VND judged best daily newspaper in state
The Valley News Dispatch has won the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's sweepstakes award for the best daily community newspaper in the state in its division.
Competing in the 20,000 to 35,000 circulation category for the Keystone Press Awards, the VND received five first-place awards, a second-place award and three honorable mentions.
The VND also took first place in a special category recognizing Sept. 11 coverage of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
The VND's Sept. 12 front page titled, "Nation saw evil," looked at the attack on American values and featured a photo of the Statue of Liberty with the ruins of the World Trade Center smoldering in the background.
The newspaper in each of the eight divisions with the most individual first- and second-place winners received the Sweepstakes Award.
The Centre Daily Times in State College tied with the VND and also was recognized as the state's best daily community paper.
Other newspapers in the VND's division include the Butler Eagle, the Daily News in McKeesport and the Herald-Standard in Uniontown.
The awards were announced Saturday at a banquet in State College.
VND Keystone Press Award winners:
Jeff Domenick, managing editor of the Valley News Dispatch, said the joint efforts of the entire staff led to the paper's recognition.
"It's a culmination of the fine efforts that our staff puts in every day, and that our editors recognize good stories and help refine them," Domenick said. "We try to bring our readers the best local paper we can every day. I think if that's your goal, that gets recognition."