by Ralph Routon
An old editor once said that contests among newspapers are worthless ... "unless you win — then they’re wonderful."
Today, we’re feeling very good about our latest venture competing against other papers, in the Society of Professional Journalists' “Top of the Rockies” Excellence in Journalism Awards, presented Saturday night in Denver. The contest, with participants from the four-state region of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming, attracted more than 500 entries.
In the middle class of newspapers, with 10,000 to 75,000 circulation, the Independent came away with three first places and nine honors overall. To do that well was meaningful because the daily papers in our class included the likes of the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle in Cheyenne, the New Mexican in Santa Fe and the Boulder Daily Camera, as well as weeklies including the Denver Business Journal and the Salt Lake City Weekly.
Third place, J. Adrian Stanley, general reporting series or package, "Not here, not yet," Oct. 30, 2008.
Honorable mention, J. Adrian Stanley, investigative/enterprise, "TABOR tyranny," April 9, 2009.
Honorable mention, J. Adrian Stanley, food and beverage reporting, "Green chile love sauce," April 2, 2009.