The Summit Daily News wins 10 awards during CPA convention
The Summit Daily News won 10 awards this weekend during the annual Colorado Press Association convention.
Six of the 10 awards were part of the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters Association (CAPER). The other four awards were issued by the Colorado Press Association (CPA).
“It’s great to be recognized for our hard work and dedication,” said Whitney Childers, Summit Daily News editor. “One of the most encouraging parts of this year’s contest is the fact that nearly every full-time person who entered the annual contest was recognized with an award. That shows we have a strong, talented staff all-around.”
Winners for the (CAPER) annual contest were:
N Education writing: Reid Williams’ story on “What teachers do on summer break” received honorable mention.
N Feature writing: Jane Reuter’s story on “Heroin and addiction” received second-place honors.
N Sports writing: Jason Starr’s story on “A Long Way from Home” about a local goalkeeper who brought his Ukrainian heritage to the Breckenridge soccer club received second-place honors.
N Column writing: Editor Whitney Childers received second-place honors for news column writing.
N General News photo: Brad Odekirk won second place in the feature photo category for his photograph of local Larry Farnum for a Fourth of July feature story.
N Spot News photo: Karin Prescott won first place for her photo of local firemen helping to rescue people trapped in a vehicle.
Winners for the CPA annual contest were:
N Best Serious Column: Rich Mayfield won second place for column writing. Columns judged included: “Move over Jim and Tammy Faye, here come Simpson’s” and “Discouraged by madness, marginalized by politics.”
N Best Feature story: Jane Stebbins won third place for “Fighting cancer, fighting the justice system.”
N Best Series: Jane Stebbins, Jane Reuter, Brad Odekirk and Karin Prescott won third place for a three-day series on “Child Care Crisis.”
N Best Sports story: Jason Starr again won second place for his story on “A Long Way from Home.”
“It’s interesting to look back at how many of these stories and projects came together,” Childers said. “One person’s name might show they are the winner, but there were many people involved in the final product – from editors to photographers and designers. Working in a newsroom is a teamwork effort, and one in which we are successful.”
Summit Daily Publisher Mike Bennett said being recognized by CPA and CAPER helps the paper objectively measure the quality of the product provided to readers.
“Many people don’t realize we are only 13 years old. We are maturing into a newspaper of which this community can be proud. Our goal is to bring to the forefront the issues that are important to our readers’ lives,” Bennett said. “We strive to provide this information in an accurate and timely fashion. Although winning 10 awards is fantastic, we are in a business where we can never be totally satisfied with our efforts. Everyday we throw away our work and start from scratch again. We don’t produce a newspaper to win awards. We produce a newspaper in an effort to provide our readers a vehicle that will help improve their lives. If we are doing our job right, the awards will follow.”
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