Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 | 3 a.m.
In Business Las Vegas won six first-place awards and veteran In Business and Las Vegas Sun business reporter Richard N. Velotta was named outstanding journalist among community newspapers in the Nevada Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.
The Las Vegas Sun, which like In Business is part of Greenspun Media Group, won 22 first-place awards. Another Greenspun Media publication, Las Vegas Weekly, won three first-place awards.
Winners were honored Sept. 18 in Pahrump.
“I’m pleased that our commitment to journalism excellence is recognized by our peers,” said Tom Gorman, senior print editor for Greenspun Media Group.
Overall, In Business won 15 awards including first-place awards for Best Business News Story (Velotta), Best Business Feature Story (Velotta), Best Overall Design, Best Page One Design, Best Special Section (40 Under 40) and Best Illustration (Chris Morris).
The contest was judged by the Arizona Press Association.
Velotta joined the Las Vegas Sun in 1991 and has been a reporter for In Business since the business-reporting staffs of the two newspapers merged in 2001. Velotta is known for his knowledge of the airline and tourism industries.
“From well-crafted editorials to informative pieces that were easy reads, Mr. Velotta did an extremely good job covering various topics and most importantly reported the hard numbers. All work submitted was well-crafted and an enjoyable read!” judges said of his work.
Velotta’s story “Capacity crunch on 12,000 hotel rooms coming on board,” published April 24, 2009, won the best business story in In Business’ circulation category.
His story “New LV company puts customers behind wheels,” published Dec. 4, won first place for best business feature story.