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SPJ Colorado Pro is excited to host the SPJ Region 9 Conference in Denver in 2018, Excellence in the Rockies.

This year, we’re featuring a weekend of Excellence in the Rockies. Whether you’re looking to learn new skills, hone the ones you already have or make new connections in the industry, it’s time to plan your trip. Please visit this website for more details about the conference.

After the sessions, grab a bite to eat and meet us at The Denver Press Club for the Top of the Rockies awards ceremony. We’re celebrating the best journalism in the region.

 

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Tivoli Student Union, 900 Auraria Parkway. Photo provided by the Auraria Higher Education Center

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Top of the Rockies

TOR2018 imageJoin us as we announce the winners from this year’s Top of the Rockies contest in Region 9. This is the best journalism in New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.

 

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 20 at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place in Denver. A reception will start at 6 p.m.

Contest results will be announced on our website later in the evening.

Please let us know via Facebook that you will be in attendance so we can plan accordingly.
We’ll also honor the winners of SPJ Colorado’s First Amendment, Educator of the Year, Keeper of the Flame and Journalist of the Year awards.

john camperStudents and SPJ members are invited to attend a Fireside Chat with John Camper, newly appointed director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Camper, who will speak on law enforcement perspectives of media and on modern policing trends in Colorado, was appointed to his current position in October after nearly four decades in law enforcement, including his most recent post as chief of the Grand Junction Police Department.

R.S.V.P. for the event on Facebook.

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From left, Ian Neligh, Carla Jean Whitley and Steve Knopper talk about their experiences writing and publishing books during careers mostly focused on newspaper and magazine writing Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Mesa County Library Central Branch in Grand Junction.

Turnout was low but conversation robust at a Feb. 11 SPJ Colorado Pro event in Grand Junction featuring three Colorado reporters-turned-authors.

Steve Knoppera Rolling Stone contributing editor and author of “MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson”  and “Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Business in the Digital Age”Ian Neligh, editor of the Clear Creek Courant and author of “Gold! Madness, Murder, and Mayhem in the Colorado Rockies”; and Carla Jean Whitley, features editor at the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent and author of “Birmingham Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Magic City” and “Music Shoals Sound Studio: How the Swampers Changed American Music” spoke at length about the process of researching, writing and publishing their full-length books.

Please join SPJ Colorado Pro for an event Sunday, Feb. 11, in Grand Junction.

Three Colorado journalists who have written published non-fiction books will speak on the process of moving from newspaper or magazine writing to taking on longer form projects. This event, which is is free and open to the public, will be held:

When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11

Where: The Central branch of the Mesa County Library, 443 N. Sixth St., Grand Junction, Colorado, The Monument Room.

Light refreshments will be served.

Panelists

 

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Steve Knopper

Steve Knoppera Rolling Stone contributing editor and Denver resident, is the author of “MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson” (Scribner, 2015) and “Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Business in the Digital Age” (Free Press, 2009).

 

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Ian Neligh

Ian Neligh, editor of the Clear Creek Courant and a resident of Bailey, is the author of “Gold! Madness, Murder, and Mayhem in the Colorado Rockies” (Westwinds Press, 2017).

 

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Carla Jean Whitley

Carla Jean Whitley, features editor at the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent and a former Alabama resident, is the author of “Birmingham Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Magic City” (The History Press, 2015) and “Music Shoals Sound Studio: How the Swampers Changed American Music” (The History Press, 2014).

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.

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.