VVN wins 10 newspaper awards

Verde Valley Newspapers received 10 awards at the annual Western News&Info Editorial Seminar on Oct. 3.

In the company's non-daily division, first place in the video competition went to staff reporter Jon Hutchinson for his video on Alpaca Zac. The newspaper also won a first-place award for headline writing.

Staff reporter Bill Helm took first place in two photography categories. His photos of The Bee Whisperer, Foreigner at the Stargazer Pavilion and Vietnam veterans at Fort Verde won in feature photography. His photos at last year's Bull Bash, old guys playing softball and Scout Camp won in sports photography.

Managing editor Raquel Hendrickson took first place in opinion writing with columns on the March on Washington, the Beaver Creek rock schoolhouse and Father's Day.

She also took second place in page design and feature writing.

Staff reporter Yvonne Gonzalez took third place in enterprise writing for her series on broadband in the Verde Valley.

The newspaper won a third-place award in sports writing and another third in opinion writing for columns on the Cottonwood logo debate, Rick Renzi and an annexation plan.

Based in Yuma, Western News&Info Inc. is a family-owned media company owning newspapers in Arizona and California. Verde Valley Newspapers is comprised of the Verde Independent in Cottonwood, the Bugle in Camp Verde, Kudos in Sedona and The Villager in the Village of Oak Creek, as well as the Ad-King.

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