Valley newspapers honored |

Valley newspapers honored

Aspen Times Staff Report

Roaring Fork Valley newspapers posted impressive results in the annual Colorado Press Association contest, led by the Aspen Times Weekly, which was named the best large weekly in the state for the sixth consecutive year.In addition to the Times’ strong showing, numerous awards were also won by the Glenwood Independent, the Glenwood Post, Roaring Fork Sunday, the Snowmass Sun and the Rifle Citizen-Telegram.The awards were announced Saturday at the press association’s annual convention in Denver.”We all know this valley has a lot of newspapers,” said Times Editor Andy Stone. “Now it’s clear that we have a lot of very good newspapers. We definitely have more good papers per capita than any place in the state – maybe any place in the country.”In the state contest, newspapers compete in six different circulation classes (three for dailies and three for weeklies) in 28 different categories covering writing, photography, graphic design and advertising. First-, second- and third-place awards are given in each category.The Times won a total of 23 awards. The paper took home 19 individual awards in the various categories; the “sweepstakes” award for winning the most awards in the newswriting categories; and a similar “sweepstakes” award for the photo & design categories.On the basis of those awards, the Times was named the “general excellence” winner among all the state’s weekly newspapers with circulations of 4,000 and above.In addition, the paper won a special “best of show” award for its advertising.The Aspen Times Daily, which competes in a class for newspapers with circulations between 10,000 and 100,000 won one award: first place for its advertising layout and design.Several Times staffers won multiple awards, including Dan Bayer (four awards); Allyn Harvey (three awards); Scott Condon (two awards); and Michael Brands (two awards). Glenwood winners In the competition among small dailies – papers with circulation of 10,000 and under – the Glenwood Independent and the Glenwood Post both won numerous prizes.The Independent, the Times “sister” newspaper, performed particularly strongly in the advertising competition. The paper won four individual advertising awards and was named the sweepstakes winner for advertising excellence.In addition, the Independent won awards for writing and photography.In all, the two-year-old Independent won a total of nine individual awards, plus the advertising sweepstakes.The Glenwood Post also took home a large number of awards for newswriting, photography, graphic design and advertising. In all, the Post won 16 individual awards, but no “sweepstakes.” The small daily class was dominated – as it has been for a number of years – by the Durango Herald, which won 19 individual awards, two sweepstakes awards and the general excellence award in that class. Snowmass, Rifle and Roaring Fork Both the Snowmass Village Sun and the Rifle Citizen-Telegram won prizes in the mid-sized weekly class, which includes papers with circulations between 1,750 and 4,000.The Sun picked up two awards and the Citizen-Telegram won five.The Roaring Fork Sunday entered the contest this year for the first time and won a number of awards. The newspaper picked up a total of five awards: four for newswriting and one for design. Roaring Fork Sunday has not been able to enter the contest in the past because of Colorado Press Association rules, which do not allow free newspapers into the contest – unless they are owned by companies which also publish a paid-circulation newspaper. When Morris Communications bought Roaring Fork Sunday last year, the paper became eligible for the contest.Because of those requirements, the Aspen Daily News is not eligible to enter the contest. Details, details, details The awards won by The Aspen Times included: Best Editorial Writing: first place, the Times editorial board. Best Feature Story: second place, John Colson/Allyn Harvey; third place, Allyn Harvey. Best Sports Story: first place, Ben Husband. Best Business Story: first place, Scott Condon; second place, Allyn Harvey; third place, Jeremy Heiman. Best Deadline News Reporting: third place, Scott Condon. Best Special Section: first place, editorial staff. Best Feature Photograph: first place, Dan Bayer; second place, Dan Bayer. Best Sports Photograph: first place, Dan Bayer; second place, Michael Brands. Best Photo Essay: second place, Dan Bayer; third place, Michael Brands. Best Editorial Layout & Design: second place, production staff. Best Advertising Special Section: second place, advertising staff. Best Advertising Layout & Design: first place, advertising staff. Best Newspaper Promotion: third place, Barbara New. The awards won by the Glenwood Independent included: Best Feature Story: first place, Donna Daniels. Best Headline Writing: second place, Jim Files. Best News Photograph: third place, Jim Noelker. Best Feature Photograph: first place, Roy Willey. Best Sports Photograph: first place, Roy Willey. Best Black and White Ad: first place, Susie Strode. Best Advertising Special Section: first place, advertising staff. Best Advertising Layout & Design: first place, advertising staff. Best Newspaper Promotion: first place, staff.

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