Tribune racks up slew of awards |

Tribune racks up slew of awards

RENO — For the second year in a row the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s editorial staff walked away with the most coveted award in newspapering — General Excellence.

The top award was the highlight of the Nevada Press Association banquet Saturday night. The announcement came on the heels of the paper garnering a slew of recognition for its editorial and advertising accomplishments — including General Excellence in advertising.

The Tribune competes against other daily papers with a circulation of less than 15,000.

Publisher Paul Middlebrook put out a challenge to the staff last year that he wanted to collect even more awards this year. Goal accomplished.

Middlebrook noted that stability in the ranks helps to foster a work environment that is conducive to putting out a quality newspaper on a daily basis– no matter which side of the room one is working.

“The staff has a passion for what they do which is reflected in the final product,” Middlebrook said.

On the editorial side the awards are:

n Best spot news story, first place, by Susan Wood, William Ferchland, Gregory Crofton and Tim Parsons. The judges wrote of the Showers fire coverage, “Good use of eyewitnesses, dramatic event, tempered coverage — good local stories.”

Second place, Crofton for bears killed at Spring Creek.

n Best feature story, third place, Susan Wood for legendary backcountry packer dies.

Honorable mention, Kathryn Reed for a day in the life of a wine salesman.

— Best business coverage, first place, Wood.

— Best investigative or in-depth story, first place, the staff for the American Dream series published in January.

— Best local sports story, third place, Steve Yingling for story on Vikings take it to Reed in the finals.

— Best editorial, first and third places, about the disappearing middle class and education.

— Best overall design, first place, staff.

— Best page one design, first place, Parsons. The judges said, “Great use of photos, especially the large verticals. Fonts are classic and readable. Easily the best in the category.”

— Best general news photo, honorable mention, Dan Thrift.

— Best feature photo, second, Jim Grant.

— Best multiple feature photos, second, Grant.

— Best illustrated photo, first, Tara Pielaet for honoring firefighters after Gondola fire.

Second place, Thrift and Chris Morris for American Dream.

— Best sports photo, third and honorable mention, Thrift.

On the advertising side the competition is not based on circulation, but rather if a paper is a daily or weekly publication. The awards the Tribune won are:

— Best spot color ad, honorable mention Pam Cosmo and Dave Fields.

— Best special section, first place for taking a look at Lake Tahoe in the 1960s.

Honorable for the 2002 back to school section.

For the general excellence in advertising honor the judges said, “Great color and excellent ‘different’ advertising looks.”

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