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VLW honored by VPA

Virginia Lawyers Weekly received two first-place awards from the Virginia Press Association this past weekend, when the VPA announced the 2011 winners of its annual journalism contest.

VLW gained top honors in the categories of editorial writing and headline writing. Paul Fletcher, the paper’s publisher and editor-in-chief, received both awards.

The editorial entry consisted of several editorials published in 2011, including “A trap hidden in plain sight,” about the letter sent by four legislators to judges in the wake of the Hernandez decision, and “A teaching moment at CNU,” about the Christopher Newport University administration’s response to the theft of student newspapers.

The headline entry included five headlines published throughout the year, including “Tweet surrender,” for a story about requiring departing employees to provide social media passwords, and “At debt’s doorstep,” for a piece on the financial burden many law students face upon graduation.

VLW competes in the specialty publications category; members of this group include Virginia Business, Inside Business, the Washington Business Journal, Style Weekly, Richmond Magazine and The Hook, among others.

The awards were announced at the VPA’s annual meeting April 21 in Roanoke.

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