- Associated Press - Saturday, September 30, 2017

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Here’s a list of some of the top awards in the 2017 Nevada Press Association “Better Newspaper Contest,” announced Saturday at the association’s annual convention:

General Excellence:

First Place: Urban Daily - Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Judges’ comments: “The Review-Journal is a top-flight paper with great reporting, excellent design and loads of local content. This paper can contend with some of the nation’s best.”

First Place: Intermediate - Elko Daily Free Press.

Judges’ comments: “This paper serves the community well with local news and good choices of wire copy. I loved the Pigskin Picks for high school sports.”

First Place: Community - Sparks Tribune.

First Place: Urban Weeklies - The Sunday Staff, The Sunday (Las Vegas).

Judges’ comments: “From cover to cover, this paper has it all: compelling stories, a strong layout and fantastic, error-free writing.”

First Place: Magazines - Staff, Reno Magazine.

Judges’ comments: “Great example of content, design and layout all working in harmony. Engaging and easy to navigate. Nice diversity in subject matter.”

Second Place: Urban Daily - Staff, Reno Gazette-Journal; Intermediate - Nevada Appeal (Carson City); Community - Mineral County Independent-News (Hawthorne); Urban Weeklies - Reno News & Review; Magazines - Megg Mueller, Jody Cory, Kippy Spilker, Eric Cachinero, Janet Geary, Adele Hoppe, Nevada Magazine (Carson City).

Third Place: Urban Daily - Las Vegas Sun Staff, Las Vegas Sun; Intermediate - Record-Courier staff, The Record-Courier (Gardnerville); Community - Boulder City Review; Urban Weeklies - Staff, Vegas Seven; Magazines - The staff of edible Reno-Tahoe, edible Reno-Tahoe.

Outstanding Journalist:

First Place: Urban Daily - Siobhan McAndrew, Reno Gazette-Journal.

Judges’ comments: “Siobhan’s impressive investigation of Reno schools was well-researched and well-written, spinning emotional stories, fact-focused reporting and universally relevant themes. Her other work - a story about a child petitioning a neighborhood for school police to be armed with nonlethal implements, and a story about a former Reno-area man who died after alleged involvement in a drug ring - is solid.”

First Place: Community & Intermediate - David Jacobs, Tonopah Times-Bonanza.

Judges’ comments: “Fine journalistic work in a town that needs it. The in-depth attention to local issues is greatly appreciated.”

Journalist of Merit:

First Place: Urban Daily - Rachel Crosby, Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Judges’ comments: “Very engaging writing style. Sourcing is comprehensive and well balanced.”

First Place: Intermediate - Sarah Drinkwine, The Record-Courier (Gardnerville).

First Place: Urban Weeklies - Chris Kudialis, The Sunday (Las Vegas),

Judges’ comments: “The most polished of the entries in this category.”

Outstanding Visual Journalist:

First Place: Urban Daily - Andy Barron, Reno Gazette-Journal.

Story of the Year:

Eli Segall, Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Sovereign citizen’ case reveals squatters targeting vacant Las Vegas homes”

Judges’ comments: “This engrossing story is a great example of deep reporting and good sourcing on a topic that’s outlandish but true to life. This story will stick with me.”

Editorial of the Year:

Thomas Mitchell, Ely Times. “Best editorial entry: A commutation suggestion”

Photo of the Year:

Jason Bean, Reno Gazette-Journal. “Black Lives Matter protester”

Judges’ comments: “This photo captures the emotion of the moment because the photographer was in the right place at the right time, then framed and cropped it perfectly to show the context and the conflict among the protesters.”

Freedom of the Press:

First Place: Urban Daily/Urban Weekly - RGJ staff, Reno Gazette-Journal.

First Place: Community /Intermediate - David Jacobs, Tonopah Times-Bonanza. “Shining light on hospital, public’s business”

First Place: Magazines - Dan Roberts, Rana Goodman, The Vegas Voice. “2 Articles - Defending The Vegas Voice/A Change of Position”

Judges’ comments: “The fervor to expose a major problem with guardianships led this seniors publication to take extraordinary steps - including overcoming attempts to silence it and exclude it from court hearings - to see that reforms were addressed. Good work.”

Second Place: Urban Daily/ Urban Weekly - Las Vegas Review-Journal; Community & Intermediate - Elko Daily freedom of Press; Magazines - C.J. Hadley, publisher/editor, John Bardwell, art director, & Staff, RANGE magazine (Carson City).

Third Place: Urban Daily/Urban Weekly - Natalie Bruzda, Las Vegas Review-Journal; Community/ Intermediate - Staff, The Record-Courier (Gardnerville).

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