Sky-Hi News ‘three-peats’ for General Excellence
February 24, 2015
For the third year running, the Sky-Hi News has been named the best newspaper in Colorado in its circulation class.
The newspaper won the coveted General Excellence award during the Colorado Press Association's 137th Annual Convention at the Downtown Westin Hotel in Denver on Saturday, Feb. 21. In all, the Sky-Hi News won 27 awards for work published between Sept. 1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014.
The newspaper competes in the Class 4 circulation category, which includes papers with circulation between 4,001 and 7,000. This year's contest entries were judged by newspaper peers from the Missouri Press Association. Awards are granted in various aspects of journalism, from news reporting to editorial writing to photography and layout and design.
The Sky-Hi News also won its third consecutive Photo & Design Sweepstakes Award.
"To win these awards once is an honor," said Sky-Hi News Managing Editor Drew Munro. "To win them for three consecutive years is truly remarkable and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, our company collaborators and our contributors. I feel privileged to work with them."
It was a big day for Colorado Mountain News Media, the Sky-Hi News' parent company, at the CPA Convention as well. Prestigious individual awards were given to CMNM General Manager Jim Morgan for Colorado Newspaper Person of the Year, to Sky-Hi News and Summit Daily News Publisher Matt Sandberg for Innovator of the Year, and to Grand Junction Free Press General Manager Ben Rogers as the Rising Star of 2014.
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The Sky-Hi News won awards as follows:
Photo & Design Sweepstakes Award
Second place, overall layout and design
First place, Best Portfolio, Class 4, Sky-Hi News
First place, Best News photo, Election Day
First place, Best Feature photo, Here's pie in your eye
Second place, Best Photo Essay, Colorado Freeride
Second place, Best News photo, Teamwork
Third place, Best Photo Essay, Independence celebrations
Third place, Best Sports photo, Middle Park drops Homecoming game
First place, Best Special Advertising Section, Explore Grand Summer Guide
First place, Best Advertising Campaign, Granby Dental
Second place, Best Advertising Campaign, PowerWorld
Second place, Best Real Estate Ad, ReMax Peak to Peak
Third place, Best Restaurant or Dining Ad, Winter Park Pub
Second place, Best News Page Design, Beetle aftermath
Third place, Best News page design, Sky-Hi grades towns
First place, Best Environmental Story, Wilderness celebrates 50 years
Second place, Continuous Coverage, Grand County Building Department (with Leia Larsen)
Second place, Best Humorous Column, That wicker thing at the foot of the bed, and I owe it all to Judge Judy
First place, Best Public Service, Transparency (with Tonya Bina)
First place, Best News Story, GL Fire faces political heat
Second place, Best Public Service, GL Fire faces political heat
Second place, Continuous Coverage, Grand County Building Department (with Hank Shell)
Second place, Best Informational Graphic, Municipal elections
Second place, Best Health Feature Story, Working through Obamacare snafus
Third place, Best Deadline Reporting, Shutdown to downtown
First place, Best Public Service, Transparency (with Leia Larsen)
Second place, Best Editorial Writing, DA goes soft, Term Limits
Middle Park Times
The Middle Park Times, which is produced by the same staff as the Sky-Hi News, won 12 awards in its circulation category of 1,001 to 2,000, including the Class 2 Photo & Design Sweepstakes Award for the third year in a row. These entries were all different than those submitted for the Sky-Hi News.
Middle Park Times awards:
Photo & Design Sweepstakes Award
First Place, Best Editorial Layout & Design
Second Place, Best News Page Design, Beetle aftermath
Second Place, Best Informational Graphic, What $500K could have bought
Third place, Best Informational Graphic, Philanthropy runs deep in Grand
Third Place, Best Environmental Story, Rollins Pass hearing does little to bridge divide
Third Place, Best Feature Story, 'Ingle' all the way with festive light display
First Place, Best Photography Portfolio, Class 2
Second place, Best Feature Photograph
Second place, Best Sports Photograph
Third place, Best Sports Photograph
Third place, Best Education Story, Grand Lake school-building meeting exposes divided town