Tidewater Review editorial staff

Tidewater Review editorial staff (April 4, 2014)

WEST POINT  – The Tidewater Review editorial department has been awarded for its journalism excellence by the Virginia Press Association (VPA).

The VPA held its annual News/Editorial and Advertising Awards Banquent on Saturday in Short Pump. There, Tidewater Review editor, Robin Lawson, and reporters, Frances Hubbard and Amy Jo Martin, received seven awards, three photography and four in writing.

In the photography category, the Review took home:

•2nd place: Personality or Portrait Photo – Mattaponi Pow-Wow by Amy Jo Martin. Judge's comments: A really nice shot of the child. Having no distractions in the background draws me right to his face.

•3rd Place: Breaking News Photo – Combine engine sparks blaze by Frances Hubbard; Judge's comments: Photo conveys the sadness of the empty field. The farmer's body posture also lends well to the overall feeling of the photo.

•3rd Place: General News photo – Vigil by Amy Jo Martin. Judge's comments: The emotion caught in this photo is fantastic. Lighting is also really great. The photo makes me feel.

In the writing category, the Review also received:

•1st Place: Personal Service Writing – Teens and Social Media: Exploring Generation M2 by Amy Jo Martin. Judge's comments: Excellent work! Articles were engaging and extremely thorough. Good use of outside sources and statistics. Also, especially liked the use of a local example in the second story. Nice job on the lead-in for the series. I would be looking forward to reading the future articles after the first one. Topic was also thoroughly covered right through to what parents can do to protect their teens in the last article. The series also most closely followed the category description. Well done!

•2nd Place: In-depth or Investigative Reporting – King William, West Point tax dispute by Frances Hubbard; Judge's comments: Strong meeting coverage. Good following it to the end. This is what local government coverage should look like.

•3rd Place: In-depth or Investigative Reporting – Residents raise a stink over sludge by Robin Lawson; Judges comments: Tough choice between second and third. A newspaper that works to foster a reputation as the voice of the community can't be ignored.

•3rd Place: Business and Financial Writing – Housing market picking up, Southern comfort food, and New Kent Vineyards by Amy Jo Martin; Judge's comments: Martin has a deft touch with both statistics and the colorful turn of phrase that business stories need to keep a reader's interest.