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Virginia Business wins national journalism award

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Publisher Bernie Niemeier and Editor Richard Foster accepted the award. | Simone Renee Photography LLC

Virginia Business won a national journalism award this past weekend at The Alliance of Area Business Publishers Editorial Excellence awards in Atlanta.

The magazine placed silver in the  "best coverage of local breaking news" category for its reporting of Amazon’s decision to locate its second headquarters in Northern Virginia and Long Island City in New York. (The internet giant later dropped plans to establish headquarters in New York due to political opposition). 

The awards were judged by 24 faculty members from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. More than 500 entries were submitted from 41 publications. In their comments, the judges praised Paula C. Squires' local coverage of a national issue. 

"The writer provides an in-depth account of how aspects of the deal could impact real estate and the Washington, D.C.-area tech scene," the judges said. "The writer’s expertise shines through this coverage." 

AABP is a Norwalk, Connecticut-based nonprofit representing 55 business publications in the United States, Canada and Australia.

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