At the Arizona Newspapers Association 2021 awards ceremony, held on Friday, October 9, Larson Newspapers won a total of 20 journalism awards and two advertising awards.
The Camp Vert newspaper competes in Division I, newspapers with a non-daily circulation of less than 3,500, and has won 11 awards. The Sedona Red Rock News competes in the Biggest Division II, Non-Daily with a draw of 3,500-10,000 and has won 11 prizes.
Sedona Red Rock News
Overall, the Sedona Red Rock News won four awards: first place for best use of photography, second place for excellence in editorial pages and newspaper website, and third place for excellence in page design.
Individually, four NEW journalists have each won awards for their work.
- Best Multimedia Storytelling: First Place, Editor-in-Chief Christopher Fox Graham, “DPS Releases Full Report on Jonathan Messare Police Shooting,” an online story with photos and videos of the fatal shooting involving a first officer on duty. Sedona police.
- Company Report: Runner-Up, Journalist Scott Shumaker, “New Technology Helps Biologists Track Invasive Snails,” about Arizona Game and Fish Department and US Forest Service efforts to control canopy. invasive land of New Zealand.
- Best Sports Photography: Second place photojournalist David Jolkovski, “Cross Country Team”, for photos of the team running in profile, reflected by the calm water of an irrigated sports field.
- Best Team, Sport, or Sports Beating Coverage: Second Place, Sports Journalist Michael Dixon, “Sedona Girls Basketball,” for his comprehensive coverage of the team that made it to the State Finals .
- Best Sports History: Michael Dixon, third place, for “Scorpions lose state championship game on buzzer beater,” on the loss of the women’s team in the state final.
- Best Column, Feature or Commentary: Third Place, Christopher Fox Graham, “September 11 Belongs to Those Who Never Seen September 12,” referring to the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The Camp Vert newspaper
In general, The newspaper won two awards: first place for editorial page excellence and second place for best use of photography.
- Sports reporter Michael Dixon won the Best Team, Sport or Sports Beating category, winning first place for “Mike O’Callaghan runs Boston Marathon from a distance”, second place for “Camp Verde Wrestling” and third place for “Cowboys Basketball”.
Photojournalist Daulton Venglar has won five photography awards.
- In the Best Sports Photography category, he won first place for “Andrew Peterson”, a photo of a high jumper from Camp Verde High School, and second place for “Camp Verde runs over Holbrook”, a photo by soccer.
- In the Best Photo Layout or Photo Story category, Venglar won second place for “Biggest, Baddest, Best Bulls” and third place for “Roping for a Cause”, both of the photo packages from rodeo.
- In the Best Feature Photograph category, Venglar won third place for “What’s Emusing?” a portrait photo of an emu at the Out of Africa wildlife park.
Larson Newspapers won two awards at the Excellence in Advertising Awards.
- For the NEW, graphic designer Brooke Akridge won the award for “Thanks! An ad thanking local healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19 that appeared in our biannual magazine Lifestyles of Sedona.
- The newspaper General Manager Kyle Larson won first place for the most efficient use of a small paid space for the Goettl’s High Desert summer special.
This year, 36 newspapers entered 884 entries in the Best Newspaper competition. The competition has eight categories that measure the overall quality of newspapers and 15 categories that honor people. The Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association judged the entries this year.
The Arizona Daily Star and The Navajo Times won Arizona Newspaper of the Year in the Daily and Non-Daily categories, respectively.
Tim Steller of the Arizona Daily Star and Krista Allen of the Navajo Times were named Journalists of the Year.
Arizona Daily Star’s Kelly Presnell and Scottsdale Independent’s Arianna Grainey were named Photographers of the Year. This is Presnell’s fourth year in a row and Grainey’s second year in a row to win top honors.