RJ takes prime honors at Nevada Press Basis banquet

The Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal was named the state’s finest newspaper and finest information web site and gained prime particular person honors on the Nevada Press Basis Awards of Excellence dinner Saturday evening in Reno.

The Evaluate-Journal’s honors included excellent journalist, excellent visible journalist and excellent graphic designer, and first-place wins for investigative story, enterprise spot information story, leisure function and information story, editorial writing, finest particular occasion and finest video program or collection for the weekday streaming newscast “[email protected]

The newspaper, its sister publications and the quarterly rjmagazine collected greater than 70 awards in complete for journalism and promoting produced between April 1, 2020, and March 31. The competition is offered yearly by the Nevada Press Affiliation. This yr it was judged by members of the Montana Newspaper Affiliation.

“We’re grateful the competition judges rewarded the Evaluate-Journal’s distinctive workers for its essential, impactful work,” Govt Editor Glenn Prepare dinner stated.

The Evaluate-Journal gained 43 complete awards, together with 20 first-place finishes. Rjmagazine was acknowledged 9 instances.

The Boulder Metropolis Evaluate, which was named finest newspaper within the rural class, additionally gained 9 awards.

The Pahrump Valley Instances, which was named finest information web site within the rural class, took dwelling 10 awards. And the Tonopah Instances-Bonanza was acknowledged thrice.

High journalists

Evaluate-Journal reporter Rio Lacanlale, who was awarded journalist of benefit final yr, was named the state’s Excellent Journalist for a portfolio of labor that revisited the story of Charles Bush, a 39-year-old Black man choked to loss of life by Las Vegas police in 1990, and detailed the Metropolitan Police Division’s choice to not improve the loss of life toll within the Las Vegas mass capturing after two victims died greater than two years after the Route 91 Harvest pageant bloodbath killed 58.

The day Lacanlale’s story was revealed, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo introduced the capturing’s official loss of life toll would improve to 60.

Lacanlale additionally reported on a crash that killed 5 cyclists on a stretch of freeway close to Searchlight when a field truck plowed into the group, and she or he informed the account of an 11-hour crime spree spanning two states that Clark County’s district legal professional described as “a Bonnie and Clyde state of affairs.”

“What tipped the steadiness in Rio Lacanlale’s favor was the extent she was keen to go to to be able to get the total story,” the judges wrote. Of her reporting on the delayed deaths of Las Vegas capturing victims, the judges wrote: “By way of service to our trade, to proceed following a narrative — not beating it to loss of life however bringing out new aspects of significance to the social construction we work inside — three years is fairly superb.”

Photographer Benjamin Hager was named Excellent Visible Journalist for a physique of labor that included portraits of Las Vegas Strip entertainers.

Hager, who was acknowledged a complete of seven instances, additionally took dwelling first-place awards for finest sports activities photograph and photograph essay or gallery.

Judges stated Hager was “the stand-out in a class with a whole lot of nice entries and hard competitors. The deciding elements included creativity, angles and visible parts delivered to the photographs whereas demonstrating the vary of the photographer from arts to onerous information to group protection.”

Tony Morales gained excellent graphic designer for a portfolio that included particular shows on the opening of Allegiant Stadium and Circa in downtown Las Vegas.

“The participating digital parts are what set this entry aside in a discipline of excellent work. Subject of Goals graphic used video, photographs, infographics and, in fact, phrases to current a crisp informative visible,” the judges wrote.

Extra first-place recognition

Reporter Artwork Kane produced the perfect investigative story, chronicling how youngster safety staff had failed a 13-year-old boy regardless of documenting his household troubles for a decade. The boy, Aaron Jones, was discovered lifeless beneath rocks within the desert, and his father and stepmother had been indicted on suspicion of homicide after allegations of horrific abuse.

Kane’s story additionally highlighted that dozens of kid deaths in Clark County over a seven-year interval might need been prevented by youngster safety staff.

“Glorious investigative use of public and leaked confidential data to inform the bigger story of bureaucratic incompetence and insufficient legal guidelines,” the judges wrote.

Reporter Subrina Hudson was awarded finest enterprise spot information story for detailing Nevada gig staff’ frustration with unemployment system notifications. Her story examined the rocky rollout for the state’s new webpage that allowed gig staff, contractors and the self-employed to entry the unemployment profit system.

Reporter Christopher Lawrence acquired the award for finest leisure information story for his piece that detailed how casinos didn’t have normal protocol for checking the temperatures of their clients to protect in opposition to the unfold of the coronavirus.

Lawrence additionally gained the award for finest leisure function story for a collection detailing 100 acts of kindness made by Las Vegans in the course of the pandemic. Among the materials was primarily based on reporting all year long by a number of Evaluate-Journal reporters together with Janna Karel, Madelon Hynes and Jason Bracelin.

Editorial web page editor John Kerr gained first place for editorial writing, and the Evaluate-Journal’s editorial web page was named the perfect within the state.

“No-holds-barred writing on matters of native curiosity made this tops for the class,” the judges wrote of Kerr’s editorials. “The editorials had been the sort that demand readership from those that agree and disagree.”

The Evaluate-Journal additionally gained first place for general design and its particular part on the completion of Allegiant Stadium.


The Evaluate-Journal’s new weekday streaming newscast, “[email protected],” was acknowledged as the perfect video program or collection. The seven-minute program, which drops at 7 a.m. and seven p.m., was launched this yr by Jim Prather, the Evaluate-Journal’s government director of programming, and the Evaluate-Journal’s video group: Renee Summerour, Jenn Auh, Cassie Soto, James Schaeffer, Le’Andre Fox, Heidi Fang, Larry Mir, Janet Murphy, Paul Pearson, Nathan Asselin, Angus Kelly, Michael Quine, Kelsey Kendall, Neb Solomon and Elliot Bauman.

“Seems to be like a significant studio TV broadcast,” the competition judges stated of this system.

Promoting awards

Chase Rankin, the Evaluate-Journal’s senior vp for gross sales and advertising and marketing, gained finest promoting innovation for “[email protected]” sponsorships, and Tony Morales collected first place for shade print advert for a “[email protected]” promotion. Angie Gutting gained finest in-house promoting for New Properties Information.

Advertising and marketing Director Wanda Blair, Occasion Advertising and marketing Director Melissa McCabe and Rankin gained finest particular occasion for a digital meals and cocktail collection.

“This can be a really nice concept: Asking native cooks and restaurateurs to organize genuine meals and educate.

It combines the love of meals, love of cooking, genuine tastes with specialists. This can be a nice format in the course of the pandemic and a option to reinvent group,” the judges wrote.

Contact Shea Johnson at [email protected] or 702-383-0272.

Listing of Winners

First Place Winners:

Excellent Journalist: Rio Lacanlale

Excellent Visible Journalist: Benjamin Hager

Excellent Graphic Designer: Tony Morales

Promoting Innovation: Chase Rankin – [email protected], 7-Minute Newscast

Enterprise Spot Information Story: Subrina Hudson – Nevada’s gig employee unemployment-filing web site has bumpy begin

Coloration Print Advert: Tony Morales – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – [email protected] Spadea

Editorial Web page: John Kerr – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal

Editorial Writing: John Kerr – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal

Leisure Function Story: Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – 100 acts of kindness: Southern Nevada stepped as much as assist

Leisure Information Story: Christopher Lawrence – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Casinos don’t have any normal protocol for temperature checks

Function Picture: Rachel Aston – rjmagazine – Kiss at Gold Strike Scorching Springs

Normal Excellence: Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal

Normal On-line Excellence: Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal

Normal On-line Excellence: rjmagazine

In-Home Promoting: Angie Gutting – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – New Properties Information Media Package

Investigative Story: Artwork Kane – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Aaron Jones: ‘Recipe for catastrophe’

A number of Picture Essay or Gallery: Benjamin Hager – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Scintillating Sin Metropolis Performers

Non-Employees Story: John M. Glionna – rjmagazine – One in 10 million

Total Design: Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal

Particular Occasion: Wanda Blair, Melissa McCabe, Chase Rankin – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Digital Meals and Cocktail Collection

Particular Part (Editorial): Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Allegiant Stadium

Sports activities Picture: Benjamin Hager – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Acrobatic catch at Arrowhead Stadium

Video Program or Collection: Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – [email protected] Day by day Information Present

Second Place Winners:

Coloration Print Advert: David Sly – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Vegas Nation Journal Advert

Digital Advert: Malachi Schlink, David Memmott – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Kroil

Explanatory Journalism: Gary Martin – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – West Virginia exhibits Nevada, different states, the best way on COVID vaccines

Function Picture: Benjamin Hager – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Siberian Huskies on the run

Function Picture: Rachel Aston – rjmagazine – In illness and in well being

Freedom of the Press: Michael Scott Davidson, Arthur Kane, Evaluate-Journal Editorial Board – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal

Headline Writing: Rhonda Prast – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal

In-Home Promoting: Olivia Kuntz, Malachi Schlink – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Getting older Wellness

Investigative Story: Artwork Kane, Rachel Crosby, Michael Scott Davidson – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Alpine Fireplace

Native Sports activities Column: Ed Graney – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal

Non-Employees Story: John M. Glionna – rjmagazine – A accident: Cirque performers

Web page One Design/Cowl Design: Mark Antonuccio – rjmagazine

Web page One Design/Cowl Design: LeeAnn Elias – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal

Portrait: Benjamin Hager – A Twist of Destiny

Third Place Winners:

Coloration Print Advert: Jorge Betancourt, David Sly, Malachi Schlink – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Air Provide Journal Advert

Editorial Writing: Victor Joecks – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal

Leisure Function Story: Christopher Lawrence – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Wanting again at ‘On line casino’

Leisure Information Story: Heidi Knapp Rinella, Al Mancini – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Eating places reopen, discover no rush for brand spanking new regular in Las Vegas

Function Writing: Janna Karel – rjmagazine – Paddler’s paradise … Black Canyon

Normal Excellence: rjmagazine

Headline Writing: Brian Sandford – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal

In-Home Promoting: Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Golden Knights Season Preview Part Advert

Native Column: Mick Akers – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Highway Warrior

Information Picture Protection: Benjamin Hager, L.E. Baskow, Chase Stevens – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Lonely Las Vegas Strip

Non-Employees Story: John M. Glionna – rjmagazine – Escaramuza riders protect piece of rural Latino tradition

Particular Occasion: Melissa McCabe, Wanda Blair, Chase Rankin – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Tutorial Excellence Awards

Sports activities Function Writing: Sam Gordon – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Cutmen embrace adjustment to High Rank bubble at MGM Grand

Sports activities Picture: Benjamin Hager – Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Raiders clear opening hurdle

Video Program or Collection: Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal – Vegas Nation Gameday