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The SPJ Colorado Pro board is accepting nominations for our four major awards until Jan. 20, 2018. This is a chance for us to publicly recognize excellent journalists in our midst and we welcome our members’ input. Please consider whether there is somebody you know who you believe fits the bill. The awards are:

– Palmer Hoyt Journalist of the Year, which recognizes general excellence in journalism

– Keeper of the Flame, which recognizes a distinguished career in journalism

– First Amendment, which recognizes work protecting free speech, open records and government transparency

– Journalism Educator of the Year, which recognizes dedication to the education of young journalists

Please send us your nominations by emailing news@spjcolorado.com by the end of Jan. 20. Include a short bio of the nominee, an explanation of why you are nominating them for the award and, if applicable, links to their relevant work from the last year.

Winners will be announced at the Top of the Rockies award reception April 21 in Denver.

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Top of the Rockies 2018 is now live! Visit our contest page for details like contest categories.

The contest portal will remain live until Saturday, Jan. 20 (make sure you select “2018 Top of the Rockies”). Please get your contest entries in early, as technical difficulties do arise.

Entries are $15 each, payable via PayPal.

Questions or problems with the portal? Contact our eternally patient contest chair, Deb Hurley Brobst, at dchurley@aol.com.

Start gathering your best work from the last year, because it’s time for Top of the Rockies 2018!

The contest opens Friday, Dec. 15. The contest’s portal will be posted on our contest page that day.

The contest will remain open until Saturday, Jan. 20. Judging will be held from Feb. 6 to March 6, and the Top of the Rockies 2018 award ceremony is slated for April 21, 2018 in Denver.

About the 2018 categories

Following our fantastic turnout in 2017, the SPJ Colorado Pro board decided to make several adjustments in categories to reflect modern newsroom practice.

Starting this year, almost all categories are now open to broadcast, print and digital entries. You’ll be up against the best from all platforms in the region, not just your fellow print reporters or broadcast journalists.
We’ve also added a religion category because we realized there’s been some great work on the topic.
And the most requested topic we heard from 2017 was a podcast category, so you got it. We added a general excellence category for podcasts. There’s general excellence in web, radio and TV, too.
These categories are also listed on our contest page.

2018 CATEGORIES

GENERAL NEWS

 

  • General Broadcast Excellence in Radio: A single broadcast
  • General Broadcast Excellence for Television: A ingle broadcast, not to exceed 15 minutes.
  • General Podcast Excellence: A single podcast episode.
  • General Website Excellence: Judged on the excellence of content, interactivity, design, navigation, multimedia and community tools.

 

  • News Reporting, Single Story: Spot or Scheduled. Single news story (and related sidebars, if applicable). This includes all but sports, education, political, legal affairs and business reporting.
  • Breaking News Story: A single story or package of a breaking news event occurring over a 24-hour period.
  • General Reporting, Series or Package: A series of stories on one topic or a package of stories that runs simultaneously (submit all stories).
  • Enterprise Reporting: An article or a package or series of stories on one topic that demonstrates exceptional enterprise or investigative effort.
  • News Feature: Includes profiles, analysis and other news stories written in a feature format.
  • Public Service: An article or a package or series of stories on one topic that demonstrates exceptional coverage on a topic or issue that is important to the community.
  • Special section: A package of stories exploring one issue in depth.
  • Personal/Humor Columns: Submit 3 columns per entry.
  • News Columns: Submit 3 columns per entry.
  • Editorials: Submit 3 editorials per entry.
  • Headline writing: Submit 3 headlines with the accompanying articles.
  • Information graphic: Submit a graphic with the accompanying article.
  • Front page design: A front page or cover of your publication.
  • Single page design: A single page or a section cover of your publication.
  • Feature page design: A single page or feature cover of your publication.

SPECIALIZED REPORTING

    • Sports General Reporting: Single story, package or series.
    • Sports Columns: Submit 3 columns per entry.
    • Sports Enterprise Reporting: An article, or a package or series of stories on one topic that demonstrates exceptional enterprise or investigative effort.
    • Business General Reporting: Single story, package or series.
    • Business Enterprise Reporting: An article, or a package or series of stories on one topic that demonstrates exceptional enterprise or investigative effort.
    • A&E and Food Reporting News or feature. A single story or a series on dining and nightlife, film, television, music (classical or popular), art, architecture, theater or dance.
    • A&E and Food Criticism: Submit 3 columns or reviews.
    • A&E and Food Enterprise Reporting: A single story, package or series.
    • Education General Reporting: A single story, package or series.
    • Education Enterprise Reporting: An article, or a package or series of stories on one topic that demonstrates exceptional enterprise or investigative effort.
    • Politics General Reporting: A single story, package or series.
    • Politics Enterprise Reporting: An article or a package or series of stories on one topic that demonstrates exceptional enterprise or investigative effort.
    • Legal General Reporting: A single story, package or series.
    • Legal Enterprise Reporting: An article or a package or series of stories on one topic that demonstrates exceptional enterprise or investigative effort.

 

  • Science and Technology General Reporting: A single story, package or series.
  • Science and Technology Enterprise Reporting: An article, or a package or series of stories on one topic that demonstrates exceptional enterprise or investigative effort.
  • Environment or Agriculture  Reporting: A single story, package or series.

 

    • Environment or Agriculture Enterprise Reporting: An article or a package or series of stories on one topic that demonstrates exceptional enterprise or investigative effort.
    • Health General Reporting: A single story, package or series.
    • Health Enterprise Reporting: An article or a package or series of stories on one topic that demonstrates exceptional enterprise or investigative effort.

 

  • Marijuana General Reporting: An article or a package or series of stories.
  • Marijuana Enterprise reporting: An article, or a package or sies of stories on one topic that demonstrates exceptional enterprise or exceptional effort.
  • Religion General Reporting: A single story, package or series.

 

  • Agriculture General Reporting: A single story, package or series.
  • Agriculture Enterprise Reporting: An article or a package or series of stories on one topic that demonstrates exceptional enterprise or investigative effort.

ONLINE

    • General Website Excellence: Judged on the excellence of content, interactivity, design, navigation, multimedia and community tools.
    • Blog: Honoring an important or insightful perspective unique to the Web. Three submissions per entry.

 

  • Mobile Applications: A mobile application created by a news organization that delivers news or information on a particular issue or event.

 

  • Multimedia Story: A cohesive Web package that can include words, photos, graphics, audio, video and/or graphics.

PHOTOJOURNALISM

  • Spot News Photography: One or more photos on a breaking news story.
  • News Photography: One or more photos on a news story.
  • Feature Photography: One or more photos where original subject matter is enhanced by the presentation or imagination of the photographer.
  • Sports Photography: One or more photos on a sports subject.

Grand Junction CORA event

About a dozen local journalists, defense attorneys, paralegals and private investigators showed up Sept. 14 for an SPJ-sponsored event on the Colorado Open Records Act and the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act in Grand Junction. Jeff Roberts, executive director of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, spoke about practical applications of the laws that safeguard access to public records, about recent cases featured on his blog and about resources members of the public can use when they’re initially denied public information.

The event followed a campus visit to Colorado Mesa University, where turnout was slim but conversation with students was robust.

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Jeff Roberts addresses a group of professionals in Grand Junction Sept. 14.

SPJ Colorado Pro is joining the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Online News Association, the Denver Press Club and the Colorado Association of Black Journalists for a summer happy hour on Wednesday, August 30 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Open Media Foundation at 700 Kalamath Street in Denver..

The purpose in holding this event is two-fold:

1. Our groups operate independently but have a similar mission — to promote journalism and provide networking, educational and professional opportunities for our members. We thought it might be a great idea to gather under one roof to celebrate our strengths, encourage engagement and educate each other about the events and professional development opportunities available to journalists in Colorado.

2. We would like to acquaint our members with the facilities and services available to journalists at the Open Media Foundation. The non-profit foundation provides training, tools and affordable, high-end media and technology services to nonprofits, governments and individuals so they can “represent their own voice in the media conversation, engage in their community and bring about the change they wish to see in the world.”During the event, we will serve light food and drinks. By purchasing a drink ticket, members will also be able to enjoy several varieties of wine and beer.
We look forward to meeting you at the Summer Journalism Happy Hour!
Jeff Roberts

Jeff Roberts of Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition

Jeff Roberts of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition will present a program on open records Sept. 14 in Grand Junction. The event, sponsored by SPJ Colorado Pro, will be free and open to the public.

WHEN: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, 2017

WHERE: The Mesa Room at Central Library Grand Junction, 443 N. 6th St., Grand Junction.

WHAT: Join SPJ Colorado Pro and the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition for a talk by Jeff Roberts on the Colorado Open Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Refreshments will be served.

WHO: Jeff Roberts is the executive director of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition. Before joining the non-profit in July 2013, he worked in journalism and public policy, according to his organization. Jeff was at The Denver Post from 1984-2007 as a reporter, assistant city editor and data journalism specialist on The Post’s projects team. He later spent four years at the University of Denver’s Center for Colorado’s Economic Future. Early in his career, he was a reporter at the News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla. Roberts earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University.

R.S.V.P.: Not necessary

David BaronFormer NPR science correspondent David Baron, an ardent eclipse chaser, will talk about the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21 and about a similar event that occurred long ago. His new book, American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World, tells the true story of a total eclipse that crossed the American West—including Denver—in 1878.

Join us from 5:30 to 7 p.m. July 26 at The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place in Denver.

** This event is a being held as part of a partnership between the Denver Press Club and the SPJ Colorado Pro chapter. Please considering joining and getting involved with our organizations.