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WDN takes top press awards

The Washington Daily News was recognized as the top newspaper of its size in the North Carolina Press Association’s annual newspaper contest.

NCPA members were honored during the 148th annual convention held virtually due to Covid-19 protocols and made available to NCPA members Feb. 26.

The Washington Daily News won first place for Overall General Excellence in Division D. The newspaper also won first place in General Excellence for Newspaper Websites.

The Washington Daily News won six individual awards: two third place, one second place, and three first place honors in editorial categories.

Designer Elizabeth Reed won third place awards for Best Photo Page or Essay and Best Use of Photographs.

The Washington Daily News won first place awards for Best Magazine or Niche Publication for Washington the Magazine, Best Special Section for Profile 2020, and Best Email Newsletter. The newspaper won a second place award for Best Editorial Page.

“We are honored to again be recognized among the top newspapers in the state,” said publisher Ashley Vansant. “The staff of Washington Daily News works hard to provide the best news products possible. Our community deserves no less.”

The Washington Daily News was last recognized as the first place General Excellence winner in 2016.

NCPA’s editorial and advertising contest is one of the largest in the nation with over 4,000 entries submitted by more than 100 newspapers and news organizations.