Virginia Business earns awards for writing and design

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Virginia Business won five awards, including a first place, in the 2007 Virginia Press Association’s annual competition.

Among specialty publications, the magazine dominated business and financial writing with freelance writers Christina Couch of Richmond and Elizabeth Cooper of Chesapeake winning first- and second-place awards.  Couch’s package on young CEOs, computer security and The Martin Agency’s national branding campaigns were described by judges from the New Jersey Press Association as “solid business features that do a good job of turning a local eye on national business stories.”

Cooper’s stories focused on longshoremen at the Port of Hampton Roads and the role they play in global trade, the growth of Geeks on Call and corporate recruiting. “Great local angle.  Good descriptions, colorful writing …” the judges said.

Heather Hayes of Clifford came in second for educational writing, the third time in three consecutive years she has placed in this category for Virginia Business. Her work looked at executives in the classroom, classical learning and how a new community college program is giving Virginia students a second shot at some of the state’s top schools. Judges described her as “another superb writer, very informative about topics of serious educational interest.”

Adrienne Reaves-Taylor, Virginia Business’ designer and production coordinator, won second place for excellence of the magazine’s cover and third-place for the design and presentation of slick publications. “The graphics are well done and help to outline the businesses profiled,” the judges said.


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