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Star News takes home 13 awards in 2012 W.Va. Press contest

By Staff | Aug 22, 2012

The Tyler Star News received nine editorial awards and four advertising awards in the 2012 West Virginia Press Association Better Newspaper and Advertising Contests.

The paper’s honors were announced earlier this month at a press association banquet at Stonewall Resort. Newspapers across the state compete in four circulation groups, two each for daily and weekly newspapers, with the Tyler Star News competing in Division IV, for newspapers with a circulation under 4,000.

The Tyler Star News earned second place General Excellence in the Advertising Contest and third place General Excellence in the Better Newspaper Contest.

Other editorial awards included first place awards for best lifestyle feature writing and best headline news; second place awards for best lifestyles feature writing, best single editorial and best in-depth or investigative reporting; and third place awards for best lifestyle page, best news feature and best written news story.

The advertising department received a second place award for best theme pages retail ad and third place awards for best special section and best theme pages retail.

The contest has 28 categories, ranging from coverage of government affairs to best sports feature writing and best editorial page. For the 2012 contest, 32 newspapers entered 1,796 entries. According to Don Smith, executive director of the press association, a focus on community journalism is stressed during the judging period for the awards.

“Community journalism remains the centerpiece of the newspaper industry in West Virginia,” he said. “The West Virginia Press Association is proud to recognize and honor these outstanding journalists and newspapers.”