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Tyler Star News Wins First Place General Excellence Award

By Staff | Sep 8, 2021

For the second year in a row, COVID-19 forced the WVPA to cancel its in-person convention in Charleston and go with a website-only celebration.

“We are so proud of our newspapers and staff members and thrilled to announce these editorial and advertising honors,” WVPA Executive Director Don Smith said. “Unfortunately, the dangers related to COVID-19 forced us to cancel our convention. Back in January, the WVPA Board of Directors voted to go virtual this year. When the numbers dropped in late spring and early summer, we looked at possibly having a smaller in-person event; however, the Delta Variant’s growth made it clear we needed to protect our membership and stay virtual.”

“It’s sadly ironic that COVID has forced the cancelation of our convention for two years. Our newspapers did an excellent job with COVID-19 editorial coverage and advertising information. Every community in West Virginia benefitted from the information featured in their local newspaper,” Smith said. “Each of our newspapers earned outstanding recognition for its COVID coverage.”

“We are together in spirit and purpose. Our theme – The press is a watchdog – outlines the importance of our industry. The WVPA decision to go virtual again this year outlines the importance of the people working in our industry. We want to keep our people safe.

We have lost too many coworkers, family members and friends,” Smith said. “Our goal is to have a full slate of in-person events in 2022. Let’s hope that is possible.”

“We are very happy and, at the same time, very disappointed for the staff at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. For two years in a row, they have won Newspaper of the Year and have not gotten to celebrate at convention. We owe those folks one helluva of a party,” Smith said.

“The same is true of our other winners. Winning is great but doing it with your peers makes it special.”

The Newspaper Association recognized its best in editorial and advertising in 2021 with a first place general excellence award going to the Tyler Star News. The Tyler Star News also won first place overall in advertising in Division IIII.

Among the advertising winners by the Tyler Star News were:

1st Place Tyler Star News – BEST SINGLE BLACK & WHITE AD — QUARTER PAGE OR LESS for it’s submission of Landscaping.

1st Place Tyler Star News for the staff submission of COVID Related Advertising.

1st Place Tyler Star News for the staff submission of BEST HOUSE – AD Advertising

1st Place Tyler Star News for Cindy Wade’s submission of Mask Up – BEST AGENCY ADVERTISEMENT

Ist Place Tyler Star News for the staff submission of WV Northern – Your Vacation is Booked – BEST RECRUITMENT AD

1st Place Tyler Star News for Cindy Wade and Vance Ash’s submission of Sky’s The Limit – Football Preview 2020 BEST SPECIAL SECTION — SPORTS Advertising

1st Place Tyler Star News for the staff submission of Saluting Our Veterans – BEST THEME PAGE(S) — RETAIL Advertising

1st Place Tyler Star News for Cindy Wade’s submission of Jeremy Shepherd for Magistrate – BEST ONLINE POLITICAL AD Advertising

2nd Place Tyler Star News for Vance Ash’s submission of The Middlebourne Cemetery – BEST SINGLE BLACK & WHITE AD — QUARTER PAGE OR LESS

2nd Place Tyler Star News for Cindy Wade’s submission of Elect Yost – WV Strong – BEST POLITICAL AD

2nd Place Tyler Star News for the staff submission of Open For Business – BEST HOUSE AD

2nd Place Tyler Star News for the staff submission of Wanted Truck Drivers – BEST RECRUITMENT AD

2nd Place Tyler Star News for Cindy Wade and Vance Ash’s submission of Fall Sports Schedules – BEST SPECIAL SECTION — SPORTS Ad

2nd Place Tyler Star News for Cindy Wade’s submission of Thank You Essential Workers – BEST COVID-19 RELATED ADVERTISING

2nd Place Tyler Star News for Vance Ash and Cindy Wade’s submission of Spotlight on Business – BEST THEME PAGE(S) — RETAIL Advertising

2nd Place Tyler Star News for Cindy Wade’s submission of Elect Doug Six – BEST ONLINE POLITICAL AD

3rd Place Tyler Star News for Cindy Wade’s submission of Eric Yost Commission – BEST POLITICAL AD

3rd Place Tyler Star News for the staff submission of Your Vote Matters – BEST SPECIAL SECTION

3rd Place Tyler Star News for Cindy Wade’s submission of Healthy Hand Hygiene Habits – BEST COVID-19 RELATED AD

3rd Place Tyler Star News for the staff submission of Happy Valentine’s Day – BEST THEME PAGE(S) — RETAIL Advertising

Advertising Winners for the Wetzel Chronicle in Division III

1st place Wetzel Chronicle Staff; COVID Related Advertising

2nd place Wetzel Chronicle Vance Ash’s Submission of Local Oil and Gas Company Seeking Mechanics Best Recruitment Ad

3rd place Wetzel Chronicle Cindy Wade and Vance Ash’s submission of Sky’s The Limit-Football Preview 2020 Best Special Secion -Sports Advertising

Editorial Winners for the Tyler Star News

1st Place Tyler Star News Editorial Staff; – BEST FRONT PAGE, March 22

1st Place Tyler Star News Editorial Staff; Best COVID-19 Coverage

1st Place Tyler Star News Ed Parsons; We Must Work Together – BEST EDITORIAL

2nd Place Tyler Star News Ed Parsons; One ‘Flu’ Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – BEST EDITORIAL

3rd Place Tyler Star News Ed Parsons; Hail to Summer! BEST EDITORIAL

2nd Place Tyler Star News Editorial Staff; BEST FRONT PAGE, March 25