The Nevada Appeal was named the best rural publication in Nevada during last Saturday’s Nevada Press Foundation Awards banquet in Las Vegas. A combined Jan. 15 edition of the Nevada Appeal and The Record-Courier was cited in judge’s comments. The sister publications, which have published a joint weekend edition since 2003, were named the first- and second-best rural publications in the state. In awarding general excellence to the Appeal, judges cited the heft of the twice weekly paper. “A big paper,” the judge said. “Lots of features, many comics (both color and black and white), and space for content, even a coloring page for kids. A prime example of what local newspapers should be.” Sister paper Lahontan Valley News took third place in the rural category rounding out the hat trick. The three newspapers compete against both daily and weekly newspapers in the rural category. They are operated by Nevada News Group owned by Peter Bernhard of Pacific Publishing Co. Education reporter Jessica Garcia was honored with first place for explanatory journalism for her coverage of the Carson City superintendent search. She also placed third for news profile. Nevada News Group graphic artist Michael McGarvey took home first place for his advertising campaign centered around the Nevada Appeal’s free mobile app.
Michael McGarvey won first place for his advertising campaign about the Nevada Appeal’s free mobile app.
Kyler Klix and Lauren Solinger won second place in overall newspaper design for the Appeal’s design. Klix and Solinger also placed third in page one design for the Appeal. Klix also placed third in entertainment feature story for his article about Canyon White. Sportswriter Carter Eckl, who covers both Douglas and Carson City, won second and third place for best sports feature writing. The Appeal also placed third in advertising general excellence. And former Appeal staffer Faith Evans won third place for news enterprise reporting about the lifeguard shortage at the Carson Aquatic Facility. The Record-Courier won 18 awards in total, including first place in the community service award category, along with Douglas County residents, for its coverage of the Tamarack Fire.