Sandy Buzzerd of the Morgan Messenger wins Adam R. Kelly Award
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Four West Virginia newspapers earned first-place General Excellence awards, which honor outstanding achievement by circulation division, in the 2019 West Virginia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.
The General Excellence Award winners are Charleston Gazette-Mail in Division 1, Bluefield Daily Telegraph in Division 2, Hampshire Review in Division 3, and The Moorefield Examiner in Division 4.
With the top point total in both editorial and advertising of newspapers in West Virginia, The Charleston Gazette-Mail earned the Newspaper of the Year honors.
Sandy Buzzerd, publisher of the of Morgan Messenger in Berkeley Springs won the WVPA’s highest honor — The Adam R. Kelly Award — for his outstanding dedicate to the newspaper industry, the West Virginia Press Association and her local community.
A photo by Craig Hudson for the Charleston Gazette-Mail received the honor for best photo of the year.
The results of the annual competition, which honors excellence in newspaper journalism, were announced Saturday, Aug. 3, during a banquet at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown.
“Our annual newspaper competition always brings out the best of our state’s newspapers and journalists have to offer,” said Don Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Press Association. “From the largest daily newspaper to the smallest weekly newspaper, West Virginia residents benefit from the outstanding and dedicated work of journalists throughout the state. Community journalism remains the centerpiece of the newspaper industry in the Mountain State. The West Virginia Press Association is proud to recognize and honor the excellent work produced by West Virginia’s terrific newspapers and journalists.”
Newspapers across the state compete in four circulation groups, two each for daily and weekly newspapers. The contest has 29 categories, ranging from Coverage of Government Affairs to Reporting Generated from Public Notices and Best Editorial Page. In 2019, 32 newspapers submitted nearly 1,451 entries. The overall awards for General Excellence are based on total points earned in the basic categories.
For General Excellence, the West Virginia Press Association recognized three places in each division. The newspapers recognized for General Excellence in editorial coverage in 2019 were as follows:
Division I (Dailies over 16,000 circulations):
1stPlace: Charleston Gazette-Mail
2ndPlace: Beckley Register-Herald
3rdPlace: Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Division II (Dailies 16,000 and under):
1stPlace: Bluefield Daily Telegraph
2ndPlace: The Exponent Telegram
3rdPlace: The Inter-Mountain
Division III (Weeklies over 4,000):
1stPlace: Hampshire Review
2ndPlace: The Times Record and Roane County Reporter
3rdPlace: The Spirit of Jefferson
Division IV (Weeklies 4,000 and under):
1stPlace: Moorefield Examiner
2ndPlace: The Record Delta
3rdPlace: Grant County Press
For more information, contact Smith at 304-550-0454.