The Record Delta garners WVPA Awards

BUCKHANNONThe Record Delta’s own, Editor Tara Kennedy and Production Manager Kara Keller were recently recognized by the West Virginia Press Association for their excellent editorial and advertising content.  The WVPA completed judging of its annual newspaper competition, which recognizes the top journalists, advertising staff and overall newspaper performances in the state.

Kennedy received five awards from the WVPA for her photography and editorial content last year.  The Editor’s article “House tables education bill” received 1st place for Best Governmental Affairs Reporting.  For Best Coverage of Breaking News, she received 2nd place for her article “Gitzen Teacher of the Year.”  Placing 2nd again for Best Single Issue, was Kennedy’s submission for the May 15, 2019 edition of The Record Delta.  Kennedy’s photo titled “WVWC demolishes Camden Complex” also received a 2nd place finish in the category of Best News Photography.  Finally, her work on the “Hometown Heroes” page earned her a 3rd place in the Best Editorial category.  Kennedy was noted by judges for presenting work that provided excellent background information, local appeal, engaging photographs, strong headlines and much more. 

Keller and the Graphics Department were recognized with a total of four awards.  The department was awarded 1st place for their Holiday Magazine 2019 in the Best Special Section category.  Keller received an individual 1st place for her Easter Dine & Shop ad in the category of Best Ad Campaign (half page or larger).  In the same category, Keller also placed 2nd for her Pizza Month ad.  Placing 2nd for Best Newspaper Promotion Campaign was Keller again, for her Home Lawn and Garden ad campaign.  The judge’s comments recognized Keller for great use of color, eye-catching ads, creative ideas, and ads that were pleasing to the eye. 

Concerns over COVID-19 resulted in the 2020 WVPA awards ceremony being postponed until later in September, during a virtual convention and as part of the association’s celebration of National Newspapers Week, which is October 4 through 10. 

WVPA Executive Director Don Smith stated the premier awards — Newspaper of the Year, Advertisement of the Year, Photo of the Year, Adam R. Kelly Award, and newspaper General Excellence Award winners, will be announced at the September convention. 

“The work of staff members at our newspapers is outstanding. These editorial and advertising awards are for work completed in 2019. We had 2,290 entries in our competition this year. Winning is never easy. The WVPA is honored to announce the names of the employees and their newspapers now. We will recognize everyone again in September at convention, when we announce our top newspapers and our premier individual awards,” said Smith.

“The residents of West Virginia count on the state’s newspapers to provide accurate and informative local news and advertising,” Smith emphasized. “This year’s contest entries show our newspapers are meeting that need.”  Details for the September convention will be finalized soon, and updates will be posted on



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