Sentinel news staffers receive awards

Sentinel newsroom staff received eight awards during the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters banquet Friday night in Denver.

Photography Editor Christopher Tomlinson won first and second place for news photos of the arrest of a homicide suspect and of a plane crash. Tomlinson also won honorable mention for his feature photo from the Fourth of July.

“I feel honored to be doing what I’m doing, and to be given an award, it’s a little embarrassing, actually,” Tomlinson said. “Hopefully, there will always be a space for photojournalism, a home for it, and a venue for it. I think it’s an important part of what we do.”

Editorial Page Editor Bob Silbernagel won first place for editorial writing.

Senior writer Gary Harmon won first place for news column writing.

Reporter Mike Wiggins won first place for his business story about the changing character of the Appleton neighborhood.

Reporter Kent Mincer won honorable mention for his sports story about three generations of Guillen family wrestlers.

The Daily Sentinel won honorable mention for general excellence in Division II, which includes newspapers with circulation from 10,001 to 100,000. First place went to the Daily Camera in Boulder and second place to the Longmont Times-Call.

Thirty-one Associated Press member newspapers competed in three divisions, based on circulation. Awards were presented at a banquet at the Brown Palace in Denver for work between Sept. 1, 2007, and Aug. 31, 2008.

The ceremony came on the same day as the final edition of the Rocky Mountain News, Colorado’s oldest newspaper, and opened with a standing ovation, which lasted for more than a minute, for the publication’s staff attending the event.

Separately, four Sentinel reporters placed in the 2008 Top of the Rockies Excellence in Journalism Competition, sponsored by the Colorado Pro Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists.

Allen Gemaehlich won first place in sports reporting for coverage of demands by Grand Junction High School students that wrestling coach Bud Glover be reinstated.

Amy Hamilton won second place for a breaking news story about a claim by Mesa County Chief District Judge David Bottger that 10 people were being held illegally in jail.

Former reporter Anna Maria Basquez won second place in education reporting about high school students smoking near campuses.

Former reporter Mike Saccone won third place in political reporting about U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer’s Kurdish oil deal.

Entrants were from 50 news organizations in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico.

Judging was by SPJ members in San Diego, Pittsburgh and Little Rock, Ark.

SPJ awards were given out Thursday evening in conjunction with the annual Colorado Press Association convention.

Colorado Press Association awards will be announced today.


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