Lifetime Achievement Award

From time to time, the Virginia Press Association recognizes exceptional individual contributions to the newspaper industry by presenting an individual with the VPA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominees are evaluated on the following criteria: 

  • Virginia Press Association service;
  • years of employment and service in the newspaper industry; 
  • the type of work nominees have done;
  • any special projects in which they have participated; and 
  • community service and other personal achievements. 

Nominations shall include:

  • the name, address, telephone number and email address of nominee and nominator;
  • a letter of nomination not to exceed two pages, with a rationale for the nomination;
  • a curriculum vita of the nominee; and
  • up to five letters of support, not to exceed two pages each, providing additional evidence in support of the nomination. The number of letters of support received for a nominee shall not be a determining factor in the selection process; rather, the evidence of the person's accomplishments shall be the factor considered.

Nominations should be emailed to Janet Madison at janetm@vpa.net or mailed to Virginia Press Association, 11529 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059.

Nominations for persons not selected for the award in any given year may be reconsidered in subsequent years provided the person still meets the award criteria above.

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS IS JANUARY 29, 2016.

Other Awards Resources

VPA First Amendment Award

The Virginia Press Association First Amendment Award, first presented in 2007, is given to journalists, newspapers or citizens who, in an extraordinary way, seek to advance, defend or preserve the First Amendment.

The criteria is broad. It would include those who challenge closed government, closed courtrooms, access to information or threats to press freedom, such as search warrants and subpoenas. It could recognize extraordinary educational efforts, including First Amendment training, and efforts to change or strengthen laws pertaining to the First Amendment.

Golden 50 Club

The VPA Golden 50 Club is an "honor roll" of individuals who have spent a minimum of 50 years in the newspaper industry. Nominations are solicited from among the membership, and those honorees (and guests) are invited to attend the induction ceremony during the VPA's annual Advertising and News Conference. 

Outstanding Young Journalist Award

Virginia Press Association seeks to recognize exceptional young journalists in Virginia by presenting the VPA Outstanding Young Journalist Award.

Winners of this award will have demonstrated excellence in the field of journalism and maintained high standards of quality and ethics. The award aims to reinforce the importance of a journalist’s role by recognizing and nurturing talent to promote quality journalism.

Outstanding Journalist Award

Virginia Press Association seeks to recognize exceptional journalists in Virginia by presenting the VPA Outstanding Journalist Award.

Winners of this award will have demonstrated excellence in the field of journalism and maintained high standards of quality and ethics. The award aims to reinforce the importance of a journalist’s role by recognizing and nurturing talent to promote quality journalism.

Outstanding Young Sales Professional of the Year

The VPA Outstanding Young Sales Professional of the Year Award allows you to celebrate the qualities, traits and skills that are a part of your best sales professional team member. The winners will be considered role models whose qualities have led to great success in the newspaper/online advertising profession. It’s a great way to recognize a shining star!

Outstanding Sales Professional of the Year

The VPA Outstanding Sales Professional of the Year Award allows you to celebrate the qualities, traits and skills that are a part of your best sales professional team member.