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The Society of Professional Journalists – Rio Grande Pro Chapter & UNM Student Chapter hosted this year’s Region 9 conference April 15 and 16 in  Albuquerque.

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Former national Society of Professional Journalists president and former Denver Post editor Fred Brown addressed ethical issues at the SPJ Region 9 conference April 15-16 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Brown serves on the SPJ Ethics Committee and helped revise the Code of Ethics. (Photos by Daniel Day of Metropolitan State University of Denver)

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Ismael Ortega of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction and Angela Jackson of Metropolitan State University of Denver attended the SPJ Region 9 conference courtesy of $400 stipends each from the Colorado Pro Chapter. Not pictured: Erin Douglas of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The SPJ Colorado Pro board allocated the stipends to encourage the students to pursue journalism careers. The three students were selected by their respective campus chapters to receive the stipends.

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New Mexico In Depth data journalist and SPJ Colorado Pro chapter secretary Sandra Fish explained campaign finance online research at the Region 9 conference.

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SPJ Utah Headliners chapter president McKenzie Romero, left, SPJ Colorado Pro chapter president Ed Otte and Angela Jackson of Metropolitan State University of Denver at the Region 9 conference.

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Colorado State University-Fort Collins associate professor Kris Kodrich, left, and Colorado State University-Pueblo associate professor Richard Joyce received the SPJ Colorado Pro Chapter Journalism Educator of the Year awards at the Region 9 Top of the Rockies awards program on April 21 at the Denver Press Club.

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Jeff Roberts, executive director of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, received the SPJ Colorado Pro Chapter First Amendment award at the Region 9 Top of the Rockies awards program on April 21 at the Denver Press Club. Roberts is pictured with his wife, Karen.

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Denver Post reporter Jordan Steffen received the Colorado SPJ Pro Chapter Palmer Hoyt Journalist of the Year award on April 21 at the Denver Press Club. The award, one of four major honors, was presented during the Region 9 Top of the Rockies awards program.

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Laura Frank, president and CEO, news, at Rocky Mountain PBS, received the Colorado SPJ Pro Chapter Keeper of the Flame award at the Region 9 Top of the Rockies awards program on April 21 at the Denver Press Club. Frank is pictured with her husband, Jeff Legwold, daughter Erin Legwold, and son Ryan Legwold.

2015 Honorees

Congratulations to the winners of Colorado SPJ Pro’s four major awards, announced April 21 at the Top of the Rockies award ceremony:
• Keeper of the Flame to Laura Frank of Rocky Mountain PBS.
• Journalist of the Year to Jordan Steffen of the Denver Post.
• Journalism Educator of the Year to Richard Joyce of CSU Pueblo and to Kris Kodrich of CSU Fort Collins.
• First Amendment Award to Jeff Roberts of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Top of the Rockies contest! Contest winners – who were announced in their final placements at a ceremony April 21 at the Denver Press Club – competed with journalists from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

To learn how to enter next year’s Top of the Rockies contest, keep an eye on our website or contact contest chair Deb Hurley Brobst at dchurley@aol.com.

Download a spreadsheet for the entire awards listings here, including judge’s comments:

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Stay posted for pictures of the ceremony and notices of other upcoming events. Tweet your pictures of the event at us at @SPJCOLO.

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Westword editor Patty Calhoun discussed the Denver media market, local news coverage and national media coverage of the presidential primary campaigns on April 13 at the Denver Press Club. The event, sponsored by the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, was taped by Denver Media Services and will be broadcast on Channel 8.

Patty Calhoun

Patricia Calhoun

Westword editor Patty Calhoun will be featured in a Fireside Chat at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place. The program, sponsored by the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, is free and open to the public.

Calhoun received the SPJ Colorado Pro Keeper of the Flame award in 2014 in recognition of her distinguished career in journalism. She was one of the founders of Westword in 1977 and has been a force in making the alternative weekly a major influence in the Denver media market. Westword has won numerous awards for investigative reporting.

The magazine’s Best of Denver publication is its most popular issue, and the 2016 edition was the 33rd annual critique of metro-area people and places. This year’s edition was published in March.

The Westword editor also is a regular panelist on Colorado Inside Out, Colorado Public Television 12’s weekly review of city, state and national news events.

In 2014, Calhoun won the national Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in the general column writing in the nondaily circulation 1-100,000 category for a collection of columns published from June through December that year. She won the 2010 SDX feature reporting award for “Spreading Her Wings” in the same circulation category.

The former president of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies was inducted into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame in 2007.

Metered parking is available on Glenarm Place in front of and near the Press Club. Parking is also available in a public lot on the southwest side of the Club. Both street and parking lot meters accept credit cards.

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KUNC public radio director of news content Michael de Yoanna, Fort Collins Coloradoan executive editor Lauren Gustus and Rocky Mountain Collegian news editor Sady Swanson were panelists in a discussion on Diversity in Media on March 28 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The program, conducted by the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, drew 94 students and six faculty. SPJ Colorado Pro president Ed Otte was the panel moderator.

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Fort Collins executive editor Lauren Gustus, left, Rocky Mountain Collegian news editor Sady Swanson and KUNC public radio director of news content Michael de Yoanna talk with students following a Diversity in Media session on March 28 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The program, conducted by the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, attracted an audience of 100 students and faculty.

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