Class 1 Weeklies
Best Photo Essay, 1st, Memorial Day ceremony: Stefan Brodsky; Best Sports Photo, 2nd: Stefan Brodsky; Best Breaking News/Deadline reporting, 2nd, Gathering for Gumm on memorial for fallen deputy: Scott Taylor, Shanna Fortier, Stefan Brodsky; Best Series, 1st, Gone too soon: The life and death of Randy Wilson: David Gilbert; Best News Story, 1st, No stranger to false confessions: David Gilbert; Best Sustained Coverage, 1st, The Unsolved Murder of Randy Wilson: David Gilbert; Best Sustained Coverage, 2nd, Barrentine Recall: Ellis Arnold
Class 2 Weeklies
Best Use of Color in an Ad, 2nd: Lisa Allison; Best Multimedia, 2nd, Complete Streets makeover on Washington Avenue: Christy Steadman and Glenn Wallace; Best Series, 1st, Homeless in Jeffco: Christy Steadman, Clarke Reader, Shanna Fortier, Glenn Wallace; Best Business/News Feature story, 2nd, Colorado Mills reopens: It feels like being home: Clarke Reader; Best Editorial Writing, 2nd, It’s time to do our part for Jeffco schools: Ann Macari Healey; Best Education Story, 1st, Engineering into the future: Christy Steadman; Best Education Story, 2nd, Working out the kinks of a school transition: Christy Steadman; Best Environmental Story, 2nd, The refuge with a radioactive past: Christy Steadman; Public Service, 1st, Roundabouts rile Heritage Road residents: Christy Steadman; Best Feature Story, 1st, Santa Shop brings hope to teen moms in need: Shanna Fortier; Best Headline Writing, 2nd: Glenn Wallace
Class 3 Weeklies
Best Feature Page Design, 2nd: Steven Weinmeister; Best Advertising Special Section, 2nd, Living Well: Thelma Grimes, Erin Franks, Steven Weinmeister; Best Investigative Story Package, 2nd, Arcade partners arrested: Ellis Arnold; Best News Story, 2nd, No place to call home: Ellis Arnold; Best Series, 1st, No place to call home, about homeless challenges in Englewood: Ellis Arnold; Best Headline Writing, 1st: Scott Gilbert; Best Health Enterprise/Health Feature Story, 1st, Opioid epidemic: Ellis Arnold; Best Health Enterprise/Health Feature Story, 2nd, SANE nurses: David Gilbert
Class 4 Weeklies
Advertising Best Classified Pages or Sections, 1st: Karen Earhart, Erin Franks, Tina Meltzer, Lisa Allison; Best Use of Color in an Ad, 2nd: Tina Meltzer; Public Service, 1st, Time to Talk series on mental health in Douglas County: Alex DeWind, Jessica Gibbs, Nick Puckett, Ann Healey; Best Series, 1st, Time to Talk: Jessica Gibbs, Alex DeWind, Nick Puckett, Ann Healey, Kayla Cornett, Steven Weinmeister; Best Health Enterprise/Health Feature Story, 1st, Addiction and mental health: Jessica Gibbs; Best Health Enterprise/Health Feature Story, 2nd, Something to live for: Jessica Gibbs; Best Agriculture Story, 2nd, Franktown Farming: Nick Puckett; Best News Story, 1st, Mental illness among inmates: Alex DeWind; Best Education Story, 1st, Sharing concerns: How technology affects young people: Alex DeWind; Best Editorial Writing, 1st, supporting DCSD school bonds: Ann Macari Healey; Best Headline Writing, 1st: Chris Rotar; Best Business story, 1st, First-time homebuyers: David Gilbert; Best Story/Picture Combination, 2nd, Night to Shine: Ellis Arnold; Best Sports Column Writing, 2nd, Overtime column: Jim Benton
Class 5 Weeklies
Best photography portfolio, 1st: Shanna Fortier; Best Education story, 2nd, Preventing dropouts among pregnant, parenting students: Shanna Fortier; Best Investigative Story Package, 2nd, April sees four child abuse cases from the city: Clarke Reader; Best Breaking News/Deadline Reporting, 1st, Coalition’s proposal to build housing for the homeless is denied: Clarke Reader
Washington Park Profile:
Best Environmental story, 2nd, Traveling the Urban Parkway: Kailyn Lamb; Best Sports story, 2nd, Quidditch: Kailyn Lamb; Best Feature photograph, 2nd: Kailyn Lamb; Best sports column, 1st, Wishing the game of summer could stay a little longer: Kailyn Lamb
Life on Cap Hill:
Best Cover Design, 2nd: Ben Wiebesiek, Kailyn Lamb, Geoff Ziegler, Ann Macari Healey; Best News Story, 2nd, Revising Colfax’s Blueprint: Kailyn Lamb
Colorado Community Media received 50 awards in the annual state press competition, including the prestigious public service award for a year-long series on the state of mental health in Douglas County.
The award-winning entries, announced April 13, were spread among many of the 18 weeklies and two monthlies that CCM publishes in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Elbert and Jefferson counties. They cover work done between Nov. 1, 2017 and Oct. 31, 2018.
"Being recognized by our peers is validation of the quality work of our staff," Publisher Jerry Healey said. "I am proud to be associated with the team here, and our readers can expect more good things to come."
CCM's papers won awards in all five of the Colorado Press Association's weekly classifications, which were divided up based on size of circulation. Class 1, for weeklies with a circulation of up to 1,000, was the smallest, and Class 5, for weeklies with a circulation greater than 7,000, was the largest. Monthlies are in a separate class.
Among Class 4 weeklies, journalists Alex DeWind, Jessica Gibbs and Nick Puckett took top honors in public service and series for their “Time to Talk” project, which explored all facets of mental health in Douglas County. First-place awards also were given to DeWind and Gibbs for education, news and health enterprise stories, respectively, that looked at the effects of technology and social media on young people’s emotional intelligence, the growing mental health crisis in jails, and how addiction and mental health are connected.
In the Class 3 weekly category, journalist Ellis Arnold won first place for best series for "No Place to Call Home," which looked at how Englewood is facing challenges of an increasing homeless population, and first in best health enterprise for a story on the opioid epidemic.
In Class 2, journalist Christy Steadman received first place for an in-depth look at gender in engineering fields and the top public service award for a story on a troublesome intersection. Steadman, with colleagues Shanna Fortier, Clarke Reader and editor Glenn Wallace also received first place for their ongoing series, “Homeless in Jeffco,” which explored the challenges facing suburban communities.
Also in Class 2, photographer Stefan Brodsky took first for a photo essay on a Memorial Day celebration in the Northglenn/Thornton Sentinel and Westminster Window. Metro North editor Scott Taylor, Fortier and Brodsky took second in deadline reporting for their coverage of the memorial service for a slain Adams County deputy.
Among Class 1 weeklies, journalist David Gilbert won first place in the series, news story and sustained coverage categories for his exploration of the life and death of a Kiowa man and the complicated legal case of the man arrested on suspicion of his murder.
Fortier received first-place honors for her photography portfolio among Class 5 weeklies.
Kailyn Lamb, editor for the Denver monthlies Washington Park Profile and Life on Capitol Hill, won first place in sports column writing along with second-place honors for environmental and business reporting.
Karen Earhart, Erin Franks, Tina Meltzer and Lisa Allison won first place for Best Classified Pages or Sections, in addition to several other advertising awards.
In all, CCM garnered 23 first-place and 27 second-place awards in categories that also included headline, design and editorial writing; and business, photography, feature, deadline, environmental, agricultural and sports reporting.
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