- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg and The Recorder of Monterey received the Virginia Press Association’s Awards for Journalist Integrity and Community Service Saturday at the association’s annual meeting in Roanoke.

The Recorder has won the association’s highest award eight times, starting with the 1998-99 contest year; this is the first time the Free Lance-Star has won the award.

The Recorder, competing with other members from the non-daily, specialty and online-only groups, submitted its coverage of planning for a natural gas pipeline through the newspaper’s coverage area.

The Free Lance-Star, competing with members in the daily group, submitted its coverage of plans for fracking to reach natural gas in Northern Virginia.

The judge spotlighted the work done by C-Ville Weekly of Charlottesville and Style Weekly of Richmond as finalists in the non-daily, specialty and online groups. C-Ville Weekly submitted its coverage of Rolling Stone’s discredited report of a sexual assault on campus. Style Weekly’s entry was about the Richmond public schools.

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