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Fauquier Times takes home 16 awards from Virginia Press Association contest

Tuesday, Apr. 8 | By Ray Finefrock
Fauquier Times editorial, advertising and design departments combined for a total of 16 awards at the Virginia Press Association annual dinner Saturday night in Glen Allen.

The paper was third in the “grand prize sweepstakes” which tallies combined points for editorial and advertising entries that finish in the top three.

The contest was judged by the Georgia Press Association.

Staff Writer/Multimedia Manager Hannah Dellinger earned first place for her online video presentation. Photographer Adam Goings captured first place for his feature photo of a flooded field.

Dellinger wrote freelance business stories for Fauquier Times for two months, shooting videos to accompany some of those stories, before joining the staff. Since that time her weekly videos have added a great deal to the coverage of this newspaper.

“I have to give special credit to Dellinger, who had been a full-time employee for just over a month when she created her prize-winning video on Veirs Studio Glass and Gallery,” said Managing Editor Mark Grandstaff. “Hannah's hit the ground running and I can't wait to see how far her skills and talent grow.”

See the first-place video here.

Designer Stacy Taylor and Executive Editor Ray Finefrock won in both front page design and general makeup. Taylor also took first in the combination picture and story category along with former staff writer Jay Pinsky and former Managing Editor Steve Campbell.

“The awards for front page design and general makeup vindicate our decision last year to shake up the design of our paper,” Grandstaff said.

Designer Anissa Deluca and advertising representative Marie Rossi earned top honors in color fashion and personal care advertising and designer Melissa Janack and advertising representative Janet Barton won for color entertainment and lifestyles advertising.

“”Virginia News Group (of which Fauquier Times is a part) has a talented group of designers, who create eye-catching advertising and develop marketing campaigns for clients on a weekly basis,” said Dana Baker, production director. “The creative services department has been honored with numerous VPA awards throughout the years.

“This year, two of our designs took home first places for our Piedmont Division. Melissa Janack is an outstanding designer who never misses a deadline. Her clients love her. Anissa Deluca never hesitates to take on any project, large or small. She turns around ads quickly and makes sure all her clients are happy with her work.”

Pam Symington, Piedmont general advertising manager, said she was equally pleased with the advertising awards.

“We work really hard to make sure our advertisers receive good marketing advice and the best creative services available,” Symington said. “All of our advertising representatives work hard and it's nice to see two of them recognized for their efforts.”

Second place editorial awards went to: Sports Editor Peter Brewington for his sports pages, Grandstaff for public safety writing, and Brewington for sports column writing and Laura Rehaluk and Deluca for color education and churches advertising.

Third place honors were earned by Photo Editor/Chief Photographer Randy Litzinger, Brewington for headline writing, Grandstaff for column writing and feature series and Sports Writer Jeff Malmgren for sports column writing.

“Covering a beat doesn't stop in the newsroom and we don't spend a lot of time in reflection before it's on to the next challenge,” said Grandstaff. “It's good to hear from our peers that we're on the right track! Our awards for hard and feature news show the skill of our staff in both informing and entertaining our readership.”

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