Virginia Communications Professionals Honored At State and Local Level

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    Joan Tupponce (right), whose work appears regularly in Richmond Family Magazine and online at Just Joan: RVA Storyteller, claimed four first-place awards and additional honors at the Virginia Professional Communicators event at the University of Richmond.

    The NFPW Professional Communications contest honors communicators throughout the United States for their professional work during the previous year.

    The first tier of the contest is run at the state level, in this case Virginia Professional Communicators. First place winners at the state level move on to the national contest.

    VPC winners were honored during the group’s spring conference April 27 at the University of Richmond.

    “The winners were selected by fourteen professional judges, whose expertise spans everything from poetry to media relations,” said Julie Campbell, VPC’s awards chair. “The judges evaluated eighty-four entries submitted by twenty contestants.”

    The final results included the following nineteen contestants with sixty-six winning entries. The members who earned a first-place spot, including Joan Tupponce, a regular contributor to Richmond Family Magazine, now move on to the national competition. Those results will be announced at the awards banquet on June 29 at the NFPW Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    Joan Tupponce

    Glen Allen, Virginia

    • First place, Feature Story—Magazine, newsletter or other non-newspaper publication
    • First place, Personality profile—More than 500 words
    • First place, Specialty Articles—Travel
    • First place, Columns—General
    • Second place, Feature Story—Magazine, newsletter or other non-newspaper publication
    • Third place, Personality profile—More than 500 words
    • Honorable mention, Feature Story—Magazine, newsletter or other non-newspaper publication
    • Honorable mention, Feature Story—Magazine, newsletter or other non-newspaper publication
    • Honorable mention, Personality profile—More than 500 words

    Bonnie Atwood

    Richmond, Virginia

    • First place, Specialty Articles—History
    • First place, Nonfiction Books for Adult Readers—Autobiography or Memoir
    • Second place, Editorial/Opinion—Print-Based Newspaper

    Nancy Wright Beasley

    North Chesterfield, Virginia

    • Second place, Public Service
    • Second place, Brochures—Corporate or For-profit

    Sunni Brown

    Richmond, Virginia

    • First place, News or Feature Release—Single Release
    • First place, Media Pitch

    Frances Broaddus-Crutchfield

    Midlothian, Virginia

    • Second place, Creative Verse—Single Poem

    Paul Fletcher

    Richmond, Virginia

    • First place, Columns—Humorous
    • Third place, Editorial/Opinion—Print-Based Newspaper 

    Audrey Hingley

    Urbanna, Virginia

    • Second place, Personality profile—More than 500 words

    Mary Ann Hoyt

    Millsboro, Delaware

    • Third place, Nonfiction Books for Adult Readers—Humo

    Cathy Jett

    Fredericksburg, Virginia

    • First place, Specialty Articles—Agriculture, agribusiness, aquaculture

    Virginia Johnson

    Fredericksburg, Virginia

    • First place, Feature Story—Online Publication
    • Third place, Specialty Articles—Food

     

    Gail Benge Kent

    Newport News, Virginia

    • First place, Editorial/Opinion—Print-Based Newspaper
    • Third place, Videos for Web—PR video promoting specific product or service

     

    Patty Kruszewski

    Richmond, Virginia

    • First place, Specialty Articles—Physical health (fitness, diet, clean lifestyle)
    • First place, Specialty Articles—Reviews (any subject, must express personal opinion)
    • First place, Feature Story—Print-Based Newspaper
    • First place, Columns—Personal Opinion (bylined, not editorial)
    • Second place, Feature Story—Print-Based Newspaper
    • Third place, Feature Story—Print-Based Newspaper
    • Honorable mention, Feature Story—Print-Based Newspaper
    • Honorable mention, Specialty Articles—Education

     

    Kim Loehr

    Richmond, Virginia

    • First place, Graphics—Infographics
    • Second place, Headlines
    • Second place, Website Edited/Managed by Entrant—Nonprofit, Government, Educational

     

    Louisa Preston

    Manakin-Sabot, Virginia

    • First place, Photographer-writer

     

    Cynthia Price

    Glen Allen, Virginia

    • First place, Single photograph—News or feature photo
    • First place, Audiovisuals
    • Honorable mention, Blogs—Personal

     

    Martha Steger

    Midlothian, Virginia

    • Sweepstakes Award for the most entries placing first, second or third
    • First place, Creative Verse—Single Poem
    • First place, Specialty Articles—Green/Environmental
    • First place, Specialty Articles—Personal essay
    • First place, Specialty Articles—Style (fashion, interior design, architecture, landscaping, home economics)
    • Second place, Personality profile—500 words or fewer
    • Second place, Specialty Articles—Arts and entertainment
    • Second place, Specialty Articles—Food
    • Second place, Specialty Articles—History
    • Second place, Specialty Articles—Style (fashion, interior design, architecture, landscaping, home economics)
    • Second place, Blogs—Nonprofit, Government or Educational
    • Third place, Specialty Articles—Reviews (any subject, must express personal opinion)
    • Third place, Specialty Articles—Travel
    • Third place, Feature Story—Magazine, newsletter or other non-newspaper publication
    • Honorable mention, Specialty Articles—Travel
    • Honorable mention, Editorial/Opinion—Print-Based Newspaper

     

    Marge Swayne

    Prospect, Virginia

    • Second place, Nonfiction Books for Adult Readers—Biography

     

    Annie Tobey

    Chesterfield, Virginia

    • First place, Specialty Articles—Food
    • First place, Specialty Articles—Hobby, crafts, building, designing, construction
    • First place, Specialty Articles—Science or Technology
    • First place, Publications Regularly Written by Entrant—Magazine/Magpaper
    • Second place, Specialty Articles—Travel
    • Second place, Columns—General
    • Second place, Specialty Articles—Reviews (any subject, must express personal opinion)

     

    Gwen Woolf

    Spotsylvania, Virginia

    • First place, Specialty Articles—Arts and entertainment
    • Third place, Specialty Articles—Arts and entertainment