Today tops in state

Newspaper wins two general excellence awards

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— Steamboat Today was honored as the best newspaper of its size in Colorado at two separate awards ceremonies over the weekend.

On Friday, the Today received the Joe McGowan award for general excellence. The award is given by the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters organization to the top daily newspaper in each of three circulation classes. Steamboat Today won the small newspaper category.

"The thing I'm most proud of is that the judges were impressed by the strong local content in the newspaper," said Editor Mark Louden. "We know we're not perfect and we're always striving to improve, but one thing we pride ourselves on is serving our readers with a great local news and sports package great in terms of both quantity and quality."

The Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald won the AP award for medium markets and The Denver Post was picked as the top large newspaper in the state.

On Saturday, Steamboat Today again was honored with a general excellence award from the Colorado Press Association. The award recognizes top overall performance by a newspaper in three categories: advertising, editorial content, and photo and design.

Newspapers also are recognized for their performance in each of those categories with what are called "sweepstakes" awards.

Steamboat Today won the advertising, and photo and design sweepstakes awards. The Steamboat Pilot won the advertising sweepstakes award for its weekly circulation division. Together the newspapers won an award for their joint Web site.

Individual awards STEAMBOAT TODAY:

sports story: John Russell, 2nd

business story: Bonnie Nadzam, 1st

deadline news reporting: Staff, 1st and 2nd

Series: Staff, 3rd

sustained coverage: Staff, 3rd

Public Service: Staff, 1st

news photograph: John Russell, 2nd

feature photograph: Tyler Arroyo, 2nd

single-page design: Mark Louden, 1st

Informational graphic: David Taylor, 3rd

Black-and-white ad: Deb Proper and staff, 2nd, Deb Proper and David Taylor, 3rd

newspaper promotion: Kathy Hirschboeck and David Taylor, 1st and 2nd

Individual awards STEAMBOAT PILOT:

news story: Michelle Bales, 3rd

Series: Staff, 2nd

special section (news): Staff, 1st

serious column: Mark Louden, 3rd

Headline writing: David Taylor, 2nd

photo essay: Tyler Arroyo, 3rd

single-page design: David Taylor, 2nd

Informational graphic: David Taylor, 2nd

Black-and-white ad: Val Maddock and David Taylor, 2nd

use of color in an ad: Deb Proper and David Taylor, 1st

special section (Ads): Staff, 2nd and 3rd

Advertising layout and design: Staff, 1st

Classified page: Samantha Johnston 2nd

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