Tribune wins top newspaper award
PAHRUMP, Nev. — Writers and photographers from the Tahoe Daily Tribune took home a slew of honors over the weekend at the annual Nevada Press Association awards banquet.
The most coveted prize of General Excellence was bestowed to the Tribune in its category of daily newspapers with a circulation of less than 15,000.
The judges said, “Lots of good local news. Lots of color makes it interesting. Editorial page has local editorial material. Attractive design, good variety of advertising with color.”
Publisher Paul Middlebrook was ecstatic about the number of awards his staff racked up.
“I was not only extremely pleased with the number of awards that we won from the Nevada Press Association, but how the categories were balanced,” Middlebrook said. “We won first place awards in photo, editorial, business coverage, sports, feature stories, investigative in-depth stories and placed in the top three of advertising General Excellence and second place in community service.”
Photographer Dan Thrift received two first-place awards — best feature photo and best portrait. The feature was of a seventh-grader dissecting a cow heart.
“The photo captures the action element. Very creative and imaginative,” the judges said. “The timing was exceptional in order to catch the perfect expression.”
The best local sports feature story went to Sports Editor Steve Yingling for “Although Vikings have shipped out, ’92 title remains at top of their memories.” It was a story on where the 1992 state basketball champions are now.
Judges found the story to be well researched, readable and well organized.
The Tribune was awarded first place for its business coverage, with the judges describing it as a “huge part of this newspaper.”
Susan Wood earned second place for her feature story on how society is becoming complacent about AIDS.
The staff was awarded second place for community service for preelection and election night coverage.
Story of the year went to former Tribune reporter Robert Stern for his series of stories on affordable housing. The judges said, “It was compelling from the first paragraph. The (series) was timely and dealt with a pressing issue.”
As much as Middlebrook is proud of his staff, he is setting his goal on earning more awards next year.
“It certainly speaks to what our mission is at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, to serve our community as best we can with the resources afforded us in a small market,” Middlebrook said. “I am extremely proud of what our staff has accomplished and even more excited about what we are able to do in the future.”
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