The Loudoun Times-Mirror claimed 17 honors, including six first-place awards, in the 2020 Virginia Press Association Contest, which judged work from 2019.
The Times-Mirror newsroom again won for General Makeup, which examines the overall quality and composition of the newspaper. The Times-Mirror won the distinction in the 2019 contest, as well.
“This was a crowded field, but the Loudoun Times edged out a victory,” the judges commented on the General Makeup category. The 2020 VPA Contest was judged by journalists and members of the press association in Indiana. The results were announced publicly in late April.
Taking individual first-place awards were Times-Mirror reporter John Battiston, who won in the Video and Critical Writing categories for a feature on A Place to Be's Stroke Survival Choir and film reviews, respectively; photographer Mark Mogle, who earned first in General News Photo for his shot of a grieving woman at Arlington National Cemetery; and Editor in-Chief Trevor Baratko, who claimed the top prize in Headline Writing for coverage of the Gov. Ralph Northam blackface scandal, the Stroke Survivor Choir package and an escaped peacock that captured the community's attention.
Designer and paginator Stacy Taylor bested the competition in the Page Design category, taking the honor for the second consecutive year.
Reporter Nathaniel Cline, Battiston and Taylor jointly took second place for Multimedia Report for the news story and video on a new lynching historical marker in Leesburg. Cline won individual seconds in both the Video and Feature or Continuing Story categories for a video on town-contracted goats clearing brush in Leesburg and the plight of Howardsville's citizens, respectively.
Sports Editor Carl Lukat and Taylor claimed second place for Sports Pages, and Taylor also won second for Informational Graphics.
Baratko took second place for Editorial Writing.
“Covering this ever-growing, well-read community continues to be an honor, and it's not one we take lightly,” Baratko said. “Recognition from the Virginia Press Association and hard-working journalists from other states is welcome, of course, but honestly we do our jobs to inform and empower the people of Loudoun County. I just want to say thanks to our readers and everyone who supports us.”
Founded in 1855, the Loudoun Times-Mirror competes in VPA's large non-daily category, which includes non-daily newspapers in Virginia with a circulation of 8,000 of greater. LoudounTimes.com, the Times-Mirror's website, saw more than 2.15 million users and nearly 10.3 million pageviews in 2019.