DN-R Staffers Receive Awards At Annual Press Banquet

Rose Also Recognized In Annual Compilation

Posted: April 7, 2014

HARRISONBURG — Two staff members of the Daily News-Record were recognized for their work at the Virginia Press Association’s annual awards banquet Saturday in Richmond.

The DN-R competed in the midsize daily division.

Editorial page cartoonist John Rose won second and third place in the illustrations category.

His second-place cartoon depicts characters from the hit Disney movies “Monsters Inc.” and “Despicable Me” as representatives of the National Security Agency and Internal Revenue Service, respectively.

“They’ve got their eye on you,” the caption warns as the two characters, which are Cyclopes, stare menacingly at the reader.

His third-place cartoon is titled “Reinventing the wheel” and takes aim at President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Nikki Fox, DN-R photography editor, won second place in the breaking news photo category for a picture of a fire at a greenhouse.

Annual Collection

Rose was also recognized in an annual collection of the best cartoons in the country.

Three of Rose’s drawings are featured in the 2014 edition of “Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year,” published by Penguin Publishing Co., including the one that earned him second place in the VPA awards.

Another of the cartoons in the book features the year 2013 — depicted by an old man carrying a scythe and wearing a sash with the year written out on it. The man says, “I’m out,” as he passes a man in camouflage gear carrying a shotgun.

The man with the gun, representing “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson, says, “I’m back in.”

A newspaper in the frame bears the headline “A&E reinstates ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson.”

“Duck Dynasty” is the A&E cable network’s hit show about a family who operates a duck call fabrication business.

Robertson was suspended from the show after making controversial comments about homosexuality. But after viewers responded with a flood of criticism over the move, the network backpedaled and eventually reinstated him.

Passing The Torch

The third Rose cartoon featured in the book depicts talk show host Conan O’Brien warning fellow late-night comic Jimmy Fallon, now the host of “The Tonight Show,” not to get burned as former “The Tonight Show” host Jay Leno passes the torch to Fallon.

NBC, which airs the “The Tonight Show,” caused an uproar in 2010 when it hired O’Brien to replace Leno as the show’s host, but later recanted on the deal, giving Leno his old job back after his O’Brien’s program foundered.

Contact Jeremy Hunt at 574-6273 or jhunt@dnronline.com

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