Friday, February 20, 2004
The Steamboat Pilot & Today captured 18 awards, including the prestigious General Excellence Award as the best newspaper in its circulation category, during the annual Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters awards banquet.
The General Excellence Award was among 10 first-place awards the newspaper captured. The awards were presented Friday night during a ceremony at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. The Pilot & Today won in the category for newspapers with circulations of 10,000 or less.
In the General Excellence Award competition, newspapers were judged on three consecutive newspapers from February 2003. The Montrose Daily Press took second and the Pilot & Today's sister newspaper the Craig Daily Press took third.
The Pilot & Today's Web site, www.steamboatpilot.com, took first place in the small market division. The newspaper also won first place in the best series category for "Women and Girls," an eight-part series focusing on issues facing women and girls in Northwest Colorado.
Participants in the series included Autumn Phillips, Danie Harrelson, Christine Metz and Craig Daily Press reporter Josh Nichols.
Metz won two other first-place awards. She won in the environmental story category for "Dream Island's Nightmare," a story about the mobile-home community's frustration with recreation on the Yampa River. She also won in the business story category for "Wage Gap," a story in the Women and Girls series that illustrated the persisting wage gap between women and men.
Education reporter Brent Boyer won first place in feature stories for "On the Trail," a feature about the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' efforts to improve the Continental Divide Trail in the Bridger Wilderness. Metz took second place in the features category for "Danger Zone," a feature about the risks of flying out of Steamboat Springs Airport.
Graphics artist David Taylor captured first place in the graphics category for "Routes of Ascension," a graphic showing how planes fly out of the Steamboat airport and often get into trouble. Taylor swept the graphics category, capturing second and third, as well.
Taylor also won first place in photo illustrations for his pictorial illustrating a business story about digital cable and high speed Internet.
Sports reporter Melinda Mawdsley took first place in the sports story category for a feature about a daughter who trained and competed in a marathon in honor of her mother, who was struggling with breast cancer. Sports Editor John F. Russell took first place in sports columns for a column about a rodeo cowboy who volunteered to work with a sick child.
The staff captured second place in the special sections category for Community Indicators Project.
Photographer Tyler Arroyo captured second place in spot news photos for a photo of police arresting a man accused of firing shots in Dream Island Mobile Home Community.
The newspaper took second in the spot news story category for its coverage of a small plane crash near Rabbit Ears Pass last winter.
Boyer captured third place in education writing for a story about efforts to revise the state's Charter School Act.
Russell took third in sports photos for a picture of Steamboat Springs volleyball players hugging after losing the state championship.