SPJ Colorado seeks nominations for annual awards

The Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is seeking nominations for outstanding Colorado journalists who exemplify the highest standards of professional excellence for its 2023 Top of the Rockies individual awards. 

Nominations for Journalist of the Year, First Amendment Award, Keeper of the Flame and Educator of the Year can be submitted online by March 26. 

Nominees should meet the following criteria: 

Journalist(s) of the Year: A journalist or journalists who have produced extraordinary work in the last calendar year, embodying the SPJ Code of Ethics to seek truth and report it; minimize harm; act independently; and be accountable and transparent. 

Keeper of the Flame: A lifetime achievement award recognizing a longtime journalist, their contributions to the profession and for leading and mentoring young journalists. This journalist has displayed extraordinary dedication to ethical, responsible journalism and professional integrity.

Educator of the Year: This award is given annually to recognize the outstanding work of an educator at a Colorado school.

First Amendment Award: This award recognizes journalists who embody the exercise of a free and fair press and go above and beyond to hold governments accountable and speak truth to power. 

Winners will be honored at the SPJ Top of the Rockies awards reception, 5-9:30 p.m. April 22 at the Denver Press Club.