Oyster Pointer wins awards

Accepting awards, clockwise from top left, are: Laura Brown, Peninsula Council of Garden Clubs, with Anna Dorl, staff writer; Timothy A. Queen, MD, Advanced ENT & Allergy; Sally Hartman, left, and Eileen Varnson, Riverside Regional Medical Center; Laura Fisher, Port Warwick Foundation; and Veronica Weymouth, left, Hal Smith and Madison Owens, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula.

Oyster Pointer once again captured judges’ attention in a national newspaper awards competition, bringing home six awards and lots of compliments from publishers of newspapers in neighboring states.

Now beginning its 37th year of covering business in and around Oyster Point, Oyster Pointer was recognized by the Association of Community Publishers (ACP) at its 2022-23 “Best of the Best” Annual Publication Awards presentation. ACP represents publishers of community papers throughout North America, reaching millions of homes on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis.

ACP presented Oyster Pointer with a first place award for a community service feature, focusing on the outstanding work of the Peninsula Council of Garden Clubs, written by Anna Dorl, a Christopher Newport University graduate and Oyster Pointer staff writer. 

The paper also received awards in the following categories:

  • Top Banner displaying Oyster Pointer’s name
  • Creative Headline/Ad Copy for Advanced ENT & Allergy
  • Medical, Health and Wellness ad for Riverside Regional Medical Center
  • Events ad for Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival 
  • Black and White ad for Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula

According to Douglas Fry, executive director of ACP, more than 1,500 entries were submitted in more than 100 different publishing categories. The graphics and editorial judging was performed by two teams in Nashville, TN. 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 its 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 our peers for our efforts.” 

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Sara and Stewart Sanders have been Graphic Designers for the Oyster Pointer since 1993.