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R-C named state’s best community newspaper

Staff Reports

The Record-Courier’s lead sales representative Adele Hoppe received the first silver star award given out by the Nevada Press Association.

Hoppe was nominated for the award by Editor Kurt Hildebrand, who credited her hard work during the recession for helping to keep the newsppaper afloat.

The Record-Courier was named the best community newspaper in the state by the Nevada Press Association.

The announcement was made at the association’s annual convention Saturday, held this year in Virginia City.

“This was a hard call because all in this category were very good,” judges said. “This paper had a great mix of stories of interest, great advertising, local opinion, sports and great photography, also very good layout design.”

The Record-Courier competes with large community weeklies and smaller local dailies. It was the third time in the past five years The R-C has won the editorial general excellence award.

This year, the newspaper won general excellence awards on both the editorial and advertising sides.

Record-Courier reporter Scott Neuffer was named journalist of merit, given annually to the state’s top journalist with less than five years of experience.

The newspaper also won the community service award for its coverage of the implementation of the Springboard curriculum.

Recordcourier.com brought home its third award for best Web site and the R-C running commentary won for best community newspaper blog for the second year running.

“A great way to connect with the community, from cupcakes to breaking news,” judges wrote.

The 2010 Carson Valley Almanac won for best special section. Judges said the almanac, which featured Carson Valley Days on its cover was a “nice clean piece, eye catching layout, fantastic photographs.”

R-C photographer Jim Grant won best portrait for his photo promoting the annual Ghost Walk. He led an R-C sweep in the category with Shannon Litz taking second and Grant taking third as well.

Hildebrand was recognized for best editorial writing.

“Each issue concisely defined. Action recommended with room for reader involvement.”

Hildebrand also won best page designer and took second and third in best information graphic.

Sports Editor Joey Crandall’s story about a last-second shot that launched the Douglas Tigers basketball team into the regional title game won second place in the best sports story category.

His story about Douglas High School’s search to replace its logo took third in the category.

His story on the high school naming its gymnasium after longtime basketball coach Randy Green took third in the sports feature story category.

Ranchos Roundup columnist Amy Roby took third place in the best local non-staff column category and her story “War exhibit puts a face to war” took second in the best nonstaff story category.

The R-C also took second place in the best editorial page category and third-place in best overall design.

“Nice-sized pictures, great design and good advertising,” judges said.

Hildebrand and Litz took second place in the best illustration category for their composition “It’s 1 a.m., Do you know what your robo caller is up to?” and Hildebrand was third in the category for his “Staying Candle Safe” illustration.

Litz also claimed a number of third places in sports photo, photo essay and news photo.