Daily Press recognized in annual Colorado Press Association contest

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The Craig Daily Press was named the best newspaper in its circulation category in the state Saturday during the Colorado Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest in downtown Denver.

Overall, the newspaper won sweepstakes awards in three categories — editorial coverage, advertising, and photography and design — as well as the general excellence award among newspapers with a circulation up to 7,500.

Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson commented on the newspaper’s sustained success in the contest.

“I continue to be impressed with our performance in this contest,” the publisher said. “A different panel of judges from different states has named us the best in Colorado in each of the last six years.

“These awards are pretty special, but the judges we must continue to impress are the readers of our product every day. When they are impressed, that’s when we know we’ve done our job.”

Individual newspaper staffers were also recognized for their work in the contest. The Daily Press earned 63 individual awards, including 28 firsts, 18 seconds and 17 thirds.

First-place award winners were:

• Joshua Roberts for editorial writing and headline writing.

• Brian Smith for best agriculture story.

• Ben McCanna for best education story.

• CDP staff for best story-picture combination.

• CDP staff for best deadline news.

• Janet Sheridan for serious and humorous column writing.

• Craig Daily Press staff for best photo essay.

• Jerry Martin for best news page design, editorial layout and design, and informational graphic.

• Laura Tamucci for best feature page design.

• Mack Maschmeier for best editorial cartoon.

• Craig Daily Press staff for best website daily content, interactivity, design, advertising, and community.

• Bonnie Stewart and Laura Tamucci for best black and white ad.

• Bonnie Stewart and Mack Maschmeier for best color ad.

• Tina Eckhoff and Kasey Wells for best small space ad.

• Bonnie Stewart and Kasey Wells for best automotive ad.

• Laura Tamucci, Jerry Martin and Kasey Wells for best ad special section.

• Bonnie Stewart and Laura Tamucci for best ad campaign.

• Jerry Martin, Kasey Wells, Mack Maschmeier, Laura Tamucci, Joshua Roberts, Tina Eckhoff, Cori Kroese and Bonnie Stewart for best advertising layout and design.

• Michelle Balleck, Jerry Martin, Kasey Wells, Mack Maschmeier and Laura Tamucci for best newspaper promo.

• Craig Daily Press classifieds staff for best classified page or section.

Second-place winners were:

• Joshua Roberts for editorial writing and sports column writing.

• Brian Smith for news story, business story and feature photograph.

• Andy Bockelman for education story and news photograph.

• Ben McCanna for story-picture combination.

• Joshua Gordon for sports photograph.

• Craig Daily Press staff for photo essay.

• Laura Tamucci for news page design, feature page design and informational graphic.

• Jerry Martin, Kasey Wells, Mack Maschmeier, Laura Tamucci, Joshua Roberts, Tina Eckhoff, Cori Kroese and Bonnie Stewart for advertising layout and design.

• Amy Fontenot for circulation promo.

• Craig Daily Press classifieds staff for classified page or section.

• Mack Maschmeier for editorial cartoon.

• Craig Daily Press staff for website daily community.

Third-place winners were:

• Brian Smith for feature story.

• Joshua Gordon for sports story.

• Ben McCanna for agriculture story.

• Jerry Martin for headline writing.

• Michelle Balleck for news photograph.

• Joshua Gordon for sports photograph.

• CDP staff for photo essay.

• Mack Maschmeier for editorial cartoon.

• Laura Tamucci for news page design.

• Jerry Martin for feature page design.

• Cori Kroese and Mack Maschmeier for black and white ad.

• Tina Eckhoff and Kasey Wells for color ad.

• Bonnie Stewart and Kasey Wells for automotive ad.

• Tina Eckhoff and Kasey Wells for real estate ad.

• Cori Kroese and Mack Maschmeier for ad campaign.

• Kasey Wells for newspaper promo.

• Amy Fontenot and Kasey Wells for circulation promo.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today, a sister newspaper of the Daily Press, was also named the top newspaper in its circulation class Saturday, marking the ninth time in the last 10 years the newspaper has earned the distinction.

In addition to CPA results, Daily Press staffers were also recognized Friday night during the annual Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters contest.

CDP winners in CAPER contest were:

• Brian Smith, first place for feature story, second place for feature photo and third place for business story

• Ben McCanna, first place for sports story.

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