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					Story of the Year
“Married couple brought together for the final hours”
Ed Koch, Las Vegas Sun
“It may seem unusual that we passed much meatier stories and selected this one. Many of the
entries show excellence in reporting and research. But the criteria here was „compelling.‟ And this
story, that describes, ultimately, one moment in the lives of loving family, stuck with us.”
Honorable Mention:
“Firefighters rescue burning feline”
Kurt Hildebrand, The Record-Courier
“We couldn‟t resist! Judges around us giggled at this story.”

Editorial of the year
“Ward thumbed his nose at the law”
Steve Lyon, Lahontan Valley News
“Well constructed. Nice argument. Extremely clear.”

Photo of the year
“Woman dies in fire”
David Parker, Reno Gazette-Journal

Ad of the year – Dailies
“California Sushi Bar – Got Hooked?”
Sherry Smith and Rebecca Enerson, Tahoe Daily Tribune
“Original design. Good headline. Effective message.”

Ad of the year – Weeklies
“EJ‟s Jazz Café - Come for the food, stay for the jazz”
Kristina Granados and Cheryn McNicol, Reno News & Review
“Simple, but good design. Owing especially to the headline.”

Freedom of the Press – Dailies
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Public Records Stories
“The initiative shown by tracking down the priest and the effective use of database records made
both of the Reno Gazette-Journal stories stand out. But for the sheer volume of work in putting up
the good fight and acquiring public records, the Las Vegas Review-Journal is the clear winner.”

Freedom of the Press – Weeklies
High Desert Advocate
“For a small paper, you fought every fight in one year that larger papers get in 5 years!
Good for you!”

Outstanding Journalist – Dailies
Benjamin Grove, Las Vegas Sun
“Lively, intelligent coverage that puts Washington news in context. Helps the reader feel she‟s on
the scene.”
Outstanding Journalist – Weeklies
Matt O‟Brien, Las Vegas CityLife
“Outstanding journalism is about ferreting out tough issues, bringing it home to the community and
helping to effect change to benefit that community. Matt has done all that with style and
astounding tenacity.”

CLASS I

General Excellence
   1. Reno Gazette-Journal
   “Strong in-depth local and national coverage. Good op. ed. pages. Deep and varied
   sports coverage.”
   2. Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Great sections; diverse stories. Strong local sports coverage.”

Journalist of Merit
Jaclyn O‟Malley, Reno Gazette-Journal
“Amazing repertoire of writing and reporting skills – hard to believe she‟s a newcomer to
the field!”

Community Service
  1. Economic Opportunity Board Stories, Las Vegas Sun
  “Proactive and strong reporting. A true community service for the unheard.”
  2. Slogan Stories, Las Vegas Sun
  “The newspaper played a classic watchdog role here, taking on a powerful, secretive agency and
  taking the story to a satisfying conclusion.”
  3. Teen Driving, Reno Gazette-Journal
  “Top-notch job of taking fatalities out of the police blotter and into the spotlight, showing the
  community a dangerous trend. Such a thorough analysis provides a terrific community
  service.”
  Honorable Mention:
  State of Emergency, Reno Gazette-Journal
  “Classic job of taking unnoticed, dry data and explaining the unseen hazard it represents to the
  community.”

Best Spot News Story
   1. “Hallway shooting rocks middle school” – Staff, Reno Gazette-Journal
   “The images of parents waiting in the snow along with the account of an injured student painted
   a clear picture of the community trauma.”
   2. “Evacuees find help” – Omar Sofradzija, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “The imagery of the survivors brings a sense of reality to the disaster.”
   3. “Horseplay on the hill” – Benjamin Grove, Las Vegas Sun
   “Clear, crisp reporting.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “A lifesaving hunch” – Metro Staff, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “The lead pulls you into the rest of the story.”

Best Feature Story
   1. “Learning to stand tall” – Paul Harasim, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Great character development. Good use of medical terms and statistics for the everyday
   folks.”
   2. “Learning to walk together” – Siobhan McAndrew, Reno Gazette-Journal
   “Good story about folks in our community that are often ignored – but are just like the rest of
   us.”
   3. “Gambling addict struggles to retake control” – Michael Squire, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Best Business Coverage
   1. Las Vegas Sun
   “Depth of coverage was the winning point. Business stories had lots of research that
   show stories in contrast. Good clarity. Photos clear, clear design elements made it
   the clear winner.”
   2. Nevada Appeal
   “Good use of personal smaller businesses to show larger business trends. Terrific use
   of photos to create interest. Good variety of topics covered.”

Best Business News Story
   1. “Cashless slot machines” – Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Sun
   “Fascinating issue, good research.”
   2. “Sands COO”- Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Sun
   3. “Crowds flock to Wynn” – Liz Benston and Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Sun
   “Good package and presentation.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Taking up renewable energy” – Kevin Rademacher, Las Vegas Sun

Best Business Feature Story
   1. “Why you can‟t buy a house in Vegas” – Jennifer Shubinski, Las Vegas Sun
   “Outstanding job. Important issue, well executed. Excellent quotes from real people.”
   2. “Macau! The next Vegas” – Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Sun
   “Excellent enterprise story. Important global view.”
   3. “For many the price isn‟t right” – Liz Benston, Las Vegas Sun
   “Great job identifying and documenting a new trend.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Las Vegas sized boom” – Bill O‟Driscoll, Reno Gazette-Journal
   “Poker online” – Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Best Explanatory Journalism
   1. “Too big for our britches?” – Hal Rothman, Las Vegas Sun
   “Clarity in writing was refreshing for such a complex issue. Excellent reporting. I think even
   my mother could understand.”
   2. Collection of Latino Community Stories – Timothy Pratt, Las Vegas Sun
   “Wow. The writer has a way of putting faces on the issues and telling readers why they‟re
   important – especially in a community that is often overloaded.”
   3. “A killer‟s path to death row” – Martha Bellisle, Reno Gazette-Journal
   “A gripping tale told through great reporting and compassion.”

Best News Feature Story
   1. “Rocking to bilingual radio” – Timothy Pratt, Las Vegas Sun
   “Lively writing that reveals an easily overlooked population, the young bilinguals. Great
   compressed telling anecdotes such as the chat room as academic conference. Well observed
   throughout. Plus: Sidebar supports and deepens main feature. One concern: why „amigo‟ in
   directly addressing a male and female audience?”
   2. “The ouster of Carol Harter” – Christina Littlefield, Las Vegas Sun
   “Deeply, widely sourced story offers a compelling explanation of a news event while it‟s
   unfolding. Excellent explanatory writing that goes beyond „he said‟ and offers authoritative
   interpretation without waiting for Harter‟s sanitized career-saving spin. For non-residents or
   non-academics the lead doesn‟t offer enough of a narrative answer to the „why we should care‟
   question to hook us into the compelling background that follows. Overall: excellent reporting.”
   3. “A matter of survival” – Launce Rake, Las Vegas Sun
   “Good reporting – going to Utah made it a prize winner.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Outnumbered” – Omar Sofradzija, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Former student now teaching at Owyhee” – Don Cox, Reno Gazette-Journal

Best Investigative or In-Depth Story or Series
   “Please let the writers know this category was tough to judge. At the first sort, there
were 10 entries that showed excellence in at least one of the criteria. I saw innovative
reporting, clear writing and topics of terrific interest to readers. I could have given
several honorable mentions happily! I was stuck by how many entries led to
change/results, a credit to Nevada journalism. (We felt a few of the entries that didn‟t
win here would have been winners in a beat-reporting type category.)”
   1. Slogan Controversy – Jeff German and Steve Kanigher, Las Vegas Sun
   “Simply relentless reporting. Every story moved the saga forward a notch.”
   2. Teen Drivers – Alison Bathand and Jim Sloan, Reno Gazette-Journal
   “This entry stood out for the depth and quality of original research, information readers could
   get nowhere else.”
   3. Development Scandal – Lisa Kim Bach, Frank Geary, David McGrath Schwartz, Adrienne
        Packer, Sean Whaley and Frank Curreri, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Comprehensive telling of a complex, tangled story.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Render Safe” – Jim Sloan, Reno Gazette-Journal
   “We were captivated by the quality of the writing and appreciated the depth of the research and
   writer‟s expertise.”

Best Local Column
   1. Cory Farley, Reno Gazette-Journal
   “Highly readable, smooth, variety of subjects, subtle way to express comments and opinions.”
   2. Tom Gorman, Las Vegas Sun
   “Good summations of „just off the beaten track‟ – type news. Easy to read.”
   3. John Dimambro, Nevada Appeal
   “Holy cow! Emotions on your sleeve only begin to describe his strength. How about passion
   on your sleeve. Outrage on your sleeve.”
   Honorable Mention:
   Jane Ann Morrison, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Nice stuff – probably has a high readership. Need to step up the topics a bit…almost too light
   and fluffy, but readable, for sure.”

Best Local Non-Staff Column
   1. Hal Rothman, Las Vegas Sun
   “Various topics that have widespread impact. Quality writing.”
   2. Steven Kalas, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Light and easy to read. Well written.”
   3. Erin Breen, Reno Gazette-Journal
   “A pleasure to read.”

Best Local Sports Story
   1. “Kenyan Kiogora wins marathon” – Patrick Everson, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Great lead, good mix of necessary details and explanation.”
   2. “Books, NCAA seek harmony” – Matt Youmans, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Good subject that will appeal to local readers; perhaps slanted too much toward the industry,
   however.”
   3. “Another sip from cup?” – Jeff Wolf, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Good background and explanation; took slightly too long to get to the point, however.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Former Trojan Wright makes move to UNLV” – Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Best Local Sports Feature
   1. “Andre” – Steve Carp, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Takes one past Andre the tennis player. It appears Carp developed a great
   trust/rapport with Agassi and was able to get honest answers to very personal
   questions. Multiple interviews, i.e. Courier, McEnroe, were great!”
   2. “Legends in their time” – Ed Koch, Las Vegas Sun
   “Written in such a way that I could see the proud looks on their faces as they spoke of
   the good ol‟ days. Great background. Great detail. Great quotes.”
   3. “She‟s making the rounds” – Rob Miech, Las Vegas Sun
   “Lead immediately pulled me into a story on an obscure sport in obscure country.
   The ending could have been more powerful. It seemed to fade.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Galena grad proud to be a national” – Dan Hinxman, Reno Gazette-Journal
   “Outstanding fun story. It tells, what I consider, one of the most interesting cogs of
   the Globetrotter aura.”
Best Local Sports Column
   1. Ron Kantowski, Las Vegas Sun
   “Simple, enjoyable to read – nice rhythm of writing, fun subjects handled with good tone.”
   2. Joe Hawk, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Vince Young column was handled with a nice touch.”
   3. Joe Santoro, Reno Gazette-Journal
   “Obvious knowledge and loyalty to hometown market.”
   Honorable Mention:
   Darrell Moody, Nevada Appeal
   “The scene of Kansas basketball was captured well.

Best Entertainment Writing
   1. Tom Gorman, Las Vegas Sun
   “Clever ideas. Smooth and engaging writing. We were „entertained.‟”
   2. Sonya Padgett, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “A reporter who gets out of the office and pulls in the reader – gotta love it.”

Best Critical Writing
   1. Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Breezy, somewhat poetic style combined with well considered commentary made
   these stories just plain fun to read!”
   2. Glenn Cook, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Thought-provoking and loaded with pertinent facts to support arguments. Well
   done.”
   3. Heidi Knapp Rinella, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Very engaging writing and interesting approaches to reviews that could otherwise
   become monotonous.”
   Honorable Mention:
   Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
   “Good, tight writing avoids that feeling of having an opinion forced upon you. Nice
   reading.”

Best Editorial Writing
   1. David Clayton, Las Vegas Sun
   “Powerful, concise. Especially liked the „At Issue Our View‟ pullout.”
   2. Vin Suprynowicz, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “This writing has ATTITUDE. Fun to read seems well informed, but not dry.”
   3. Susan Snyder, Las Vegas Sun
   “Great job of writing short and to the point.”

Best Editorial Page
   1. Las Vegas Sun
   “Ambitious content, fresh layout, lots of read input. Nice mix of political and personal
   viewpoints. Good use of color.”
   2. Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “The Las Vegas Review-Journal has obviously made a big commitment to its editorial pages:
   color, feature length commentary, letters. Great work.”

Best Overall Design
   1. Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Great use of big photos. Color is striking.”
   2. Reno Gazette-Journal
   “Typography is wonderful. Great photos. Excellent use of graphics.”

Best Page One Design
   1. Nevada Appeal
   “Impressive and educational design photos and graphics used effectively to convey a message.”
   2. Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Touchy images/moving.”

Best Page Designer(s)
   1. Ched Whitney, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Excellent variety, bold images.”
   2. Phil Wooley, Nevada Appeal
   “Sophisticated, really enhances features.”
   3. Mal Van Valkenburg, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Good photo collages.”

Best Special Section (Editorial)
   1. “Collision Course” – Reno Gazette-Journal
   “Hard hitting. I would have used the coffin on the front page. But useful and well done
   section.”
   2. “Vegoose” – Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Now for something completely different!”
   3. “Las Vegas Centennial” – Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Good use of historical photos.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Centennial Wild Wild West” – Las Vegas Sun
   “Helldorado returned and you didn‟t lead with it.”

Best Information Graphic
   1. “Learning to stand” – Mike Johnson, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Whole package (story, photos, illustration) is fascinating. The graphic really explains the
   enormity of the surgery.”
   2. “Middle school mobbed” – Adam Bucci, Las Vegas Sun
   “Simple and effective. Really adds punch to the story.”
   3. “Wynn‟s $2.7 billion gamble” – Adam Bucci, Las Vegas Sun
   “I especially liked the skyline changes. Lots of informative sub-graphics.”

Best Illustration
   1. “Really (cough), I‟m (sniff) OK” – Mark Antonuccio, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Been there. Had to laugh. Talented artist.”
   2. “Wynn Las Vegas” – Mike Johnson, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Excellent enterprise work. Important issue.”
   3. “Subtle Thanks” – David Stroud, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Unique style.

Best Spot News Photo Coverage
   1. “Woman dies in fire” – David Parker, Reno Gazette-Journal
   2. “Boy in hot car” – Marilyn Newton, Reno Gazette-Journal
   3. “Man kills former girlfriend, self” – Brad Horn, Nevada Appeal

Best General News Photo
   1. “Senators catch some sleep” – Lisa J. Tolda, Reno Gazette-Journal
   2. “Family, friends remember hero” – David Parker, Reno Gazette-Journal
   3. “101 weddings” – R. Marsh Starks, Las Vegas Sun

Best Feature Photo
   1. “Studs vs. Spuds” – John Locher, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   2. “Straight from the ranch” – Cathleen Allison, Nevada Appeal
   3. “Brain freeze” – Sam Morris, Las Vegas Sun

Best Multiple Feature Photos
   1. “Learning to stand tall” – Clint Karlsen, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Unbelievable photography. These pictures added dimensions to the story. Surgical photos
   were intense, but not overwhelming.”
   2. “Committed to improving” – Brad Horn, Nevada Appeal
   “Combination of action and still photos bring story to life.”
   3. “Grand Sumo” – John Locher, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Artistic, uses movement to tell the story. Why was this in black and white?”

Best Portrait
   1. “Matthew Murphy” – R. Marsh Starks, Las Vegas Sun
   2. “Bill Gilcrease” – Steve Marcus, Las Vegas Sun
   3. “Mike Sanford” – Clint Karlsen, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   Honorable Mention:
   “Casino executive steps up for pets” – John Locher, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Best Illustrated Photo
   1. “Blessed in show” – Christine Wetzel, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “A wow photos!”
   2. “Taking stock” – Christine Wetzel, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “A fun photo – nice composition.”
   3. “World Tea Expo” – Steve Marcus, Las Vegas Sun
   “Photo is strong, but lost strength in black and white.”
Best Sports Photo
   1. “Coach Mark Fox” – Liz Margerum, Reno Gazette-Journal
   2. “Regional winners crowned” – Andy Barron, Reno Gazette-Journal
   3. “Corrales – Castillo encore” – Sam Morris, Las Vegas Sun
   Honorable Mention:
   “Big league weekend at Cashman” – R. Marsh Starks, Las Vegas Sun

CLASS II

General Excellence
   1. Elko Daily Free Press
   “Good state coverage; fresh layout; strong op-ed and business sections.”
   2. Lahontan Valley News
   “Very comprehensive coverage for a small paper.”

Journalist of Merit
Josh Johnson, Lahontan Valley News
“Well rounded portfolio shows Josh‟s outstanding writing and reporting skills.”

Community Service
  1. “Hurricane Katrina – The Tahoe Community Responds” – Tahoe Daily Tribune
  “In a category with only three entries, all of them excellent, the Tahoe Daily
  Tribune’s entry urged their readers and advertisers to think more globally – to help
  meet the needs of people outside the community using the generosity and the
  creativity of the Tahoe community itself. An example of the finest in community
  newspapering.”
  2. TIE
  “A Day In The Life” Series – Elko Daily Press
  “A wonderful series of stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
  Well-written, positive stories about people nominated by readers.”
  “Fallon Reflections And Memories” (Book) – Lahontan Valley News
  “A delightful book produced by the paper, full of historical photos. It gained a lot of
  community involvement. I liked the website, newspaper collaboration on this project,
  but I wanted to see more historical text in the book. The photos and cut lines are
  interesting and fun – but more historical text is needed to make this of serious
  historical value. Soon, the names in the cut lines won‟t be familiar.”

Best Spot News Story
   1. “Man held in Al Tahoe Slashing” – William Ferchland and Jeff Munson, Tahoe Daily
       Tribune
   “Excellent package – story, compelling photos, informative sidebar on domestic violence.”
   2. “Fallon judge charged with 15 counts of misconduct” – Marlene Garcia, Lahontan Valley
       News
   “Lots of excellent breaking news stories by this writer. But this piece stands out as much more
   complex than a straight street crime story. Clearly written, important issue.”
   3. “Suspect dead, two deputies injured in casino gunfight” – Jeff Munson, Tahoe Daily
      Tribune
   “Great job getting it online ASAP. Excellent detail, quotes from witnesses.”

Best Feature Story
   1. “School of hard knocks” – William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune
   “Interesting descriptive language – „like the difference between a stiff job and a devastating
   uppercut,‟ or chorus of jump ropes‟ – elevated a routine feature to a higher level.”
   2. “Tahoe good fellas”- William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune
   “Smart topic and smart thinking – „most of the ties are now historical‟ – are highlights of this
   well-developed, lively feature. What would help sharpen the story is a tighter, ore focused news
   or timeliness peg.”
   3. “Life without Todd” – Marianne Kobak, Elko Daily Free Press
   “Well-selected quotes and anecdotes make for a shapely feature about a strong single mom.
   One opportunity: a fresher, less clichéd lead would help.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Anne Frank actress fed by historic roots” – Janine Kearney, Sparks Tribune
   “Standard advance story shaped by strong, well-selected details from young source – i.e. „Stites
   doesn‟t have to look in a history book to see the faces…‟”

Best Business Coverage
   1. Elko Daily Free Press
   “Pretty good coverage of mining, agriculture. Possibly could do more with retail,
   manufacturing, construction and other sectors, but hard to judge based on a few
   selected issues. Have you considered running local business briefs?”

Best Business News Story
   1. “Blast opens new era at Cortez” – Adella Harding, Elko Daily Free Press
   “Fascinating story, strong lead.”
   2. “Caesars purchase brings layoffs” – Jeff Munson, Amanda Fehd and Tim Parsons, Tahoe
      Daily Tribune

Best Business Feature Story
   1. “Salt of the earth” – Josh Johnson, Lahontan Valley News
   “Colorful writing.”
   2. “WalMart Center of attention” – Marlene Garcia, Lahontan Valley News
   “Lots of good quotes, variety of opinions.”
   3. “Bobs to make way for car lot” – Christy Lattin, Lahontan Valley News
   “Nice folksy tone.”

Best Explanatory Journalism
   1. “Homeless in Churchill County” – Josh Johnson, Lahontan Valley News
   “Good sourcing – including essential „real people‟ – to explain why a complex social problem is
   happening in this area.”
   2. “Milfoil malaise” – Amanda Fehd, Tahoe Daily Tribune
   “This entry stood out for the clarity of the writing.”
   3. “Leash law?” – Josh Johnson, Lahontan Valley News
   “Good localization of a potentially generic topic.”

Best News Feature Story
   1. “Ghost town for sale” – Adella Harding, Elko Daily Free Press
   “Nice comprehensive story on an interesting bit of news. The reporter showed flair in bringing
   historical perspective to current event.”
   2. “Diocese of Reno welcomes new Bishop” – Janine Kearney, Sparks Tribune
   “Good use of quotes and colorful writing helped bring this story to life and provide a nice
   portrait of the Bishop.”
   3. “Poker craze: New generation feeding the frenzy” – Jeremy Evans, Tahoe Daily Tribune
   “Who says newspapers can‟t attract young readers?! This enterprise story provided a fun look
   into trend – the sidebar was a highlight.”

Best Investigative or In-Depth Story or Series
   1. “Death by overdose” – Marlene Garcia, Lahontan Valley News
   “Great story and one well researched – good for you for not giving up.”
   2. “Meth madness” – Marianne Kobak, Elko Daily Free Press
   “Very indepth report – lots of time spent in research and interviews. Good job!”
   3. “Redevelopment – At what cost?” – Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Best Local Column
   1. Jim Scripps, Tahoe Daily Tribune
   “Witty, well-written, thought-provoking topics.”
   2. David Henley, Lahontan Valley News
   “Unique voice, more of a historic perspective. More value than a traditional „all about me‟
   column.”
   3. Steve Lyon, Lahontan Valley News
   “Light, clever a bit cliché however.”

Best Local Non-Staff Column
   1. Glen McAdoo, Lahontan Valley News
   “Easy writing style. Appeals to many. Nice use of humor.”
   2. Richard Filippe, Elko Daily Free Press
   “Humor draws you in. Well done.”

Best Local Sports Story
   1. “Length and breaths” – Steve Yingling, Tahoe Daily Tribune
   “I thought it was a nice mix of humor, seriousness and reality in the description. I
   enjoyed the quotes and well-written style.”
   2. “Poker craze: New generation feeding the frenzy” – Jeremy Evans, Tahoe Daily
       Tribune
   “You painted a picture and I enjoyed reading it. Nice description and style.”
   3. “Waves loss: A matter of inches” – Steve Ranson, Lahontan Valley News
   “I enjoyed the lead and how the second graph catches the readers attention. Nice
   story.”
Best Local Sports Feature
   “Decision was tough.”
   1. “Humbled and fortunate” – Mike Christensen, Elko Daily Free Press
   “Moving. Well paced writing. Great quotes.”
   2. “College football‟s best embraces Garrett” – Steve Yingling, Tahoe Daily Tribune
   “Great topic. Fulfilled theme of a kid realizing a dream through hard work. Good
   lead.”
   3. “All in the family” – Aaron Retherford, Sparks Tribune
   “Topic a winner – had many dimensions: relationship with teammate, overcoming
   adversity, athletic achievement. Writing could have tighter and more compelling.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Always connected, Barbers split duties at ACC” – Jeremy Evans, Tahoe Daily
   Tribune
   “Found interesting angle in standard event. Well-written.”

Best Local Sports Column
   1. Mike Christensen, Elko Daily Free Press
   “Good examination of local issues.”
   2. Steve Yingling, Tahoe Daily Tribune
   “Uses personal experience to paint the picture.”
   3. Steve Ranson, Lahontan Valley News
   “Enjoyed the „Greenwave Fan‟ profile.”

Best Editorial Writing
   1. Jeffry Mullins, Elko Daily Free Press
   “Readable, lively, to the point.”
   2. Jim Scripps, Tahoe Daily Tribune
   “Well-written, informative.”
   3. Steve Lyon, Lahontan Valley News
   “Good writing, but a bit too long.”

Best Editorial Page
   1. Lahontan Valley News
   “Kick the non-local material off the perspective page so letters don‟t need to jump.”

Best Overall Design
   1. Lahontan Valley News
   “Good use of photos. Color is crisp. Clean design.”
   2. Elko Daily Free Press
   “Layout is clean. Easily read. Nice use of large photos.”

Best Page One Design
   1. Elko Daily Free Press
   “Like layout. Not too many pictures. Bold headlines.”
   2. Lahontan Valley News
   “Eye-catching, not too busy.”

Best Page Designer(s)
   1. Mike Christensen and Martin Harris, Elko Daily Free Press
   “Creativity – have fun with layout – looks sharp – cutting edge.”
   2. Steve Ranson and Thomas Ranson, Lahontan Valley News
   “Good basic layout, nice pictures, some creativity.”

Best Special Section (Editorial)
   1. “Spotlight on Seniors” – Sparks Tribune
   2. “Back to School” – Lahontan Valley News
   “Fresh layout, lots of good information.”
   3. “Discover Sparks” – Sparks Tribune
   “Lots of good information.”

Best Spot News Photo Coverage
   1. “Deadly wind causes pileup” – Ross Andréson, Elko Daily Free Press
   2. “Chance fire” – Ross Andréson, Elko Daily Free Press
   3. “Man arrested at gunpoint” – Jim Grant, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Best General News Photo
   1. “First tour of Iraq” – Jim Grant, Tahoe Daily Tribune
   2. “Fire devastates local family” – Debra Reid, Sparks Tribune
   3. “Flames light up night sky” – Ross Andréson, Elko Daily Free Press

Best Feature Photo
   1. “Rolling beauties” – Debra Reid, Sparks Tribune
   2. “Sniffing out crime” – Ross Andréson, Elko Daily Free Press
   3. “Bringing in the sheep” – Kim Lamb, Lahontan Valley News

Best Multiple Feature Photos
   1. “A shot at history” – Jim Grant, Tahoe Daily Tribune
   “Compelling story with images that grab you. Lots of emotions here.”
   2. “Life without Todd” – Ross Andréson, Elko Daily Free Press
   “Wonderful photos that tell a story, even without words. Heroism shows in mom‟s face.”
   3. “ER Doc” – Ross Andréson, Elko Daily Free Press
   “These two photos show both character and compassion.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Cowboy poetry” – Ross Andréson, Elko Daily Free Press
   “Wonderful photos show life and character. Too bad reproduction is poor to newsprint.”

Best Portrait
   1. “Sentimental journey” – Ross Andréson, Elko Daily Free Press
   “Powerful photo with good cropping.”
   2. “Fallon‟s shaggy star” – Kim Lamb, Lahontan Valley News
   “Photo shows great character, and pride of people in the background.”
   3. “Relaxing at South Fork”- Ross Andréson, Elko Daily Free Press
   “Very nice, good composition.”

Best Illustrated Photo
   1. “Don‟t shoot” – Ross Andréson, Elko Daily Free Press
   “Attention-getting. Gives readers an officer‟s perspective of having a realistic toy
   weapon pointed at them. Most probably believe it was real, too.”
   2. “Piggy banks endangered” – Dan Thrift, Tahoe Daily Tribune
   “Creative, low cost idea; took a moment to understand what you‟re looking at, but
   once you get it, it‟s humorous and on-point.”

Best Sports Photo
   1. “One hurdle at a time” – Kim Lamb, Lahontan Valley News
   2. “Danielle Daly runs through a creek” – Jim Grant, Tahoe Daily Tribune
   3. “Paul Waite knocks away a Truckee shot” – Dan Thrift, Tahoe Daily Tribune


CLASS III

General Excellence
   1. The Record-Courier
   2. Fallon Star Press
   3. Pahrump Valley Times

Journalist of Merit
Nicole Lucht, Henderson Home News
“Nicole‟s clips show versatility, stamina, thoroughness and solid writing – all very important skills
for an up-and-coming journalist.”

Community Service
  1. “In the shadow of meth”- Henderson Home News
  “A breathtaking series of stories on the devastation of methamphetamine use. Good, powerful
  writing.”
  2. “Livestock co-op” – The Record-Courier
  “Complete reporting on an issue that demanded good explanatory writing. Good variety of
  viewpoints.”
  3. “A light for Bridget” – The Record-Courier
  “Strong campaign for a much needed traffic light – full of passion. You showed perseverance.”
  Honorable Mention:
  “Community giving” – In Business Las Vegas
  “A good special supplement on the giving practices of local business leaders.”

Best Spot News Story
   1. “Tahoe City man kills girlfriend, self” – Alanna Lungren, Tahoe World
   “Good lead, excellent writing on a difficult story. This was a huge category with many good
   entries.”
   2. “Shootout at Kingslane” – Kurt Hildebrand, The Record-Courier
   “Excellent reporting on more than one aspect of the incident. A tough decision between 1st and
   2nd place.”
   3. “Man killed in Ranchos brawl” – Sheila Gardner, The Record-Courier
   “Good, strong reporting, fine writing.”

Best Feature Story
   1. “Louisiana‟s Angel”- Kara Fox, Tahoe World
   “Interesting story in that a young woman from Louisiana and living far away and
   working in Squaw Valley manages help for the „home‟ folks – and her name is Angel
   as well!”
   2. “Rescuing the Irish language” – Sheila Gardner, The Record-Courier
   “Very interesting in that this group of two men in Carson Valley of Irish ancestry
   joined together to write the Irish dictionary. Very informative – international, yet
   local appeal.
   3. “Nine-year-old leukemia survivor”- Anne McMillin, Fallon Star Press
   “Humor triumphs story – making the most of a difficult situation and local ties. Well-
   written story and good quotes – very informative.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “She‟s there for the bears” – Christine Stanley, Sierra Sun
   “Give good insight into the life of a person devoted to the „wild‟ critters – especially
   bears. She‟s one that follows her own drumbeat – inspiration to others. Well-written
   – good information and local appeal.”

Best Business Coverage
   1. Las Vegas Business Press
   “Well written stories. Doesn‟t just a P.R. perspective. Clean layout. Good use of
   graphics boxes. Appreciate the editorial page.”
   2. In Business Las Vegas
   “Good job implementing its formula…range of topics, short, tight stories. Could use
   more captivating writing and occasional investigative piece.”
   3. Henderson Home News
   “Nice to see a designated business section in a weekly paper. Writing of business
   stories stronger than in other community weeklies entered.”
   Honorable Mention
   The Record-Courier
   “Good integration of business stories into coverage. Like „Texas Tea‟ story and
   graphics.”

Best Business News Story
   1. “Rio‟s use of radio tags” – Valerie Miller, Las Vegas Business Press
   “Fascinating issue – hope you followed up or monitor this. Great use of a variety of
   sources.”
   2. “A Texas-sized lawsuit” – Arnold Knightly, Las Vegas Business Press
   3. “Minority contractors” – Liz Benston, In Business Las Vegas
   Honorable Mention:
   “Nevada seeks fortune in China” – Richard N. Velotta, In Business Las Vegas

Best Business Feature Story
   1. “Convenience stores try to adopt for survival” – Valerie Miller, Las Vegas
      Business Press
   2. “Trekkies are prosperous and willing to spend” – David McKee, Las Vegas
      Business Press
   3. “Vegas airline charts a different course” – Richard N. Vellota, In Business Las
      Vegas

Best Explanatory Journalism
   1. “Growing Texas tea” – Sharlene Irete, The Record-Courier
   “Very informative, tells the ins and outs of bio-diesel.”
   2. “In the shadow of meth” – Abigail Goldman, Henderson Home News
   “Great lead-in to story. Good information on a growing problem.”
   3. “City center in line to be tip power user” – Tony Illia, Las Vegas Business Press
   “Story covers issue that is sure to affect residents and the community.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Popular website makes teens target” – Sheila Gardner, The Record-Courier
   “Timely story – growing concern.”

Best News Feature Story
   1. “Suffering through the ski season” – David Bunker, Sierra Sun
   “Important topic – „Resort Run Down‟ lays it all out in a small space.”
   2. “Making the final cut” – Nicole Feneberg Lucht, Henderson Home News
   “Good use of quotes.”
   3. “Survivors of suicide” – Sheila Gardner, The Record-Courier
   “Straight forward approach, nice.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Trailer park sold” – Nicole Feneberg Lucht, Henderson Home News
   “Very touching quotes.”

Best Investigative or In-Depth Story or Series
   1. “New land baron moves downtown” – David McKee, Las Vegas Business Press
   “Extremely pertinent to readership.”
   2. “The shadow of meth” – Abigail Goldman, Henderson Home News
   “Valuable to the community.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Airport ballot initiative will wait until 2008” – Susie Vasquez, The Record-Courier
   “Exhaustive research paid off.”

Best Local Column
   1. Doug McMurdo, Pahrump Valley Times
   “Not afraid to pick a fight that need to be fought.”
   2. Colleen O‟Callaghan-Miele, Henderson Home News
   “Topics the public needs to read.”
   3. Bruce Spotleson, In Business Las Vegas
   “Covers a range of topics.”
   Honorable Mention:
   Liz Benston, In Business Las Vegas

Best Local Non-Staff Column
   1. TIE
   McAvoy Layne, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza
   Stefani Evans, Henderson Home News
   2. Michael Green, Las Vegas Business Press
   Honorable Mention:
   Marie Johnson, The Record-Courier

Best Local Sports Story
   1. “A hero‟s homecoming” – Alex Close, Tahoe World
   “Great lead – pulled me in. Fun to learn about Rahlves love of skiing.”
   2. “CR Johnson nearing 100% recovery” – Sylas Wright, Sierra Sun
   “Well-written. Sidebars good way to give background information.”
   3. “Area swim teams face pool shortage” – Jared Harmon, Henderson Home News
   “Well-written and informative.”

Best Local Sports Feature
   1. “Faith on the court” – Matt Rybaltowski, Henderson Home News
   “Good story. Good coverage. Not a common issue in sports.”
   2. “Road to recovery” – Matt Rybaltowski, Henderson Home News
   “Good upbeat story.”
   3. “One step at a time – learning to ski again” – Emma Garrard, North Lake Tahoe
       Bonanza
   Honorable Mention:
   “Pride of Silverado” – Ray Brewer, Henderson Home News

Best Local Sports Column
   1. Sylas Wright, Sierra Sun
   “It caught my attention the whole way.”
   2. Ray Brewer, Henderson Home News
   “Really, really good. You took someone who‟s a little out-of-the-ordinary and made
   a great column.”

Best Entertainment Writing
   1. Aleza Freeman, Henderson Home News
   “Good diversity of subject matter in a category overwhelmed by music reporting –
   great depth, and writing shows good entertaining skills.”
   2. Jonni Hill, The Record-Courier
   “Nice capture of spirit of the events and entertainers. Good depth.”
   3. Eric Ruiz, Desert Valley Times
   “Casual writing is good for review subjects. Draws young readers.”
Best Editorial Writing
   1. Jean R. Norman, Henderson Home News
   “It is difficult to criticize without being either negative or somewhat noncommittal.
   The writing is informative and moving, without any cynicism or acridity.”
   2. John Fritz, Henderson Home News
   “The editorials are smart and funny, and revel in irony. Message comes through
   clearly.”
   3. Jamie Bate, Sierra Sun
   “The author covers their town, and concern comes through clearly and movingly in
   the insightful editorials.”

Best Editorial Page
   1. Henderson Home News
   “Well balanced page. Good local topics and coverage.”
   2. The Record-Courier
   “Nice composition. News pictures on page are a bit unusual.”
   3. Tahoe World
   “Nice layout. Good use of typography. Eye-catching.”

Best Overall Design
   1. In Business Las Vegas
   “Ideal format for this publication. Nice layout and good photos.”
   2. Sierra Sun
   “Nice layout and photos. Like the masthead. Fun layout on the inside.”
   3. Tahoe World
   “Innovative layout and bold use of photos, graphics and typefaces. Breaking lots of
   old rules, but it works.”

Best Page One Design
   1. The Record-Courier
   “Like the large picture and varied headlines. But think masthead is dated.”
   2. Henderson Home News
   “Good basic layout. Some fronts are too busy with pictures.”
   3. Sierra Sun
   “Easy to read layout. Not sure about the colored backgrounds. Black is hard to
   read.”

Best Page Designer(s)
   1. Wade McAferty, In Business Las Vegas
   “Very good creativity in the design.”
   2. Joey Crandall and Shannon Litz, The Record-Courier
   “Great design in terms of the Douglas „cross country‟ focus set underneath the
   runners.”
   3. Keith Sheffield, Tahoe World
   “Nice photo and really good page layout.”
Best Special Section (Editorial)
   1. “Carson Valley Almanac” – The Record-Courier
   “The stand-out in this category. Good balance. Lots of human interest. Hard to put
   down.”
   2. “40 Under 40” – In Business Las Vegas
   “Very clever concept, wonderful photos and layout. Strong writing.”
   3. “Truckee Locals” – Sierra Sun
   “Good variety of stories and nice concept.”

Best Information Graphic
   1. “Luxury condo projects” – Adam Bucci, In Business Las Vegas
   “Great breakdown. Good information. Could have done more though. Maps are
   dull.”
   2. “Top 10: West Valley trouble spots” – Nick Christensen, Henderson Home News
   “Simple, but I bet everyone looked at it. Good information.”
   3. “Regional trail network” – Nick Christensen, Henderson Home News
   “Clean, fresh and easy to read.”

Best Illustration
   1. “Genoa Bar” – Jonni Hill, The Record-Courier
   “Lovely drawings, a wonderful change from drawings.”
   2. “Rising cost of plastics” – Adam Bucci, In Business Las Vegas
   “Imaginative, simple and eye-catching.”

Best Spot News Photo Coverage
   1. “Chain of events leaves two dead” – Horace Langford Jr., Pahrump Valley Times
   2. “Down the hill” – Emma Garrard, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza
   3. “Dresslerville home fire” – Belinda Grant, The Record-Courier

Best General News Photo
   1. “Don‟t wait – inoculate” – Leila Navidi, Henderson Home News
   2. “Miracle gift” – Belinda Grant, The Record-Courier
   3. “Butterflies in the sky” – Mike Stotts, Henderson Home News

Best Feature Photo
   1. “Cable guys” – Court Leve, Tahoe World
   2. “Better bodies” – Leila Navidi, Henderson Home News
   3. “Potter party” – Emma Garrard, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza

Best Multiple Feature Photos
   1. “Valley says goodbye to Jon-Jon” – Shannon Litz, The Record-Courier
   “I loved the variety and how you showed just how big the event was.”
   2. “Blade runners” – Mike Stotts, Henderson Home News
   “Anything with kids on ice is so cute. I think you caught a wide variety of shots,
   which was nice. I love the big photo.”
   3. “Return of the king” – Emma Garrard, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza
   “So funny and I think you caught it with your camera! I liked the variety of close-ups
   and wide shots.”

Best Portrait
   1. “A lifetime around the ring” – Leila Navidi, Henderson Home News
   “A striking photo with creative cropping. Very moving.”
   2. “Housing Authority helps woman take control” – Sara Tramiel, Henderson Home
       News
   “Powerful photo, but much of the creative cropping was lost in the final, newsprint
   version – straight-on view of the main subject is a grabber.”
   3. “Tom Petty” – Court Leve, Tahoe World
   “Lots of action in this photo. It shows character.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Comstock Cowboy” – Marilyn Newton, Fallon Star Press
   “Beautiful composition; a moment captured.”

Best Illustrated Photo
   1. “Douglas cross country”- Shannon Litz, Joey Crandall and Kurt Hildebrand, The
        Record-Courier
   “Beats the standard group cross-country shot, or a running shot of one or two runners.
   Keeping the shadows lends realism.”

Best Sports Photo
   1. “Steve Cordova bronco riding” – Horace Langford Jr., Pahrump Valley Times
   2. “Coronado girls win Sunrise regional” – Sara Tramiel, Henderson Home News
   3. “Welcome to the whitewater” – Alex Close, Tahoe World




CLASS IV

General Excellence
   1. Mason Valley News
   2. Boulder City News
   3. Battle Mountain Bugle

Community Service
  1. “75th Commemorative Edition” – Boulder City News
  “A lonely commemorative edition with of host of historical stories and photos. Nice
  collaboration with Hoover Dam Museum. Archival quality.”
  2. “Senior Needs” – The Humboldt Sun
  “Nice emphasis on a specific age group.”

Best Spot News Story
   1. “Two human cases of West Nile virus reported” – Jennifer Larson, The Humboldt
      Sun
   “Excellent use of urgency, both in text and quotes.”
   2. “School employees charged with sex crimes” – Beth Clifton, Lovelock Review-
      Miner
   “Good use of spot news factors – urgency, pertinent information. Good quotes.”
   3. “Police involved in shooting death” – Ben Stephens, Boulder City News
   “Follows spot news guidelines with urgent text and good supportive quotes.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Girl, 16, gang raped suspects behind bars” – Staff, High Desert Advocate
   “Follows guidelines for spot news with urgency and good supportive quotes.”

Best Feature Story
   1. “Life and death training” – Ben Stephens, Boulder City News
   “Very polished piece that follows the true definition of a feature. Easy style, lots of
   quotes, all combined with nice depth of information.”
   2. “Youthful Raiders‟ fan gets his wish fulfilled” – Beth Clifton, Lovelock Review-
       Miner
   “Follows true definition of a feature. Nice information flow with personal touch.
   Lots of quotes. Good depth of information regarding main subject.”
   3. “A real whodunit” – Forrest Newton, Battle Mountain Bugle
   “Follows true definition of a feature. Nice hook. No, excellent hook. Nice, easy to
   sustain reader interest.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Restoring history” – Jan Ehlert, Battle Mountain Bugle
   “Follows true definition of a feature – unique story with nice, wide audience appeal.
   Information laid out nicely with easy conversational style.”

Best Business Coverage
   1. Boulder City News
   “Vast selection of topics. Interesting to wide demographic.”
   2. Fernley Leader-Dayton Courier

Best Business News Story
   1. “Quadra calls Robinson‟s 2005 operation „robust‟” – Pete Fowler, Ely Times
   “Though no entries were produced as a rush toward deadline, this story was
   interesting, clear, and had good depth, as well as two good photos.”
   2. “Skydiving business to find news home after losing B.C. hangar, plane leases” –
       Ben Stephens, Boulder City News
   “Good background on business in trouble. Only story even close to being breaking
   news.”
   3. “Valley yields bumper crop onion harvest” – Patrick Abanathy, Mason Valley
       News
   “Sometimes a mainstay crop gets overlooked as business news. Papers should report
   on good years as well as bad years.”
Best Business Feature Story
   1. “Inherited furniture decorates suite at Boulder Dam Hotel” – Ben Stephens,
      Boulder City News
   “Nice story and well-written.”

Best Explanatory Journalism
   1. “Eden energy seeks oil here” – Kent Harper, Ely Times
   “Fine writing in a category that had some terrible writing in it. Showed real
   understanding of the subject and the emotional issues.”
   2. “Community learning about Alzheimer‟s” – Forrest Newton, Battle Mountain
       Bugle
   “Good and compassionate lead-in to a complex story, but you didn‟t get caught up in
   the emotionalism of it. Good and important information offered.”
   3. “Vaccines important in prevention of disease” – Beth Clifton, Lovelock Review-
       Miner
   “Good and topical issue with necessary information and glimpses at some of the
   controversary surrounding it.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Mormon cricket infestation may have peaked” – Michelle Willms, Lovelock Review-
   Miner
   “You presented information that no one else has.”

Best News Feature Story
   1. “Helping hand for homeless” – Ben Stephens, Boulder City News
   “Great on-the-ground reporting; stories of how the homeless become homeless
   illustrate the ease with which it could happen to you.”
   2. “Inspirational teacher succumbs to cancer” – Betty Aleck, Fernley Leader-Dayton
       Courier
   “A touching story about a woman who lived and loved life and the effect of her death
   on those who loved her and looked up to her.”
   3. “Quest for justice” – Ben Stephens, Boulder City News
   “Good job mentioning dissatisfaction with DOG‟s past performance and step taken to
   improve it.”

Best Investigative or In-Depth Story or Series
   1. “Gay Wendover event” – Staff, High Desert Advocate
   2. “„Retarded‟ killer looking for love” – Staff, High Desert Advocate
   3. “Stores have no expansion plans” – Forrest Newton, Battle Mountain Bugle

Best Local Column
   1. Tim O‟Callaghan, Boulder City News
   “I especially liked the column about news year resolutions – comparison between
   exercise and church was fun.”
   2. Dave Sanford, Mason Valley News
   “Interesting range of topics.”
Best Local Non-Staff Column
   1. Terri Choate, Fernley Leader-Dayton Courier
   “Light but not trivial. Well-written. Fun sense of humor.”
   2. Bill Erin, Boulder City News
   “Well-written viewpoints from an informed perspective.”
   3. Jim Andersen, Battle Mountain Bugle
   “Easy to read, but somewhat predictable.”

Best Local Sports Story
   1. “Montes rushes for 416 yards; rates second in state‟s football history” – Dave
       Woodson, Lovelock Review-Miner
   “Good description and use of words.”
   2. “Dayton wins second straight regional title” – Robert Perea, Fernley Leader-
       Dayton Courier
   “Great event to focus on.”
   3. “Heroes go for the gold” – Jared Harmon, Boulder City News
   “Unique and fun story.”

Best Local Sports Feature
   1. “Eye of the tiger” – Jared Harmon, Boulder City News
   “Well-written and covers a lot of his background with interviews from others.”
   2. “The pride of Mason Valley” – Robert Perea, Mason Valley News
   “Nice direction in storytelling.”
   3. “Mustangs seek back-to-back state titles” – Dave Woodson, Lovelock Review-
       Miner
   “A lot of information. Could have been condensed some for easier reading. A little
   flowery for sports.”

Best Local Sports Column
   1. Jared Harmon, Boulder City News
   “Inventive and interesting, Harmon‟s column combines news with candor and
   excitement.”
   2. Ray Brewer, Boulder City News
   “Brewer writes with intent combing his valuations with the news.”
   3. Robert Perea, Mason Valley News
   “„Games People Play‟ looks beyond the local and brings a wide view of sports to an
   original voice.”

Best Entertainment Writing
   1. Joshua Primack, Boulder City News
   “Nice, breezy writing style. Good depth. Film festival stories will make good
   archival material.”
   2. Corinne Copelan, High Desert Advocate
   “Alternating bold and regular type fonts doesn‟t work. Fun recipes. Some writing
   down to readers.”
Best Editorial Writing
   1. Jean R. Norman, Boulder City News
   “Clearly written, points well made without preaching.”
   2. Kent Harper, Ely Times
   “Too long! What about local issues?”

Best Editorial Page
   1. The Humboldt Sun
   “Like layout, variety of issues addressed, good balance between letter vs. column and
   editorials.”
   2. Battle Mountain Bugle
   “Nice layout, interesting range of topics”
   3. Boulder City News
   “Would like to see more letters and don‟t jump them when columns and
   commentaries take up most of the page. Well-written commentaries and columns.”

Best Overall Design
   1. Boulder City News
   “Design is smart and clean and the text is infused with impact and legibility. Color is
   used to great success and the occasional clipping path give life to an already solid
   design.”
   2. Mason Valley News
   “The newspaper wears a stylish gray: the design is serious and functional, and the
   color palette doesn‟t stray far from a modest gamut. However, the frequent „look‟
   graphics in the classifieds are tedious.”
   3. Ely Times
   “Although the design is rather perfunctory, the newspaper is absolutely legible. The
   typefaces tend toward the tired, and a more judicious use of color could spice up the
   front pages.”

Best Page One Design
   1. Boulder City News
   “Clean, fresh layout and lots of stories. Nice use of teasers.”
   2. The Humboldt Sun
   “Good boxcars and lots of stories.”
   3. Mason Valley News
   “Great sub-mast. The only newspaper that gives a damn…”

Best Page Designer(s)
   1. Joshua Primack, Boulder City News
   “Like use of skater‟s photo in layout. Good layout. Easy to identify each story.”
   2. J. Carmen Kofoed and David Gouger, Battle Mountain Bugle
   “Like rodeo club page.”
   3. Aleze Freeman, Boulder City News

Best Special Section (Editorial)
   1. “101 Things To Do In Northern Nevada” – The Humboldt Sun
   “An interesting way to highlight a diverse area. The year –round focus makes this
   guide a keeper.”
   2. “75th Commemorative Edition” – Boulder City News
   “Loved the layout and concept. Old photos and new connect the past with the
   present.”
   3. “Mining 2005” – Battle Mountain Bugle
   “A great, informative book on local industry.”

Best Spot News Photo Coverage
   1. “Rear view” – Leila Navidi, Boulder City News
   “This great photo should have been run much larger.”
   2. “Shed up in flames” – Patrick Abanathy, Mason Valley News
   “Great photo with good timing – run larger.”
   3. “Car versus train” – Betty Aleck, Fernley Leader-Dayton Courier
   “It‟s all about being in the right place at the right time.”

Best General News Photo
   1. “NHP trooper with dog” – Sara Tramiel, Boulder City News
   “An interesting way to bring a warm image to a story about vehicle inspections. The
   eye lands on man and dog, while still picking up the tanker in the background.”
   2. “Give „em the old one, two” – Keith Trout, Mason Valley News
   “Family‟s faces tell the story of what‟s on screen. The punches being thrown by the
   man on the floor, his intensity – a great shot.”
   3. “Piece of cake” – Leila Navidi, Boulder City News
   “Interaction between mayor and Ede Zinn is humorous and endearing.”

Best Feature Photo
   1. “Patriotic flair” – Patrick Abanathy, Mason Valley News
   2. “Drench warfare” – Mike Stotts, Boulder City News
   3. “Swan” – Sara Tramiel, Boulder City News

Best Multiple Feature Photos
   1. “Life and lamb” – Mike Stott, Boulder City News
   “Photos improve the story of sheep relocation. Close-up shots of sheep and held
   operations give readers a better grasp on the event.”
   2. “Pageant crown” – Leila Navidi, Boulder City News
   “Candid, intimate and humanizing. Gives beauty/scholarship pageant contestants a
   more „real‟ side. Not the standard pageant photos.”
   3. “County fair” – Patrick Abanathy, Keith Trout and Robert Perea, Mason Valley
      News
   “Didn‟t go to the fair? You did if you picked a copy of this paper. The community is
   well represented and the photos are varied.”

Best Portrait
   1. “Santa Claus” – Leila Navidi, Boulder City News
   “Lighting and express make this photo. Also the background doesn‟t distract from
   the central image in the photo.”
   2. “Such a good dog” – Patrick Abanathy, Mason Valley News
   “The dog‟s eye view is engaging, but wouldn‟t be as effective without the
   background of the police car.”
   3. “Watermelon eating contest” – Betty Aleck, Fernley Leader-Dayton Courier
   “A fun „slice‟ of local festivities. You can taste the watermelon.”

Best Illustrated Photo
   1. “Drug plan and problems” – Beth Clifton, Lovelock Review-Miner
   “Good way to illustrate a story about medicate without using patients. Having bottle
   on it‟s side with spilled pills adds depth.”
   2. “Pineapple” – Leila Navidi, Boulder City News
   Prespective makes the shot so much more interesting.”
   3. “Onions” – Patrick Abanathy, Mason Valley News
   “One white onion in the field of red – gives contrast and attracts attention. A good
   preview shot.”

Best Sports Photo
   1. “Weightlifter sets national, world records” – Leila Navidi, Boulder City News
   “This picture catches him in a moment when he is about to use all his strength. By
   his facial expression. I can almost sense how hard it will be to lift the dumbbell.”
   2. “Eagle boys soccer ends season with win” – Sara Tramiel, Boulder City News
   “Nice photo. It captures a lot of emotion.”
   3. “Boys soccer off to undefeated start” – Leila Navidi, Boulder City News
   “I liked how you can see what they‟re after and they‟re having fun too. Good colors
   – good lighting.”


CLASS V

General Excellence
   1. Reno News & Review
   “Great coverage. Shows that „alternative‟ can be so much more than rock and roll.
   Controversy and quirky personals.”
   2. Las Vegas CityLife
   “Great music scene coverage. Good features.”

Journalist of Merit
Shelly Donahue, View Neighborhood Newspapers
“Shelly‟s photos just made my jaw drop in awe. Her work has that journalistic quality of
telling the story within the story.”

Community Service
  1. “Aid has not disappeared” – Las Vegas Weekly
   “An easy first – a very important subject addressed with dignity, good writing that
   expresses an attitude of urgency.”
   2. “Flood money” – Reno News & Review
   “An important, informative story on a subject that transcends your area. Good use of
   diverse opinions and approaches.”
   3. “Mean Street” – Las Vegas CityLife
   “Fine writing that doesn‟t get lost in the complex issues. Would have liked to see
   more emphasis on danger of the street.”

Best Spot News Story
   1. “Shooting shock” – Kat Kerlin and Dennis Myers, Reno News & Review
   “The lead captured me: someone moving to avoid school violence still impacted by
   school violence. Discussing the effect of news coverage added to the „standard‟
   school shooting story.”
   2. “Noise in the „hood” – Matt O‟Brien, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Excellent description of neighborhood. Coverage of community‟s efforts is a
   valuable service.”
   3. “Open restaurants” – Dennis Myers, Reno News & Review
   “A solid story on possible shadowy behavior by elected officials. Backroom
   meetings aren‟t just relegated to the backroom.”

Best Feature Story
   1. “One church one war” – Dennis Myers, Reno News & Review
   “A different way to look at the subject. Like the way Myers brought out the ways
   people support a war even while feeling conflicted about it. So many telling details.
   (I hated to give the same person 1st and 2nd, but Myers passionate writing won me
   over.)”
   2. “Why is life in Nevada so lousy?” – Dennis Myers, Reno News & Review
   “I rarely have this complaint about an alternative news story: it was too short. This is
   a subject that underlies everything else going on in Nevada and it deserves this kind
   of thoughtful exploration, which I hope continues.”
   3. “Crip no more” – Damon Hodge, Las Vegas Weekly
   “There are a lot of stories about people like this guy, but what I liked here was the
   context – how the story addressed not just this man‟s changed life, but also how gang
   life is affecting the city.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Death of the double wide” – Matt O‟Brien, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Such great detail – the phone calls where evicted tenants casually suggest suicide
   might be their best option, reflect on a larger problem in a place where its hard to find
   good low-income housing.”

Best Business News Story
   1. “Banks „R‟ us” – Dennis Myers, Reno News & Review
   2. “Neighbors weigh in on great mall in Vegas” – Lauren Romano, View
      Neighborhood Newspapers
   3. “Sticker shock” – Dennis Myers, Reno News & Review
Best Business Feature Story
   1. “It‟s a plaid” – Andrew Kiraly, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Great descriptive dialog and background, depth of story shows plenty of research.
   You really know Phil Hoyt before the story ends.”
   2. “Geeks Inherit the earth” – R.V. Scheide, Reno News & Review
   “Well researched, good writing, proof that the old way doing business can always be
   threatened.”
   3. “Strange brew” – Brad Bynum, Reno News & Review
   “Interesting story of small industry with interesting people.”

Best Explanatory Journalism
   1. “Lost Boys” – Kevin Cupp, Las Vegas CityLife
   “The top story is a difficult category. This story, with great relevance, showed good
   depth. Punchy writing style. Frustrating issue.”
   2. TIE
   “The meth manace” – Kat Kerlin, Reno News & Review
   “The only this that kept this story (stories) from taking 1st in a difficult category werer
   the constant jumps. Lots of good research – thorough work, but readers don‟t follow
   that many jumps.”
   “Juice train” – Steve Sebelius, George Knapp, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Very good writing – not just the facts, but some ambiance as well. This shows a lot
   of good research. Hard work pays off.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Got gang?” – Stephanie Perry, Reno News & Review
   “Good story with local impact on a subject few people understand. You didn‟t
   overdo the focus or become a cheerleader. Nice work.”

Best News Feature Story
   1. “Eat me!” – Emmily Bristol, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Descriptive elements gave readers a sense of being at Tiffany‟s. If you‟ve eaten
   there you‟d feel nostalgic; if not you‟d hurry down to find a seat.”
   2. “Does Washoe County have a vendetta against this man?” – D. Brian Burghart,
       Reno News & Review
   “An interesting profile of an obviously flamboyant man. Excellent background, gives
   people with no knowledge of events the information to decide on their own. (Great
   disclosure! I laughed out loud.)”
   3. “It‟s a war zone” – Damon Hodge, Las Vegas Weekly
   “A gripping look at what community leaders, police, residents and property owners
   are doing, or not doing, to reclaim part of the city.”

Best Investigative or In-Depth Story or Series
   1. “American slave trade” – Emmily Bristol, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Interviews with victims bring a sense of harsh reality to this story along with stark
   figures. Good, solid reporting and writing.”
   2. “Public notice” – Dennis Myers, Reno News & Review
   “Way to call government to task. Good environmental reporting.”
   3. “Flood” – D. Brian Burghart, Reno News & Review
   “A creative way to look at solutions to a chronic problem.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Life on the outside” – Matt O‟Brien, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Compelling story.”

Best Local Column
   1. Steve Sebelius, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Point comes full. Clear, concise, solid supportive statements.”

Best Local Non-Staff Column
   1. Larry Wills, View Neighborhood Newspapers
   “Quality of writing puts it over the top. Smooth, easy to read and remember.”
   2. Deidre Pike, Reno News & Review
   “Sometimes you try to say too much, kind of „all over the map‟ before roping it in.
   But I mostly like them.”
   3. Deborah Wall, View Neighborhood Newspapers
   “Nice idea for a specific top column – easy to read with LOTS of good information.
   Very informative stuff.”

Best Local Sports Story
   1. “The streak” – Damon Hodge, Las Vegas Weekly
   “Creative approach to story about a chronic losing team. Good background about
   socio-economic status of losing school. Built on extensive interviewing and first
   hand observation.”
   2. “Pedal to the metal” – Kris Vagner, Reno News & Review
   “Captivating topic. Good contextual reporting about Reno urban planning.”
   3. “Below the rim” – Matt O‟Brien, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Clear, well organized story. Good use of quotes. Explanation of players disabilities
   answers questions lurking in readers‟ minds and puts the topic in broader context.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “One foot in front of the other” – Kris Vagner, Reno News & Review
   “Clear, well organized. Because it‟s written from first-hand perspective, the reader
   „experiences‟ the snowshoe trip and learns more about the sport. Actually I felt
   „Pedal‟ was better written than Kris‟s other entry – „Pedal‟ ranked higher based on
   novelty of topic and reporting effort.”

Best Local Sports Feature
   1. “Coming to America” – Matt O‟Brien, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Great job capturing the trial and travels of an African chasing his basketball dream
   around the world.”
   2. “Back in the action” – Fred Couzens, View Neighborhood Newspapers
   “The story of this water skier was an inspiring story.”
   3. “Keeping up traditions” – Kevin Stott, View Neighborhood Newspapers
   “Three generations of basketball around the globe.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Life and death victory” – Kevin Stott, View Neighborhood Newspapers
   “The best about this story was the warning it gives to parents to watch for infections
   in their children.”

Best Entertainment Writing
   1. Andrew Kiraly, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Good, vivid writing. Made me laugh out loud. Kept me reading. Nice work!”
   2. Angie Parkinson, View Neighborhood Newspapers
   “Nice diversity of subjects, and good grasp of each subject. Stories that jump three
   times won‟t hold most readers.”
   3. Jeannette Catsoulis, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Good, in-depth reporting, but you take too long getting to the point. Whatever
   happened to strong leads?”

Best Critical Writing
   1. Greg Beato, Las Vegas Weekly
   “Beato‟s criticism is accurate without being scathing and even after more paragraphs
   than other critics use before writing about minutia, Beato is still adding new layers to
   the criticism.”
   2. Katie Anania, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Suitable for readers with extensive pre-knowledge of the subject and readers
   receiving their first introduction to the topic. Anania‟s criticism is well-educated and
   passionate.”
   3. Kevin Capp, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Realizing art cannot exist outside of the environment that produced it, Capp‟s
   criticism brings together ample experience and appealing argument in his final
   reviews.”

Best Editorial Writing
   1. D. Brian Burghart, Reno News & Review
   “Strong writing. Interesting topics.”
   2. Dennis Myers, Reno News & Review
   “Interesting topics and well-written.”

Best Overall Design
   1. Las Vegas CityLife
   “The design is smart, modern and communicates with an invisible classiness that
   portrays itself in pop art. Typography is top notch and even the simplest articles
   come to life.”
   2. Reno News & Review
   “Excellent use of color and in-house illustration give this newspaper an immediate
   impact. Not afraid to use white space to ad to the design package. Traditional
   typefaces are paired with more modern headlines with plenty of space to let the eye
   rest.”
   3. Las Vegas Weekly
   “The glossy paper set the tone for the newspaper – slick. However, once on
   newsprint the design, heavy in halftones for type and lines, begins to feel out of its
   environment. Excellence use of photos.”

Best Page One Design
   1. Las Vegas CityLife
   “Colorful graphic, but not overdone.”
   2. View Neighborhood Newspapers
   “More of newspaper look – unique layout.”
   3. Las Vegas Weekly
   Honorable Mention:
   Reno News & Review

Best Page Designer(s)
   1. Bill Hughes, Las Vegas CityLife
   2. Benjamen Purvis, Las Vegas CityLife
   3. Wesley Gatbonton, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Special Section (Editorial)
   1. “Join the Pack” – Reno News & Review
   “Great concept and excellent graphics.”
   2. “Best of Nevada” – Reno News & Review
   “Not a new idea, but every love „Best ofs.‟ Well executed. Fun graphics.”

Best Information Graphic
   1. “The meth menace” – David Jayne, Reno News & Review
   “Brings the story to life. Excellent.”
   2. “A stone‟s throw apart” – Wesley Gatbonton, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Illustration
   1. “High anxiety” – Rick Sealock, Reno News & Review
   “Drastic, drippy and dark: the message is communicated at first look and the
   headline takes second place, reinforcing the concept portrayed in the graphic.”
   2. “Attack of the books” – Danny Roberts, Las Vegas CityLife
   “What better way to give books a life of their own than with a comic book design?
   This impact of the graphic set up a theme to give a torpid subject life.”
   3. “Magick macabre”- Benjamen Purvis, Las Vegas Weekly
   “Black and white does not have to be secondary to color; this illustration leverages
   the gray to create a creepy dichotomy that is more interesting than the story.”

Best Spot News Photo Coverage
   1. TIE
   “New Orleans rescue” – Clay Myers, Las Vegas CityLife
   “A fabulous photo with great emotional appeal.”
   “Shooting shock” – David Robert, Reno News & Review
   “Wonderful photo. A great study.”
Best General News Photo
   1. TIE
   “Unforgettable” – Shelly Donahue, View Neighborhood Newspapers
   “Pride on son‟s face; longing and loss on family‟s face. Told a story.”
   “Project counter recruitment” – Dash T. Himake, Las Vegas Weekly
   “Captures intensity of speaker with appropriate background in interesting
   perspective.”
   2. “We need peace” – Todd Lussier, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Soft face to go with the story of urban strife. Officer in the background makes the
   whole shot work.”

Best Feature Photo
   1. “Controlled burn” – David Robert, Reno News & Review
   “Excellent composition and use of technique to show motion.”
   2. “Forty deuce” – Bill Hughes, Las Vegas CityLife
   “The sax player in a tux with a fringe barebacked dancer hanging from a pole –
   what‟s not to love?”
   3. “Get back funky cats” – Bill Hughes, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Movement, excitement – makes the club look like an entertaining venue.”

Best Multiple Feature Photos
   1. “Portraits of teens” – David Calvert and Jennifer Sande, Reno News & Review
   “I liked how it was an expression of life and each shot was different.”
   2. “Death of the double wide” – Bill Hughes, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Great photos. I liked how simple they were and yet each said so much.”
   3. “Seven nights of salsa” – Bill Hughes, Las Vegas CityLife
   “It was fun, vibrant and so creative.”

Best Portrait
   1. “Nakachi Majeeda” – Bill Hughes, Las Vegas CityLife
   “This beautiful shot shows a strong woman in all her glory.”
   2. “Daniel a.k.a. „Lyrical‟” – Todd Lussier, Las Vegas CityLife
   “The photo captures the essence of the tragedy of gangs – lost innocence.”
   3. “Elvis-A-Rama, featuring Donny Edwards” – Shelly Donahue, View
       Neighborhood Newspapers
   “Elvis lives on in a red cloud and sparkles. No photo could capture it better.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Girl is a prostitute” – Benjamen Purvis, Las Vegas Weekly
   “Who hasn‟t dreamed of having an opportunity for the beautiful blue photo? The
   model is gorgeous and the photo calls to the viewer as the best burlesque.”

Best Illustrated Photo
   1. “Family secrets” – David Robert, Reno News & Review
   “This picture is self-explanatory and that‟s why I like it. The reader automatically
   knows what is going on and that its an important issue.”
   2. “Confession of homebrew widow” – Bill Hughes, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Good colors, people, atmosphere, everything.”
   3. “Bust a rhyme” – Bill Hughes, Las Vegas CityLife
   “Very creative. Explains the story.”

Best Sports Photo
   1. “Fast women and nasty girls” – Bill Hughes, Las Vegas CityLife
   “I thought you captured the perfect shot with these ladies who are all so different in
   their dress, style, shape and ability.”
   2. “Keeping the faith” – Marlene Karas, View Neighborhood Newspapers
   “I loved the reactions of the girls and the focus of the shot.”
   3. “Twenty-two seconds” – Bill Hughes, Las Vegas CityLife
   “This is the perfect shot for #57…he looks so graceful at such an intense moment.
   The crowd looks silent as the play is made.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Mastering martial arts” – Ronda Churchill, View Neighborhood Newspapers
   “This was just so different for a sports photo, it grabbed the attention and sucked me
   into the story.”


Best Headline Writing – All Daily Newspapers
   1. Steve Moore, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “The subtlety is awesome! I‟ll be laughing about the „woman processing jokes‟ head
   for years to come! Well done.”
   2. John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Sun
   “Short and pointed. Nice!”
   3. Matthew Crowley, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Very well done.”

Best Headline Writing – All Weekly Newspapers
   1. Aleza Freeman, Boulder City News
   “The subtlety of these are what makes them great!”
   2. Kurt Hildbrand, The Record-Courier
   “Very nice teasers into the story.”
   3. Kat Kerlin, Reno News & Review
   “The „slap you in the face‟ style. Well done.”
   Honorable Mention:
   Jason Scavone, Henderson Home News
   “Subtle, yet very affective.”



ADVERTISING AWARDS

ALL DAILY NEWSPAPERS
Best Large-Space Ad Prepared By A Newspaper
   1. “Pacific Pawnbrokers” – Kathy Webb, Reno Gazette-Journal
   “Unique category. Catchy headline. Gripping art. Fun ad.”
   2. “We know all the plays” – Terri DeLaRosby, Reno Gazette-Journal
   “Fun design. Clean ad. Effective layout. Catchy graphic.”
   3. “Apex Bulk Commodities” – Andrew Van Wie, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Not overly exciting, but very well targeted. Good feature/benefit. Relevant
   graphics.”

Best Black And White Ad Created By A Newspaper
   1. “J.P. Chadom Jewelers” – John Simon, Tahoe Daily Tribune
   “Clean, powerful, effective, eye-catching and elegant.”
   2. “The Wild Wild West Show” – Judy Scudder and Chris Slabaugh, Nevada Appeal
   “Good blend of fonts, screens and creative in a retro style ad.”
   3. “Skin Check-Skin Cancer Clinics” – Lynne Adamson, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Great art, nice layout and strong copy.”

Best Spot-Color Ad Create By A Newspaper
   1. “Nevada Homes Group” – Amber Ealy-Oatman, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Nice artwork and straight forward message.”
   2. “Before You Panic (Koch)” – Kathy Webb, Reno Gazette-Journal
   “Expressive message. Interesting headline. Nice artwork.”
   3. “Ford Trucks” – Barbara Bogart, Elko Daily Free Press

Best Multi-Color Ad Created By A Newspaper
   1. “Spring Sale (Carpets „N More)” – Teri Hogue and Amber Ealy-Oatman, Las
      Vegas Review-Journal
   “Great colors for spring. Headline says everything. Artwork is eye-catching.”
   2. “On to of the game (Pacific Pawnbrokers)” – Kathy Webb, Reno Gazette-Journal
   “Clear message. Nice colored artwork.”
   3. “Planning a backyard project? (Franklin Building Supply)” – Sheli Stump, Elko
      Daily Free Press
   “Expressive photos that go with the message to be conveyed.”

Best Special Section – Advertising
       1. “Furniture and Design” – Las Vegas Review-Journal
       “Design is easy to follow. It flows through the entire piece and keeps the reader
       interested. Ads are more than appropriate and ad to the layout of the piece.”
       2. “Tahoe Lifestyles” – Tahoe Daily Tribune
       “Beautiful color and excellent placement of ads vs. articles. Layout a bit
       inconsistent, distracting from the flow of the reader.”
       3. “Hot August Nights” – Reno Gazette-Journal
       “Excellent layout and design. Cover is very attractive. Great articles. Articles
       and ads do tend to get lost in each other.”

Best In-House Advertising Promotion For Circulation, Advertising or Editorial
   1. “EZ Pass” – Michael Rollman, Taylor Smith and Anne Petrik, Reno Gazette-
       Journal
   “Clean creative, strong execution. Compelling message.”
   2. “Draw Your Dad” – Anne Petrik and Michael Rollman, Reno Gazette-Journal
   “Unique. Good reader connection. Well executed. Good participation. Relevant.”
   3. “Click-N-Buy” – Mike Miller, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Excellent design. Clear message. Informative and strong campaign.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “$1000-A-Day” – Mike Miller and David Hjelm, Las Vegas Review-Journal
   “Multi-media campaign with a fresh promotion of a classic program. Well
   integrated.”

Advertising General Excellence
  1. Reno Gazette-Journal
  “Clean, fresh layout and overall excellent. Great use of color and space. Overall
  page layout and headlines well designed.”
  2. Las Vegas Review-Journal
  “Gate fold is very brave use of space without loss of editorial INTEGRITTY…or was
  it? Good layouts and use of color. Overall page layout is good.”
  3. Lahontan Valley News
  “Very clean and great overall look. VERY competitive entry for the smaller dailies.”


ALL WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS

Best Large-Space Ad Prepared By A Newspaper
   1. “Congratulations Julia!” – Lauren Shearer, Tahoe World
   “Very clean, nice vertical layout, strong graphic and compelling copy.”
   2. “The District” – Lori Lambert, Henderson Home News
   “Good blend of four unique benefits. Good art and copy blend.”
   3. “Passport to Chocolate” – Keith Sheffield, Tahoe World
   “Clean layout, creative font, clear message and strong headline.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Wasabi‟s”- Mary Weaver and Victoria Grathwohl, The Record-Courier
   “Clean, strong, well executed message. Well defined creatively.”

Best Black And White Ad Created By A Newspaper
   1. “Let the season begin at QB Homes” – Dori Koven and Shannon Carpenter,
       Henderson Home News
   “Clean, clear message, good creative, nice reverse screening.”
   2. “Adoption Fair” – Travis Ambrose, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza
   “Creative art and copy fusion. Clean.”
   3. “Mind Body and Soul” – Lauren Shearer, Tahoe World
   “Eye-catching, proper creative and message blend.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Reward” – Lauren Shearer, Tahoe World
   “Classic design and stands out. Easy read.”

Best Spot-Color Ad Created By A Newspaper
   1. “We‟re Open!” – Ellen Aker and Terrie Stersic, The Humboldt Sun
   “Very effective use of color and layout. Eye-catching overall.”
   2. “Public Auction” – Heather Adams, Pahrump Valley Times
   “Good layout. Gradient screen on color is very effective.”
   3. “Father‟s Day BBQ” – Shelly Gerhard and Roz Ellifritz, The Humboldt Sun
   “Use of color very eye-catching”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Harvest Wine Tasting” – Ellen Aker and J. Carmen Kofoed, The Humboldt Sun

Best Multi-Color Ad Created By A Newspaper
   1. “Great Basin Bank of Nevada” – Carlene Large, Fallon Star Press
   “Great creativity. Good headline. Expressive design.”
   2. “Brighton Collectibles” – Dori Koven and Shannon Carpenter, Henderson Home
       News
   “Multi-color and eye-catching design.”
   3. “Topaz Lodge (seafood buffet)” – Mary Weaver and Julie Franklin, The Record-
       Courier
   “Interesting artwork and clear message.”

Best Special Section – Advertising
   1. “Winning At The Game Of Business” – In Business Las Vegas
   “Beautifully designed, very inventive layout and good use of color. Feature editorial
   is interesting and well developed.”
   2. “The Official Truckee Visitor Guide” – Sierra Sun
   “Great cover! Page layout is exceptional, very aggressive use of color –
   congratulations!!”
   3. “Tahoe Winter 2005” – North Lake Tahoe Bonanza
   “Beautiful cover, great headline typeface, very well written editorial and good
   reproduction.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “Locals” – North Lake Tahoe Bonanza
   “Very interesting concept, great editorial and layout.”

Best In-House Advertising Promotion For Circulation, Advertising or Editorial
   1. Testimonials – Andrea Diaz Vaughn, Reno News & Review
   “Strong creatively. Good variety and compelling and relevant copy.”
   2. “Farmer‟s Market” – Jolene Callinan and Cindy Xander, Fallon Star Press
   “Nice blend of creative and advertising. Busy but engaging. Fun.”
   3. In Business promo series (origami) – Kit Sweeney, In Business Las Vegas
   “Original design. Consistent theme. Multi-media execution.”
   Honorable Mention:
   “www.tahoe-world.com/photos” – Keith Sheffield, Tahoe World
   “Exciting graphics, clean message and appealing layout.”
Advertising General Excellence
  1. Tahoe World
  “Impressive designs. Touchy messages.”
  2. Reno News & Review
  “Good colorful designs.”
  3. North Lake Tahoe Bonanza

				
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