Review-Journal wins general excellence award from Nevada Press Association

The Las Vegas Review-Journal won the general excellence award, journalist of merit, story of the year and 21 other first-place awards Saturday at the annual Nevada Press Association Better Newspaper Contest banquet in Carson City.

The Review-Journal brought home 53 awards, the most in the urban daily category, and, combined with its sister publications, was recognized with 103 first-, second- and third-place NPA awards. This year’s contest was judged by the Utah Press Association.

Judges for the general excellence category, which recognizes the best newspaper in the state, called the Review-Journal “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.”

Review-Journal Editor in Chief Keith Moyer said he was pleased to receive this recognition from others in the newspaper industry.

“We’re excited and grateful to have won the NPA general excellence award for urban dailies,” Moyer said. “We’ve worked assiduously over the past year to make the RJ better in every respect. As Nevada’s largest media entity, our news staff believes it is our duty to constantly get better. This award tells us we are doing so. And, of course, we are happy for, and proud of, the Review-Journal’s numerous individual winners as well.”

One of the major NPA awards was presented to Eli Segall, the paper’s real estate reporter, who was recognized for story of the year and best business feature story. Segall’s coverage of squatters targeting vacant Las Vegas homes was commended by the judges.

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

Rachel Crosby, state courts reporter, was awarded first place in best breaking news reporting and named journalist of merit, which recognizes reporters with fewer than five years of experience.

“Very engaging writing style,” judges said of Crosby’s work. “Sourcing is comprehensive and well balanced.”

Review-Journal photographer Benjamin Hager won three first-place awards: best news photo coverage, best illustrated photo and best sports photo.

Hager shot a photo of a soldier surprising his son with a homecoming, which the judges called a “magical, emotional moment.” Judges called his photo story on the Wasteland Weekend four-day, post-apocalyptic festival in the Mojave desert “an attention-getter.”

Among the other NPA award winners is Review-Journal columnist and education reporter Amelia Pak-Harvey, who won first place for best local column. Henderson reporter Sandy Lopez was awarded first place in explanatory journalism, and higher education reporter Natalie Bruzda won first place for best feature writing.

Movie and TV critic Christopher Lawrence took home first place for best entertainment and best critical writing; editorial page editor John Kerr was commended for best editorial writing; business reporter Wade Millward took first for best business spot news story; and hockey writer Steve Carp was awarded best sports spot news story.

Photographer Chase Stevens was recognized for best feature photo, and videographer Michael Quine took home first place for best digital storytelling.

The paper also won first for its special editorial section “Hockey is here” about the new Las Vegas Golden Knights team, recognizing the sports team of Steve Carp, Ron Kantowski, Todd Dewey, Matt Youmans, Bill Bradley and Allen Leiker.

John Glionna, a regular contributor to the Review-Journal, won first place for best nonstaff story.

The Review-Journal’s advertising staff also won several awards, including best print ad, by Rhodora Santiago and Angela Johnson; best online ad, by Santiago; best in-house promotion, by Johnson, Santiago and David Sly; and best niche magazine, by Jorge Betancourt, Johnson, Santiago and Sly.

The Review-Journal’s sister publications also took home 50 awards Saturday. Those newspapers include the Boulder City Review, Luxury Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Business Press, View Neighborhood News, the Pahrump Valley Times and the Tonopah Times-Bonanza.

Contact Briana Erickson at berickson@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5244. Follow @brianarerick on Twitter.

ad-high_impact_4
Local
Underground home was built as Cold War-era hideaway
The underground house at 3970 Spencer Street is one of the valley’s most unusual homes built 26 feet underground in 1978 by Girard “Jerry” B. Henderson, who, planned to survive the end of the world there.
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours takes you where the locals go
Donald Contursi talks about Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, which offers walking tours of restaurants on and off Las Vegas Boulevard with food samples and tidbits of history about the places they visit.
Bump stock manufacturers under fire
The Justice Department said last month that it had started the process to amend federal firearms regulations to clarify that federal law defines bump stocks as machine guns.
Art Bell’s Top 10 Shows
A selection of radio host Art Bell’s most popular shows.
Longtime Las Vegas attorney John Momot dies at age 74
Criminal defense attorney John Momot, who represented mob figures and even played himself in the movie “Casino,” has died.
David Copperfield in court after man injured during magic trick
The attorney for a British man who is suing illusionist David Copperfield said his client suffered serious injuries after being called on stage during Copperfield's show at MGM Grand.
5 things connecting Las Vegas and Marilyn Monroe
1. Marilyn Monroe, known then as Norma Jeane, obtained her first divorce in Las Vegas at the age of 20 on September 13, 1946. 2. According to some biographers, Monroe lived at 604 S. 3rd Street for four months during the summer of 1946. The house has since been torn down and is now the site of a parking lot. 3. In 1954, Monroe almost married Joe DiMaggio in Las Vegas but the wedding was called off last minute. The wedding was to be held at the Hotel El Rancho Vegas which was located on the southwest corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard. 4. Las Vegas has at least one road dedicated to the star. Marilyn Monroe Avenue is located in east Las Vegas and intersects with Betty Davis Street and Cary Grant Court. 5. There are currently more than 20 Marilyn Monroe impersonators for hire in the Las Vegas Valley.
Sir Richard Branson announces purchase of Hard Rock Hotel
Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, has acquired the Hard Rock Hotel with partners and plans to turn it into a Virgin-branded property by the end of 2019.
3 Centennial High School students killed in Calif. crash (Full)
Three Centennial High School students were killed Thursday morning in Southern California when their vehicle was struck by a suspected drunken driver while they were enjoying their spring break, according to a family member of one of the victims.
Retail Restroom Sexual Assault Suspect
Las Vegas police are asking for help finding a man they said groped a woman in a south Las Vegas Valley restroom. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Calvary Christian Learning Academy, “There was no fair warning.”
Samantha O’Brien, whose three-year-old daughter attended the Calvary Christian Learning Academy daycare, found out Monday night when her daughter’s teacher called about the school closing.
Mojave Max at Springs Preserve
File footage of Mojave Max at Springs Preserve. (Springs Preserve)
Companies bet their futures on cryptocurrency
Two Las Vegas entrepreneurs talk about finding their niche in blockchain enabled technologies and digital currency.
Solar panels reduce energy bill for CCSD
Wilbur and Theresa Faiss Middle School is one of 42 CCSD schools with solar panel installations, saving approximately $514,000 per year in energy costs.
Red carpet at MGM for Dan Reynolds Believer screening
Kats on the red carpet for the VIP screening of "Believer," the documentary by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds about how the Mormon Church treats its LGBTQ members.
Driver dies in single-vehicle crash
One person is dead after an early Wednesday morning crash in the northwest valley. The single-vehicle crash was called in about 1:35 a.m. on Jones Boulevard just north of Deer Springs Way, according to Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Robert Stauffer. The driver, who was the only person inside the vehicle, died at the scene.
Uber Health to Improve Patient Ride-Hailing Services
Uber Health to Improve Patient Ride-Hailing Services On Thursday, Uber launched its Uber Health platform for healthcare providers. Medical facilities, rehab centers, clinics and hospitals can book rides for patients from a centralized dashboard – no app required. According to Techcrunch, Uber Health general manager Chris Weber noted some 3.6 million Americans miss appointments due to lack access to reliable transportation. Uber’s endeavors into health care trace back to 2014, when Uber first offered on-demand flu shots in large markets across the U.S. Since then there have been similar efforts throughout the world, from diabetes and thyroid testing in India, to subsidized rides for breast cancer screening in the U.S., to many more. Last summer, over 100 healthcare organizations joined the platform during a private beta. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Events
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like