Clean sweep for Journal at press convention

This Sam Green photo won first place in the sports photography catgoery Enlargephoto

This Sam Green photo won first place in the sports photography catgoery

DENVER - The Cortez Journal emerged from the annual Colorado Press Association convention with more than 70 awards.

At Saturday night's banquet, the Journal was recognized with the General Excellence award as well as sweeping all three sweepstakes awards for editorial, advertising, and photo and design.

Competing against other small daily newspapers with circulation under 6,000, Journal staff members brought home a total of 69 awards; 28 coming for editorial content, 14 for photo and design and 21 in the advertising category.

The Journal's website, cortezjournal.com, picked up six awards.

Included in the 25 first-place awards were three entries from the Journal's Weber Fire coverage. The Journal won for public service, best sustained coverage and for an environmental story by Kimberly Benedict.

Benedict also picked up first-place awards for agriculture story, business story and investigative story package for her coverage of the Southwest Open School's bond effort.

"This contest, judged by our peers in the industry, validates the high-quality work that our news, advertising and design employees consistently deliver for our readers and advertisers, "said Suzy Meyer, Journal publisher. "I'm proud of the entire Journal staff."

Dale Shrull picked up 15 individual or shared awards including five first places.

Veteran photographer Sam Green won a total of nine awards including first places in photography portfolio, sports photo, as well as for feature and photo essay, which came from his annual trek for the Pick 'n' Hoe festival in Dove Creek. He also won first in the feature page design category.

"As usual, Sam Green's photography is some of the best in the state," Shrull said.

Former editor Russell Smyth won first place awards for headline writing and humor column writing.

Amanda Puett won two first-place awards for advertising.

The Journal's Veterans Day coverage from 2011 was recognized for a website multimedia package by Shrull and special section cover design by Linda McDarby and Shrull.

This was the fourth year in a row the Journal has won General Excellence. This was the first year that the Journal moved into a daily newspaper category.

Friday night, the Journal was recognized with seven awards including honorable mention in the General Excellence category. The Durango Herald took first place in the category.

At the Colorado Press Association contest, The Herald won for General Excellence as well as the sweepstakes awards for editorial content.

Journal reporter Luke Groskopf won a third place for a health story while he was working for The Herald.

The Dolores Star won a total of seven awards, with Shannon Livick winning seven awards including four first places. Abplanalp won a second-place award for a sports story that appeared in the Star.

Complete list of Cortez Journal winning entries:

Editorial

First Place

Investigative Story Package, Kimberly Benedict

Agricultural Story, Kimberly Benedict

Environmental Story, Kimberly Benedict

Business News Story, Kimberly Benedict

Sports Column Writing, Dale Shrull

Business Feature Story, Dale Shrull

Health Feature Story, Dale Shrull

Public Service, Kimberly Benedict, Dale Shrull, Suzy Meyer

Sustained Coverage, Kimberly Benedict, Sam Green, Michael Maresh, Suzy Meyer

News Series, Joe Hanel

Humorous Column Writing, Russell Smyth

Headline Writing, Russell Smyth

Second Place

Story Picture Combination, Dale Shrull, Sam Green

Health Feature Story, Dale Shrull

Deadline News Reporting, Dale Shrull

Investigative Story, Dale Shrull

Headline Writing, Dale Shrull

Public Service, Dale Shrull

Feature Story, Dale Shrull

News Story, Kimberly Benedict

Third Place

Sports Story, Bobby Abplanalp

Sports Event Story, Bobby Abplanalp

Business Feature Story, Dale Shrull

Agriculture Story, Dale Shrull

Humorous Column Writing, Dale Shrull

Education Story, Kimberly Benedict

Business News Story, Brandon Mathis

Health Enterprise Story, Reid Wright

Photography and Design

First Place

Photography Portfolio, Sam Green

Feature Photograph, Sam Green

Sports Photograph, Sam Green

Photo Essay, Sam Green

Feature Page Design, Sam Green

Cover Design, Dale Shrull, Linda McDarby

Informational Graphic, staff

Second Place

Informational Graphic, staff

Photo Essay, Sam Green

Feature Page Design, Dale Shrull, Deanne Sanders

Editorial Layout & Design, staff

Third Place

Sports Photograph, Sam Green

News Photograph, Sam Green

News Page Design, Linda McDarby

Advertising and Website

First Place

Color in an Ad, Amanda Puett

Health Care Ad, Amanda Puett

Advertising Slogan, Michael Billy

Restaurant or Dining Ad, staff

Advertising Special Section, staff

Website-Daily-Multimedia, Dale Shrull

Second Place

Advertising Layout & Design, staff

Health Care Ad, staff

Best Automotive Ad, staff

Website-Daily-Advertising, staff

Black & White Ad, Amanda Puett

Restaurant or Dining Ad, Michael Billy

Website Promotion, Dale Shrull, Robert Sliwinski

Advertising Slogan, Dale Shrull

Advertising Special Section, Mark Drudge

Website-Daily-Content, staff

Website-Daily-Design, staff

Third Place

Advertising Slogan, Dale Shrull

Website Promotion, Mark Drudge

Real Estate Ad, Mark Drudge

Newspaper/House Ad Promotion, Mark Drudge

Small Space Ad, staff

Restaurant or Dining Ad, staff

Classified Page(s) or Selection(s), staff

Website-Daily-Interactivity, staff

Website-Daily-Community, Dale Shrull, Sam Green

Sam Green’s photos from the annual Pick ‘n’ Hoe in Dove Creek won first place awards for photo essay and feature photo. Enlargephoto

Sam Green’s photos from the annual Pick ‘n’ Hoe in Dove Creek won first place awards for photo essay and feature photo.

The Journal’s coverage of the Weber Fire earned a number of awards at the annual Colorado Press Association convention. Enlargephoto

Sam Green/Cortez Journal file

The Journal’s coverage of the Weber Fire earned a number of awards at the annual Colorado Press Association convention.

Suzy Meyer Enlargephoto

Suzy Meyer

Dale Shrull Enlargephoto

Dale Shrull

Mark Drudge Enlargephoto

Mark Drudge

Sam Green Enlargephoto

Sam Green

Kimberly Benedict Enlargephoto

Kimberly Benedict

Bobby Abplanalp Enlargephoto

Bobby Abplanalp

Amanda Puett Enlargephoto

Amanda Puett