Colorado Newsline earned seven awards for news reporting and commentary in the 2021 Top of the Rockies contest, sponsored by the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Newsline, with a full-time staff of three reporters, competed in the small newsroom category with journalists in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The nonprofit, nonpartisan outlet, based in Denver and part of the States Newsroom national network of outlets, launched on July 1, 2020, and had just half a year’s worth of reporting eligible for entry in the contest.
The first news story ever published by Newsline, “Relief money flows to Colorado’s oil and gas industry as global emissions rise,” earned reporter Chase Woodruff a first place award in the SPJ contest. The outlet took home a total three first place awards.
Here are the awards won by Newsline:
- First place: Moe Clark, “Homeless camp sweeps run counter to CDC guidelines. Denver officials stand by their decisions.” news reporting single story
- First place: Chase Woodruff, “Relief money flows to Colorado’s oil and gas industry as global emissions rise,” business enterprise reporting
- First place: Chase Woodruff, “Climate Inaction: Delays and disappointment mark two years of Colorado’s clean-energy push,” general reporting series
- Second place: Moe Clark, for stories on housing and root causes of homelessness, beat reporting
- Second place: Trish Zornio, “What is a modRNA vaccine and is it safe?” news column
- Third place: Chase Woodruff: “After catastrophic wildfires, can logging help save Colorado’s forests?” best solutions journalism
- Third place: Quentin Young: “Mask deniers will get us killed,” news column
The Society of Professional Journalists awards have been distributed for almost 90 years. The mission of the organization is to encourage the free practice of journalism and promote high ethical standards in the industry.