RJ scoops Nevada’s top journalism awards; journalist killed German honored


Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German posthumously won Podcast of the Year at the Nevada Press Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Awards dinner on Saturday night, the state’s most prestigious competition. for digital and print journalism.

This honor helped the Review-Journal sweep all of the Urban Division’s individual and institutional awards at the dinner held at Westgate.

German’s podcast award, shared with Larry Mir, Review-Journal’s senior technical director of digital, was awarded for the second season of the true-crime podcast ‘Mobbed Up: The Fight for Las Vegas,’ and comes three weeks after the German was found stabbed to death outside his home. Robert Telles, an elected official who was investigated by the Germans, is accused of his murder.

Judging of the contest took place before German’s death.

“‘Mobbed Up’ ensures that Jeff’s voice, telling his stories of the rise and fall of organized crime on the Strip, will forever live on as part of local history and his legacy,” said Glenn Cook, editor of the Review-Journal. “Jeff would have been incredibly proud to accept this award with Larry.”

The podcast category judge wrote of German and Mir’s work: “It’s so well researched, so entertaining, such beautiful storytelling. It’s the perfect podcast.

Prior to the awards dinner, German was inducted into the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame along with four other journalists, including former Review-Journal reporters Jane Ann Morrison and Steve Carp. And the German was recognized by a proclamation from Governor Steve Sisolak, naming Saturday a day in honor of the late journalist.

Additionally, German was part of the Review-Journal’s winning entry in the Freedom of the Press category, which honors journalism that best promotes the principles of the First Amendment and the public’s right to know. German shared the award with investigative journalist Art Kane, former journalists Scott Davidson, Shea Johnson and Rio Lacanlale, and political and government writer Steve Sebelius for a collection of stories based on public records that journalists had to fight to get.

The Review-Journal also won Outstanding Journalist, Journalist of Merit, Outstanding Visual Journalist, Outstanding Graphic Designer, Story of the Year, Photo of the Year, Video of the Year, Editorial of the Year, Cartoon Editorial of the Year, Community Service, and General Online Excellence, which recognizes the best news website in the state.

The Review-Journal, its quarterly magazine, and its sister publications—the Boulder City Review, the Pahrump Valley Times, and the Tonopah Times Bonanza—have together won more than 90 awards, including more than 40 first-place awards.

The competition, held annually, recognized journalism produced between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. This year’s competition was judged by members of the Arizona Newspapers Association.

“The sweeping of major categories is unprecedented in this contest,” Cook said. “We have told many important and impactful stories over the year of the competition, and we are grateful for the recognition. I am very proud of our writing team and our leadership.

Big winners for investigative journalists

Kane was named the state’s Outstanding Reporter for his work which examined Clark County’s coroner’s office oversight failure and a Nye County fatal crash that killed two adults and a 12-year-old girl. Last year.

Kane also received the Story of the Year award for ‘Flawed Discipline,’ his investigation of a system that kept Henderson police officers on the force, and even promoted, despite years of complaints. public backing for excessive use of force, allegations of sexual misconduct and even criminal arrests.

The judges said they were “blown away” by how Kane’s work touched on so many varied topics.

“His reporting was direct, simple and fearless,” they wrote. “You can’t ask for anything more from a journalist.

Briana Erickson, also a member of the newspaper’s investigative team, was named a Reporter of Merit for a body of work that included her examination of what justice looks like for the victims of the city’s deadliest home fire. history of the city of Las Vegas. The award recognizes the best journalist in the state with less than five years of professional experience.

The judges noted Erickson’s writing style and ability to bring stories to life.

“This is what will keep journalism alive,” they wrote. “Continue like that.”

Erickson also won the Feature Writing category for his story about how the Metropolitan Police Department solved a 32-year-old cold case.

Review-Journal photographer Ellen Schmidt was named Outstanding Visual Journalist for a portfolio that captured the grief of family members who had lost loved ones to COVID-19 and for her portraits of a family mourning death. of their teenage son from fentanyl poisoning.

“Fantastic work and professional package put this entry above,” wrote one judge. “You feel the emotions looking at Ellen’s work.”

Digital Design Director Tony Morales was named Outstanding Graphic Designer for the second year in a row for his digital layouts, including “Portraits in Silver and Black,” an award-winning package that features die-hard Las Vegas Raiders fans, and its package announcing the debut of Resorts World, the first new casino-resort to be built on the Strip in over a decade.

The judges said they liked how the visual elements of Morales’ designs were used as essential storytelling elements.

Other first places

Repeat winners from the newspaper included Kane, who also won top prizes for investigative story and community service, in addition to sharing the Freedom of the Press award and Video of the Year honors, for a total of six first place prizes.

Video of the Year was awarded to Kane and visual journalist Rachel Aston, former cinematographer David Guzman and associate editor-Investigations Rhonda Prast for their video about the fatal accident in the Nye County and the failure of deputies to arrest the impaired driver.

Journalist Jason Bracelin took home four first-place awards: one for Entertainment Spot News Reporting, for his Review-Journal coverage of a Picasso masterpiece auction at Bellagio, and three wins in the magazine division for his work in rjmagazine: Entertainment Feature Story, Feature Writing and Commentary on Arts and Culture.

Columnist Victor Joecks picked up three first-place awards: Editorial of the Year, for his criticism of changes to Clark County School District grading policies, and won Editorial Writing and Best Local Column.

Christopher Lawrence won two first prizes: one for Entertainment Feature Story, for his article on Elvis Presley’s Las Vegas debut in 1956, and one for Headline Writing.

Michael Ramirez won Editorial Cartoon of the Year for his drawing of an anti-mask COVID patient in intensive care. “He says he doesn’t want to wear that mask either,” says a treating doctor.

“Tragedy and comedy in one panel,” Judge wrote.

Bizuayehu Tesfaye won Photo of the Year for a photo taken during an investigative review into the fatal police shooting of Jorge Gomez.

“I felt this photo,” Judge wrote. “And when I closed my eyes, I could still feel it. An incredible job of storytelling and capturing pure and raw emotion with stunning detail and skill.

The Review-Journal won the award for Best Special Section for its project documenting “The Unforgettable Class of 2021,” a series of profiles of high school students whose school year was cut short by the pandemic. A judge called it “a great way to honor students in an otherwise terrible graduation year.”

Health reporter Mary Hynes won the Corporate Health/COVID Reporting category with an article about how a recently approved Alzheimer’s drug that slowed memory loss and declining mental function gave a couple hope to spend more time together.

“The author has done an exceptional job of weaving the drug’s research story together with a very nuanced look at its effectiveness,” a judge wrote.

Davidson, Lacanlale and photographer LE Baskow won explaining journalism for their story about how 44,000 police department calls and patrols have been recorded at just three extended-stay motels since 2017, work that a judge said “covers an existing problem and looks to the future”.

Top spot in Breaking News Reporting went to Review-Journal staff for a series of stories about former Raiders catcher Henry Ruggs, who was charged with impaired driving after a fatal crash that killed a woman 23 years old last fall.

“This comprehensive and thoughtful series of reports had me whispering ‘wow’ as I read and watched the material,” Judge wrote.

David Schoen won Sports Spot News Story for his article on the trade of Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Aston won the Portrait category for its photo of Chelsea Roberts, whose 12-year-old daughter Georgia Durmeier was killed in the Nye County crash.

Ben Hager won the Sports Photo category for his image of a Pittsburgh Steelers player jumping past the Las Vegas Raiders.

“Excellent stopping action, good stance, good composition, crisp and clean,” one judge wrote. “Excellent shot. Hands down winner.

Former Review-Journal graphic designer LeeAnn Elias won the Page One Design award for her layout of the obituary of former US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and former restaurant journalist Al Mancini was honored for Food Writing.


Baskow won the Multiple Photo Essay or Gallery award for his photos chronicling an architect’s attempt to bring urban style to downtown Henderson.

Freelance writer John Glionna won for Business Feature Story.


Jorge Betancourt, Brandi Munn and Chris Sothman won for the print ad of half a page or more for Las Vegas Kitchen & Bath.

For print ads under half a page, David Sly and Betancourt won for their Christopher Homes Sky Vu ad.

Malachi Schlink won Best Digital Commercial for Meat Up Las Vegas.

Contact Lorraine Longhi at 702-387-5298 or [email protected] Follow her on @lolonghi on Twitter.


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