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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.

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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.

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.