Post Independent collects 5 awards from Colorado Press Association |

Post Independent collects 5 awards from Colorado Press Association

DENVER – The Glenwood Springs Post Independent collected five awards Saturday at the Colorado Press Association annual convention, including the sweepstakes award for layout and design.

Post Independent news editor Dennis Webb and copy editor Charlie Wertheim jointly won a 1st place award for page layout and design for May 16 and June 10, 2002, editions of the Post Independent.

Staff photographer Jim Noelker won a 1st place award for news photography for his June 9, 2002, front page photo of the Coal Seam Fire, A City in Flames.

Staff photographer Kelley Cox won a 2nd place award in feature photography for her May 29, 2002, photo, Whole `Hog Patriot, of a marmot with an American flag.

The three awards put the Post Independent on top in the overall category of layout and design, so the paper also collected the sweepstakes award in that category.

And the Post Independent production staff won a 3rd place award for best special section, for the 2002 Wedding Guide.

And the manager of the Post Independent’s parent company, Bob Brown of Vail, won the prestigious Colorado Newspaper Person of the Year Award. Brown manages Colorado Mountain News Media, which includes four daily and six weekly newspapers in Pitkin, Garfield, Eagle and Summit counties.

“We feel honored to win these five awards this year because we moved up into a larger and far more competitive newspaper category,” said GSPI publisher Valerie J. Smith.

“We have such a talented editorial staff, and it is so rewarding to be recognized,” Smith added.

In the past, the Post Independent has competed for editorial, photo, design and advertising awards in the Class IV daily category, which includes comparable-sized newspapers in Steamboat Springs, Frisco, Durango and Alamosa.

But in 2002, in response to demand from readers for more copies of the paper in newsracks, Smith increased the paper’s overall daily circulation above the 10,000-per-day cutoff for Class IV.

As a result, the Post Independent moved into the Class V category, competing against much larger newspapers in Grand Junction, Pueblo, Boulder, Longmont, Loveland, Fort Collins and Greeley.

The Colorado entries, which cover a contest period of Sept. 1, 2001, to Aug. 31, 2002, were judged by journalists from Alabama.

“We didn’t have a sweep of awards this year, but every award we did win is much sweeter because of the far more difficult competition,” said Heather McGregor, Post Independent managing editor.

Colorado journalists also met for an hour Saturday as the Royal Order of Raggedy-Assed Reporters (RORAR). The group targets the year’s best bloopers in the state’s newspapers, and the Post Independent was chagrined to win the runner-up award for its mirror-image photo of Dennis Bradley of New Castle.

Although the photo by Jim Noelker showed Bradley and his mirror image, the cutline written by Kelley Cox, identified Bradley and his mirror image as “Dennis and Jane Bradley.”

“Aside from that error, our staff produced some phenomenal newspapers this year and worked hard to serve Garfield County. The judges recognized some of that work,” she said. “But our most important judges are the people who read the Post Independent every day.”

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