Colorado Community Media Journalists Honored in 2022 Top of the Rockies Journalism Contest

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Staff report

Colorado Community Media took home eight awards at the 2022 Top of the Rockies Excellence in Journalism Awards, which were presented April 9 at the Society of Professional Journalists’ regional conference in Denver on Saturday.

CCM journalists competed in the large newsroom division and won one first place, two second places and five third places.

“I am proud of the accomplishments of our staff,” said Linda Shapley, CCM Editor. “It’s a testament to the dedication they have to their communities and the importance of local news.”

The individual winners were:

  • First Place, Politics/News, “Littleton Election Results: Council Election Signals Littleton’s ‘Openness to Change’; Voters Skip Burning Questions in Littleton School Board Election; Littleton raised its sales tax. Here’s What It Means” by Robert Tann, Littleton Independent
  • Second place, A&E news or feature, “A bucket list art show” by Deb Hurley Brobst, Canyon Courier
  • Second Place, Religious Reporting, “Hospital Chaplain Celebrated for Years of Service” by Christy Steadman, Washington Park Profile
  • Third Place, Best Solutions Journalism, “365 Days of Eternity” by Bob Wooley, Arvada Press
  • Third Place, News Feature/Single Story, “Unsolved Murder of Homeless Man, One Year Later” by Littleton Independent David Gilbert
  • Third Place, Obituary, “Never the Same: Evergreen, Conifer Mourns Loss of Football Coach” by Deb Hurley Brobst, Canyon Courier
  • Third Place, Politics/News, “Centennial Election Results: Centennial Council Races See Partisan Undercurrent; Masks, Racial Education Not Driving Change in Cherry Creek Election; SouthGlenn Redevelopment , Housing Among Election Issues” by Ellis Arnold, Centennial Citizen
  • Third Place, Social Justice Feature, “Douglas County School Diversity and Racial Equality,” a three-part series by Jessica Gibbs, Highlands Ranch Herald

Top of the Rockies is a regional, cross-platform competition that honors the work of journalists and news agencies in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Colorado Community Media, owned by the Colorado News Conservancy, is a network of 26 weekly and monthly newspapers in Colorado, spread across much of the Front Range.

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