Post Independent earns 18 awards in press competition |

Post Independent earns 18 awards in press competition

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent collected 18 awards Friday and Saturday in statewide press competition for outstanding photography, reporting, columns, design and advertising.

The paper collected the 2001 Photo and Design Sweepstakes award and photographer Jim Noelker took the statewide Best of Show award.

“These awards prove that the Post Independent is a strong community newspaper with an excellent staff,” said publisher Valerie J. Smith.

The awards are for work done from Sept. 1, 2000 to Aug. 31, 2001, which straddles the Nov. 17, 2001, merger of the Glenwood Post and the Glenwood Independent newspapers.

“The two papers’ staffs came together after the merger and produced quality work. The contest judges had no trouble recognizing that,” Smith said.

The paper collected four awards on Friday at the Colorado Associated Press Reporters and Editors annual banquet in Denver.

News editor Dennis Webb collected three awards in the competition among other daily newspapers in Colorado and Wyoming.

Webb won a 1st place award for a feature story on the New Castle Cafe.

He won a 1st place award for spot news reporting on the fatal plane crash in Aspen in March 2001.

And he won a 1st place award for a personal column, “Shootings demand straight talk,” a commentary on the shootings in Rifle last summer. The judges noted “it took guts to write this column.”

Dale Shrull, the Post Independent’s former copy editor and now the publisher of the Rifle Citizen Telegram, won a first place award for a collection of sports columns.

The judges said “writing a great column is all about having the ability and guts to offer a strong opinion. Dale Shrull has no problem with either one.”

The Post Independent collected another 14 awards on Saturday at the Colorado Press Association annual meeting, also held in Denver.

The competition is among daily and weekly newspapers throughout Colorado. They are each divided into three categories based on circulation, and the Post Independent competes against the state’s other small dailies.

Staff photographer Jim Noelker collected seven awards for his work.

Noelker took a 1st place award for best news photograph, and took Best of Show for his photo of Mario Tarin, of Carbondale, who capsized riding his horse in the 2000 Potato Day Parade.

He won a 2nd place award for best feature photograph of a youngster playing the piano.

He won 1st and 2nd place awards for best photo essay, for two Panorama spreads.

In the weekly category, Noelker also collected two 3rd place awards for his photographs that appeared in the Roaring Fork Valley Journal.

Staff writer Donna Daniels won a 2nd place award for best news story, for her reporting on a contentious meeting on Castle Valley covenants.

Columnist Heidi Rice won a 3rd place award for best humorous column for a collection of her columns. Rice is also a staff writer for the Citizen Telegram.

The staff of the Post Independent won a 1st place award for best sustained coverage for its work on the shootings of seven Latinos in Rifle in July 2001. Staff writers Heather McGregor and Lynn Burton reported the story, which was supplemented by stories from Citizen Telegram writers Dale Shrull and Theresa Hamilton.

Shrull and McGregor also shared a 1st place award for best special section for the April 15, 2001, edition marking the 20th anniversary of the fatal Mid-Continent mine disaster in Redstone.

Former Post Independent photographer and graphic artist Roy Willey won a 1st place award for best single page design for the page “Rebooting,” a feature story on Sorel boots.

And the Post Independent won a 3rd place award for best editorial layout and design based on three editions of the paper published in February 2001.

The combination of photo and design awards also yielded the paper the 2001 Photo and Design Sweepstakes award.

The Post Independent’s advertising staff won two of the Colorado Press Association awards.

Advertising staff won a 3rd place award for best advertising special section for Locals’ Choice.

And the ad staff won a 1st place award for best overall advertising layout and design.

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