Suffolk News-Herald wins several state journalism awards

Published 5:00 pm Tuesday, May 7, 2024

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Suffolk News-Herald won the 2023 Advertising Sweepstakes award for excellence in advertising from the Virginia Press Association’s annual awards banquet in Charlottesville on May 4. In addition, SNH earned 23 individual and staff awards in the news and advertising contest for entries published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2023.

The banquet, an annual statewide gathering of journalists and advertising professionals, was held at The Omni Charlottesville Hotel in Charlottesville.

The newspaper competes in the VPA’s Non-Daily 4 category against some of Virginia’s largest weekly publications. The awards were judged by journalists and advertising professionals from Missouri.

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Our page designer, Jen Jaqua, received nine of the 23 awards, including three individual first-place nods and one she shared with our staff reporter James Robinson.

Publisher Lindsay Richardson also won two first-place awards, one in the Food and Drug advertising category.

Troy Cooper, the designer of our Suffolk Living magazine, received a first-place award for Design and Presentation. The magazine won three awards in total. 

Below is a list of the winning entries.

First Place


Food and Drug First Place Lindsay Richardson
Informational Graphics First Place Jen Jaqua
Member Self-Promotion First Place Jen Jaqua
Photo-Illustration First Place Jen Jaqua, James Robinson
Slideshow or Gallery First Place Jen Jaqua
Special Sections (standalone section non-slick cover) First Place Lindsay Richardson, Mitzi Lusk


Second Place

Food and Drug Second Place Lindsay Richardson
General News Writing Second Place James Robinson, Ed Pugh
Home and Garden Second Place Lindsay Richardson
Illustrations Second Place Jen Jaqua
Informational Graphics Second Place Jen Jaqua
Lifestyles Second Place Lindsay Richardson
Personality or Portrait Photo Second Place James Robinson
Picture Story or Essay Second Place Jen Jaqua
Small Space Ads Second Place Lindsay Richardson
Special Sections or Special Editions Second Place Jen Jaqua, James Robinson


Third Place

Feature Series or Continuing Story Third Place James Robinson
General Make-Up Third Place Jen Jaqua
Informational Graphics Third Place Jen Jaqua
Real Estate Third Place Lindsay Richardson
Slideshow or Gallery Third Place Ed Pugh
Sports Writing Portfolio Third Place Matthew Hatfield


Below is a list of Suffolk Living Magazine awards 


First Place

Design and Presentation First Place Troy Cooper


Second Place

Professional Services (medical and healthcare-related only) Second Place Lindsay Richardson


Third Place

Education, Churches, and Organizations Third Place Lindsay Richardson