- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Washington Times won seven awards in the 2007 Virginia Press Association’s annual competition for writing, photography, artwork and news design.

The awards were presented March 15 at the group’s annual meeting at the Hotel Roanoke.

Copy editor Peter J. Parisi Jr. won first place in headline writing for five entries including “Vintners whining: Oklahoma law draws wrath of graperies,” “Dead Sea on life support: Jordan River ecosystem a casualty of war, politics” and “Delaware beaches weigh cigarette ban: For smokers, it’s a line in the sand.”

Artist Alexander Hunter won first place in the illustrations category for “From the ground up.” The judges remarked, “Amazing! Complex, yet colors make it simple and easy on the eye. Tells story without any words needed.”

Arts and culture critic Deborah K. Dietsch won third place in critical writing for three entries.

The Times also took three third place wins for sports coverage.

Sports desk copy editor Mike Jones won for his sports writing portfolio and sports columnist Tom Knott was honored for column writing, with four entries, including “Imus-inspired racial dialogue?” and “88 more reasons to hate Duke.”

Photographer Joseph Silverman won for best sports photo with “Giant disappointment.” Judges said the entry was “straight to the point” and that Mr. Silverman “was paying attention not only to action.”

National desk reporter Cheryl Wetzstein won third place for best series of news stories with “The way back,” which examined the traditional values movement.

Founded in 1881, the Virginia Press Association includes more than 200 newspapers, 15 colleges and universities, and a variety of businesses.

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