MOV in Motion, Best Special Section