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Contest to see significant changes

Bryce Jacobson gives Robert Ortiz and Damon Toledo of the Southern Ute Drum the Online Excellence award for Class 10.

The 2015 annual contest will see significant changes based on feedback from a recent online survey of Colorado Press Association members.

“The changes we are proposing are aimed at making the awards a little more competitive, and, therefore, more significant,” said Contest Committee Chair Lisa Schlichtman. “... Our goal is to elevate the contest and give more value to the awards that are given.”

In the online survey, 70 percent of respondents said the contest has too many categories.

The majority of those surveyed also said there were too many newspaper competition classifications; there are currently 10 newspaper classifications, with five weekly divisions, four daily divisions, and one monthly division.

At its June meeting, the CPA Board of Directors approved the following:

• Only having first and second place honors awarded. This will eliminate third-place awards, which accounted for nearly 300 awards handed out during the 2014 contest.

• Changing the number of newspaper classifications from 10 to 8, with four weekly classifications, three daily classifications and one monthly classification.

• Whittling down some of the categories in the contest.

“This is not easy as it might sound,” Raehal said. “As we’ve looked through what people enter, we have found that dailies and weeklies enter vastly different categories, so we need to look at how to lower the number of categories but also make it relevant to all our members.”

• Looking at options for how to deal with categories that receive few entries. Last year, nearly 100 people won awards simply by entering the contest.

The recent announcement of the timeframe and location change of annual convention will impact the contest this year. The timeframe of when articles can be submitted for the 2015 contest will be expanded to account for the convention’s change in dates.

“We will provide those details as soon as we have them,” Raehal said.

CPA contest awards announced at annual convention

Contest awards will be announced at the annual convention, to be held Feb. 19-21 at The Westin Denver Downtown.

For more information, contact Lisa Woodworth at coloradopress@colopress.net or 303-571-5117 x 10.

2014 Contest Guidelines


2013 Colorado Better Newspaper Contest Results

2013 Contest Results Spreadsheet

Rising Star Award Paul Berry, The Fort Collins Coloradoan

Editorial Innovator of the Year Josh Awtry, The Fort Collins Coloradoan

Sweepstakes Awards

Advertising

Class 1 – Tri-Lakes Tribune

Class 2 – The Citizen Telegram

Class 3 – The Pagosa Springs SUN

Class 4 – Golden Transcript

Class 5 – Highlands Ranch Herald

Class 6 – Craig Daily Press

Class 7 – Steamboat Pilot & Today

Class 8 – The Pueblo Chieftain

Class 9 – No awards in the advertising category.

Monthly – North Forty News

Editorial

Class 1 – Windsor Beacon

Class 2 – The Citizen Telegram

Class 3 – The Colorado Springs Business Journal

Class 4 – Sky-Hi News

Class 5 – Denver Business Journal

Class 6 – Craig Daily Press

Class 7 – Steamboat Pilot & Today

Class 8 – The Daily Sentinel & The Tribune

Class 9 – The Denver Post

Monthly – Redstone Review

Photo/Design

Class 1 – Tri-Lakes Tribune

Class 2 – Middle Park Times

Class 3 – The Pagosa Springs SUN

Class 4 – Sky-Hi News

Class 5 – Denver Business Journal

Class 6 – Cortez Journal

Class 7 – Steamboat Pilot & Today

Class 8 – Daily Camera

Class 9 – The Denver Post

Monthly – Southern Ute Drum

Online

Class 1 – The South Fork Tines & The Windsor Beacon

Class 2 – High Timber Times

Class 3 – The Pagosa Springs SUN

Class 4 – Sky-Hi News

Class 5 – Denver Business Journal

Class 6 – Craig Daily Press

Class 7 – Steamboat Pilot & Today & Durango Herald

Class 8 – The Daily Sentinel

Class 9 – The Daily Sentinel

Monthly – The Southern Ute Drum

General Excellence Awards

Class 1 – Tri-Lakes Tribune

Class 2 – The Citizen Telegram

Class 3 – The Pagosa Springs Sun

Class 4 – Sky-Hi News

Class 5 – Denver Business Journal

Class 6 – Craig Daily Press

Class 7 – Steamboat Pilot & Today

Class 8 – The Daily Sentinel

Class 9 – The Denver Post

Monthly – North Forty News