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From the WVPress legislative breakfast

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Journalists and lawmakers gathered for coffee, eggs and ideas in Charleston. West Virginia lawmakers — and some lobbyists — talked about the issues that are making headlines during this legislative session.

And there are lots of issues — prevailing wage, right to work, energy portfolio and on and on.

Here are some samples of what was said. (And forgive my pinhead video; I wasn’t quite as close up as would have been optimal.)

Great shot by Tom Hindman, great honors for Charley West

Monday, August 11, 2014

Great shooting by Charleston Daily Mail photographer Tom Hindman, who was honored with the West Virginia Press Association’s Photo of the Year award.

scoutsThe photo was one Tom shot during last summer’s Boy Scout Jamboree in Fayette County, WV. It showed a sea of scouts standing at attention. It was a grabber for us at the time — we played it big on the front page. And the West Virginia Better Newspaper Contest judges (who are journalists from another state) liked it too.

The thing is, this isn’t Tom’s first time being honored for great shots.


Yep, it was Tom’s third straight year to win the Photo of the Year award.

Brilliance, plus consistency.

That photo also placed first in the news feature photo category. Hindman also won best sports photo and placed third for best news photo.

Other Daily Mail staffers did well too. The Charleston Daily Mail was awarded with “General Excellence” for racking up the most points among West Virginia newspapers its size for stories, photos, headlines and designs.

The Daily Mail’s edition marking the state’s 150th birthday was recognized for best single issue.

Daily Mail Editor and Publisher Brad McElhinny won best columnist. Neediest Cases, the newspaper’s annual effort to help those in need during the Christmas season, placed first for service to the community.

In all, the newspaper won 26 awards. The other awards were:

• For Best Lifestyle Columnist, “Chickens in the Road” writer Suzanne McMinn placed first and “Ask the Vet” Allison Dascoli placed second.

• Former Life Editor Monica Orosz placed third for Best Lifestyle Page.

• Former staff writer Candace Nelson placed third for best written news story.

• The staff received second place for best headline, third place for best special sports section, second place for best sports page, and first and second place for best front page.

• Graphic artist Kevin Cade received second and third place for best cartoon or drawing.

• Orosz won second place for best lifestyle feature writing.

• Writers Matt Murphy and Dave Boucher placed third for governmental reporting.

• Business Editor Jared Hunt won third place for coverage of business and labor.

• Photographer Craig Cunningham won second place for feature photography.

• Opinion Editor Kelly Merritt won third place for best editorial page.

• Former editor and publisher Nanya Friend won second place for best columnist.

• Managing Editor Philip Maramba won second place for best newspaper design.

Congrats to everyone for another year of great work.

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Water, WVPress and WV legislators

Thursday, February 6, 2014

West Virginia legislators and members of the West Virginia Press Association get together every year to talk about public issues. Perhaps unsurprisingly the big topic this year was the local water supply, which thousands of people don’t trust after a chemical leak tainted it more than a month ago.

Congratulations to Tom Hindman, Ashley B. Craig and the Daily Mail staff

Monday, August 12, 2013

As an editor guy, I’m usually happy these days when other people succeed.

That means I was really happy this past weekend at the West Virginia Press Association’s annual convention, where Daily Mail staffers were honored.

Especially notable was photographer Tom Hindman, who took home a whole stack of awards, including one for photo of the year.

Tom’s award was for this photo of a great big moon with an airplane flying across. Tom said his wife, Diann, told him to take out the trash — and when he noticed how striking the moon looked he stayed outside for two hours until the airplane flew by and he got this shot.

Tom also won the Best Feature Photograph category for that shot. He also won second place for Best News Photography and for Best Photo Essay. And Tom won another third-place award in the Best Feature Photograph category. Go Tom!

Ashley B. Craig

Ashley B. Craig

I was also really happy for crime reporter Ashley B. Craig, who won first and second place in “Best News Feature” plus first place in Legal Issues/Courts. From an editor’s point of view, Ashley is a great big miracle because she just walked into our newsroom one day a few years ago, hoping for a chance to write some stories and wrap up her college degree. We gave her a chance and she was pretty good — so good that she earned herself a job and is now one of our best, most reliable reporters.

The Daily Mail actually swept the Best News Feature category. Ashley took first and second place with “Memorial to troopers grows” and “Family revives toddler who fell in pond.” Reporter Zack Harold won third place with “Rescued pooch gets new home, Arlington neighbor gets dog.”

Ashley B. Craig also won first place for Best Coverage of Legal Issues/Courts with “Boyfriend had long record of arrests.” Daily Mail courts reporter Cheryl Caswell won second place in the category with “Shawn Lester pleads guilty/ Plants fears for witness safety.”

In all, Daily Mail staffers were honored with nine first-place, 13 second-place awards and two third-place awards. The Daily Mail placed first in General Excellence among the state’s largest newspapers by amassing the largest point total in the contest categories.

Other first-place awards by Daily Mail staffers were:

Best Sports Section, sports editor Chuck McGill and his staff; Best Lifestyle Columnist, Philip Maramba; Best Business/Labor Coverage, Jared Hunt; Best Lifestyles Feature Writing, Dave Boucher; Best Sports Pages, McGill and his staff; and Reporting of Governmental Affairs, Zack Harold.

Other second place awards were:

Best News Headline, Ashlee Maddy; Best Front Page, Philip Maramba; Best Single Issue, staff for the Oct. 31, 2012 edition; Best Sports Section, Chuck McGill and his staff; Best Written News Story, Zack Harold and Jared Hunt; Best Sports Columnist, Mike Casazza; Best Lifestyle Columnist, The Food Guy, Steven Keith; Service to the Community, the Daily Mail’s Neediest Cases appeal; Best News Photography, Tom Hindman; Best Lifestyle Pages, Monica Orosz; Best Photo Essay, Hindman.

Congratulations to all the great journalists I work with.

And congratulations to other journalists doing great work elsewhere around West Virginia.