Sierra Sun staffers earn first-place journalism awards
October 10, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Sierra Sun was rewarded recently in Elko, Nev., at the 2013 Nevada Press Association "Better Newspaper Contest" convention, earning six awards, including first-place nods for Community Editor Amy Edgett, Sports Editor Sylas Wright and Reporter Margaret Moran.
Moran placed first in the Best Spot News Story category for the Dec. 5, 2012, cover feature "A close call." In the story, Moran recapped various elements leading up to the potential flooding of the Truckee River, a weather event that never occurred thanks to timely snowfall.
"Great job of wrapping up a breaking story," judges wrote. "Interviews with residents and finding out how they reacted really made it come alive."
Edgett was tops in the Best Feature Story category for the Nov. 16, 2012, cover story "Hell on the highway." Edgett followed crews with the National Geographic Channel to chronicle their adventures during a Sierra winter as part of filming for a 10-part TV documentary.
"Very interesting story told from multiple levels. Network people give an interesting perspective," judges wrote.
Wright won the Best Sports Story award for his Oct. 10, 2012, article "Fernley snaps historic win streak at 41 games." In the story, Wright not only recapped the game, but shared several emotion-filled anecdotes from Truckee High football players, coaches and fans regarding the team's first loss in four years.
"Writing about a loss — albeit after a 41-game win-streak — in an interesting and informative way is not always easy but it was done here," judges wrote.
The Sun's editorial staff took home three more awards: Edgett earned second-place honors in the Best Multiple Photo Essay category; Wright earned a third-place award for Best Sports Story; and Moran received third place in the Best Business Feature category.
It marks the second straight year Edgett and Wright took home first-place awards. In 2012, Edgett won Best Feature Story, for "Max's Playground," while Wright took top honors in 2012 for Best Sports Photo for his image "Knocking Heads."
NPA member newspapers serve readers in Nevada and are awarded top honors in the state each year in reporting, photography, graphic design, editorial writing, advertising and general excellence. This year's awards were for content created March 2012 through March 2013.
The Sun competes in the "Intermediate" category, pitting itself against some of the state's equal-sized and much-larger papers, including the Nevada Appeal, Daily Sparks Tribune and Elko Daily Free Press.