Three local newspapers win press association awards
DENVER – Staff members from Glenwood Springs’ Post Independent, The Citizen Telegram in Rifle and Carbondale’s The Valley Journal were honored over the weekend at the 128th annual Colorado Press Association convention over the weekend.At Friday night’s Colorado Associated Press banquet, PI news editor Sean Kelly won third place for sports writing for a story about a 72-year-old woman who plays hockey in a local recreation league. Kelly’s award was for daily newspapers with circulation between 10,000 and 100,000.At Saturday’s Colorado Press Association awards banquet, photographer Kara K. Pearson won three awards, two for the Post Independent and one for work that appeared in The Citizen Telegram. She won first place in the feature photo category for a photo of a man being showered with water during a rafting trip, and second place for sports photo from a rugby game. For her work on The Citizen Telegram, Pearson won third place for a photo essay of the Vietnam Memorial’s Moving Wall.Post Independent managing editor Dale Shrull won second place for headline writing for a collection of headlines.For the Colorado Press Association contest, the Post Independent competes in the category for daily newspapers with a circulation between 7,500 and 20,000.The Citizen Telegram won a total of four awards, including a trio of second places. Reporter Amanda Holt Miller won second place in the deadline reporting category for a story about a Rifle meat packing plant fire; copy editor Charlie Wertheim won second place for headline writing; and the staff won second place for advertising special section for the Rifle Reflects issue.The Valley Journal in Carbondale won two awards, with editor John Stroud taking second place for news writing and third place for serious column writing.The Citizen Telegram and The Valley Journal compete in the weekly newspaper with circulation between 1,750 and 4,000 category.Shrull, who joined the Post Independent in August 2005, was also honored for work he did while at the Montrose Daily Press. Shrull won first place for headline writing, second-place awards for deadline reporting and news story, and third place for news series. The Daily Press competes in the daily newspapers with a circulation below 7,500 category.The contest period was from Sept. 1, 2004, to Aug. 31, 2005. Awards were handed out at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver.
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