Over the weekend, the Craig Daily Press staff learned that it had won several awards from the Colorado Press Association.
The organization is made up of 151 member newspapers from around the state, from some of the smallest weeklies to the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post.
The association's mission is to promote the general interests of daily and weekly newspapers, which includes the improvement of editorial and advertising content and the methods used to collect that content.
The Colorado Press Association was established in 1878 and continues to encourage its members to raise their standards of ethics, "thereby fostering the dissemination of information vital to the public welfare."
Members of the association host informational workshops throughout Colorado that address issues that not only face publications but the readers whom they serve.
These workshops include public records and open meetings and the association makes sure to invite local public officials to attend.
Officers of the association represent different areas and different sizes of newspapers from all four corners of the state. Its new president is Suzanne Schlict, who is publisher of the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
Its annual contests category range in both editorial and advertising material. The association finds another state press association outside of Colorado to do the judging.
This year, contest entries, of which there were more than 4,000, were judged by the Alabama Press Association.
Categories are broken down by circulation so similar sized newspapers compete against eachother.
The Craig Daily Press competes in the dailies under 10,000 circulation. This class also includes the Steamboat Today, The Durango Herald, and the Summit Daily News.
It should be pointed out that most of these newspapers have many more resources than the Craig Daily Press, which has the smallest number of staff members than any other daily in the state.
That said, we were still able to earn several awards.
First place winners for the Better Newspaper Contest included best editorial writing (staff) for "Pulling up stakes on property rights," "Fire District asked for too much, too soon," and "Seeing the strength of America's diversity;" best feature writing for Josh Nichols' "Domestic Violence;" best sustained coverage for Nichols' "Chronic Wasting Disease;" and best sports column by David Pressgrove.
Second-place winners included best black and white ad by Bryna Larsen and Ana Anglada and best use of color in an ad by Katie Perkins and Anglada for their promotion for the Moffat County Tourism Association.
Third-place winners included best layout and design by the Craig Daily Press staff; best public service for Nichols' "Communication's Crossroads: Adapting to a growing Spanish-speaking population in Moffat County;" best business writing for Christina Currie's "Mall sees departure of retailers" and best serious column for Currie's "Adults who endorse violence get children who are violent."
The Craig Daily Press also was one of three finalists in the Colorado Press Association's "Reader's First" contest in the daily newspaper category.
We are certainly proud of the achievements we attained this year and hope that the community in which we serve is, too.
We will continue our efforts to improve our publication as we continue to serve our readers and advertisers.
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