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VLW wins 7 awards from press groups

Virginia Lawyers Weekly won a combined seven awards when the results from statewide journalism contests held by two Virginia press groups were announced April 5.

VLW brought home a silver and a bronze in the Virginia Press Association 2013 News Contest.

Paul Fletcher, publisher and editor-in-chief, received the 2nd place award for editorial writing among specialty publications, the category in which VLW competes.

Peter Vieth, news editor, took the 3rd place award in public affairs writing for his August 2013 article, “Sussex supervisor resigns after removal trial.” The story highlighted a little-known statute that a group of Sussex County citizens used against the chair of the local board of supervisors.

VLW won five awards in the 2014 Virginia Press Women Communications Contest, including two golds.

Deborah Elkins, executive editor, won first place in the blogs category. The entry consisted of selected news and case story blog entries during the past year.

Fletcher won a first place for editorial/opinion writing, for “Judging is not a numbers game,” an editorial from December 2013 on the judicial interview process.

He also received two second-place awards, for humorous column writing and for headline writing, and an honorable mention for general column writing.

The two VPW first-place winners now qualify to compete in the national contest held by the National Federation of Press Women.

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