Top of the Rockies

2021 Top of the rockies contest WINNERS

You can find results of the 2021 Top of the Rockies contest here:

Spreadsheet of 2021 Results

For more information and questions: Contest Chair Deb Hurley Brobst by emailing deb.hurley.brobst@gmail.com.

  

Welcome to the 2021 Top of the Rockies contest!

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

For more information and questions: Email contest chair Deb Hurley Brobst at deb.hurley.brobst@gmail.com for answers to contest-related questions.

Website: https://betternewspapercontest.com

Top of the Rockies is a regional, multi-platform contest for reporters and news organizations in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The contest grew from a Colorado-only contest on the heels of the closure of the Rocky Mountain News in 2009 to ensure a robust and competitive field. It is sponsored and managed by the Society of Professional Journalists – Colorado Professional Chapter.

2021 Top of the Rockies contest categories. Please note that there are changes to contest categories.

WRITING CATEGORIES

News Reporting, Single Story: Single news story (and related sidebars, if applicable).

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.

Extended Coverage: A package of stories exploring one issue in depth. This could be a special section.

Feature Writing — long form: Includes profiles, analysis and other stories written in a feature format that are more than 1,500 words or longer than 3 minutes in length.

Feature Writing — short form: Includes profiles, analysis and other stories written in a feature format that are fewer than 1,500 words or shorter than 3 minutes in length.

Best Solutions Journalism: A story or series that includes in-depth reporting on a response/s to a problem.

Podcast: Enter up to 3 episodes.

Social Justice Reporting: A story, series or package of stories on social justice issues.

Pandemic Reporting: A story, series or package of stories on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Obit Writing: A feature story about someone who has died.

Beat Reporting: A collection of up to six stories from one reporter on a particular beat. Attach a one-sentence description of your beat.

Personal/Humor Columns: Submit up to 3 columns per entry.

News Columns: Submit up to 3 columns per entry.

Editorials: Submit up to 3 editorials per entry.

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.

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

Sports News: Single story, package or series.

Sports Feature: Single story, package or series.

Sports Columns: Submit up to 3 columns per entry.

Business News: Single story, package or series.

Business Feature: 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, art, architecture, theater or dance.

A&E and Food Criticism: Submit up to 3 columns or reviews.

Education News: Single story, package or series.

Education Feature: Single story, package or series.

Politics News: Single story, package or series.

Politics Feature: Single story, package or series.

Legal News: Single story, package or series.

Legal Feature: Single story, package or series.

Science and Technology News: Single story, package or series.

Science and Technology Feature: Single story, package or series.

Agriculture or Environment News: Single story, package or series.

Agriculture or Environment Feature: Single story, package or series.

Health News: Single story, package or series.

Health Feature: Single story, package or series.

Mental Health News: Single story, package or series.

Mental Health Feature: Single story, package or series.

Religion News: Single story, package or series.

Religion Feature: Single story, package or series. 

Headline writing: Submit 3 headlines with the accompanying articles.

VISUAL CATEGORIES

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.

Information Graphic: Submit the graphic with the accompanying article.

Editorial Cartoons: Submit up to 3 cartoons that show the point of view of the cartoonist.

Illustration: Artwork accompanying a news or feature story to enhance the story’s meaning.

Spot News Photography/Videography: One or more photos or videos on a breaking news story.

News Photography/Videography: One or more photos or videos on a news story.

Feature Photography/Videography: One or more photos or videos on a feature story.

Sports Photography/Videography: One or more photos or videos on a sports story.

Pandemic Photography/Videography: One or more photos or videos on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social Justice Photography/Videography: One or more photos or videos on a social justice story

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