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Nominations being accepted for CPA member and innovation awards

The Colorado Press Association is accepting nominations for its annual Member Awards and Innovation Awards.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 12. Winners will be announced at the CPA annual convention in May.

Member Awards include:

  • Newspaper Person of the Year

  • Service to the First

  • Friend of the First

  • Rising Star

Innovation Awards include:

  • Advertising innovation

  • Editorial innovation

  • Newspaper innovation


Newspaper Person of the Year

The Newspaper Person of the Year is a prestigious award given to a Colorado newspaper professional whose commitment to and leadership within the industry help to shape, support and contribute in a meaningful way to the long-term success of the industry.

Service to the First Award

The Service to the First award is intended to honor a newspaper's service to the First Amendment guarantee of a free press, including, but not limited to, fighting the threat of censorship in America, overcoming uneasiness with regard to press credibility, combating government secrecy at all levels, and instilling in the public an appreciation of its need as well as its right to know.

Friend of the First Award

The Friend of the First award recognizes a person in your community, or in the State of Colorado, who is a passionate advocate of First Amendment rights, freedom of the press, and open government.

The Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award is intended to recognize, celebrate and encourage the next generation of leadership in our industry and in the State of Colorado. Candidates will be recognized for their commitment to the newspaper, passion for the industry and contribution to the future success of the industry. This award should recognize an individual who is curious, innovative, progressive and stands out as a future leader.


Advertising Innovation Award

This award recognizes an advertising or creative department or individual for the implementation of an idea that employes creative concepts in design and execution, and demonstrates a new or significantly improved revenue stream. Winning entries can be a new idea or an old idea made relevant. Preference will be given to entries that demonstrate collaboration, use of new technology in addition to print and the use of alternative and emerging media.

Editorial Innovation Award

This award recognizes innovation in newsrooms, content development and audience engagement. Winning submissions could include improved use of social media, incorporation of digital analytics to drive daily practices, innovative audience engagement programs, revolutionary print ideas, process improvement, business model impacts, collaboration, use of technology and internal cultural shifts.

Newspaper Innovation Award

This award will be given to a news organization that has significantly improved its business model in one or multiple areas to reflect changes in audience, revenue streams, content dissemination and other applicable areas of change within the industry.

The winning news organization will demonstrate the ability to create, foster and promote innovation, sideways thinking, cultural transformation, originality, measurable impact, a spirit of experimentation and the willingness to risk failure to achieve greatness.


For member awards, click on the link to download a pdf with full details.

For innovation awards, click on the link to download a pdf with full details.

Contact Jerry Raehal at or at 720-274-7171 with questions.

Changes to timeframe, lower entry fees just some changes in store for 2015 contest

The annual contest has too many categories.

It needs to be more competitive.

The awards show goes on for far too long.

This was some of the feedback from Colorado Press Association members who took a recent online survey, and they said they wanted change.

In addition, with the 2016 annual convention moving its time frame by nearly two months, the annual Better Newspaper Contest will also have a shift in time frame — about two months.

The Contest Committee has listened and made changes, including how to make the contest more competitive. Here are 10 things to know about those changes:

Time frame for 2015 contest extended

The contest period for when entries can be submitted will be from Sept. 1, 2014 to Oct. 31, 2015, which adds two months to the 2015 contest for one year. The 2016 contest will run Nov. 1, 2015, to Oct. 31, 2016, to bring the contest back to an annual cycle.

Later date to submit entries

Historically, newspapers submitted entries into the contest starting in September.

Entries for the 2015 contest will be accepted from Nov. 9 through Dec. 15. CPA members will be notified of the names of award winners — but not their places — in March 2016.

Lower entry fees with early bird registration

Fees for this year’s contest have been lowered to $5.50 per entry if turned in by Dec. 7 — a savings of $1.50 per entry over last year’s entry fees. On Dec. 8 fees will be $7.50 per entry.

It should be noted, the CPA tried this last year, and it did not work due to system errors. Those errors should be fixed.

Easier payment method The 2015 contest will feature an online payment option so members who want to pay by credit card can. Members also can still pay by check if they want.

Fewer categories

The majority of the CPA membership stated they wanted fewer categories in the contest in the survey.

The 2014 contest had 64 categories members could enter. This year’s contest will have 49 total categories.

Eliminated categories include: editorial cartoon, public service, editorial layout and design, best web promotion, best ad slogan, best circulation promotion, best advertising layout and design, and online breaking news update.

Other changes include combining health enterprise and feature into one category, and business enterprise and feature into one category. Online “breaking news or non-deadline video” will be changed to simply “online video,” and moving “online video interview” into that category. Best Web Site will be just one category instead of six.

Two categories were added: Best medium sized ad, and Best large ad.

More entries per paper

In most categories, the maximum number of entries per paper per category is being increased from three to five.

Different approach to awards

There will only be first- and second-place awards in the 2015 contest. Historically, awards were handed out for first, second and third place.

Different approach to sweepstakes awards

There must be at least three papers competing from the same class for a sweepstakes award to be handed out in that specific division — editorial, advertising, photo & design, and/or online. If not, a sweepstakes award for that division — such as Online Excellence — will not be handed out.

The reason is to ensure the sweepstakes awards have meaning.

Last year, a sweepstakes award in one class was handed out when there was only one entry into that entire division.

What about AP contest?

The Associated Press still plans to have its awards ceremony during the CPA annual convention, but at this point, AP plans to keep the contest period for accepting entries the same.

This article has been edited.

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


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


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


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


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