The Steamboat Pilot & Today was named the top overall newspaper in its circulation class for the ninth time in 10 years Saturday during the Colorado Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Awards banquet in downtown Denver. The Pilot & Today also won two of the contest’s four Best of Show awards, handed out to the top newspaper contest entries regardless of circulation size.
The Pilot & Today eked past the Durango Herald to win the General Excellence Award for daily newspapers with circulations of 7,500 to 15,000. The Pilot & Today also won the sweepstakes awards in the Advertising and Photo & Design categories. The sweepstakes award for the Editorial category went to the Durango Herald.
The Pilot & Today’s Best of Show awards, given to the top contest entry in each of four categories — editorial, advertising, photo and design — went to Nicole Miller for her news page design of Feb. 3, 2011, and to Matt Stensland for his Aug. 20, 2011, photograph of Hayden youth Tyler Boyer hugging his steer goodbye at the Routt County Fair. Miller’s front page design highlighted the bitter cold weather that gripped Steamboat Springs the previous morning, highlighted by Steamboat schools being closed for the first time in 22 years.
“It’s very humbling to receive such strong recognition from our peers,” Editor Brent Boyer said Saturday. “And to win two Best of Show awards is really a testament to the level of talent and creativity among our employees. I’m so proud of the work they do day in and day out on behalf of our community.”
The Craig Daily Press, the Pilot & Today’s sister newspaper, also was named the top overall newspaper in its circulation class. It also won the sweepstakes awards in all three contest categories.
• First-place award winners for the Pilot & Today were: John F. Russell, photo essay; Meg Boyer and Suzanne Becker, newspaper promotion; Jack Weinstein, business story and news story; advertising and composing staff, classified section; Karen Gilchrist and Rachel Girard, real estate ad; Nicole Miller, news page design; staff, website advertising; Matt Stensland, feature photograph; staff, editorial layout and design; Deb Proper, ad campaign; Kathy Wichelhaus, color ad; Luke Graham, sports story.
• Second-place award winners were: advertising staff, special section; advertising staff, advertising layout and design; Steve Balgenorth and Meg Boyer, circulation promotion; Karen Gilchrist and Rachel Girard, real estate ad; Nicole Miller, news page design and informational graphic; editorial staff, public service; staff, website content; staff, website design; staff, website interactivity; staff, website community; staff, website multimedia; Emma Scherer and Meg Boyer, ad campaign; John Russell, sports column; Joel Reichenberger, sports story; editorial staff, headline writing.
• Third-place award winners were: Joel Reichenberger, photo essay; John Russell, news photo; Scott Stanford, newspaper promotion; Jack Weinstein, Nicole Miller, Matt Stensland and John Russell, series; Fran Reinier and Bonnie Stewart, classified section; Mike Lawrence, agriculture story and news story; Bonnie Stewart and Adam Redmon, automotive ad; Scott Stanford and Justin Hirsch, real estate ad; Deb Proper and Rachel Girard, black and white ad; staff, special section; Nicole Inglis, feature story; Deb Proper and Jessica Lobeck, color ad.