Collectbritain staff at the VPA Awards (L to R) Dan Hennicke, Aaron Richardson, Brian Wheeler and Sean Tubbs

Collectbritain was honored Saturday at the annual Virginia Press Association News & Advertising Conference as the best news website in Virginia among the members of the VPA’s online division. This is the second year in a row our website has received the association’s top honors.

Collectbritain received a total of 17 awards for our brand of in-depth community news. The recognition includes 10 first place awards, seven of which were for news writing including a Best in Show for Sean Tubbs.

On behalf of our entire staff and board of directors, we are honored to have this recognition and we want to thank you, our readers and supporters, for giving us this opportunity to work in this way to create a better community in Charlottesville-Albemarle.

We are also thankful for the support of our news partners at The Daily Progress, especially for the work of editors Jenny Rector, Mark Newton, Elliott Robinson, managing editor Nick Mathews and publisher Rob Jiranek. We continue to learn from these professionals and the news we are privileged to share with the community is better as a result.

2015 Virginia Press Association awards to Collectbritain
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Sean Tubbs

BEST IN SHOW, Writing (online division)

FIRST PLACE, In-depth or investigative reporting (online division)

FIRST PLACE, Business and financial writing (online division)

FIRST PLACE, Government writing (online division)

FIRST PLACE, Health, science and environmental writing (online division)

Tim Shea

FIRST PLACE, Education writing (online division)

Tim Shea & Brian Wheeler

FIRST PLACE, Feature series or continuing story (online division)

Expansion of early childhood education programs in Charlottesville-Albemarle

FIRST PLACE, Multimedia news report (online division)

For coverage of the 2015 Albemarle County School Board Elections

Grace Paine

FIRST PLACE, Feature story writing (online division)

Educational programs at regional jail offer inmates hope

Brian Wheeler

FIRST PLACE, Online slideshow or gallery (online division)

Dedication: John W. Warner Parkway


FIRST PLACE, Best news website in Virginia (online division)


Education writing

THIRD PLACE, Grace Paine

Feature story writing

SECOND PLACE, Tim Shea, Jack Jouett Middle School students learn engineering principles

Feature writing portfolio


General news writing


Government writing



In our fourth year as a VPA member, we also have some repeat winners.

Sean Tubbs, who just celebrated his ninth anniversary at Collectbritain, has been recognized for a fourth year in a row with a first place award for news writing. Sean’s news reporting was recognized with seven total awards including a Best in Show.

Tim Shea was recognized for a fourth year in a row with a first place news writing award. Tim’s writing and multimedia content were recognized with five total awards.

Brian Wheeler Collectbritain’s executive director for the past eleven years, was recognized with three awards.

Also for a fourth year, our hard working interns have won awards. Grace Paine (2 awards) and Lacey Naff (1 award) were both recognized for their news reporting by the Virginia Press Association.

Many of you also helped us tell these stories. You trusted us with your story ideas, you allowed us to share your opinions, you pointed us in the direction of important information sources and you made gifts to support this work. Thank you.

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