Sky-Hi Daily News wins 17 statewide journalism awards
March 2, 2009
The staff of the Sky-Hi Daily News brought home 17 statewide awards for writing, photography and design from the Colorado Press Association this weekend.
In years past, the newspapers in Grand County competed as weekly papers. This was the first year competing as one county-wide daily. The Sky-Hi Daily News competed in Class Four against newspapers that include the Craig Daily Press, The Fort Morgan Times, Montrose Daily Press and the Telluride Daily Planet.
The Sky-Hi Daily News won nine first place awards, including Best Series by Tonya Bina for her project last August discussing conservation of land and lifestyle in Grand County.
“I couldn’t be more proud,” said editor Autumn Phillips. “I think back on all the changes this staff went through last year – new ownership, new deadlines, and the new expectations of going from weekly to daily reporters.
“They stepped up to the challenge and put out some great journalism.
“It feels good to see all their hard work rewarded.”
The awards covered work done between Oct. 15, 2007, when the Sky-Hi Daily News launched in its new format, to Aug. 31, 2008.
First place ” Drew Munro ” Best Headline Writing
First place – Byron Hetzler – Best Sports Photograph – Crankworx
Second place – Tonya Bina – Best Education Story ” “Bates the dog bids adieu to Grand Lake Elementary School”
Second place – Staff – Best Series – (Four-part series about health insurance in Grand County)
First place – Tonya Bina – Best Agriculture Story – “Grand County traditions fade into the past”
Third place – Will Bublitz – Best Sports Story – “Born to Run: Middle Park runner relentlessly pursues her goal”
First place – Autumn Phillips and Drew Munro – Best Editorial Writing
Third place – Byron Hetzler – Best Sports Photograph – Sno-X
First place – Byron Hetzler – Best Feature Photograph ” Rotary Dictionary Project
First place – Tonya Bina – Best Series – Three part series on conservation
First place – Drew Munro – Best Editorial Layout and Design
Second place – Stephanie Miller – Best Business Story ” “Casting for love: Fraser fly shop named hot spot for hooking up with perfect outdoor partner”
First place – Tonya Bina – Best News Story – “McDonald’s Delivers … sort of”
Second place – Stephanie Miller – Best News Story
First place – Drew Munro – Best News Page Design
Third place – Patrick Brower – Best Sports Story – “Grand Lake mountain sailing tests even the best sailors”
Second place – Tonya Bina – Best Feature Story – “Granby couple, with help, embraces child with special needs”