Las Vegas Review-Journal staffers took eight awards, including two first-place and two second-place finishes, in the 2012 California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspapers Contest.
The awards, presented at a luncheon Friday in Los Angeles, were for:
■ Best sports story: Ron Kantowski, for “Half the size, twice the violence,” a column about Extreme Midget Wrestling.
■ Best editorial comment: Glenn Cook, writing about pension reform.
■ Best news photo, second place: Jessica Ebelhar, for “Afghanistan Bound, A ride too short, a parting too long,” a photo of a departing Nevada National Guard soldier and his son.
■ Best photo essay, second place: Jeff Scheid, for “Chaparral football player has challenge,” a series of photographs of high school football standout James “Bubba” Dukes.
Certificates of Achievement were awarded in the following categories:
■ Coverage of the environment: Laura Myers and John Locher.
■ Coverage of education: Trevon Millard.
■ Special section: Jennifer Robison and Jeff Scheid.
■ Best front page: Review-Journal staff.
The contest covered material published between Nov. 1, 2011, through Nov. 7, 2012. The Review-Journal competes in the association’s Division A, for newspapers of more than 150,000 daily circulation, against the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Sacramento Bee and UT San Diego.