‘Boulder Weekly’ wins 36 awards from Society of Professional Journalists


Boulder Weekly won 14 first place awards and 22 other honors for stories written in 2013 in the annual multi-state Top of the Rockies contest held by the Society of Professional Journalists. Results for the competition, which takes entries from news media in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, were announced April 25.

First place awards went to Editor Joel Dyer and former Managing Editor Jefferson Dodge in the public service category for the series beginning May 16, “Tempest under a teacup” about the clean-up near The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and in the agriculture category for the March 21 story “GMO vs. local food system: Is county government depriving us of millions of dollars by making the wrong choice in open space?” Dyer also took first place for arts and entertainment single story for “The Hard Road,” published August 15, which profiled the difficult personal lives of three artists, and for news column with “Dyer Times.”

Dodge also took top honors for political reporting with “Inside baseball: Candidate serving on own appointing committee raises ethical questions” published Sept. 26. He and former online editor Steve Weishampel took first in legal enterprise reporting for the Feb. 14 story “Transparency trouble: Boulder officials increasingly resistant to coughing up open records.” First place in political enterprise reporting went to Dyer, Dodge and former Arts and Entertainment Editor David Accomazzo for “NSA uses ‘terrorism’ to justify mass surveillance that started long before 9/11 and the Patriot Act” from June 20.

Current Managing Editor Elizabeth Miller took first place in education general reporting for “Two teachers in Jamestown strive to keep their students together after schoolhouse closes,” in environmental general reporting for “Paving a contaminated parkway,” in science general reporting for “Endangered again: Fish and Wildlife Service proposal prompts debate from wolf advocates,” in arts and entertainment reporting for “The conservator’s dilemma at Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum,” in arts and entertainment criticism for “Mark Rothko: The
vanishing figure,”
and in environmental enterprise reporting for “Gas
well emissions contribute while farmsteader mounts case.”

David Kirby, Susan France and Mark Goodman took first place in front page design for “It’s all Inside,” our Feb. 7 cover.

Boulder Weekly also received 14 second place awards and eight third place awards. The remaining award winners were:

Second Place

Joel Dyer and Jefferson Dodge in environment enterprise reporting “Hickenlooper’s new oil and gas regulations: Real substance or fracking greenwash?” Nov. 27; and in investigative/enterprise reporting “Boulder’s municipalization minefield” Feb. 28.

Jefferson Dodge: in general reporting series or package “The chair and the camera,” Jan. 17; in education general reporting “Outcry prompts Longmont school to remove pro-gun link from website” Feb. 7.

Elizabeth Miller in sports general reporting “Climber Craig DeMartino asks, What rock bottom?” Aug. 8; in arts and entertainment criticism, Elizabeth Miller, “An artist reframed: Painter Chuck Forsman finally exhibits his photography” Nov. 21; in education enterprise reporting “A gentle hand: Boulderite Jan Mitchell makes a difference in Africa” Jan. 10.

David Accomazzo in news reporting single story “The aftermath: How the September floods will affect Lyons residents” Dec. 5; in arts and entertainment single story “The evolution of Dan Savage” June 13; in arts and entertainment enterprise reporting “Wonder Woman versus chauvinism” Jan. 31.

Steve Weishampel in column personal/ humor for the “Boulder Weekly Beer Tour.”

Joel Dyer, Jefferson Dodge, Elizabeth Miller, David Accomazzo, Steve Weishampel, Cecelia Gilboy, Zak Weinberg and Paul Danish for special edition, “Our road to recovery: The 2013 Boulder County floods” Sept. 19.

Susan France in single page design for “Rarities resurface,” Aug. 29 and David Kirby, Susan France and Mark Goodman in front page design for “Landlocked,” our July 18 cover.

Third Place

Joel Dyer in column personal/ humor for “Dyer Times.”

Jefferson Dodge in public service for his profiles of the homeless in Boulder County.

Joel Dyer and Jefferson Dodge in news reporting On shaky ground” March 28.

Elizabeth Miller in general reporting, series or package, for “Tracking down the trafficked” July 25; in health general reporting “The battle after war: One woman’s struggle for a PTSD diagnosis and how a now-suspended veterans program helped her” May 23; in arts and entertainment criticism for “Rapping it up,” Nov. 7.

David Accomazzo in education enterprise reporting “CU plans to create new, consolidated arts department” July 18; and in arts and entertainment enterprise reporting “Explorer of the voice” March 7.

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