Brent Boyer: Looking back and forward |

Brent Boyer: Looking back and forward

— Many of you probably noticed the two stories in the Steamboat Pilot & Today last week about the awards the newspaper won for some of its work during the past year. I'm always a bit hesitant to publish those stories, but I think the recognition from our peers is newsworthy, particularly when we're bestowed with the honor of being named the best newspaper in our circulation class.

I also understand some readers' natural inclination to use the awards stories as an opportunity to point out the things we haven't done well, or in some cases simply haven't done at all. I always welcome such criticism because I think it's healthy and sometimes deserved.

The annual awards contests sponsored by the Colorado Press Association and Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters provide an opportunity for Pilot & Today reporters, photographers, designers and advertising representatives to have their work evaluated and recognized by other professionals in the field. And spending the weekend in Denver mingling with our peers from newspapers big and small across the state provides a great platform for sharing ideas that will improve our publications.

Awards give kudos for past accomplishments. But as a news organization, it's important that we look to the future, which can be a challenge when we're often so consumed by what's happening in our community today. Nevertheless, some of our best work has been the result of advance planning — our annual, multipart summer series is a prime example.

In past years, we've dedicated significant time, energy and resources to examining topics of significant importance to our community. Recent examples include our look at the future of the Yampa River, the West's role in energy development, the mountain pine beetle epidemic and the rise and fall of the local real estate economy.

The official start to spring is just a couple of weeks away, which means summer also is right around the corner. In the newsroom, brainstorming has begun on what topic we might explore in-depth this summer. I imagine many of you have ideas to share, and I encourage you to e-mail or call me to do just that. If there's a subject that simply deserves our attention, let me hear about it. After all, today provides a new opportunity for success tomorrow.

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To contact Brent Boyer, call 970-871-4221 or e-mail

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