SPJ Colorado Pro Seeks Nominations for 4 Individual Awards

SPJ Colorado Pro is seeking nominations for its four annual individual awards. The deadline is March 1, 2020. Entry forms and other details are here.

The awards are:

  • Journalist of the Year
  • Educator of the Year
  • First Amendment
  • Keeper of the Flame (body-of-work, lifetime achievement)

The awards will be presented along with Top of the Rockies contest winners on April 17 at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm St., Denver.

Nominations are open to all. Any person may submit more than one nomination. Final selections will be made by the Board of SPJ Colorado Pro. Nominees do not have to be members of SPJ.

Please submit entries via email (including links to accessible text — no paywalls, please) to Tony Flesor, president, SPJ Colorado Pro.

More Legal Help Coming for Colorado Journalists

By Jeff Roberts
Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition

The Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition is pleased to announce that the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will hire and place a pro bono attorney in Colorado for at least two years to support local enterprise and investigative journalism.

Find the job postings here.

Colorado is one of only five states chosen out of 50 applications for the Local Legal Initiative, which is partially funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. CFOIC applied for the program with the Colorado Press Association, the Colorado Broadcasters Association and the Colorado Media Project.

Read more about the Local Legal Initiative and what it means for Colorado on CFOIC’s blog.

Denver's Colorado Public Radio To Operate Public Radio Station in Colorado Springs (KRCC)

By Dave Burdick

Colorado Public Radio

Jan. 17, 2020

Colorado Public Radio, the state’s largest public radio organization, has signed a partnership agreement with Colorado College to operate Colorado Springs-based KRCC, representing a major potential boost for work produced by both operations on air, online, and in other products like podcasts and streaming audio.

KRCC’s radio signals reach people in Colorado Springs; Woodland Par; Puebl; La Junta; Buena Vist; Salida; Westcliffe; Gardner;and Villa Grove in Colorado, plus Trinidad and Raton in New Mexico. CPR News reaches people across the Front Range, and in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Grand Junction, mountain communities and elsewhere in the state.

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Chicago Tribune Staffers Seek New Owner to Stop Hedge Fund Takeover

By Brian Stelter

CNN Business

Updated 4:11 PM ET, Mon January 20, 2020

NEW YORK — Reporters at the Chicago Tribune are trying to find a new owner for their newspaper.

They’re doing it because they’re afraid of Alden Global Capital’s plans for all of the papers owned by Tribune Publishing.

Alden, a New York-based hedge fund, recently became the largest shareholder in the struggling publishing company. Alden has a terrible reputation in the newspaper industry due to its history of slashing jobs and sucking up short-term profits from other papers it controls.

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How 22 North Carolina Newspapers Work Together

By Kristen Hare
Poynter.org

Jan. 22, 2020

Last summer, a group of editors in North Carolina gathered in a conference room for some brainstorming.

They covered one wall at the News & Observer with Post-It notes. They snacked on chocolate treats. It was a pretty typical meeting — except when you consider the people in the room.

They came from Gannett, Gatehouse, McClatchy and BH Media Group. In all, editors from 10 of North Carolina’s newspapers met with a goal that sounds simple but is definitely not:

They wanted to start working together.

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Denverite Editor Dean Leaves for Marriage, New Orleans Public Radio

By Ashley Dean

Editor, Denverite

My first day of Denverite was in May 2016. When we started this thing, calling sources from a closet-sized room and asking them to talk for a publication with no name, I had no idea where we would be in one year, let alone four. I had sky-high hopes, but I couldn’t have guessed that one day I’d be the editor and Denverite would be owned by Colorado Public Radio.

I did know for sure that we would do good work. That Kevin [Beaty] would bring an artist’s eye and enormous sensitivity to his photographs. That Andy [Kenney] would prove to be as sharp as he is weird. That Erica [Meltzer] would work tirelessly to answer Denver’s biggest questions.

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Veteran Post Sports Writer Irv Moss Dies at 85

By Anthony Cotton

Colorado Public Radio

Irv Moss, The Denver Post sportswriter who chronicled virtually every significant athletic event in town over a 60-year career, died Wednesday [Jan. 8, 2019] at the age of 85.

Moss started as a copyboy at The Post in the 1950s. Before long, prior to the presence of professional teams like the Nuggets, Rockies and Avalanche, he had positioned himself for some plum assignments — like dog racing and men’s softball leagues.

When Denver did make the big-time sports scene, Moss was often front and center, at Broncos games, on campus at the Air Force Academy and the University of Colorado.

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