Oyster Pointer sweeps awards

Accepting awards, clockwise from top left, are: Beth Moore, Moore, Candella & Associates, CPAs; Timothy A. Queen, MD, Advanced ENT & Allergy; Jonathan Konicki, Virginia Living Museum; Virginia Staley, Habitat Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg; John Kennedy, Art Newsome, Inc.; and Laurie Grant, Pariser Dermatology Specialists.

Oyster Pointer swept a national newspaper awards competition, bringing home eight awards and lots of compliments from publishers of newspapers in neighboring states.

Now in its 35th year of covering business in and around Oyster Point, Oyster Pointer was recognized by the Association of Community Publishers (ACP) at its 2022 “Best of the Best” Annual Publication Awards presentation. 

ACP presented Oyster Pointer with a first place for a single advertisement-large space for Moore, Candella & Associates, CPAs; a first place for best ad series for Advanced ENT & Allergy; and a first place for best original writing for Virginia Living Museum story about Freckles, the lobster.

The paper also received awards in the following categories:

  • Community Service Feature about five Peninsula Rotary Clubs building and funding a Habitat for Humanity house, written by Kelli Caplan
  • Creative Headline/Ad Copy for Advanced ENT & Allergy
  • Creative Headline/Ad Copy for Art Newsome, Incorporated
  • Self Promotion for Oyster Pointer
  • Medical, Health and Wellness ad for Pariser Dermatology

According to Douglas Fry, executive director of ACP, more than 1,000 entries were submitted in more than 100 different publishing categories. The graphics and editorial judging was performed by two teams in Nashville, Tennessee. The teams represented a broad spectrum of publishing, graphics, printing and journalism backgrounds and experience from around the country. 

“We are very excited that the work of Oyster Pointer has been recognized by such a well-respected association,” says Sylvia Weinstein Craft, Oyster Pointer publisher. “We feel this is a great compliment to the paper.” 

Craft acknowledges the ongoing support of the paper’s advertisers who make these awards possible, saying, “Oyster Pointer is only as strong as the advertisers who support it and to them, we express our sincere thanks.” 

She recognizes the success of the paper goes to her outstanding team, which includes Kelli Caplan, associate editor; Brian DePrinzio, business manager; Sara and Stewart Sanders, of SHS Design, responsible for graphics, layout and design; and the many talented writers, columnists and photographers. 

“We are extremely happy with the recognition of our paper,” Craft says. “We work hard to produce a quality publication. We are grateful that our paper is looked upon as a ‘good news’ source. We thrive on incorporating the many different businesses and subjects on our pages and we are proud to be recognized by peers for our efforts.”