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15,000-Word, Seven-Part Las Vegas Sun Series Wins Dart Award

The Las Vegas Sun is in very good company. The newspaper, as part of Columbia University’s latest Dart Awards, which recognize exemplary reporting on the effects of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events, is one of two 2014 winners, alongside Ira GlassThis American Life. The awards will be presented May 8.

LasVegasSunGraceThroughGrief

The editorial series that won the Sun its prize is heartbreaking. Titled “Grace Through Grief,” it details the aftermath of a home invasion suffered by the Martinez family, during which mom and daughter were killed, and dad was gravely injured:

Judges called “Grace Through Grief” a “deeply reported and inspiring portrayal of a family in the aftermath of horror.” They called Jackie Valley’s prose “exceptional” and Leila Navidi’s photographs “powerful” and “intimate without being disruptive.” They praised the series’ “creative subversiveness,” going far beyond conventional crime reporting in “bringing the reader on a journey of faith, fatherhood, recovery and resilience.” Judges also recognized the “careful restraint” used in bringing forward the perspectives of Arturo Martinez’s young sons.

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Robin Leach Celebrates 50 Years in Journalism

VegasDeluxeLogoThe great American adventure started for Leach on November 23, 1963. That’s when the British-born journalist and future, celebrated bon vivant arrived in Manhattan and found himself, like so many others before and since, a very long way from anything rich or famous:

I sailed into Manhattan Harbor onboard the Queen Mary and landed with no job and contacts and just $135 in my pocket. My first lodging was in a rundown hotel for $27 a week with the bathroom down the end of a corridor of beds.

It took me two days to get a job and, after selling shoes at a New York City department store, landed back in journalism at the Daily News of New York.

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An Editor’s Note That Screams Rich and Famous Synchronicity

Sometimes, media announcements juxtapose in the most hilarious ways.


Exhibit A is yesterday’s news about Nick Cannon being the somewhat unlikely host of a new Style Network version of Robin Leach‘s syndicated chestnut Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Exhibit B is the following Las Vegas Sun column topper, posted around the same time Thursday:

Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach winds down his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy and heads to the east coast for a brief visit before returning to the rigors of Vegas DeLuxe, many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom…

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Editor & Publisher Reveals 10 Papers That “Do It Right”

post-star.pngAt a time when local newspapers across the country are imperiled — cutting staff and resources to stay alive, drawing more from pooled resources like the Associated Press to the detriment of their own original content and instituting furloughs — it’s important to celebrate those papers that are still doing challenging work that makes an impact on their communities.

With this is mind print trade pub Editor & Publisher has revealed its ninth annual list of “10 That Do It Right,” ten newspapers that are doing things that “merit recognition for that effort and achievement.”

“None of the papers that made the list or were seriously considered has escaped the turmoil of the industry,” E&P said. “In fact, one of them, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, is among the papers in bankruptcy reorganization. Nearly all have endured deep cuts to their newsrooms.”

Still, the achievements of the papers show that good work can still be done despite massive debt and financial pressures. Priorities, people!

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