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Style Weekly Wins Top Honors in Statewide Competition

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A Style Weekly story on how the Harvey family tragedy affected Richmond and photos of Latinos in Sunday worship (pictured) earned two best-in-show awards for writing and photography in the Virginia Press Association's annual journalism competition.

Judges selected that work for top honors among all first-place winners in the newspaper's division. Overall, Style earned 28 awards -- 10 of them first-place -- and received the most points in its division for writing, presentation and multimedia journalism.

News Editor Scott Bass wrote about the community response to the homicides of the Harvey family, who were named Style's 2006 Richmonders of the Year. Judges wrote that the article offered "delicate treatment the topic warrants, but didn't avoid the painful truths," and called the story "a great public service."

The work of photographer Scott Elmquist was part of a cover story Aug. 29 on the rise of Hispanic churches in the region and the role they play in the region's growing Hispanic community amid the immigration debate. "The photographer was ready to capture spontaneous energy and emotion, and did, marvelously," judges wrote.

The awards, recognizing the best in writing, photography, artwork and news presentation across the state, were handed out March 15 in Roanoke.

Style swept the combination picture-and-story category, which recognizes how writing, photography and presentation work together to tell a story.

Other first-place awards included Ed Harrington's "HR Department" for editorial cartoon; Chris Dovi's education reporting and feature writing; Ash Daniel's photograph of Sen. Barack Obama; Mark Jeffries' design in Home Style; the overall work of the Arts & Culture, Night & Day and Food & Drink sections; and multimedia reporting that bridges print journalism with online, television and radio outlets.

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