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Four newspapers earn WVPA top honor for advertising excellence

CANAAN VALLEY, W.Va.  – Four West Virginia newspapers earned first-place General Excellence awards, which honor outstanding achievement by circulation division, in the 2014 West Virginia Press Association Advertising Awards Contest.

The General Excellence Award winners are The Dominion Post of Morgantown in Division I, The Exponent Telegram of Clarksburg in Division II, The Spirit of Jefferson Advocate of Charles Town in Division III, and The Fayette Tribune of Oak Hill in Division IV.


“The West Virginia Press Association is extremely honored to recognize these newspapers and their advertising staff members,” said Don Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Press Association. “We are certain the readers within their own communities are aware of the quality and creativity of the advertising work within these newspapers and now they have been recognized on a state level. Newspaper advertising works in our state and the creativity and talent of these folks are a big part of the reason why it works. They should all be very proud. It’s outstanding work.” The results of the annual competition, which honors excellence in newspaper advertising sales and design, were announced Friday during a luncheon at Canaan Valley Resort.


Newspapers across the state compete in four circulation groups, two each for daily and weekly newspapers. The contest has 17 categories, ranging from Best Small Ad Campaign to Best Process Color Ad and Best Progress Edition.  In 2014, 28 newspapers entered 1,416 entries. The overall awards for General Excellence are based on awards won 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 advertising in 2014 were as follows:


Division I (Dailies over 16,000 circulation): First place, The Dominion Post, Morgantown; second place, The Register-Herald, Beckley; and third place, Charleston Newspapers.


Division II (Dailies 16,000 and under): First place, The Exponent Telegram, Clarksburg; second place, The Inter-Mountain, Elkins; and third place, Times West Virginian, Fairmont.


Division III (Weeklies over 4,000): First place, Spirit of Jefferson, Charles Town; second place, Weston Democrat; and third place, Moorefield Examiner.


Division IV (Weeklies 4,000 and under): First place, The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill; second place, Shepherdstown Chronicle, Charles Town; and third place, Princeton Times.

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