Member News (8/2/18): Sheriff snubs Herald Courier, alt weeklies win national awards and more

2018-08-03T16:01:42+00:00August 3rd, 2018|
Sheriff snubs Herald Courier from news release list

A sheriff in southwest Virginia purposefully excluded the Bristol Herald Courier from a news release because he was angry at the paper for publishing a story about him sending “profane texts” (using a work phone) to one of his employees.

Following the publication of the story, Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson admitted to sending the texts in a news release, but instructed his public information officer to leave the Herald Courier off of the list of media outlets slated to receive the release.

“Sheriff Anderson’s directive to his PIO [public information officer] to exclude the Herald Courier from receiving his news release is not unexpected – actually it could have been predicted,” said Herald Courier Publisher and VPA board member Jim Maxwell.

“The Herald Courier displayed integrity and courage in breaking this story ahead of all other media in the Tri-Cities,” Maxwell continued. “This was an attempt by the sheriff to punish the messenger, retaliating against us, much like he has threatened to do against his own employees.”

Daily Progress reporter leaves for RTD

Chris Suarez, Daily Progress reporter and winner of VPA’s 2017 Outstanding Young Journalist Award, is leaving the Progress for a reporting position at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

VPA alt-weeklies win national awards

Two of VPA’s largest alternative weeklies received multiple awards in the 2018 Alternative News Media Awards competition.

Style Weekly won two awards in the competition and C-Ville Weekly won four.

Scott Elmquist from Style won first place in the under 40,000 circulation category for photography. Elmquist’s winning was titled, “The Resistance,” and featured several photos of protests throughout the greater Richmond area.

Style cartoonist, Ed Harrington, won second place in the cartoon category for his “HR Department” series.

C-Ville Weekly writer Samantha Baars won second place in the under 40,000 circulation category for long-form news story. Her winning story detailed a “domestic-related homicide” of a young woman that was murdered by her husband.

C-Ville designer Barry Bruner won third place in illustration in the 40,000 and under category. Photographer Eze Amos received an honorable mention in photography for work that documented the Aug. 12 Unite the Right Rally.

Several C-Ville staffers also received an honorable mention in the “Innovation/ Format Buster” category.

Pilot reporter receives fellowship

A Virginian-Pilot reporter has been awarded a fellowship for data journalism.

Ana Ley, who covers the city of Portsmouth for the Pilot, was awarded the Ottoway Fellowship from Investigative Reporters and Editors earlier this week. The fellowship will allow Ley to attend a “computer-assisted reporting” bootcamp.

She intends to use the training to examine street lights in the Hampton Roads area.