By the Daily Press staff
The Craig Daily Press earned the Colorado Press Association's prestigious Readers First Award Saturday during the CPA's annual convention in Denver.
The Daily Press won a total of 18 CPA awards Saturday and picked up three other awards from the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters Newswriting Contest awards ceremony on Friday.
The Readers First Award recognizes the newspaper's work to engage readers. The awards committee considers all aspects of a newspaper's functions -- including editorial content, customer service, advertising -- in assessing how well it serves its readers.
The Daily Press beat out every other daily newspaper in the state for the $2,000 prize.
On Friday night, the Daily Press won three awards in the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters awards, including honorable mention in the General Excellence category. Newspapers submit three consecutive editions based on a calendar dates randomly selected by the judging committee to compete for the award.
Both awards presentations took place at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.
Former Daily Press reporter Josh Nichols won first place in the education category and Jeremy Browning took second for his series, "Ultimate Betrayal," which examined sexual assault issues in Moffat County, including incest.
In the CPA contest, which pits the Daily Press against other daily newspapers with a circulation under 10,000, first-place awards included Jeremy Browning, best news story; David Pressgrove, best sports event story; David Pressgrove, best sports column writing; Cori Welch, best small-space ad; the Daily Press staff, best advertising special section; Samantha Johnston and David Taylor, best newspaper promotion; and Samantha Johnston and David Taylor, best circulation promotion.
Second-place awards went to Josh Nichols, best public service; the Daily Press staff, best special section; former Daily Press editor Terrance Vestal, service to the First Amendment; and Vestal, best news page design.
Third-place winners were Josh Nichols, best feature story; David Pressgrove, best sports story; the Daily Press staff, creativity; the Daily Press staff, best advertising special section; Samantha Johnston, best advertising campaign; Cyme Browning and staff, best advertising layout and design; and Terrance Vestal, best newspaper promotion.
The Daily Press' Web site earned first place in the "community" category, competing against daily newspapers of any size in the state of Colorado.