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Sentinel wins VPA awards

Award-winning members of the Southside Sentinel staff include, from left, Ray Rose, Joe Gaskins, Gloria Abbott, Cary Mizelle and Tom Chillemi.

The Southside Sentinel staff received 12 awards at last weekend’s Virginia Press Association (VPA) news and advertising awards banquet at the Hilton Main hotel in Norfolk.

Led by a series of videos created by Ray Rose and produced by Tom Chillemi, the Sentinel captured six awards for news entries and six for its advertising entries in competition with similar size papers throughout the state.

Among news entries, Rose and Chillemi took first in the slideshow or gallery category with “2017: A Year in Review,” and first in the multimedia report category with “A Single Mother Struggles,” a video and print report on efforts to help an osprey family when the male bird disappeared.

Another first-place award went to Chillemi for his pictorial photo entry titled “The Cloud.” It pictured the top of the Robert O. Norris Jr. Bridge across the Rappahannock River disappearing into massive storm clouds.

Video reports by Rose and Chillemi won second for last year’s Easter egg hunt at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and third for the 2018 carnival at the Deltaville Branch of the Middlesex Public Library.

In the special sections or special editions category, last year’s Wings, Wheels & Keels supplement in the Sentinel won third place honors. The section also appears in the Rappahannock Record in Kilmarnock in connection with the annual show at Hummel Field in Topping featuring classic planes, cars and boats. Tom Chillemi creates much of the content for the publication and Susan Simmons designs the layout.

Among the advertising awards, Rose and Chillemi combined in the digital advertising category to win first for a Middlesex Mardi Gras video sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Middlesex and third for a Pet Contest announcement sponsored by The Allen Group.

Second place honors went to advertising manager Cary Mizelle and graphic artist Joe Gaskins in the fashion and personal care category for an ad for Cyndy’s Bynn. Ad sales representative Gloria Abbott, Gaskins and Rose also took second in the category of multiple advertisers and themed pages for an ad featuring real estate listings from multiple local agents.

The Sentinel staff won third in the special sections category for the 2018 Urbanna Oyster Festival supplement that appears prior to the event each year. 

The Rivah Visitor’s Guide, jointly produced by the Sentinel and the Record, won a third-place award in the news contest for a croquet photo entered by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi in the sports news category. 

In the advertising contest, The Rivah Visitor’s Guide won second in the education and churches category for a Steamboat Era Museum ad entered by ad sales representative Marilyn Bryant and graphic artist Stephanie Feria, and third in the real estate category for an ad created by Bryant and Feria for The James Company.

The Sentinel’s winning videos can be viewed on the right panel of the website.

posted 04.10.2019

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