Sierra Sun Wins 14 NPA awards |

Sierra Sun Wins 14 NPA awards

The Sierra Sun took home 14 awards for excellence in reporting, photography, design and advertising last week at the annual Nevada Press Association convention.

News editor John Bayless and publisher Peter Kostes traveled to Yerington, Nev. to accept the awards and partake in convention seminars.

The Sun received first place awards in the following categories: Best Spot News Story, Best Business Coverage, Best Spot News Photo Coverage, Best Special Section in Advertising and General Excellence in Advertising.

Bayless’ article “Dead newborn found in trash” won for Best Spot News Story.

Of his article, a judge commented: “Tragic, touching story handled well. Sidebar on naming the girl for burial had excellent lead and conveyed the feeling of those involved.”

The article ran in the Nov. 19, 1998 edition of the Sierra Sun, after a dead newborn was found at the Tahoe-Truckee Sierra Disposal Co.

Former Sun reporter Sherry Mays placed first in Best Spot News Photo Coverage for her “Motorcycle Accident” photo.

“(The photo) combines all the elements to show just what happened with no cutline necessary,” said one judge. “(It) shows the concerns of firefighters and is clearly first place.”

Mays also received honorable mention in Best News Feature Story for her “Domestic Violence” feature.

The Sun’s 1998 Truckee Almanac won first place for Best Special Section in Advertising. One judge commented the almanac was a “clean section with a good mix of articles and information with advertising.” It was commended for providing “well-rounded information” while also being “a good read.”

The advertising department can be applauded for winning first place in General Excellence in Advertising for its “refreshing, simplistic good ad placement.”

Former sports editor James Ball won second place in Best Local Column. A judge commented: “Funny, funny stuff. James did well to find humor in common, day-to-day events.”

Local law writing correspondent Jim Porter won second place in Best Writing by a Rural Correspondent or Free-lance Writer for his “Law Review” column.

“The informational items are great,” a judge said. “Nice format.”

The Sun’s ski season section, “Ski Tahoe,” also won a second place award for Best Special Section, Editorial. The Tahoe World, who also worked on the section, accepted the award. Other awards included: third place for Best Overall Design, third place for Best Sports Page Design, second and third place for Best Spot-Color ads for “Longs Drug/Carhart” and “Truckee Solar Tour” respectively, third place for Best Multi-Color Ad for “Prudential” and second place for Best In-House Advertising Promotion for “How the West Was Won.”

The Tahoe World won awards for:

– First place – Best Feature Story, “Ship of Mercy,” written by Joelle Babula.

– First place – Best Editorial Page, produced by staff.

– Second place – Best Special Section, Editorial, “Ski Tahoe,” produced by staff and the Sierra Sun.

– Third place – Best Editorial, “County needs to step up to avalanche issue,” written by Tanya Canino.

– Third place – Best Page One Design, produced by staff.

– Honorable mention – Best Feature Story, “Kings Beach native to share gift of dance,” written by Tanya Canino.

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