Denver The Steamboat Pilot & Today was named the top overall newspaper in its circulation class Saturday during the Colorado Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest banquet at the Brown Palace hotel in Denver.
The Pilot & Today won the sweepstakes award in all three contest categories: advertising, photo and design, and editorial. It also won the General Excellence Award. Capping the evening, the Pilot & Today won the Best of Show award in advertising for its marketing efforts on behalf of ExploreSteamboat.com, the newspaper's online business directory. Best of Show awards are given to the most outstanding overall entry regardless of circulation category.
In total, the newspaper won 39 individual awards, including 18 first-place honors.
"I'm very excited for and proud of our staff," Pilot & Today Publisher Suzanne Schlicht said. "It's always rewarding to be recognized by our peers, but the awards also serve as a reminder that we must continue to provide high-quality journalism for our community."
The Pilot & Today has won the General Excellence Award six out of the past seven years. The Durango Herald won last year. The Pilot & Today competes in the daily circulation category of 7,500 to 15,000. Other newspapers in that category include the Durango Herald, Grand Junction Free Press, Aspen Times, Summit Daily News, Vail Daily and CaÃ±on City Daily Record.
The Colorado Press Association is made up of member newspapers from across the state. This year's contest entries were judged by the Oregon Press Association.
The Pilot & Today's sister newspaper, the Craig Daily Press, also swept all three awards categories Saturday and was named the top overall paper in its circulation class.
Following is a list of all individual award winners from Saturday:
- Best advertising on Web site: Staff
- Best informational graphic: Nicole Miller
- Best editorial layout and design: Staff
- Best education story: Mike McCollum
- Best story-picture combo: Matt Stensland
- Best photo essay: Matt Stensland
- Best feature photograph: John F. Russell
- Best series: Brandon Gee, Nicole Miller and Matt Stensland for "The Last Stand"
- Best sports event story: Dave Shively
- Best editorial writing: Editorial Board
- Best serious column writing: Rob Douglas
- Best feature page design: Allison Miriani
- Best advertising campaign: Whitney Stansbery Isabel and Nick Franchi
- Best advertising layout and design: Staff
- Best newspaper promotion: Staff
- Best circulation promotion: Steve Balgenorth and Nick Franchi
- Best black and white ad: Deb Proper and Liz Kuzmkowski
- Best use of color in an ad: Deb Proper
- Best sports story: Dave Shively
- Best feature story: Blythe Terrell
- Best humorous column writing: Joanne Palmer
- Best informational graphic: Allison Miriani
- Best sustained coverage: Staff (coverage of Sheriff Gary Wall's DUI arrest)
- Best business story: Brandon Gee
- Best sports event story: Joel Reichenberger
- Best black and white ad: Jill Hines
- Best advertising campaign: Whitney Stansbery Isabel and Liz Kuzmkowski
- Web site design: Staff for Steamboatpilot.com
- Best sports column writing: John F. Russell
- Best series: Matt Stensland for "Molly Look"
- Best news page design: Amanda Talley
- Best feature photograph: Brian Ray
- Best sustained coverage: Staff (Secondary residential units)
- Best advertising layout and design: Fran Reinier
- Best small-space ad: Gayle Yovis and Whitney Stansbery Isabel
- Best real estate ad: Karen Gilchrist
- Best advertising campaign: Deb Proper
- Best automotive ad: Jill Hines and Liz Kuzmkowski
- Best classified pages or sections: Tina McGoran, LeeAnn Gansel