Virginia Professional Communicators

2015 Communications Contest Awards presented, Marty Van Duyne wins sweepstakes award

Marty van Duyne - PhotoVPC honored 31 winners in its annual communications contest in Norfolk at its spring conference at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Norfolk on May 2. Judges awarded 47 first places, 32 second places, 21 third places and 21 honorable mentions in such categories as newspaper writing, public relations, advertising, photo journalism, internet and magazine writing and books.

The 2015 sweepstakes winner was Marty Van Duyne of Falmouth, Virginia, with News Net News. The sweepstakes award is determined by a point system that considers the total number of entries submitted to the contest and the number and level (first, second, third, honorable mention) of awards received. First-place winners will advance to the National Federation of Press Women contest.


Nominations due June 1 for 2015 Newsmaker of the Year

VPC’s Newsmaker Award is annually given to a nominee who has made significant news in the past year or throughout their career. The nominee should be either from an under-represented group, such as women, minorities, LGBT persons or people with disabilities, OR someone who has served an under-represented group through their vocation.

The nominee will be judged on the basis of newsworthiness, public service, personal sacrifice, risk-taking and/or inspiration to others. The recipient must be available to accept the award in person and to make remarks at our fall meeting.

Only VPC members may nominate candidates for Newsmaker. Don’t delay! Send a brief summary of the reasons you feel your nominee is worthy – along with copies, scans or links to substantiating news-clips – to or, via postal mail, to Martha Steger, 13617 Twin Team Lane, Midlothian, VA 23113-3713.

Submission of a name is not sufficient: the rationale for a nominee can be brief, but it must be submitted in writing along with the name. Names submitted without substantiation will be invalid and won’t be considered.


Virginia Professional Communicators Names Linda Evans as 2015 Communicator of Achievement

Evans. Linda (casual 2)Linda Evans, who worked for four decades in journalism and communications in higher education, was named the Communicator of Achievement by Virginia Professional Communicators during its spring conference Saturday, May 2, 2015.

COA is the highest honor bestowed by VPC. Evans will go on to compete against other state winners for the National Federation of Press Women COA honor. The award is bestowed upon members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their profession.

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treasureTwo of Linda Salisbury’s books in the Bailey Fish Adventure series have won top honors.“Treasure in Sugar’s Book Barn,” won gold for Best Children’s Fiction in the President’s Book Awards sponsored by the Florida Publishers Association. And, her newest book, “Earthquake Surprise,” took a bronze medal in the prestigious Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in the pre-teen fiction category.


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