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Category Name
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Open Call Contestant
Entry TitleCommentsCredits
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Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
A&E and Food: Criticism
First Place
Deseret News
Josh Terry movie reviews
Well written. Descriptive. Especially enjoyed his take on "Beautiful Boy." Deadly with unworthy films!
Josh Terry
3
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
A&E and Food: Criticism
Second Place
Salt Lake Tribune
Movie reviews by Sean Means
Sean Means
4
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
A&E and Food: Criticism
Third Place
Deseret News
Wilde theater reviews
Whitney Butters Wilde
5
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
A&E and Food: Enterprise Reporting
First Place
Boulder Weekly
SMiLE it's good for you
Emma Murray
6
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
A&E and Food: Enterprise Reporting
Second PlaceKUNCEnthusiasts Won't Let The Light Go Out On NeonStacy Nick
7
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
A&E and Food: Enterprise Reporting
Third Place
Boulder Weekly
A new wave of grain
Matt Cortina
8
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
A&E and Food: Enterprise Reporting
First PlaceWestword
The Sound and the Fury
Wonderfully descriptive. Exceptionally thorough. While a bit too long, filled with interesting elements which covered ALL sides of the story.
Chris Walker
9
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
A&E and Food: Enterprise Reporting
Second Place
Deseret News
LagoonCourt Mann
10
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
A&E and Food: Enterprise Reporting
Third Place
Deseret News
Small art series
Whitney Butters Wilde
11
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
EditorialsFirst Place
Salt Lake Tribune
editorials - The Salt Lake Tribune
Excellent entries all around. Top three candidates were all strong and persuasively written.
George Pyle
12
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
EditorialsSecond Place
Albuquerque Journal
Martin Salazar
Martin Salazar
13
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
EditorialsThird Place
Albuquerque Journal
D'Val Westphal
D'Val Westphal
14
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
Sports: General Reporting
First Place
Deseret News
Who is Tony Finau?
Immersive and compelling story-telling all around. I found the winning story to carry a particularly strong emotional connection.
Lee Benson
15
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
Sports: General Reporting
Second Place
Salt Lake Tribune
Legendary coach Jerry Sloan is enjoying the Jazzs playoff run, but slow fade of dementia is taking a tollAaron Falk
16
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
Sports: General Reporting
Third PlaceKSL.comThe house that Jon built': Utes pay tribute to Jon Huntsman Sr.Josh Furlong
17
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
EditorialsFirst Place
Pueblo Chieftain
A stable staffing crisis, A pretty pile of platitudes, Pot study fails the smell test
The Pueblo Chieftain entry is a model of what a community newspaper's editorial page can and should be: a forum that takes on the most pressing local issues with smart analysis and engaging, entertaining writing.
Blake Fontenay
18
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
EditorialsSecond Place
Loveland Reporter-Herald
Editorials
Jacquelyn Hutchins
19
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
EditorialsThird Place
Yellow Scene Magazine
Duly NotedFrench Davis
20
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
Politics: Enterprise Reporting
First Place
Four Corners Free Press
The cost of war
A deeply reported, revealing piece of accountability journalism.
Zak Podmore
21
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
Politics: Enterprise Reporting
Second Place
Colorado Politics
Changes ahead under the dome
Marianne Goodland, Ernest Luning
22
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
Politics: Enterprise Reporting
Third PlaceUtah PolicyAnger and frustration after Salt Lake County Democrats try, and fail, to remove a party officerBryan Schott
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Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
Politics: General Reporting
First Place
Colorado Independent
The toss-ups
A rich array of political snapshots that captured the state of Colorado politics.
John Herrick
24
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
Politics: General Reporting
Second Place
Casper Star-Tribune
In a time of polarization and bombast, is there still room for a gentleman governor?
Heather Richards
25
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
Politics: General Reporting
Third Place
New Mexico Political Report
Will 2018 be the Year of the Woman in New Mexico?
Matthew Reichbach
26
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
Politics: Enterprise Reporting
First Place
Colorado Independent
Series on ballot explainers
This series brought complex and sometimes esoteric topics to life and provided a public service for readers.
Alex Burness, Forest Wilson, Corey Hutchins, Tina Griego, Shannon Mullane, Lars Gesing
27
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
Politics: Enterprise Reporting
Second Place
Denver Business Journal
Ballot breakdown: Where Colorado business leaders are funneling the biggest donationsEd Sealover
28
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
Politics: Enterprise Reporting
Third Place
New Mexico Political Report
NMMI records detail numerous construction delays in Mick Rich projectAndy Lyman
29
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
Politics: General Reporting
First Place
Colorado Politics
A midterm that matters: 2018 election preview
Just what voters needed: a comprehensive guide with smart analysis, engaging writing and political news they could use.
Joey Bunch, Ernest Luning, Marianne Goodland, Conrad Swanson, Mark Harden, Erin Prater, Dan Njegomir
30
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
Politics: General Reporting
Second Place
Farmington Daily Times
A year after size reduction, Bears Ears National Monument fight continues
Hannah Grover
31
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
Politics: General Reporting
Third Place
Four Corners Free Press
Winds of change?
Sonja Horoshko
32
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
News Column
First Place
Albuquerque Business First
What to expect when you're new to Albuquerque
Interesting take on all 3 topics. I thought the Albuquerque story would be boring. It kept me engaged all the way to the end.
I particularly like the crime effects story, and have suggested our Biz section rip it off :)
Rachel Sams
33
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
News Column
Second Place
Colorado Politics
Ernest Luning - Trail Mix
Ernest Luning
34
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
News Column
Third Place
Longmont Times-Call
Johnnie St. Vrain
John Vahlenkamp
35
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
Feature Page Design
First PlaceSPARK
Voice of Youth
Bold, eye-catching design that perfectly captures the subject. Excellent work.
Leilani Derr, Erica Grossman, Stacie Ledden, Alice Meacham, Joe Murray
36
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
Feature Page Design
Second Place
Buffalo Bulletin
Salute to agriculture
Stacy Bronson
37
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
Feature Page Design
Third Place
Durango Herald
Who Will Win the Voice
David Holub
38
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
News Column
First Place
Pueblo Chieftain
The name behind the marker, Chase away the urban travelers, Chase away the urban travelers jump, A long ago kindness recalled, A long ago kindness recalled jump
Steve Henson's columns are insightful and impactful — with a simple story generating complex reactions from readers.
Steve Henson
39
Radio: Large market stations
Radio: General Broadcast Excellence
First PlaceReveal
Behind Trump's Energy Dominance
An incredibly comprehensive look at President Trump's energy-dominance strategy and its affect on all aspects of life: people, places, wildlife and the environment.
Elizabeth Shogren, Amy Walters, Deb George, Taki Telonidis, Marla Cone, Jennifer Oldham, Zack Colman, Al Letson, Leigh Paterson
40
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
Religion General Reporting
First Place
Provo Daily Herald
LDS Church doctrine vs. 'Mormon Doctrine' What's the difference?
Genelle Pugmire does a thorough job of detailing the difference between the LDS church's doctrine and its culture.
Genelle Pugmire
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Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
Best Solutions Journalism
First Place
Provo Daily Herald
The State of Education in Utah Valley
A thorough, comprehensive look at the state of education — looking at every aspect imaginable — in the Utah Valley. The Provo Daily Herald knocked this one out of the park!
Staff
42
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
Best Solutions Journalism
Second Place
Santa Fe Reporter
All Hands on Rez
Charlotte Jusinski
43
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
General Podcasting Excellence
First Place
Law Week Colorado
Hearsay: 37 Years and 20,000+ Pages
It's hard to fathom a court case that's been going on for 37 years. It's even harder to fathom the 20,000-plus pieces of paper that are part of the documentation of the case. An interesting, unusual take on what might feel like some boring court case.
Julia Cardi
44
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
Breaking News Story
First Place
Colorado Springs Gazette
Resignation of Scott Blackmum
The Gazette does an excellent job of covering every angle and layer to the national news of a high-profile departure at the U.S. Olympic Committee that is happening in the Gazette's coverage area. Their portrait of Blackmun is nuanced and well-reported.
Tom Roeder, Stephanie Earls, David Ramsey
45
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
Breaking News Story
Second Place
Colorado Springs Gazette
Deputy Slain
Kaitlin Durbin, Ellie Mulder, Conrad Swanson, Jakob Rodgers, Tom Roeder, Debbie Kelley
46
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
Breaking News Story
Third Place
Pueblo Chieftain
Forged by fire Victims harness resolve, Forged by fire Victims harness resolve jump 1, Forged by fire Victims harness resolve jump 2
Zach Hillstrom
47
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
Feature Page Design
First PlaceDevour
Lucky Dog: Celebrate Chinese New Year with these auspicious foods
Bold, dynamic, interesting. Just a lovely design.
Derek Carlisle, Heather King
48
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
Feature Page Design
Second Place
Provo Daily Herald
"One Love" Ticket cover
David Revilla
49
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
Feature Page Design
Third Place
Law Week Colorado
Top Women Lawyers
Hannah Blatter
50
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
News Column
First Place
Colorado Independent
Mike Littwin politics and the free press
Engaging. Smart. Humorous. What more could you want?
Mike Littwin
51
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
News Column
Second Place
Colorado Independent
Secrets of the justice system and the human heart
Susan Greene
52
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
News Column
Third Place
Greater Park Hill News
Raw Politics
Penfield Tate III
53
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
Ag and Environment: General Reporting
First Place
Capital & Main
Energy Giants Choose Nuclear Option in Elections Biggest Fight Over Fossil Fuel
This complex issue is explained well and in depth. Fossil fuel -- oil and gas -- extraction is taking its toll on Colorado life while creating massive profits. This article clearly tells all sides.
David Sirota
54
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
Ag and Environment: General Reporting
Second PlaceKNMEOur Land: New Mexico's Environmental Past, Present & Future
Sarah Gustavus, Laura Paskus, Antony Lostetter, Anthony Rodriguez
55
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
Ag and Environment: General Reporting
Third PlaceDenveriteAs a big chunk of a Superfund nears closing, north Denver residents worry polluted soils still pose a threatKevin Beaty
56
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
Info GraphicFirst Place
Colorado Springs Business Journal
Downtown Development
Pleasant presentation in a "city block" format. A lot of information laid out logically. Clearly the best of in this category.
Melissa Edwards
57
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
Info GraphicSecond Place
Albuquerque Business First
New Mexico labor force participation
Rachel Baca, Ron Davis
58
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
Info GraphicThird Place
Albuquerque Business First
Tallest buildings in ABQ
Juliana Vadnais, Rachel Baca
59
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
Feature Photography
First Place
Deseret News
Virtual Seniors
What an enjoyable image. Even without reading the story (it wasn't submitted with the photo entry) I can imagine what the story was about and how this photo helped illustrate it.
Kristin Murphy
60
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
Feature Photography
Second Place
Albuquerque Journal
Jose Jaquez, 74, carries a sack of green chile
Roberto E. Rosales
61
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
Feature Photography
Third Place
Deseret News
Above the clouds
Steve Griffin
62
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000
Single Page Design
First Place
Deseret News
Star Wars
I mean, who doesn't like a giant Chewbacca on the features page?
Heidi Perry
63
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000
Single Page Design
Second Place
Deseret News
Here to stayAaron Thorup
64
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000
Single Page Design
Third Place
Deseret News
DPOYHeidi Perry
65
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
News Feature
First PlaceKUNC
After Floods, Jamestown Finally Able To Look Forward Again
This takes 5-year anniversary stories to new heights. It's a compelling story of the rebuilding of Jamestown in the five years since it was all but destroyed by flooding. Despite the uplifting tenor of the tale, the down sides of trying to recreate the town also are covered.
Matt Bloom
66
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
News Feature
Second Place5280How Air Force Space Aggressors Protect Our Far-Flung Assetsand Way of LifeKasey Cordell
67
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
News Feature
Third Place
Colorado Springs Gazette
UNRECOVERED The Crises in Mental Health Foretold on Facebook
Stephanie Earls
68
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
Education: General Reporting
First Place
Deseret News
Next stop on Emily Arthur's 'amazing' life journey?
Marjorie Cortez
69
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
Education: General Reporting
Second Place
Chalkbeat Colorado
Colorado schools gave out nearly 1,800 suspensions to young students with disabilities last yearAnn Schimke
70
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
Education: General Reporting
Third Place
Salt Lake Tribune
Utahs portable classrooms put kids at risk
Benjamin Wood
71
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
Education: Enterprise Reporting
First Place
KUNM Public Radio
Megan Kamerick
Professor And Students Launch Company To Solve Design Challenges
Megan Kamerick
72
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
Education: Enterprise Reporting
Second Place
Colorado Public Radio
CPR investigates allegations of abuse at the Denver School of the Arts
Jenny Brundin, Kate Smith, Jim Hill
73
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
Education: Enterprise Reporting
Third PlaceKUNCRural Colorado Finds Creative Ways To Fill Teacher Shortage
Stephanie Daniel
74
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
A&E and Food: Single Story
First Place
Colorado Public Radio
Meet The Mad Lego Bomber Of Durango, Colorado
Interesting story. Strong writing. Great use of quotes.
Stephanie Wolf, Kelley Griffin, Jim Hill
75
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
A&E and Food: Single Story
Second Place
Boulder Weekly
No spectators
Caitlin Rockett
76
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
A&E and Food: Single Story
Third Place
Colorado Springs Independent
Spirit of the West
Griffin Swartzell
77
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
A&E and Food: Criticism
First Place5280
Scott Mowbray: Se񯲠Bear, Concourse Restaurant Moderne, The Bindery
Clearly knows and likes the subject matter. Strong writing. Great use of simile.
Scott Mowbray
78
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
A&E and Food: Criticism
Second Place
Boulder Weekly
Music criticism
Caitlin Rockett
79
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
A&E and Food: Criticism
Third Place
Colorado Springs Independent
The Bigot, Intimate Apparel, The Last RabbitAlissa Smith
80
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
Column Personal/Humor
First Place
Albuquerque Journal
UpFront
A great blend of personal experience with larger themes. Though they didn't all have a strong news hook, the strength of writing and tight structure elevate these entries above the rest.
Joline Gutierrez Krueger
81
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
Column Personal/Humor
Second Place
Deseret News
Court Mann personal columns
Court Mann
82
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
Column Personal/Humor
Third Place
Salt Lake Tribune
Marina Gomberg
Marina Gomberg
83
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
Breaking News Story
First Place
Deseret News
The murder of Lauren McCluskey
A thoroughly reported story that mixes color with hard facts. The package contains a nice diversity of content that adds nuance.
Ashley Imlay, Pat Reavy, Lois M Collins
84
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
Breaking News Story
Second Place
Salt Lake Tribune
New Mormon leader Russell Nelson pledges to serve God until his last breath, shuffles leadership
Peggy Fletcher Stack, Bob Mims, David Noyce
85
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000,Radio: Large market stations,Television: Large market stations
Breaking News Story
Third PlaceKSL.comOfficer dies after being struck by vehicle during confrontation in South Salt Lake, police sayYvette Cruz
86
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
News Photography
First PlaceDenveriteElection year
A mix of inventive portraits and stolen, human moments. The shot of the woman between the ballot boxes is an amazing photo.
Kevin Beaty
87
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
News Photography
Second Place
Colorado Public Radio
Road Trip to November: Craig, Colorado
Hart Van Denburg
88
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
News Photography
Third PlaceKUERWill You Be Here Next Year?': Keeping Teachers On The Navajo ReservationKelsie Moore
89
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
Feature Photography
First Place
Colorado Springs Gazette
Joshua's Journey
Powerful use of light in this intimate portrait of a family in crisis.
Dougal Brownlie
90
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
Feature Photography
Second Place
Boulder Weekly
Windows, Walls and Invisible Lines: Portraits of life in sanctuaryJoel Dyer
91
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
Feature Photography
Third Place
Loveland Reporter-Herald
Fun in the mud
Jenny Sparks
92
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
Sports Photography
First Place5280
Nolan Arenados Big Season Starts Now
Dustin Snipes
93
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
Sports Photography
Second Place
Loveland Reporter-Herald
Soccer: Using your head
Jenny Sparks
94
Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000,Radio: Small market stations,Television: Small market stations
Sports Photography
Third Place
Loveland Reporter-Herald
Wrestling: Using your head
Jenny Sparks
95
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
Column Personal/Humor
First Place
Standard-Examiner
Standard Deviations by Mark Saal
Mark Saal
96
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
Column Personal/Humor
Second Place
Colorado Independent
Littwin gets to the heart of the matter
Mike Littwin
97
Print: Circulation of between 10,000 - 29,999
Column Personal/Humor
Third Place
Gallup Independent
What we must do; Can we change before it's too late; The Eighth Night
Diane Joy Schmidt
98
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
Column Personal/Humor
First Place
Four Corners Free Press
Sedimental journey;Tacky tours;An urning wageDavid Feela
99
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
Column Personal/Humor
Second Place
Buffalo Bulletin
Confessions of a 30-something journalist/And then he was off/That one time I lived with hippies
Jennifer Burden
100
Print: Circulation less than 10,000
Column Personal/Humor
Third Place
Colorado Politics
Joey Bunch - Insights
Joey Bunch
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