Royal Jordanian sweeps first journalism awards in Nevada;  Honoring the murdered German correspondent

Royal Jordanian sweeps first journalism awards in Nevada; Honoring the murdered German correspondent

Jeff German, investigative reporter for the Slain Las Vegas Review-Journal, has posthumously won this year’s Podcast Award at the Nevada Press Foundation’s Excellence Award Dinner, the state’s most prestigious competition for digital and print journalism.

This honor helped the Review-Journal earn each high-profile individual and institutional award in the Urban Division at the Gala Dinner held in Westgate.

The German podcast award, shared with Review-Journal’s chief technical director Larry Meyer, has been presented for season two of the true crime podcast “Mobbed Up: The Fight for Las Vegas,” and comes three weeks after a German was found stabbed to death. outside his house. Robert Telles, the elected official who was investigated by the German, is accused of his murder.

The competition was judged before the German died.

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

A podcast category judge wrote about German and Meyer’s work: “It’s well-researched, very entertaining, and great 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 Morrison and Steve Karp. The German was recognized by a proclamation from Governor Steve Sisolak, designating Saturday a day in honor of the late journalist.

In addition, the German language was part of the Review-Journal’s winning entry in the Freedom of the Press category, which honors journalism that best promotes First Amendment principles and the public’s right to know. The German shared that award with investigative journalist Art Kane, former reporters Scott Davidson, Shea Johnson and Rio Lacanalle, and political and government editor Steve Sibelius for a collection of stories based on public records that journalists had to struggle to obtain.

The Review-Journal also won Outstanding Journalist, Outstanding Journalist, Outstanding Visual Journalist, Outstanding Graphic Designer, Story of the Year, Image of the Year, Video of the Year, Editorial of the Year, Editorial Cartoon of the Year, Community Service, and General Excellence on the Internet, which honors The best state news site.

The Review-Journal, rjmagazine’s quarterly magazine and its sister publications – Boulder City Review, Pahrump Valley Times and Tonopah Times Bonanza – together have garnered more than 90 awards, including more than 40 top-ranked awards.

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

“The sweep of the main categories is unprecedented in this competition,” Cook said. “We have told many important and touching stories during the year of the competition, and we are grateful for that recognition. I am so proud of the staff in the newsroom and the leadership.”

The Big Winners Investigative Reporters

Kane has been named a prominent journalist in the state for her work examining the failed Clark County oversight of the coroner’s office and the fatal Nye County crash that killed two adults and a 12-year-old girl last year.

Kane also received Story of the Year award for “Defective Discipline,” his investigation of the system that allowed Henderson police officers to remain on the force, and even get promoted, despite years of persistent complaints from the public about improper use of force, allegations of sexual misconduct and even Criminal arrests.

The judges said they were “astounded” by the way Kane’s work attacked so many diverse themes.

“His reports were direct, simple, and unafraid,” they wrote. “There is nothing else you can ask of any journalist.”

Brianna Erickson, also a member of the newspaper’s investigative team, was named a journalist of merit for a body of work that included her examination of what justice looks like for the victims of the deadliest residential fire in Las Vegas history. The award is given to the best journalist in the state with less than five years of professional experience.

The judges noted Ericsson’s writing style and ability to make stories “live”.

“This is what will keep the press alive,” they wrote. “keep it up.”

Erickson also won the essay writing category for her story of how the Metropolitan Police Department resolved a cold case of 32 years old.

Review-Journal photographer Ellen Schmidt has been named “Outstanding Visual Journalist” for a portfolio that captures the grief of family members who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 and for her photos of a family grieving the death of their teenage son from fentanyl poisoning.

One judge wrote: “Great work and professional package put this entry over the top.” “You get emotional when looking at Eileen’s work.”

Digital Design Director Tony Morales has been 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 offers a glimpse into die-hard Las Vegas Raiders fans, the package heralding the debut of Resorts World, The first new casino resort to be built in the strip in over a decade.

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

Other wins in first place

Among the newspaper’s repeat winners is Kane, who also won first place awards for investigative story and community service, as well as sharing the Press Freedom Award and Video of the Year honors, for a total of six first place awards.

The Video of the Year award was awarded to Kane and visual journalist Rachel Aston, former Director of Photography David Guzman and Assistant Managing Editor – Investigative Rhonda Prast for their video In the fatal accident in Nye County, deputies failed to arrest the crippled driver.

Reporter Jason Braslin won four first-place awards: one for Entertainment Spot News Reporting, for his Review-Journal coverage of an auction of major Picasso works at Bellagio, and three magazine divisions for his rjmagazine work: Entertainment Feature Story, Feature Writing and Arts Commentary and culture.

Columnist Victor Yokes received three first-place awards: Editorial of the Year, for his criticism of Clark County’s rating policies, and won Editorial Writing and Best Local Column.

Christopher Lawrence won two first-place awards: one for entertainment story, for his essay on Elvis Presley debuting in Las Vegas in 1956, and one for writing the title.

Michael Ramirez won this year’s inaugural cartoon award for his illustration of a mask-resistant COVID patient in intensive care. “He says he doesn’t want to wear that mask either,” says the attending physician.

Judge wrote “tragedy and comedy in one panel.”

Bizuayehu Tesfaye won the Picture of the Year award for a photo taken during a fact-finding review of the police shooting of Jorge Gomez.

“I felt this picture,” the judge wrote. “And when I closed my eyes, I could still feel it. Great job of telling stories and capturing pure and raw emotions with vivid detail and skill.”

The Review-Journal won Best Special Section for its project documenting “The Unforgettable Class of 2021,” a series of profiles of high school seniors whose academic year has been interrupted by the pandemic. One judge called it “a great way to honor students in a bad year of graduation.”

Health reporter Mary Hines won the Health/COVID Enterprise Reporting category with a A story about a newly approved Alzheimer’s drug That slowed memory loss and a decline in mental function, gave one couple hope for more time together.

One of the judges wrote: “The author has done an exceptional job in weaving the research history of the drug with a very accurate look at its efficacy.”

Davidson, Lakanlal and photographer L.E. Baskow won the explanatory press for their story of how 44,000 police service calls and patrols have been recorded at only three long-stay hotels since 2017, work that one judge said “covers an existing problem and looks to the future.”

First place on Breaking News Reporting was awarded to the Review-Journal team for a series of stories about former Broad Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs, who was charged with DUI after a fatal accident that killed a 23-year-old woman last fall.

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

David Schoen won the Sports Spot News Story for his story about the trade of Vegas Golden Knights goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury to the Chicago Blackhawks.

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

Ben Hager won the Sports Photo category for his photo of the Pittsburgh Steelers overtaking the Las Vegas Raiders.

One judge wrote: “Great stopping, good posture, good composition, clear and clean.” “Excellent shot. Winner hands.”

Former Review-Journal designer LeeAnn Elias won the Page One Design Award for designing the front page of the obituary of former US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and former restaurant reporter Al Mancini was honored for Food Writing Program.

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Pascoe won an essay or multiple photo exhibition for his photographs chronicling an architect’s attempt to bring urban style to downtown Henderson.

Freelance writer John Gliona won the Business Feature Story Award.


Jorge Betancourt, Brandi Moon and Chris Southman won for a print ad page or larger for a Las Vegas kitchen and bathroom.

For print ads of less than one page, David Sly and Betancourt won the Christopher Homes Sky Vu ad.

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

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