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.

Collectbritain received a total of 21 awards for our brand of in-depth community news. The recognition includes eight first place awards, five of which were for news writing. The awards include a Best in Show for Sean Tubbs, the news sweepstakes for best online publication in Virginia, and top honors for best news website for the third year in a row.

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, managing editor Wes Hester 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.

2016 Virginia Press Association awards to Collectbritain
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Sean Tubbs

BEST IN SHOW, Writing (online division)

FIRST PLACE, Feature Series or Continuing Story (online division)

Neighborhood defeats rezoning in century-old African-American community

FIRST PLACE, Feature Story Writing (online division)

Aaron Richardson

FIRST PLACE, Business & financial writing (online division)

FIRST PLACE, Online Slideshow (online division)

Josh Mandell & Brian Wheeler

FIRST PLACE, Multimedia news report (online division)

Local Food Hub awards celebrate Virginia agriculture

Josh Mandell

FIRST PLACE, Education writing (online division)

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


FIRST PLACE, Best news website in Virginia (online division)
THIRD YEAR IN A ROW! (2014-2016)


General news writing

SECOND PLACE, Aaron Richardson, Noah Zeidman & Sean Tubbs, Albemarle County voters pass first bond referendum in 42 years

THIRD PLACE, Sean Tubbs, Albemarle Co. proposes pulling its courts and the county seat out of city

Government Writing


Business and financial writing

THIRD PLACE, Noah Zeidman

Health, science and environmental writing


Photography – General News Photo

SECOND PLACE, Lauren Kaminski

THIRD PLACE, Josh Mandell

Photography – Pictorial Photo

THIRD PLACE, Brian Wheeler

Multimedia – Online Slideshow

THIRD PLACE, Brian Wheeler, The 2016 Tom Tom Founders Festival in Pictures

Multimedia News Report

SECOND PLACE, Aaron Richardson & Dan Hennicke, Film students hone their skills and help a local nonprofit

THIRD PLACE, Josh Mandell, Tech Tour focuses on the next generation of technology

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

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

Brian Wheeler Collectbritain’s executive director for the past 12 years, was recognized with three awards.

Also for a fifth year, our hard working interns have won awards. Josh Mandell (5 awards – Josh is now our Education & Business Reporter), Noah Zeidman (2 awards) and Lauren Kaminski (1 award) were all recognized for their news reporting or photography 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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