The Register-Herald Wins Multiple Awards in Journalism Competition | State and region


From photography to design, from news pages to editorials, from videography to headline writing, from sports to news to corporate reporting to advertising, The Register-Herald’s newsroom competing in the classroom. wide circulation, won 11 first place awards and 31 in total. in the West Virginia Press Association’s annual journalism competition, with the publicity team winning five top prizes and 19 in total.

For the fourth year in a row, the Beckley Newsroom took second place in General Excellence, with the Charleston Gazette-Mail taking first place. The Huntington Herald Dispatch took third place.

Beckley’s advertising team won third place in Overall Excellence.

Longtime local photographer Rick Barbero won Photo of the Year.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph, the Register-Herald’s sister newspaper, CNHI, was named Journal of the Year for the second year in a row, accumulating more points than any other newspaper in the Advertising and News Contest categories.

Competing in Division 2, the Bluefield Newsroom also won first place in General Excellence.

The Beckley press room eclipsed its performance from the previous year by winning seven first-place awards and 21 in total.

“Despite the myriad challenges of a pandemic, with fewer reporters on staff, this team just minded its business,” said J. Damon Cain, editor of the Register-Herald. “I couldn’t be more honored to be around each of these professionals.

“Our transportation and the performance of Bluefield is a clear indication that there is a remarkable journalism going on here in the downstate and that we are doing a pretty good job of coping with it,” Cain said.

The first place winners came from across the newsroom, with Barbero taking home both the feature film and news photography categories. Jenny Harnish won the competition for the best video, taking first, second and third places.

Harnish also won first place for Best Photo Essay for her photos of a drive-through farmers market in Greenbrier County.

Showing their dominance, Barbero and Harnish won 11 of the 16 awards in the photo and video categories.

Jackie Wetzel, a frequent freelance writer for the newspaper, took home two first-place awards, one in the reporting contest for an article on home meal service in Wyoming County, and the other for best reporting. on government affairs for an article on water. systems in Wyoming County.

Jessica Farrish landed a No. 1 spot in Best Lifestyle article for a story about the intricate nature of black hairstyles.

The presentation of this story helped the newspaper staff to win a first place in the contest for the best lifestyle page.

The staff were also credited with a first place for their entry into the best Covid coverage.

Cain, for the fourth time in five years, won the award for best editorial and also took first place for best title.

The top spot advertising awards for Beckley came in Covid advertising, the best single black and white ad, the best ranked section, the best recruiting ad, and the best thematic pages in the classifieds.

Other news awards went to:

• Farrish, second place for best current affairs report, second place for best legal affairs report, second place for best government affairs report and third place for best current affairs report

• Harnish, second place for best news photo and third place for best news photography

• Sports editor Gary Fauber, second place for best sporting events report and third place for best sports news and current affairs reports

• Cain, third place for best report

• Erin Beck, third place for best report on government affairs

• Staff, second place for best cover page, third place for best single issue and third place for best journal design

• Barbero, third place for best feature film photography and third place for best videographer / photographer

• Michelle James, third place for best current affairs feature

The other advertising prices were:

• Two second prizes for the best single black and white ad, second place for best agency ad, second place for best recruitment ad, second place for best ranked poster, second place for best public notice promotion, top ranked thematic section, second place for best ad campaign, second place for best special section, third place for best political ad, third place for best internal ad, third place for best ranked display ad, third place for best public notice promotion and third place for best newspaper promotional ad.

The winners of the General Excellence Awards are:


First division

1st – Charleston Gazette-Mail

2nd – Beckley’s Register-Herald

3rd – The Huntington Herald Dispatch

Section II

1st – Bluefield Daily Telegraph

2nd – The Weirton Daily Times

3rd – Elkins inter-mountain

Section III

1st – Hampshire Review

2nd – The Times Record and Roane County Reporter

3rd – The Spirit of Jefferson

Section III

1st – Upshur County Record Delta

2nd – The Independent Doddridge

3rd – Wayne County News


First division

1st – Charleston Gazette-Mail

2nd – Parkersburg News and Sentinel

3rd – Beckley’s Register-Herald

Section II

1st – Bluefield Daily Telegraph

2nd – Elkins inter-mountain

3rd – The Weirton Daily Times

Section III

1st – The Times Record and Roane County Reporter

2nd – The Spirit of Jefferson

3rd – Hampshire Review

Section III

1st – Tyler Star’s News

2nd – The delta of records

3rd – The Independent Doddridge

For the second year in a row, Covid-19 forced the WVPA to cancel its convention in person in Charleston and host a website-only celebration.

“We are very proud of our newspapers and members of our staff and delighted to announce these editorial and publicity honors,” said WVPA Executive Director Don Smith. “Unfortunately, the dangers of Covid-19 forced us to cancel our convention. In January, the WVPA board of directors voted to go virtual this year. When the numbers dropped in late spring and early summer, we considered hosting a smaller in-person event; However, the growth of the delta variant has made it clear that we need to protect our members and stay virtual.

“We are together in spirit and in purpose. Our theme – The press is a watchdog – highlights the importance of our industry. The WVPA’s decision to go virtual again this year underscores the importance of people working in our industry. We want to keep our people safe. We have lost too many colleagues, family and friends, ”Smith said. “Our goal is to have a full list of in-person events in 2022. Hopefully that is possible.”

“It is sadly ironic that Covid forced our convention to be canceled for two years. Our newspapers have done a great job with the editorial coverage and advertising information of Covid-19. Every community in West Virginia has benefited from the information published. in their local newspaper, ”Smith said. noted. “Each of our newspapers has achieved exceptional recognition for their Covid coverage. “

“We are very happy and at the same time very disappointed for the staff of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. For two years in a row, they won the title of Journal of the Year and did not have the opportunity to celebrate at Congress. We owe these people a hell of a celebration, ”Smith said. “The same goes for our other winners. Winning is great, but doing it with your peers makes it special.

The Adam R. Kelly Award, the WVPA’s highest individual honor, will be announced on September 3.

Publicity of the Year goes to Parkersburg News and Sentinel staff for the “Seven Springs – Remember that feeling” ad.

Photo of the Year goes to Rick Barbero of the Register-Herald for the photo “Cooling off on a hot day”.

“We thank our sponsors for their continued support during this time of Covid. Without our partnership with AARP WV, West Virginia University and the West Virginia Press Association Foundation and the help of and HepCatz Design, we would not be able to recognize and reward every winner, ”said Smith .

Individual winners by division are listed on Each newspaper winner receives a plaque, and each individual winner receives a plaque or certificate depending on the prize. Due to the Covid situation, the rewards will be sent to each newspaper.

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