Colorado Community Media wins big at annual press convention

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Colorado Community Media received 50 awards in the annual state press competition, including the prestigious public service award for a year-long series on the state of mental health in Douglas County.

The award-winning entries, announced April 13, were spread among many of the 18 weeklies and two monthlies that CCM publishes in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Elbert and Jefferson counties. They cover work done between Nov. 1, 2017 and Oct. 31, 2018.

"Being recognized by our peers is validation of the quality work of our staff," Publisher Jerry Healey said. "I am proud to be associated with the team here, and our readers can expect more good things to come."

CCM's papers won awards in all five of the Colorado Press Association's weekly classifications, which were divided up based on size of circulation. Class 1, for weeklies with a circulation of up to 1,000, was the smallest, and Class 5, for weeklies with a circulation greater than 7,000, was the largest. Monthlies are in a separate class.

Among Class 4 weeklies, journalists Alex DeWind, Jessica Gibbs and Nick Puckett took top honors in public service and series for their “Time to Talk” project, which explored all facets of mental health in Douglas County. First-place awards also were given to DeWind and Gibbs for education, news and health enterprise stories, respectively, that looked at the effects of technology and social media on young people’s emotional intelligence, the growing mental health crisis in jails, and how addiction and mental health are connected.

In the Class 3 weekly category, journalist Ellis Arnold won first place for best series for "No Place to Call Home," which looked at how Englewood is facing challenges of an increasing homeless population, and first in best health enterprise for a story on the opioid epidemic.

In Class 2, journalist Christy Steadman received first place for an in-depth look at gender in engineering fields and the top public service award for a story on a troublesome intersection. Steadman, with colleagues Shanna Fortier, Clarke Reader and editor Glenn Wallace also received first place for their ongoing series, “Homeless in Jeffco,” which explored the challenges facing suburban communities.

Also in Class 2, photographer Stefan Brodsky took first for a photo essay on a Memorial Day celebration in the Northglenn/Thornton Sentinel and Westminster Window. Metro North editor Scott Taylor, Fortier and Brodsky took second in deadline reporting for their coverage of the memorial service for a slain Adams County deputy.

Among Class 1 weeklies, journalist David Gilbert won first place in the series, news story and sustained coverage categories for his exploration of the life and death of a Kiowa man and the complicated legal case of the man arrested on suspicion of his murder.

Fortier received first-place honors for her photography portfolio among Class 5 weeklies.

Kailyn Lamb, editor for the Denver monthlies Washington Park Profile and Life on Capitol Hill, won first place in sports column writing along with second-place honors for environmental and business reporting.

Karen Earhart, Erin Franks, Tina Meltzer and Lisa Allison won first place for Best Classified Pages or Sections, in addition to several other advertising awards.

In all, CCM garnered 23 first-place and 27 second-place awards in categories that also included headline, design and editorial writing; and business, photography, feature, deadline, environmental, agricultural and sports reporting.

 
 

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