Steamboat Pilot & Today wins 68 awards at Colorado Press Association convention


The Steamboat Pilot & Today was honored with 68 awards in the Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest during a banquet Friday night at the Westin Downtown Denver Hotel. The awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the 2014 Colorado Press Association’s annual convention.

The Pilot & Today won the General Excellence award as the best overall newspaper in its circulation class, marking the 10th time the Pilot & Today has earned top honors during the previous 12 years.

The newspaper collected a total of 26 first-place awards in editorial, advertising, website and photo and design categories. The Pilot & Today also won the Advertising Sweepstakes award for winning more individual advertising honors than any other newspaper in its circulation class as well as the Editorial Sweepstakes Award and the Photo/Design Sweepstakes Award. The newspaper tied for the Online Sweepstakes Award with the Durango Herald.

"This is well-deserved recognition for our talented journalists and advertising professionals. I am extremely proud," Publisher Suzanne Schlicht said. "The tremendous support of the community allows us to make these achievements, and we are thankful and appreciative of that."

Following is a list of Pilot & Today awards from the Colorado Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest:

First place

• Best Health Enterprise Story: Joel Reichenberger, “Tipping the Scales"

• Best Health Feature Story: Tom Ross, “Play Harder”

• Best News Story: Scott Franz, “The Priceless Years”

• Best Sports Story: Joel Reichenberger, “Access Granted”

• Best Business News Story: Matt Stensland, “King Coal”

• Best Agriculture Story: Tom Ross, “Testing the Waters”

• Best Story Picture Combination: Luke Graham and Matt Stensland, “Mountain Bodies”

• Best Sports Column Writing: John F. Russell

• Best Sports Photograph: Joel Reichenberger, “Ana Kobal celebrates”

• Best Photo Essay: Matt Stensland, “An Unexpected Joy”

• Best Information Graphic: Laura Mazade and Michael Schrantz, “Coal”

• Best Photography Portfolio: John F. Russell

• Best Cover Design: Stephanie Corder, “50 Years of Steamboat”

• Best Black and White Ad: Deb Proper and Rachel Girard, Ski Haus liquor bottle

• Best Real Estate Ad: Karen Gilchrist and Stephanie Corder, Alpen Glow open house

• Best Health Care Ad: Deb Proper and Rachel Girard, A Kidz Dentist

• Best Website Promotion: Mack Maschmeier and staff,, Bill loves Steamboat

• Best Advertising Campaign: Deb Proper and Rachel Girard, Moose Mountain

• Best Circulation Promotion: Staff, Get the Sunday Newspaper

• Best Classified Page or Section: Staff

• Best Online Breaking News: Matt Stensland, Scott Franz, Nicole Miller and Brent Boyer, Asher homicide

• Photo Slideshow or Gallery: Scott Franz, "Memories of War"

• Best Use of Multimedia Advertising: Karen Gilchrist and Lindsay Porter, Alpine Mountain Ranch

• Website Daily Content: Staff

• Website Daily Advertising: Staff

• Website Daily Community: Staff

Second place

• Best Health Enterprise Story: Matt Stensland, “An Unexpected Joy”

• Best Education Story: Scott Franz, “Full-day kindergarten challenges”

• Best Story Picture Combination: Tom Ross and John Russell, “Hundreds of mourners gather at Steamboat’s Howelsen Hill to remember Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan"

• Best Sports Column Writing: Joel Reichenberger

• Best Headline Writing: Tom Ross

• Best Feature Photo: Joel Reichenberger, “Elk in car”

• Best Information Graphic: Nicole Miller, “Howelsen Hill Nordic jumping complex”

• Best Photography Portfolio: Scott Franz

• Best Health Care Ad: Emma Simmins and Seve DeMarco, McCreight Progressive Dentistry 2

• Best Advertising Campaign: Emma Simmins and Seve DeMarco, Zirkel Trading — Timeless

• Best Advertising Layout & Design: Staff

• Best Circulation Promo: Staff, “Buy One Gift One”

• Best Classified Page or Section: Staff

• Best Breaking News or Non-Deadline Video: Staff, Pink Paper

• Photo Slideshow or Gallery: Michael Schrantz, “Mountain Pine Manufacturing”

• Use of Social Media in Breaking News: Staff, Asher homicide

• Best Online Video Interview: Matt Stensland, Businessperson of the Year

• Website Daily Interactivity: Staff

Third place

• Best Environmental Story: Matt Stensland, “Wildfire threat”

• Best Sports Story: Luke Graham, “Lacrosse Legend”

• Best Education Story: Scott Franz, “Students eager to serve”

• Best Story Picture Combination: Matt Stensland, “While devastated by the diagnosis, Routt County families love and celebrate their children with Down syndrome”

• Best Sustained Coverage: Matt Stensland, Asher homicide

• Best Editorial Special Section: Staff, “Winter Carnival”

• Best Public Service: Staff, “Election Guide”

• Best Investigative Story Package: Matt Stensland, “Warning Signs”

• Best News Photograph: Matt Stensland, “Cog fire”

• Best Feature Photograph: Matt Stensland, “Kayaker flies out of raft”

• Best Editorial Layout and Design: Staff

• Best Informational Graphic: Vicky Ho, “Bud Werner Memorial Library, then and now”

• Best Photography Portfolio: Matt Stensland

• Best Black & White Ad: Heather Biewick and Chris McGaw, Western Colorado Angus Association

• Best Advertising Slogan: Deb Proper and Rachel Girard, Case of the Mondays!

• Best Advertising Campaign: Heather Biewick and Rachel Girard, Wendy’s Corner

• Best Advertising Layout and Design: Staff

• Best Circulation Promo: Staff, Coming Sunday

• Best Online Breaking News: Matt Stensland, “4 transported to hospital after explosion at The Pines condominium”

• Best Online Update of Breaking News: Matt Stensland and Brent Boyer, “Sheriff’s Office: Husband says wife killed their son before turning gun on herself”

• Use of Social Media in Breaking News: Staff, USA Pro Challenge

• Website Daily Media: Staff

CAPER awards

The Pilot & Today also collected 22 awards from the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters contest, including second place in the General Excellence category. Following is a list of awards:

First place

• Environmental Story: Tom Ross, “Storm Peak Lab”

• Picture Story/Photo Essay: Scott Franz, “Trail Ridge”

• Portfolio: John F. Russell

• Sports Column: John F. Russell

Second place

• Beat Reporting: Staff, health beat

• Business Story: Matt Stensland, “King Coal”

• General Excellence: Staff

• Headline Writing: Tom Ross

• Informational Graphics: Vicky Ho, “Vicky Ho Portfolio”

• Investigative Reporting: Michael Schrantz, “Uncharted Territory”

• Online: Breaking News: Staff

• Picture Story/Photo Essay: Matt Stensland, “Hike through history”

• Sports Photo: Scott Franz, “Making Adjustments”

• Spot News Story: Matt Stensland, “Friends: Woman found dead in Steamboat Springs hotel”

Third place

• Feature Photo: John F. Russell, “Mirrored Tiles”

• Feature Story: Nicole Inglis, “Turning the Page”

• Informational Graphic: Michael Schrantz

• Online, General Excellence: Staff

• Picture Story/Photo Essay: Matt Stensland, “Hike through history”

• Sports Column: Luke Graham

• Sports Story: Luke Graham, “Legendary Tarahumara descend on Steamboat for Run Rabbit Run”

• Spot News Story: Matt Stensland and Scott Franz, “Asher homicide”


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