Coal Valley News wins four state press awards


August 19, 2013

WHEELING – Coal Valley News received four West Virginia Press Association awards for editorial achievement in the 2013 West Virginia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

Coal Valley News competed in the Division III Category, a division for weekly newspaper with a circulation of 4,000 or more.

Coal Valley News Editor Fred Pace dominated the “Best Sports News Writing” by winning both first and second place awards in the category.

Pace took the first place award with his story “Hunting brings in the big ‘bucks’” and garnered the second place award in the same category for his story “Hunting related incident training comes to area.”

Pace also won a third place award for “Reporting of Governmental Affairs” with his story “Project helping to preserve Boone County’s history.”

Julia Goad received a second place award for her story in the Coal Valley News regarding “Best Business/Labor Coverage” with her story “Environmentalists, coal miners face off in state park.”

“This competition displays the quality of journalism in West Virginia. From the largest daily newspaper to the smallest weekly newspaper, West Virginian residents benefit from the outstanding and dedicated work of journalists working in the Mountain State,” said Don Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Press Association. “Community journalism remains the centerpiece of the newspaper industry in West Virginia. The West Virginia Press Association is proud to recognize and honor these outstanding journalists and newspapers.”

The results of the annual competition, which honors excellence in newspaper journalism were announced Saturday, August 10, 2013, during a banquet at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling.

Newspapers across the state compete in four circulation groups, two each for daily and weekly newspapers. The contest has 25 categories, ranging from Coverage of Government Affairs to Best Sports Feature Writing and Best Editorial Page.

In 2013, 40 newspapers entered 2,216 entries. The overall awards for General Excellence are based on awards won in the basic categories.

Four West Virginia newspapers have earned first-place General Excellence awards, which honor outstanding editorial achievement by circulation division,

The General Excellence Award winners are Charleston Daily Mail in Division I, The Inter-Mountain of Elkins in Division II, Hampshire Review of Romney in Division III, and The Record Delta of Buckhannon in Division IV.