Sky-Hi News brings home gold in Better Newspaper Contest |

Sky-Hi News brings home gold in Better Newspaper Contest

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Sky-Hi News Account Manager Debbie Harris, from left, Managing Editor Tonya Bina, Photo Editor Byron Hetzler and Reporter Leia Larsen show off the overall awards the Sky-Hi News and Middle Park Times won at the Colorado Press Association's annual awards dinneron Friday evening, Feb. 21, in Denver.
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Sky-Hi News Winners

Sky-Hi Newsroom: 1st place Best Online Update of Breaking News; 3rd place Best Deadline News Reporting

Tonya Bina: 1st place Online Breaking News; 1st place Best Online Interview; 2nd place Best Deadline News Reporting; 2nd place Best Education Story; 2nd place Best Environmental Story; 2nd place Best Health Enterprise Story; 3rd place Best Health Enterprise Story; 3rd place Best Business Feature Story; and 3rd place Best Headline Writing.

Byron Hetzler: 1st place Best Photography Portfolio; 1st place Best Sports Photograph; 1st place Best Feature Photograph; 1st Place Best Photo Essay; 2nd place Best Feature Photograph; 2nd place Best News Photograph and 3rd place Best Photo Essay.

Reid Tulley: 1st place Best Health Enterprise Story; 1st place Breaking News or Non-Deadline Video; 2nd place Best Online Video Interview.

Leia Larsen: 1st place Best Business Feature Story; 1st place Best Business News Story; 1st place Best Investigative Story Package; 1st place Multimedia; 1st place Photo Slideshow or Gallery; 2nd place Multimedia; 2nd place Photo Slideshow or Gallery; 2nd place Best Information Graphic; 3rd place Best Business News Story; and 3rd place Multimedia.

Debbie Harris: 1st place Best Black and White Ad; 2nd place Best Real Estate Ad; and 3rd place Best Advertising Campaign.

Tonya Bina & Reid Tulley: 2nd place Best Deadline News Reporting.

Debbie Harris, Tonya Bina & Louie Atencio: 1st place Best Advertising Special Section.

Drew Munro, Tonya Bina & Reid Tulley: 3rd place Best Public Service.

Maggie Butler: 1st place Best Use of Color in an Ad.

Maggie Butler & Rob Fair: 1st place Best Small Space Ad.

Rob Pudim: 1st place Best Editorial Cartoon-Weekly and 3rd place Best Editorial Cartoon-Weekly.

Jon DeVos: 1st place Best Humorous Column Writing.

Drew Munro: 1st place Best Feature Page Design and 2nd place Best News Page Design

Sky-Hi News: 2nd place Best Advertising Campaign; 2nd place Best Small Space Ad; 2nd place Best Editorial Layout & Design

The Sky-Hi News earned a General Excellence Award for overall news reporting and presentation in print and online media in the 2013 Colorado Press Association “Better Newspaper Contest.”

The Granby-based newspaper beat out 11 newspapers in its class with circulation of 4,001-7,000.

The Sky-Hi team brought home 48 individual staff awards in news reporting, design, advertising and online journalism, and the newspaper garnered Sweepstakes awards in the categories of Editorial, Online, and Photo and Design.

“The work done by the team at the Sky Hi News is remarkable,” said Sky-Hi Publisher Matt Sandberg, “and having that work validated by a panel of peers judging a body of work from a year’s time period really validates the efforts each of our staffers put into the newspaper every day. It is a personal honor to work with the staff at Sky-Hi News, and more importantly to be a part of a team that works hard to connect with the residents and visitors to Grand County through our work.”

“Great Job! I enjoyed looking at the section. Made me want to visit!”
Virginia Press Association judge about the Sky-Hi News “Explore Grand” summer guide, which one first place in “Best Advertising Special Section” this year.

It is the second consecutive year the Sky-Hi News has won General Excellence in its class.

“I am privileged to work with a team of dedicated and talented professionals,” said Sky-Hi News Managing Editor Tonya Bina. “We work hard every day getting interesting information out to our readers, and it’s nice to be recognized when hard work pays off.”

The Middle Park Times was also a winner in the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest, bringing home a Photo/Design Sweepstakes Award on top of 17 individual staff awards. The Middle Park Times competes against 22 other Colorado weekly newspapers with circulations of 1,001 to 2,000.

The Virginia Press Association in cooperation with member newspaper publishers judged more than 4,500 Colorado newspaper entries this year and determined the winners among all daily and non-daily member newspapers — large and small, metro to small-town — throughout Colorado.

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