VPA member papers nominated for national awards
Five Virginia newspapers were recently nominated for awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors.
Reporters from the Daily Press, Roanoke Times, Daily Progress, Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Virginian Pilot were all selected as finalists in multiple categories for the 2017 APSE Awards.
RTD photographer Shelby Lum was placed in the top five for the Short Video category. Her entry was part of a series that examined brain injuries in high-school football players.
Reporters Michael Phillips and Paul Woody were placed in the top 10 list in the Breaking News category for a their story on a Virginia softball team’s “inappropriate” use of a social media platform, which eventually led them to becoming disqualified from competing in a championship.
Pilot reporters David Hall and Ed Miller were put in the top 10 for the Features category.
The Roanoke Times received an Honorable Mention in the Sunday Sections category.
Daily Progress reporters Ron Counts and Andrew Ramspacher received Top 10 honors in the Features category. The Daily Progress as a publication received three nominations: Top 7 Daily Sections (under 15,000), Honorable Mention in Daily Section (under 30,000) and Top 10 in Special Sections.
Former Daily Progress photographer nominated for international award
Ryan Kelly, a former photographer for the Daily Progress, has been nominated for another international photography award for his haunting photo of a car running into counter protesters during the Aug. 12 Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville.
This nomination comes from the World Press Photo Foundation, which recognizes the most compelling photos from around the world in six categories. Kelly’s nomination is for best photo in the Spot News category.
Kelly recently won the 2018 Picture of the Year International Award in the spot news category for the same photo.
Danville Register and Bee names new GM, ad director
Keven J. Todd has been named as the new general manager and advertising director at the Danville Register and Bee.
Todd has worked in publishing for more than 40 years and has led newspapers in Nevada, New Mexico, Delaware, North Carolina and Texas.
Herald Courier announced as finalist for Scripps Howard Award
The Bristol Herald Courier and has been announced as a finalist for the 2017 Scripps Howard Community Journalism Award.
The Washington Post is also a finalist in several categories. Winners will be announced March 6.