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2017 contest results for Urban weekly newspapers

General Excellence

1. The Sunday Staff, The Sunday
From cover to cover, this paper has it all: compelling stories, a strong layout and fantastic, error-free writing.
2. Reno News & Review, Reno News & Review
This paper’s writers definitely write for a specific audience. Alternative news is a necessity, and this staff knows how to execute the genre well. This paper has a fun layout, and the introduction pieces are a great way to let readers know what to expect.
3. Staff, Vegas Seven
This paper has strong cover art. Its writers definitely know how to extensively look into an issue. However, the pages at the back of some issues switch orientation, which is a little confusing.

Community Service

1. Camalot Todd, The Sunday
Children on the Cusp
Pulls the reader in, lots of empathy, sheds light on a dark issue.
2. Dennis Myers, Reno News & Review
Pot tale of the week, Concise and current.
3. Lissa Townsend Rodgers, Vegas Seven
Budding Business; Out-of-State Marijuana Operators Collaborate With Local Businesses
Good overview of an obviously timely topic.

Best Feature Writing

1. J.D. Morris, The Sunday
Celebrating the Las Vegas Showgirl
The writing is vibrant and reads quick, coupled with solid reporting that fleshes out the story. The author deftly intermingles the tale of the main subject with details and background about the history and culture of Las Vegas showgirls, immersing the reader in a fascinating slice of the town’s unique past. This is the story that most gripped me from first word to the last.
2. Daniel Rothberg, The Sunday
Our Climate Future
The reporting in this piece is excellent; it’s clear the author spent many hours working on it. One of the most impressive aspects is how the narrative portions breathe life to a story that’s packed with information that in lesser hands could have been a slog to finish.
3. Daniel Rothberg, The Sunday
Vegas vs. the Future?
Like the other two stories honored in this category, the author obviously put in hours of work of reporting, separating it from the rest of the field. The authors knowledge of the subject shines through, along with his sharp prose that kept the story moving along.
The separation between first and third place in this category was narrow.

Best Nonstaff Story

1. Buck Wargo, Las Vegas Business Press
Green cities
2. David G. Schwartz, Vegas Seven
Neon Ozymandias
3. D. Brian Burghart, Reno News & Review
Lost in the post

Best Business Spot News Story

1. Adam Candee, Vegas Inc.
Second chances: DW Bistro’s opening symbolic of the Gramercy’s newfound momentum
2. Buford Davis, Las Vegas Business Press
Downtown hosts first U.S. public autonomous vehicle test
3. Jeffrey Meehan, Las Vegas Business Press
Housing market on the move

Best Business Feature

1. Kris Vagner, Reno News & Review
Boon or burn?
Great illustration of the “double-edged sword” conundrum that is so common in economic discourse.
2. Geoff Carter, Las Vegas Weekly
Industrial revolution: How a longtime Strip shortcut is becomng a destination of its own
A different angle on the Strip, made this “tourist” feel like a local after reading it.
3. Jackie Valley, Vegas Inc.
Las Vegas golf has reached a pivotal point
Nice job tying together a new trend and an old institution.

Best Explanatory Journalism

1. Dennis Myers, Reno News & Review
Stop making cents
2. Valerie Miller, The Sunday
New FDA regulations could damage Nevada’s vapor industry
3. J.D. Morris, The Sunday
Chasing the Room Tax

Best News Feature Story

1. Eli Segall, The Sunday
Solving the Squatter Problem in Las Vegas
This article’s subject, lede and use of numbers make it a winner.
2. Ricardo Torres-Cortez, The Sunday
Slayings in the City
Beautifully written with a strong narrative.
3. April Corbin, The Sunday
The Plight of Wild Horses

Best Investigative Story

1. Camalot Todd, The Sunday
Children on the Cusp
2. Megan Messerly, The Sunday Staff, The Sunday
The Unparalleled Political Life of Harry Reid
3. Dennis Myers, Reno News & Review
Nevada aids and abets

Best Local Column

1. Mike Prevatt, Las Vegas Weekly
Mike Prevatt’s Intersection
2. Brad Bynum, Reno News & Review
3. Brock Radke, Las Vegas Weekly
Incidental Tourist

Best Local Non-staff Column

1. Buck Wargo, Las Vegas Business Press
Gaming Insider
2. Herb Jaffe, View Neighborhood
3. Stacy J. Willis, Las Vegas Weekly
Pyramid of Biscuits

Best Sports Feature Writing

1. Ray Brewer, The Sunday
Courting a congregation: Pastor hoops it up to attract people to the church
2. Mike Grimala, Vegas Seven
In This Corner … Jessie Vargas
3. Mike Grimala, Vegas Seven
Las Vegas Bowl: An Oral History

Best Entertainment Writing

1. Mike Prevatt, Las Vegas Weekly
2. Lissa Townsend Rodgers, Vegas Seven
3. Jeri Chadwell-Singley, Reno News & Review

Best Critical Writing

1. Brian Sandford, View Neighborhood
2. Geoff Carter, Vegas Seven
3. Leslie Ventura, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Editorial Writing

1. Dennis Myers, Reno News & Review
These editorials take a different slant on some local and statewide issues, befitting an alternative weekly. They make good points.
2. Ric Anderson, The Sunday
Well-written and to the point.

Best Editorial Page

1. Ric Anderson, Mike Smith, The Sunday Editorial Staff, The Sunday
These are very readable, engaging pages that speak to local issues.

Best Overall Design

1. Elizabeth Brown, LeeAnn Elias, The Sunday Art Staff, The Sunday
2. Staff, Vegas Seven
3. Las Vegas Weekly Design Staff, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Page One Design

1. Las Vegas Weekly Design Staff, Las Vegas Weekly
2. Krystal Ramirez, Adria Mercuri, Shanghee Shin, Cierra Pedro, Vegas Seven, Vegas Seven
3. Elizabeth Brown, The Sunday

Best Graphic Designer

1. Elizabeth Brown, The Sunday
2. Cierra Pedro, Vegas Seven
3. Corlene Byrd, Las Vegas Weekly

Best News Photo Coverage

1. Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Weekly
New Years Eve
2. Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Weekly
Trump Rally
3. Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Weekly
Veterans Day Parade

Best Feature Photo

1. Yasmina Chavez, Las Vegas Weekly
Noise
2. Steve Marcus, Las Vegas Weekly
Elvis Festival
3. L.E. Baskow, The Sunday
Mint 400

Best Multiple Photo Essay

1. Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Weekly
County Fair
2. Erik Kabik, Vegas Seven
Cuba Rising
3. Mikayla Whitmore, The Sunday
The Secret World of Nellis

Best Portrait

1. Anthony Mair, Vegas Seven
Mike Fish
2. Krystal Ramirez, Vegas Seven
Eco issue Rosalind Brooks
3. Krystal Ramirez, Vegas Seven
Evan Marder

Best Illustrated Photo

1. Elizabeth Brown, Mikayla Whitmore, The Sunday
The Secret World of Nellis
2. Cierra Pedro, Vegas Seven
Spring Epicurean Guide
3. Krystal Ramirez, Vegas Seven
Plymouth Rock Solid

Best Sports Photo

1. Krystal Ramirez, Vegas Seven
The Future of Football
2. Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Weekly
Bottle Canyon
3. Anthony Mair, Vegas Seven
In This Corner … Jessie Vargas,

Best Special Section (Editorial)

1. Reno News & Review
This is a fun take on a family guide that is sure to get all the animal lovers reading. The section provides a nice mix of pet-focused stories.
2. Craig Peterson, Michelle Hamrick, Staff, Vegas Inc.
Giving Guide 2016-2017
This section offered some great feature stories.
3. Lyn Collier, Ulf Buchholz, Buck Wargo, Cassie Osborn, Oscar Crespin, Kristin Peterson, Las Vegas Business Press
Business of Medicine
It’s fun to see a special section dedicated to medicine. More appealing photos could be a great addition to the paper’s design.

Best Print Ad

1. Dany Haniff, Las Vegas Weekly
Best of Vegas 2016
2. Gina Odegard, Kyle Shine, Reno News & Review
Mellow Fellow Gastropub
3. Dany Haniff, The Sunday
Las Vegas Sun Standout Awards

Best Advertising Innovation

1. Emma Cauthorn, Elizabeth Brown, Sean Rademacher, The Sunday
The Sunday’s native content
This is native advertising done right, with transparency and a commitment to quality. The concept may not be revolutionary, but the execution is laudable.

Best Ad Series

1. Emma Cauthorn, Elizabeth Brown, Sean Rademacher, The Sunday
HCA native content
When they point out that advertising is content too, they could use this series as an example that checks all the right boxes.
2. Emily Litt, Skyler Smith, Reno News & Review
DTR Fitness
Clean and attractive. Nice series.

Best Special Section or Campaign (Advertising)

1. Gina Odegard, Emily Litt, Skyler Smith, Reno News & Review
Kids Issue
This is a great collaboration and community service and I hope it encourages kids to read the newspaper.

Best-In House Promotion

1. Dany Haniff, Las Vegas Weekly
Best of Vegas 2016
2. Dany Haniff, The Sunday
Las Vegas Sun Standout Awards
3. Lindsay Tropp, Kyle Shine, Skyler Smith, Reno News & Review
We’ve Got Issues

Best Niche Magazine

1. Las Vegas Weekly Staff, Las Vegas Weekly
Industry Weekly
2. Craig Peterson, Michelle Hamrick, Staff, Vegas Inc.
Top Doctors 2016

Advertising General Excellence

1. Las Vegas Weekly Advertising Staff, Las Vegas Weekly
2. The Sunday Advertising Staff, The Sunday
3. Emily Litt, Gina Odegard, Skyler Smith, Kyle Shine, Reno News & Review

Best Web Site

1. Las Vegas Weekly Staff, Las Vegas Weekly
LasVegasWeekly.com
There’s a lot to like on the website. Good menu functionality, nice images and focus on visuals. The sliding menu bars in story pages add a nice touch. Navigation is easy and straightforward., Honestly 2nd and 3rd place are a tie. They are essentially the same site.
2. Amber Sampson, Zoneil Maharaj, Jessie O’Brien, Staff, Vegas Seven
vegasseven.com
The website is consistent – nothing to really stand out, but also nothing wrong with it. The home page is nice. With the exception of the Cannabis section and DTLV.com the page structures are all very much the same. There’s great visual images supporting the stories and advertising does not intrude too much into everything.
3. Jessie O’Brien, Amber Sampson, Zoneil Maharaj, Vegas Seven
dtlv.com
See all comments for VegasSeven.com. Honestly 2nd and 3rd place are a tie. They are essentially the same site.

Best Digital Storytelling

1. Michael Quine, View Neighborhood
Las Vegas couples detail their love stories ahead of Valentine’s Day
The couples were fun, funny and adorable. The editing of the video moved along briskly and kept it entertaining.

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