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SPJ Colorado Pro chapter president Dennis Huspeni, left congratulates Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Dave Philipps of The (Colorado Springs) Gazette, who received the Journalist of the Year award at the Top of the Rockies Awards presentation.

SPJ Colorado Pro chapter president Dennis Huspeni, left congratulates Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Dave Philipps of The (Colorado Springs) Gazette, who received the Journalist of the Year award at the Top of the Rockies Awards presentation.

What a fantastic night at the Denver Press Club Friday for the SPJ Region 9 Top of the Rockies journalism competition Awards reception. Congratulations to all the winners (all 450 of you!) Here the results in an Excel file. judgments-results-528.1395761152

We will mail certificates to you folks who couldn’t make it (hopefully in the next week). Thanks to everyone for making it a great contest.

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Dave Philipps of The (Colorado Springs) Gazette received the Journalist of the Year award Friday from the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The award was one of four special honors announced at the chapter’s annual awards ceremony at the Denver Press Club. The contest awards went to journalists in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Philipps won the 2014 Pulitzer on April 14 for his series “Other Than Honorable” that examined how soldiers injured during war were being discharged with no benefits. The SPJ award was for the same stories which were published in The Gazette in May 2013.

“Dave Philipps would be the first to tell you there are many others deserving of this award. But his work exemplifies the best of what we all endeavor to do,” said Jim Anderson , news editor Denver’s AP bureau and Colorado Pro board member.

“As the Gazette put it in an editorial on Dave’s work: ‘Philipps is just the latest in a distinguished line of reporters proving that investigative journalism is alive, well and in demand. … When the Pulitzer Committee chooses the best in mass communication, it looks for examples of research and storytelling that expose truth and bring about constructive public policy,” Anderson said. “Dave Philipps has done just that.”

7News received the SPJ First Amendment Award for the Denver TV station’s ongoing series titled “Contrary to the Public Interest” about problems with Colorado’s open records laws.

“It was an ambitious, and important, project. During months of investigations, Channel 7 found that — while Colorado’s open records laws are supposed to keep government officials accountable — getting documents can mean paying huge fees or becoming tangled in expensive legal battles,” said Cara DeGette, board member.

SPJ’s Keeper of the Flame Award, which recognizes a distinguished career in journalism, went to Westword editor Patty Calhoun.

“Westword, which started 37 years ago as a feisty alternative newspaper, is now a journalistic institution and a respect member of Denver’s media landscape,” said Gil Asakawa. “Patty Calhoun, one of the founders, is the editorial vision behind Westword, and has trained dozens of journalists — like me — on the job.”

Colorado Mesa University assistant professor Eric Sandstrom received the SPJ Journalism Educator of the Year Award.

Sandstrom was cited for his contributions to the school’s journalism program as faculty adviser to the campus newspaper and for his work in the classroom. He also was instrumental in establishing a student SPJ chapter in 2012 at the Grand Junction university. Prior to joining CMU in 2007, Sandstrom worked at newspapers in Ohio, Illinois and Nebraska and taught at Kent State University and Cleveland State University.

 

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We sent out the following announcement this morning:

“Top of the Rockies 2014 Winners:   

Congratulations. One or more of your entries to the 2014 Top of the Rockies regional journalism competition was recognized as an award winner. You know the drill, we’re not going to announce exact places 1, 2 or 3 until the night of the awards banquet April 25.

 
That’s a Friday night and will be at the historic Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm, Denver. Cocktails after 5:30 and program starts at 7 p.m.
 
We will display the winners on our website spjcolorado.com for those who can’t make it that night (though I’d encourage you to do so, it’s going to be a lot of fun) The Colorado Pro board decided to streamline the announcements of the winners, so no sitting there for hours while names are read! We’re re-introducing our special awards this year and will be honoring the Journalist of the Year, Keeper of the Flame, Journalism Educator of the Year and First Amendment Award.

Thanks again everyone for entering and hope to see you Friday, April 25 at the DPC. Certificates will be mailed shortly after that date if you can’t pick up in person.

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We’d like to congratulate the finalists of this year’s Top of the Rockies regional journalism contest. Download the .pdf of the winners here TOR_Finalists_2013 judgments-results-433.136797908 (exact rankings revealed at the Awards Reception Friday May 17 at the Denver Press Club).

We had a record number of entries this year, so the Colorado Pro chapter would like to thank you all for participating. Journalists are working harder than ever, and there’s fewer of us. The award winners represent some the best work in Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. These are your watchdogs making sure governments and corporations are behaving; your storytellers who can take us to another world or plant us in someone else’s shoes; your information gatherers and sharers – no matter the medium.

Let’s celebrate our noble profession and toast some fine work over the past year at the Top of the Rockies Awards Reception, 5:30 p.m. (presentations start at 6:30) Friday, May 17, at the historic and storied Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm St., Denver. Appetizers provided with the cash bar. Winners are free, but could everyone else make a small donation to help cover costs? RSVP here.

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We’re excited to announce the reception for our regional journalism competition, Top of the Rockies, will be held Friday, May 17 at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm, Denver. RSVP via our FaceBook page! Appetizers will be served with a cash bar. Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. with the awards presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The event is free to winners, but we’re asking for a small donation from everyone else to help us defray costs.
We hope to see you all there – it promises to be great night celebrating the best journalism this region has to offer and catching up with journo friends.
Questions? Reach out to Colorado Pro president Dennis Huspeni at president@spjcolorado.com or Contest Chair Nic Garcia at contest@spjcolorado.com.

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Contest Deadline Extended!

We’ve extended the deadline a couple of days to enter one of the nation’s largest regional journalism contests! The Top of the Rockies contest, featuring the best in journalism from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, closes Feb 5. Winners will be announced and feted at our annual Top of the Rockies reception on Friday, April 13 — so make sure to mark your calendars. All SPJ members get one free entry. To enter, contact your newsroom leader or go to our contest page. Questions? Send an email to nicgarcia@me.com.

While you are marking the date, the Colorado Pro Chapter is hosting the Region 9 conference this year in Denver. This year’s theme is Opening Doors — and the programming line-up will include sessions ranging from new opportunities for journalists, the latest in social and digital media, and holding government accountable via open meetings and open records. The conference is April 13 and 14 in the historic Tivoli Student Center on Auraria Campus. We’ll keep you updated regularly on details, including dates for registering. Meantime, if you have a programming idea or want to volunteer, contact conference coordinator Karl Herchenroeder at kherchen@gmail.com.

Are you a journalism student, or do you know of one? The Colorado Pro Chapter is now accepting applications for our 2012 college scholarships. For more information click on “scholarships .”

BlueInk Review, a website devoted to reviewing self-published
books (founded by former Rocky Mountain News Books Editor Patti Thorn and
literary agent Patricia Moosbrugger) is currently looking for journalists who have
written for major publications who are interested in writing reviews. They are particularly in need of those with expertise in business, fantasy/sci-fi/horror, New Age/spirituality, Christian fiction and nonfiction, romance, war memoirs. We pay $75 per 250-300 word review. If you are interested, please email Patti Thorn at patti.thorn@gmail.com. For more information on BlueInk Review www.blueinkreview.com.

 

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