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News and Sentinel receives West Virginia Press Association awards

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel won second place in the General Excellence category for advertising in the 2020 West Virginia Press Association awards. Pictured with the plaque are, first row, Lisa Northcraft, advertising manager; second row, from left, Heidi Cowan and Lindsey Thomas, account executives; third row, Stephanie Kesselring, special project coordinator for The Marietta Times and The Parkersburg News and Sentinel; fourth row, Advertising Manager Mary Jo Miller and Dax Mennillo, account executive. (Photo by Jess Mancini)

PARKERSBURG — The advertising and editorial staffs of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel were recognized with more than 20 awards in the annual West Virginia Press Association contest.

The newspaper’s advertising department collected 13 prizes, including second place in the General Excellence category for daily publications with circulation of more than 16,000. Nine awards went to the editorial staff for writing, photography and design.

“Congratulations to our team,” News and Sentinel Publisher Jim Spanner said. “It’s always exciting and gratifying to win awards that are voted upon by your peers. The News and Sentinel staff can be proud once again this year that all of our hard work and dedication is being recognized.

“Our readers and advertisers can share in these awards, as we thank them for their continued partnerships and support,” he said.

The North Carolina Press Association served as this year’s judges.

“It’s kind of nice when other newspapers are looking at our newspaper and finding things they like about our advertising,” Advertising Director Lisa Northcraft said.

Advertising Manager Mary Jo Miller took first- and third-place honors in the category for Best Recruitment ad, while also notching a second-place award for Best Process Color Ad — Half Page or Less. Miller shared a first-place award with pre-print coordinator Kim Geibel for Best Special Section for “Buttons,” in which local advertisers were featured in a snowman’s adventures.

The advertising staff recorded two first-place awards — one for its bus schedule presentation in Best Promotion of Public Notice and the other for Best Theme Page(s) — Classified for “Spring Fix-Up.”

On the editorial side, the copy desk took home first place in Best Newspaper Design for the Jan. 4 and April 7, 2019, editions.

Executive Editor Christina Myer earned first- and second-place honors for Best Editorial, while reporter Michael Kelly received first place in the Service to the Community category for his series on the Marietta City Schools levy.

The General Excellence awards are based on the point totals for awards in each circulation division. The overall winners were the Charleston Gazette-Mail for advertising and editorial in Division I, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph in both categories for Division II, the Hampshire Review of Romney (editorial) and the Times Record & Roane County Reporter of Spencer (advertising) in Division III and the Moorefield Examiner (editorial) and Princeton Times (advertising) in Division IV.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph was named West Virginia’s Newspaper of the Year for 2020.

The awards are announced annually at the West Virginia Press Association convention, which was held virtually this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The convention page can be viewed online at wvpress.org.

“It only makes sense the coronavirus, which has changed almost every aspect of life this year, would dramatically impact the West Virginia Press Association annual celebration,” said Don Smith, executive director of the association. “The West Virginia Press Association is extremely honored to recognize these newspapers and their employees. We are thrilled our convention page allows us to share their awards and works with the public.”

The full list of awards for the News and Sentinel follows.

ADVERTISING

* Parkersburg News and Sentinel, 2nd Place, Advertising General Excellence

* Committee to Reelect Jim Justice, “A bright future for WV kids,” 1st Place, Best Political Ad

* Mary Jo Miller, Primecare, 1st Place, Best Recruitment Ad

* WVU Medicine, Parkinson’s Disease,1st Place, Best Process Color Ad — Larger than a Half Page

* Staff, Bus schedules, 1st Place, Best Promotion of Public Notice

* Kim Geibel, Mary Jo Miller, “Buttons,” 1st Place, Best Special Section

* Downtown PKB, Downtown Throwdown, 1st Place, Best Spot Color Ad — Half Page or Less

* Staff, “Spring fix-up,” 1st Place, Best Theme Page(s) — Classified

* Mary Jo Miller, DuPont, 2nd Place, Best Process Color Ad — Half Page or Less

* WVU-P, “WVU Parkersburg Proud,” 2nd Place, Best Process Color Ad — Larger than a Half Page

* Staff, SWC, 3rd Place, Best Ad Campaign — Half Page or Larger

* Art Smith, “Get ready to race!” 3rd Place, Best Newspaper Promotional Campaign

* Mary Jo Miller, Job fair, 3rd Place, Best Recruitment Ad

EDITORIAL

* Christina Myer, “Plagiarism: DeMoss set poor example for students,” 1st Place, Best Editorial

* Copy desk, Jan. 4 and April 7, 2019, editions, 1st Place, Best Newspaper Design

* Michael Kelly, Marietta City Schools levy series, 1st Place, Service to the Community

* Paul LaPann, Lifestyles columns, 2nd Place, Best Lifestyle Columnist

* Christina Myer, “Schools: Consolidations, closures are necessary,” 2nd Place, Best Editorial

* Michael Erb, Sword toss, 2nd Place, News Photography

* Sports staff, May 19 Sports section, 3rd Place, Best Sports Page(s)

* Madeline Scarborough, Roberts/McCoy murder trial, 3rd Place, Best Legal Affairs Reporting

* Staff, “Pigskin Preview,” 3rd Place, Best Sports Special Section

Evan Bevins can be reached at ebevins@newsandsentinel.com.

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