ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Here's a list of top awards in the 2013 Nevada Press Association "Better Newspaper Contest," announced Saturday at the association's annual convention:
First Place: Class I (urban daily newspapers with circulation of 15,000 or more) - Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Judges' comments: "'Comprehensive' would be an understatement. LVRJ leaves readers with the ultimate catch-22 in this digital journalism age: 'Do I have enough time to read every single page of this publication.' At any rate, local coverage above the fold, references to a bevy of online coverage, and an action-packed Sunday edition give LVRJ the edge here. Solid product."
First Place: Class II (intermediate newspapers printed more than once a week with circulation of less than 15,000) - The Record-Courier (Gardnerville).
Judges' comments: "Well-designed, something for every reader. Page heads are simple but enough. Nice flow. Looks like you have an active letters to the editor section, indicating good engagement. Effective use of photos throughout. Great classified section and good ad count! Well done."
First Place: Class III (community newspapers printed weekly with a circulation of less than 10,000) - Vegas Inc..
Judges' comments: "Very professional looking and well-packaged product. Congratulations on a job well done."
First Place: Class IV (urban weekly newspapers printed weekly with a circulation of 10,000 or more) - Las Vegas Weekly.
First Place: Magazines - Nevada Magazine (Carson City).
Judges' comments: "Interesting/intriguing visuals and content throughout invites user to engage and keeps them turning the page."
Second Place: Class I - Reno Gazette-Journal; Class II - Nevada Appeal (Carson City); Class III - Comstock Chronicle (Virginia City); Class IV - View Neighborhood Newspapers (Las Vegas); Magazines - Las Vegas Magazine.
Third Place: Class I - Las Vegas Sun; Class II - Lahontan Valley News (Fallon); Class III - Boulder City Review; Class IV - Vegas Seven; Magazines - Reno Magazine.
Class I - Anjeanette Damon, Las Vegas Sun.
Judges' comments: "Tax law? Yawn? Not so fast. Damon's ability to dive into the Apple tax-breaks saga (seemingly long before national outlets like the New York Times were able to do the same) shows obvious gumption and willingness to go after a story of local and widespread importance. But to do so - with plenty of background and detail - practically on deadline is truly impressive. Switching gears, Damon's coverage of Nevada's jump to 'presidential swing state' status does what it would seem every newsroom would want from the national story of all national stories: a local angle. Damon jumps on this angle on election night itself, to boot. 'Line of Attack' (essentially an election truth-meter) is well constructed and shows not only range, but fearlessness. Well done all around."
Class II - Caley Cook, Elko Daily Free Press.
Judges' comments: "Her experience and background are impressive, but the proof was in the stories. Thorough and engaging, they tackled topics worthy of the effort."
Class III - Jack Johnson, Boulder City Review.
Judges' comments: "Tough category to judge, as the entrants were quite different, but Johnson's work was solid, varied and at times outstanding."
Class IV - John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Weekly.
Judges' comments: "Hard work on a fun beat — an outstanding combination."
Magazines - Carolyn Dufurrena, RANGE magazine.
Judges' comments: "Outstanding writing and a committed, personal involvement in many of the issues about which she writes."
Outstanding Visual Journalist:
Class I - David Stroud, Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Judges' comments: "Really terrific illustrations and graphics — and especially impressive output for a daily."
Magazines - Mark Hayward, RANGE magazine.
Judges' comments: "Of all the outstanding images in this category, he had the most that made me say 'Wow.' Beautiful work."
Story of the Year - Martha Bellisle, Reno Gazette-Journal. "ATF rift"
Judges' comments: "The ongoing ATF rift investigation by the Reno Gazette-Journal is Nevada's Story of the Year — important, dogged work about a clear risk to public safety due to official shenanigans. The investigation got dramatic results, including members of Congress calling for intervention into the feud between the ATF agents and the U.S. Attorney's Office, a Department of Justice investigation and an outside review of the gun cases that weren't prosecuted. In the end, guns were taken off the streets due to the newspaper's work."
Photo of the Year - Jeff Scheid, Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Training for a future D-Day"
Judges' comments: "Great photo — from lighting to composition. Tough to get (and possibly tough on your camera!) Top notch!"
Editorial of the Year - Dennis Myers, Reno News & Review. "End thought crimes in Nevada"
Ad of the Year - Sean Rademacher, Las Vegas Weekly. "Newcastle Werewolf Ale"
Judges' comments: "Beautiful concept and slick execution. Well done!"
Best Editorial Cartoon - Mike Smith, Las Vegas Sun. "What's Their Excuse?"
Judges' comments: "Anyone who has felt the stinging bite of a tiny sugar ant can relate it to Smith's cartoons, exemplified by this one in particular. There's something 'homey' and innocent about his cartoons, yet they deliver a clean powerful punch."
Silver Star Award - Carol Mott, Elko Daily Free Press.
From the nomination: "Her coworkers have referred to her as the glue that keeps the paper together. To many, Carol Mott is the Elko Daily Free Press."
Journalist of Merit
Class I - Mike Blasky, Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Judges' comments: "Blasky handles the public safety beat with firm, yet delicate certainty. Obviously a capable, seasoned pro just a few short years into his career. Well done."
Class II - Matt Unrau, Elko Daily Free Press.
Judges' comments: "Great features; the personalities shine through in Matt's writing. Some important topics are covered as well, with thoughtful comments and great quotes included in each article. Easy to read; though long, I didn't want to give up on them. Very complete."
Class IV - Andrea Domanick, Las Vegas Weekly.
First Amendment Champion — Assemblyman John Ellison, R-Elko. Ellison has proven to be a staunch defender of free-speech, free-press and open-government issues in both his hometown and the Nevada Legislature.
Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame inductee — John Cahlan, editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal from 1929 to 1961. He started in the newspaper business by hawking copies on street corners as a boy and rose to become editor of the two of the state's largest and oldest newspapers. Born in 1905 and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, he was editor of the State Journal Register before moving to Las Vegas. His brother, Al, and wife, Florence Jones, already are members of the Hall of Fame.
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