WHEELING - The News and Sentinel won 18 awards last weekend in the annual West Virginia Press Association Better Newspaper Awards at the WVPA convention at the Oglebay Park.
The advertising department won 10 awards: four first places, one second place and five third places.
First-place winners were:
Parkersburg News and Sentinel won 18 awards, including third place in general excellence for advertising. Representing The News and Sentinel were Jim Smith, executive editor; Matt Tranquill, advertising director; Jason Rollins, advertising manager; Jim Spanner, publisher. Other managers are Amy Hupp, inside sales manager; Pam Guile, creative service manager; and Mary Jo Miller, classified manager.
* Best Special Section - Sports, Amy Hupp, "Set Your Sights High,"hunting and fishing guide;
* Best Single Ad - black and white - over one-half page, Melvin Burkholder, Napoli's:
* Best Small Ad Campaign, Brad Casto, Hillbilly Shack;
* Best Classified Display Ad, Mary Jo Miller, Cedar Grove;
* Best House Ad, staff, Stuff with Savings;
* Best Spot Color Ad over one-half page, Jim Wright, Superior;
* Best Spot Color Ad under one-half page, staff, Trinity Church;
* Best Theme Pages Classified, Mary Jo Miller, Job Fair;
* Best Classified Section, Mary Jo Miller, May 16 edition;
* Best Progress Edition, staff, Pride of the Valley, Health and Education.
In its circulation division of the state's largest newspapers, the newsroom of The News and Sentinel had two first-place awards, one second-place award and five third-place finishes in the highly competitive division that saw thousands of entries.
First-place awards were:
* Best Single Editorial, "Abusing the public's trust," by Larry Cox;
* Best Column, "Playing politics behind the scenes," by Jim Smith.
Second-place award was:
* Best Photography Feature, "Summer arriving today with a high of 95," by Jeff Baughan.
Third-place awards were:
* Best Headline News, "Cold nights prove sour for fruit orchards," "Fire call smokes out marijuana operation," and "Rifle exhibit on target for gun laws," by Kristofer McKenna;
* Best Single Issue, "Two children die in blaze" edition, by the staff;
* Best Single Editorial, "Mockery: Solution needs found in Holliday situation," by Larry Cox;
* Best Newspaper Design, "Efforts to save musket misfire" edition, by staff;
* Best Sports News Writing, "Magnolia press box destroyed," by Kerry Patrick.
"While it's always great to win awards, and we are very pleased that our professional peers have judged our work to be 'award-winning,' it's far more important that we provide a consistently reliable, useful, viable and informative product to our readers. The readers truly are the judges who have the final say on our product and its value to them," said Jim Spanner, News and Sentinel publisher.
"The News and Sentinel has a great staff, which is something we forget to say often enough," Spanner added.