Sun does well in press contest, looks to future
Staff reportsWhile the Sierra Sun is Truckee, California’s newspaper, this year, as in years past, the newspaper has competed in the Nevada Press Association’s Better Newspapers Contest.Each year the conference is held in a different location. And, depending on your taste in Nevada locales, it can be hit or miss. For example, in 2002, the gathering was in Pahrump, Nev.; last weekend the 2004 conference was held in Las Vegas.A press association conference is one of the few places you’ll see small-town newspaper folks in the same room as those from the big metro dailies. This year, the Nevada Press Association’s Better Newspapers Contest took entries from the middle of 2003 through mid-2004, and the Sierra Sun brought home some awards for its work in the weekly 4,000 20,000 circulation class.All but one of the employees on the Sierra Sun’s editorial staff have been around for more than 12 months, so we’re proud of our showing in Nevada’s Better Newspapers Contest.This year, Sun reporter David Bunker received three awards for his writing in various categories. Bunker received first place in the Best Feature Story category for “Deportation dilemma,” a story about a former Truckee High student who faced deportation after a prank at a grocery store.In that same category, assistant editor Renée Shadforth brought home a second place for “A Day on the Beat,” a story about school resource officer Roy Richner. She also garnered an honorable mention for “Making a Transition,” a feature on Choices Transitional Services, a program for Truckee’s developmentally disabled adults.Bunker took home another first place for his news feature story “Job seekers brave cold for chance at day labor,” an article on the region’s immigrant workers who come to Truckee for work.In a new category, Best Explanatory Journalism, Bunker won an honorable mention for his article on the Foothill Airport Land Use Commission’s plan for the Truckee Tahoe Airport and its conflicts with planned growth in Truckee.Matt Brown, the Sierra Sun’s sports editor, garnered third-place accolades for Best Local Sports Story. His article, titled “Friendly rivalries,” details the competition between two Nordic ski opponents who are friends off the course.Sierra Sun photographer Josh Miller nabbed a first-place award for Best Portrait for his photo of Truckee High graduate Jose Vazquez that illustrated the story “Deportation dilemma.”Miller also won an honorable mention in the Best Feature Photo category for his photo of Truckee Boy Scout Dude Manville at a pine wood derby event.On the advertising side, Sierra Sun production manager Wendy Mason took a second-place award for her design of “Growing with Truckee,” an in-house advertising campaign.The Sierra Sun also received second-place kudos for the first “Truckee Locals” publication in the Best Special Section – Editorial category. Reporter Paul Raymore wrote the stories of 15 Truckee personalities who were nominated by their fellow community members. (Look for the new edition of “Locals” in the Oct. 20 Sierra Sun.)The conference wasn’t only about patting ourselves on the back; Sierra Sun staffers also learned a thing or two. A Freedom Forum presentation provided insight on diversity, leadership and fairness in the newsroom – all of which were geared toward better serving the reader.At the Sierra Sun, we will look to the future and the next Nevada Press Association gathering in South Lake Tahoe, where we anticipate the Sierra Sun staff will improve on its showing in 2004-05. Until then, help us learn more about how we can better serve you, the reader. Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.For more information on the Nevada Press Association, go to http://www.nevadapress.com. For more on the Freedom Forum, go to http://www.freedomforum.com.