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Weirton Daily Times recognized as part of annual contest

CHARLESTON — The work of the news and advertising staffs of The Weirton Daily Times was recognized by the West Virginia Press Association Saturday, with the presentation of 17 awards as part of the organization’s annual Better Newspaper Contest, including second place General Excellence for editorial content in its division.

“Our dedicated staff works hard each day to provide quality content in order to inform our readers of the events of their communities,” said Craig Howell, managing editor of The Weirton Daily Times. “We thank the West Virginia Press Association and judges for recognizing our work, and congratulate our colleagues throughout West Virginia for their accomplishments this year.”

Sports writer Andrew Grimm received two first-place plaques, one in the category of Best Sports Columnist and one for Sports Photography for “Big Hit.” Grimm also received second place in Best Sports Event Reporting for “Sperringer’s four touchdowns lead Brooke.”

Staff member Michael D. McElwain was awarded second place in the category of Best Illustration, Cartoon or Graphic for “A Bridge Timeline,” which showcased the history of the development of the Ohio River bridge project currently under construction.

Community editor Janice Kiaski picked up three awards, including second place in Best Lifestyles Feature for “Nothing ‘new’ to wear,” focusing on Brooke High students participating in the state ReFashion Show; third place in Best Lifestyles Columnist; and third place in Best Business, Economic or Labor Reporting for “Mother-daughter are both lovin’ McDonald’s careers.”

Howell received four awards, with second place honors in Best Business, Economic or Labor Reporting for “Marsh Pipe and Supply to close after 100 years in business,” second place in Best Editorial Page; second place in Best Governmental Affairs Reporting for “Weirton Zoning Board votes down permit for natural gas operation” and third place for Best News Columnist.

Staff awards also were received for first place in Best Sports Pages; second place in Best Newspaper Design and third place for Best Sports Special Section.

In advertising, the publication received two awards; first place for Best House Advertisement for the 2021 Photo Contest promotion, and first place in Best Special Section – Sports for the Gridiron high school football preview.

The Weirton Daily Times is part of Division II in the press association, which includes all daily publications with circulations under 10,000.

“Our annual newspaper competition always brings out the best of what our state’s newspapers and journalists have to offer,” said Don Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Press Association. “From the largest daily newspaper to the smallest weekly newspaper, West Virginia residents benefit from the outstanding and dedicated work of journalists throughout the state. Community journalism remains the centerpiece of the newspaper industry in the Mountain State. The West Virginia Press Association is proud to recognize and honor the excellent work produced by West Virginia’s terrific newspapers and journalists.”

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