The West Virginia Press Association has released the results of their 2023 Newspaper Editorial and Advertising Contest, which they host annually. Newspapers from across the state compete with other publications in their circulation division in multiple editorial and advertising categories.
This year, Mountain Messenger Head Editor Sarah Richardson was awarded first place in the Best News Feature category for her piece “Local Dancer Pursues her dreams in California,” published April 9, 2022.
Richardson also won second place in two categories: Best Business, Economic, or Labor Reporting and Best Governmental Affairs Reporting for her pieces “Stardust Café Changes Hands” and “Lewisburg City Council Votes 4-2 to Remove Banners From Lampposts.”
Mountain Messenger staff also placed first in the Best Special Section category for the 2022 State Fair of West Virginia Guide, and swept the category Best Front Page with a first, second, and third place win for front pages throughout 2022.
All articles and e-editions are available to read online at www.mountainmessenger.com.