The Colorado Springs Business Journal took home four awards May 11 from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Best of Colorado competition.
In its category, the CSBJ won first place for investigative business reporting with its series of articles on the Woodmen Road impact fees, written by editor Laurie Budgar and then-staff writer Sara Nesbitt. The series examined whether the city of Colorado Springs unfairly manipulated fees to developers to offset the cost of building an interchange at Woodmen Road and Academy Boulevard.
Staff cartoonist Ken Keegan won first place for his cartoons, which accompany the CSBJ editorials.
Budgar took second place in business columns for a set of columns about the health care industry in Colorado Springs. Contributing writer Karen Sucharski took second place in general business reporting for her story on the Quantum Corp. layoffs. The article included timelines and other graphics. Nesbitt also won third place in general business reporting for her article, “Law could short-circuit power grid.”
The Colorado Springs Business Journal was the only paper in Southern Colorado in any category to win for business reporting. The CSBJ competed in Category C, for newspapers with circulation of 10,000 or less.