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GMG publications, journalists earn statewide honors

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Liz Brown, associate creative direction, who was named Best Graphic Designer for her work on The Sunday.

Updated Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 | 9:53 p.m.

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Camalot Todd, whose March 12 cover story for The Sunday on foster care, “Children on the Cusp,” was named Best Investigative Story.

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GMG’s top individual winners include Chris Kudialis, who was named Journalist of Merit in the Urban Weekly category. That award goes to one journalist in each of the contest’s four classes.

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Mike Smith, editorial cartoonist, who received both the first- and third-place awards for Best Editorial Cartoons in the contest’s all-class sweepstakes awards. Smith also won Best Editorial Cartoon in the Urban Weekly class.

Led by a best-in-class 28 awards for its weekly news magazine, The Sunday, Greenspun Media Group received 76 total honors Saturday evening in the Nevada Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.

The Sunday earned the General Excellence award in the Urban Weekly class, racking up 14 first-place awards and a total of 14 second- and third-place awards. GMG’s Las Vegas Weekly pulled in an additional 22 awards in the Urban Weekly class during the presentation Saturday night in Carson City.

Combined with awards for the Las Vegas Sun and VEGAS INC, GMG earned more total honors than any other Nevada media organization across the highly competitive Urban Daily and Urban Weekly categories, followed by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and its publications in the Urban Weekly category. Adding in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s small-town papers competing in the Intermediate and Community categories, the R-J took home the most awards in all classes combined, with 102.

The awards received by GMG were highlighted by Chris Kudialis, who was named Journalist of Merit in the Urban Weekly category, and Camalot Todd, who received first place for Community Service and Best Investigative Story for her The Sunday cover story about foster care, "Children on the Cusp."

For 2018, GMG is requesting the NPA to allow The Sunday to compete in the Urban Dailies category.

“For more than 60 years, the Las Vegas Sun and Greenspun Media Group have set the bar for journalism in Nevada and ensured the civic conversation is robust and multifaceted,” said Brian Greenspun, the Sun’s owner, publisher and editor. “We’re proud to continue serving our community with innovative products like The Sunday and Las Vegas Weekly, which are absolutely must reads for the local audience, and Las Vegas Magazine, the definitive weekly guide for tourists.”

GMG’s top individual winners include Chris Kudialis, who was named Journalist of Merit in the Urban Weekly category. That award goes to one journalist in each of the contest’s four classes.

“The most polished of the entries in this categories,” read the judge’s comment.

Other first-place winners were:

Camalot Todd, whose March 12 cover story for The Sunday on foster care, “Children on the Cusp,” was named Best Investigative Story. Todd also won first place for Community Service for the story.

Liz Brown, associate creative direction, who was named Best Graphic Designer for her work on The Sunday.

Mike Smith, editorial cartoonist, who received both the first- and third-place awards for Best Editorial Cartoons in the contest’s all-class sweepstakes awards. Smith also won Best Editorial Cartoon in the Urban Weekly class.

Ray Brewer, assistant managing editor/digital and sports, who won for Best Sports Feature in the Urban Weekly class and Best Sports Column in the Urban Daily class.

Mike Prevatt, Las Vegas Weekly associate editor, who won Best Local Column and Best Entertainment Writing first-place honors.

Mikayla Whitmore, staff photographer, for Best News Photo Coverage and Best Multiple Photo Essay in Las Vegas Weekly.

In addition, The Sunday won for Best Editorial Page, Best Advertising Innovation, Best Ad Series and Best Overall Design, among other categories.

“Our goal now and always is to provide our audiences with a diverse array of high-quality products and engaging content,” said Ric Anderson, editorial page editor for the Sun and The Sunday, who was named president of the NPA board on Saturday. “It’s very satisfying to see our work recognized by our peers, and we couldn’t be more proud of our staff for its award-winning work.”

GMG’s awards

Sweepstakes

(all classes)

Best Editorial Cartoon: Mike Smith, first place and third place

Urban Daily

(All awards for Las Vegas Sun)

First place

Best Sports Column: Ray Brewer

Best News Feature Story: “‘The hurricane is about to hit,’” by April Corbin, Mick Akers, Chris Kudialis, Camalot Todd, Ricardo Torres-Cortez and Ian Whitaker

Best Overall Design: Staff

Second place

Best Web Site: Staff

Best Editorial Writing: Ric Anderson

Best Online Ad: Dany Haniff

Best Breaking News Reporting: Ricardo Torres-Cortez

Best Sports Spot News Story: Jesse Granger

Best Business Spot News Story: Adam Candee

Best Page One Design: LeeAnn Elias

Best Sports Photo: L.E. Baskow

Best Editorial Page: Staff

Third place

Best Graphic Designer: LeeAnn Elias

General Excellence: Staff

Best Editorial Cartoon: Mike Smith

Urban Weekly

Journalist of Merit: Chris Kudialis, The Sunday

First place

General Excellence: The Sunday

Community Service: Camalot Todd, The Sunday

Best Feature Writing: J.D. Morris, The Sunday

Best Business Spot News Story: Adam Candee, VEGAS INC

Best News Feature Story: Eli Segall, The Sunday

Best Investigative Story: Camalot Todd, The Sunday

Best Local Column: Mike Prevatt, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Sports Feature Writing: Ray Brewer, The Sunday

Best Entertainment Writing: Mike Prevatt, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Editorial Page: Staff, The Sunday

Best Editorial Cartoon: Mike Smith, The Sunday

Best Overall Design: Liz Brown, LeeAnn Elias, The Sunday art staff

Best Page One Design: Las Vegas Weekly design staff

Best Graphic Designer: Liz Brown, The Sunday

Best News Photo Coverage: Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Feature Photo: Yasmina Chavez, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Multiple Photo Essay: Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Illustrated Photo: Liz Brown, Mikayla Whitmore, The Sunday

Best Print Ad: Dany Haniff, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Advertising Innovation: Emma Cauthorn, Liz Brown, Sean Rademacher, The Sunday

Best Ad Series: Emma Cauthorn, Liz Brown, Sean Rademacher, The Sunday

Best In-House Promotion: Dany Haniff, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Niche Magazine: Las Vegas Weekly

Advertising General Excellence: Las Vegas Weekly

Best Web Site: Las Vegas Weekly

Second place

Best Feature Writing: Daniel Rothberg, The Sunday

Best Business Feature: Geoff Carter, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Explanatory Journalism: Valerie Miller, The Sunday

Best News Feature Story: Ricardo Torres-Cortez, The Sunday

Best Investigative Story: Megan Messerly, The Sunday

Best Editorial Writing: Ric Anderson, The Sunday

Best News Photo Coverage: Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Feature Photo: Steve Marcus, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Sports Photo: Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Special Section (Editorial): Giving Guide 2017, VEGAS INC

Best In-House Promotion: Dany Haniff, The Sunday

Best Niche Magazine: Top Doctors 2016, VEGAS INC

Advertising General Excellence: The Sunday

Third place

Best Feature Writing: Daniel Rothberg, The Sunday

Best Business Feature: Jackie Valley, VEGAS INC

Best Explanatory Journalism: J.D. Morris, The Sunday

Best News Feature Story: April Corbin, The Sunday

Best Local Column: Brock Radke, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Staff Non-Local Column: Stacy Willis, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Critical Writing: Leslie Ventura, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Overall Design: Las Vegas Weekly

Best Page One Design: The Sunday

Best Graphic Designer: Corlene Byrd, Las Vegas Weekly

Best News Photo Coverage: Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Feature Photo: L.E. Baskow, The Sunday

Best Multiple Photo Essay: Mikayla Whitmore, The Sunday

Best Print Ad: Dany Haniff, The Sunday

Best Niche Magazine: Industry Weekly, Las Vegas Weekly

Magazines

(All awards for Las Vegas Magazine)

Second place

Advertising General Excellence: Staff

Best Web Site: Staff

Best Page One Design: Wesley Gatbonton, Marvin Lucas, Joshua Nelson, Christopher DeVargas

Best Multiple Photo Essay: Christopher DeVargas

Best Entertainment Writing: Kiko Miyasato

Third place

Best portrait: Christopher DeVargas

Best Feature Photo: Christopher DeVargas