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Time and money are always in short supply for journalists. The National Institute on Money in State Politics is pairing with the McCormick Foundation to offer a little of both to 20 journalists wanting a closer look at the role of money in politics.

During the all-expenses-paid McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute, we will bring reporters from small- and medium-sized U.S. news organizations to the University of Montana–Missoula, for a hands-on training Aug. 14-15, 2014, and teach them how to use our new website and others for computer-assisted reporting. In turn, we require these reporters to return to their news organizations and show others how to Follow The Money in state politics.

In particular, we’re looking for 20 newsroom leaders who are willing to go out on a limb to write important stories relevant to special interest influences in elections or policy decisions. Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

We ask each reporter to bring two story ideas on local or state campaign and/or policy issues. For both stories, the outcome of the policy issue should be expected to impact companies or individuals. Local community issues—utilities, gas and oil development, judicial elections, and education—are but a few potential topics. Full information and application:

2012 Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest Results


Congratulations to all of the 2012 CPA Better Newspaper Contest participants and winners.

The complete results with judges comments can be found here. Results are sorted by newspaper name. For questions or additional information, please contact Samantha Johnston at

Complete Contest Results

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