Jon Pelletier named Journalist of the Year
VVN takes awards at WNI seminar
Jon Pelletier, staff photographer for Verde Valley Newspapers, Inc., was named Journalist of the Year among non-daily newspapers at the Western News&Info, Inc., Editorial Seminar Sept. 30 in Prescott Valley.
Pelletier has been with VVN for three years.
"It was a great honor to be named Journalist of the Year," Pelletier said. "It came as a great surprise, especially since I didn't think a photographer could win it."
"Jon Pelletier clearly cares about the visual presentation of our newspapers and web sites and how we use our photography to tell a story. His work is worth thousands of words in describing his professionalism," said VVN CEO/Publisher Pam Miller.
Also at the seminar, Pelletier received first place in news photography for work that included the crash of a hot air balloon at a Cottonwood air show. He took second place in sports photography and in videos.
VVN reporter Jon Hutchinson earned first place in Excellence in Writing, a category swept by VVN. Hutchinson was second in news photography.
Reporter Steve Ayers placed first in enterprise writing for the sixth year and also took first in sports writing. He won the feature-writing category and was third in Excellence in Writing.
Sports reporter Sean Morris placed first in page design for his layout work on sports pages for the Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle. Raquel Hendrickson, managing editor of the Camp Verde Bugle, placed second in Excellence in Writing. The newspaper also won first place in opinion and column writing.