The top award among weekly newspapers with circulations between 2,001 and 4,000 in the state, the sweepstakes award honors the editorial department for its work from Sept. 1, 2012 to Aug. 31, 2013.
“We couldn’t be prouder of our staff, because the sweepstakes award is the direct result of doing so well in many individual categories,” said Executive Editor Ralph Routon. “We already felt that we have made a lot of progress over the past 18 months, but it’s still gratifying for the CSBJ team to receive this level of validation from our journalism peers.”
Routon won first place in editorial writing for his editorials on Judy Noyes, Amendment 64 and Drake Power Plant. He also won third place in the same category for his editorials on the Olympic Committee, Kum & Go and vagrancy terminology.
Routon earned first place in business feature story for his work on a group business trip to Omaha, Neb. Routon won second place in the serious column writing category for his columns on the Air Force Academy and donor fatigue.
Reporter John Hazlehurst won second place in the series category for his work on area flooding. Hazlehurst also won first place in serious column writing.
Production supervisor Mike Reid won first place in feature page design for his layout of the Anschutz story, and he won third place for his layout on the Black Canyon Fire. Reid also won third place for his Page 1 design featuring the Penrose Hospital’s high-tech surgery.
Reporter Marija (Mary) Vader won second place in the business news category for her story about the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory teaming up with Kellogg’s Cereal, and she won third place in the same category for her story about vagrants inciting business owners.
Reporter Cameron Moix won third place in the business feature story category for his story on Intecon, sworn to secrecy.
Former Associate Editor Amy Gillentine won second in the health enterprise category for her story on mental illness, the elephant in the room. Gillentine also won first place in health feature story for her story about Penrose Hospital building a reputation for high-tech surgery. Gillentine earned second in the category of best business feature story for her piece on marijuana, a battle for acceptance.
In the category of best agriculture story, Gillentine won first place for her study about industrial hemp jumpstarting the economy.