RN&R’s stellar journalism acknowledged

The Nevada Press Association announced many of its award winners for the past year’s “Better Newspaper Contest.” Staffers here at the RN&R managed to earn what Editor D. Brian Burghart calls a “boatload of awards” in the Class V division (for Nevada newsweeklies with a circulation of more than 25,000). Since we have no humility whatsoever, we intend to list our accolades here:

NPA first place awards went to Miranda Jesch (Best Investigative or In-Depth Story), Adrienne Rice (Best Local Sports Feature), D. Brian Burghart (Best Spot News Story), Peter Thompson (Best Feature Story), David Robert (Best Feature Photo), David Jayne (Best Page Designer) and Deidre Pike (Best Sports Story).

NPA seconds went to Brad Bynum (Best Entertainment Writing), Kelley Lang (Best Sports Story), Debra Reid (Best Spot News Photo), David Robert (Best Sports Photo), Deidre Pike (Best Local Column), Sandra Hoover (Best Illustration), Allison Winnie (Best Spot Color Ad), our design team (Best Overall Design) and our ad department (Best Special Section).

But wait, that’s not all.

Thirds went to Deidre Pike (Best Spot News Story, Best Business Story), Bruce Van Dyke (Best Local Non-staff Column) and the RN&R staff (Community Service). And honorable mentions were earned by D. Brian Burghart (Best Investigative or In-Depth), David Robert (Best Illustrated Photo), Ina Wilson and Marianne Mancina (Best Large Space Ad).

The NPA awards are given out at a banquet in September. Some awards aren’t announced until the night of the event, like General Excellence, Outstanding Journalist and Journalist of Merit awards. But don’t worry. If we win any of those, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Along other award-winning lines, contributor Dennis Myers won two first-place awards from the National Federation of Press Women. The first was for Myers’ six-part series about on-location movie shooting in Nevada, which won Best Special Series or Documentary of 2002. Photographers on the series were Tim Ill and Justin Kanno. The second award was Best Columnist for his column which appears in the Sparks Daily Tribune, Las Vegas Business Press and Pahrump Valley Times.