Sentinel Colorado Wins 9 Editorial and Photo Awards at Colorado Newspaper Annual Convention
DAWN | Colorado Sentinel On Thursday, staff members took home nine top honors competing among the state’s best and largest newspapers in the Colorado Press Association’s 2020 Newspaper Awards.
Competing against The Denver Post, The Colorado Springs Gazette, The Colorado Sun and three other daily media, The Sentinel won the General Excellence Award for Photography and Design competition, an award for public service to the community and swept the category of best newspaper editorials.
“Despite the smallest newsroom among our peers and competitors, The Sentinel relentlessly raises a powerful and enlightening voice which is essential to maintaining the trust of readers, ”said Sentinel Editor Dave Perry. “I am inspired every day by the talent, dedication and persistence of some of the best journalists in the state, and we are infinitely grateful for a community that supports our mission.
Colorado Sentinel received the first place award for extensive coverage of community unrest caused by the death of Elijah McClain. Sentinel staff members provided comprehensive and compelling coverage for months as protests continued amid the pandemic.
Sentinel Photographer Philip Poston took home the top spot for Best News Photography for 2020, a compelling photo of Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson kneeling with Black Lives Matter protesters outside City Hall. He also took top honors for submitting the best portfolio of photojournalism work, offering an exciting photo gallery.
Presentation editor Robert Sausaman took top honors for creating the best cover design for 2020, a moving illustration accompanying a long look at the first anniversary of Elijah McClain’s death.
Sentinel Staff Editors received second place for in-depth review of police reform in Aurora. And the newspaper’s staff received a public service award for their investigations, articles, columns and editorials focused on pushing for police transparency and accountability.
“I was blown away by the use of multimedia in these reports,” the judges said of the dozens of stories, editorials, videos and galleries involved in the project. “The writing was thorough and powerful, and the photography / video added to the depth of the stories.”
Sentinel Editor Dave Perry took home first and second place awards for a variety of editorials focused on local, regional and national issues sweeping through the category.
Many notable journalism efforts from across the state were honored at the annual event.
Jakob Rodgers from Colorado Springs Gazette beaten The Sentinel for the top spot in public service with his fascinating exploration of “Where the Homeless Die”.
Denver Post’s David Migoya won first place in investigative honors for an in-depth ‘Debt and Democracy’ investigation, and the appalling explanation for the myriad of special neighborhoods across the state made homeowners pay huge amounts of money. annual property tax bills.
Chalkbeat’s Melanie Asmar was honored for the astonishing revelations made in “Behind Closed Doors: When it comes to isolation and detention, Colorado schools’ are investigating themselves.” The story is a long look at how the state retreats from serious accusations of physical abuse of students by educators.
Steamboat Pilot and Today Editor-in-Chief Lisa Schlichtman and her press team have been honored as 2021 News Editors for an in-depth exploration of diversity and equity in the rural mountain tourism community. The press staff continued with a long and difficult project even as Schlichtman suffered the personal loss of her husband in a car accident.
The annual awards ceremony took place virtually this year due to the pandemic.