Editor Marfitano cited for passion, leadership

Daily Sentinel copy editor Carrie Marfitano nabbed the Rising Star award Saturday from the Colorado Press Association.

The award highlights one newspaper professional who has been in the business fewer than five years and displays passion for the industry and exemplifies leadership.

Marfitano, who has worked at the Sentinel since 2009, redesigned the cover of the weekly arts and entertainment publication, Out & About, and focuses on designing feature pages and front-page centerpieces.

Marfitano, 26, came to the Sentinel as a business reporter and moved to copy editing once a position became available.

“I fought hard to get Carrie hired at The Daily Sentinel just as our industry was feeling the effects of the economic downturn,” Day News Editor Brian Harvey said. “The reasons were simple: I recognized that Carrie was a talented self-starter, was flexible and had a multitude of skills, all requirements in today’s newsroom.”

After graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder in December 2007, Marfitano worked an internship at the Loveland Reporter-Herald. Before coming to the Sentinel, Marfitano worked for PEAKS magazine, the magazine of Vail Resorts, as an art intern and covered the CU president’s office for The Campus Press, the online student newspaper of the University of Colorado.

Marfitano made a smooth transition at the Sentinel and immediately began infusing a new look into the paper’s design, Managing Editor Laurena Davis said.

“She quickly distinguished herself as a designer who brings a fresh perspective to the pages of the Sentinel,” Davis said. “A calm and effective leader, she collaborates smoothly with staff, organizing teams for larger projects and taking on redesign projects on her own.”

Marfitano designed a six-page special section about the nation’s entry into World War II, which the Sentinel produced to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

“Marfitano started her career at The Daily Sentinel as a reporter, but her heart was always in page design. Making the switch was a good move for both her and the Sentinel,” Night News Editor Dave Haynes said. “Carrie has been a star since she first joined us, and she just keeps on shining. She’s the most versatile copy editor on our desk. She’s already great at her job, and she’ll only get better with experience.”


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