Official Rules of the 2020 Top of the Rockies Contest

Welcome to the 2020 Top of the Rockies contest!

Administered for more than a decade by SPJ Colorado Pro on behalf of SPJ chapters in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming.

For more information and questions: Contest Chair Deb Hurley Brobst (Note new e-mail address: deb.hurley.brobst@gmail.com) is available to answer contest-related questions.

Website: https://betternewspapercontest.com

Contest opens: Monday, Dec. 16, 2019

Contest closes: 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

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Applications Invited for SPJ Colorado Pro Scholarships for High School, College Students

By SPJ COLORADO PRO

The Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is accepting applications for two sets of scholarships:

  • Helen Verba Award: Scholarships (up to $2,000 each) will be granted to selected high school seniors or college students attending, or accepted by, any accredited U.S.  college or university. Applicants MUST  plan on entering a career in print or digital journalism and be from or living in Colorado.
  • Sheldon Peterson Award: Scholarships of varying amounts will be granted to selected high school seniors and college students attending, or accepted by, an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants MUST plan on entering a career in broadcast journalism and be from or living in Colorado.

Deadline for applications for both categories is Jan. 31, 2020.

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A Double-Edged Sword’s Deep Cuts in Dayton, Ohio

By Joshua Benton

Nieman Lab

This surfaced over the Thanksgiving break here in the United States, but I don’t want to let it pass without noticing: To increase the quality of local journalism in Ohio, the Federal Communications Commission is requiring three newspapers to stop printing daily.

No, really. The ruling came down on Nov. 22, but it appears no one in mainstream media noticed until Keith Kelly wrote it up for the New York Post:

The 121-year old Dayton Daily News and two other Ohio newspapers will shrink to three days a week from daily publication to appease regulators who on Monday approved a $3.1 billion acquisition of Cox TV stations and newspapers by private equity firm Apollo Global Management.

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Opinion: Reflections on Closure of the Newseum, by Former USA Today Editor

Opinion

By Ken Paulson

Former Editor, USA Today; Professor and Director of Free Speech Center, Middle Tennessee State University

USA Today founder Al Neuharth was a brilliant news executive, but he had his quirks. Proud of his South Dakota roots, he had something of a chip on his shoulder, disdaining East Coast elites and daring them to mock his unconventional ideas.

In 1982, he launched USA Today, a colorful newspaper filled with concise stories and groundbreaking graphics. Early critics derided it as a “comic book” or “McPaper.” Neuharth loved it.

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AP Adding 14 Statehouse Reporters in Colorado, Other States

By The Associated Press

The Associated Press, through an unprecedented collaboration with Report for America, will bolster its 50-state presence with the addition of 14 statehouse reporters, providing local newsrooms with essential accountability journalism and state government coverage.

The reporters will be located in: Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina and Utah. A data journalist will support their efforts and work to bring policy journalism to all 50 states.

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Trump White House Won’t Credential Bloomberg Reporters

By JONATHAN SWAN

AXIOS

President Trump’s 2020 campaign has announced it will no longer allow reporters from Bloomberg News to obtain credentials to cover Trump campaign events.

The big picture: Campaign manager Brad Parscale described the decision to ban Bloomberg reporters as a reaction to Bloomberg News’ announcement that it would no longer do investigative journalism on Democratic 2020 candidates, following the entry of the media outlet’s owner, Mike Bloomberg, into the presidential race.

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Press Club’s Runyon Winner for 2020: Judy Woodruff

By DAN PETTY

President, Denver Press Club

Celebrated broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff, the anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour, has been named the recipient of the Denver Press Club’s 26th annual Damon Runyon Award.

Woodruff will be honored by the club on Saturday, April 11, 2020, during a banquet at the Denver Athletic Club. The historic Denver Press Club is at 1330 Glenarm Place, Denver, and the Denver Athletic Club is across the street at 1325 Glenarm PLace.

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