Colorado Community Media won 95 awards, including 38 first-place honors, in the Colorado Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Winners of the annual contest were announced at a ceremony in downtown Denver on Feb. 23.
CCM papers claimed a pair of special honors among the tally. The Golden Transcript won the Sweepstakes award for editorial excellence in Class 4. The Douglas County News-Press did likewise on the advertising side in Class 1.
The awards ceremony came a year into the CCM venture, which brought together under one umbrella newspapers in Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Jefferson, El Paso and Teller counties. This year’s awards total was a major jump for the company’s papers, which combined for 28 honors last year.
“Last year, we embarked on a quest for excellence and our peers have recognized that by awarding us with a nearly four-fold increase in the total awards we won this year,” said Jerry Healey, president and publisher of CCM. “I am very proud of the entire organization for their commitment to quality and the effort involved for what it takes for us to deliver outstanding newspapers and websites for our communities.”
In all, the media company comprises 23 newspapers and 19 websites.
A look at how the company’s papers fared in the contest, by region:
North and west metro area
CCM’s papers in the north and west metro areas, based in Golden, combined to win 51 awards, including 21 first-place entries.
• Editorial: Reporter Darin Moriki won five individual awards, including two first-place honors, and was part of a newsroom team that added two more with best series (first place) and best sustained coverage (second place). Reporter Sara Van Cleve also garnered five awards (four second-place entries and a third-place honor). The Golden Transcript’s editorial staff earned six first-place awards on its way to winning the Sweepstakes honor.
• Photo and design: Page designer Lindsay Lovato won three awards (two firsts and a second) for her work on the Golden-based papers, and she was part of the team that won the best series designation.
South metro area
The company’s south metro-area papers, based in Highlands Ranch, collected 38 awards, including 15 first-place honors.
• Editorial: Reporters Ryan Boldrey and Tom Munds each brought home two first-place awards. Reporter Jane Reuter garnered three awards (a second-place and two third-place honors). The Football and Fall Sports special section earned first place for both its Arapahoe County and Douglas County editions.
• Photo and design: This category featured a pair of multiple-award winners in photographer Courtney Kuhlen (a first, a second and a third) and page designer Kate Ferraro (a first and a second).
• Advertising: Designer Andy Rickard secured five awards, including a pair of first-place entries, in helping the News-Press earn the Sweepstakes designation.
Colorado Springs metro area
The Pikes Peak Courier-View, based in Woodland Park, reeled in six awards. Reporters Norma Engelberg (a first and a third) and Pat Hill (a second and a third) each won two individual awards. They also were part of the newsroom team that picked up a second-place honor for its sustained coverage of the Waldo Canyon Fire.
Eligible contest entries were published between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012.
For a complete list of Colorado Community Media's award winners, click here