Sentinel wins ‘general excellence’

Cindy Whalen

Sherida Warner

Nola Svoboda

Patti Arnold

Mike Erskine

Emily Anderson

Mike Wiggins

Dennis Webb

Robert Garcia

Dean Humphrey

Rachel Sauer

Tim Harty

Bob Silbernagel

Gary Harmon

Paul Shockley

Christopher Tomlinson

Katherine Lopez

Charles Ashby

Greg Campbell

The Daily Sentinel was named the top Colorado newspaper of its size, taking home the general excellence award, as well as two of three sweepstakes awards for editorial and advertising content, during the Colorado Press Association convention Saturday in Denver.

The Daily Sentinel won general excellence in the Class 8 category, the second-largest category in Colorado.

Saturday’s awards come on the heels of Friday’s similar honor, when the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters named The Daily Sentinel Colorado’s top newspaper for its size.

The CPA contest, unlike CAPER, includes separate editorial, advertising and photo/design contests and is judged out-of-state. This year, newspapers from Virginia judged Colorado entries produced between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012.

“It’s gratifying to see such hard work and talent recognized,” said Managing Editor Laurena Mayne Davis. “Our journalists are dedicated professionals with high standards and a deep understanding of the importance of community journalism. (Saturday’s) spotlight is well-deserved.”

The Daily Sentinel’s editorial and advertising staff won a combined 42 awards from the CPA, including 14 first-place honors.

Those receiving first-place honors were: Staff. best automotive ad; Katherine Lopez, best use of color in an ad; Staff, best daily advertising on website; Staff, best classified page(s) or section(s); Robert Garcia, best cover design; Staff, best daily interactivity on website; Christopher Tomlinson, best photo essay; Staff, best restaurant or dining ad; Dennis Webb and Tomlinson, best story/picture combination; Staff, best advertising layout and design; Charles Ashby, best news story; Tim Harty, best sports column writing; Bob Silbernagel, best editorial writing; and Greg Campbell, best health care ad.

“Being recognized by Colorado Press as the best in our class for specific categories is confirmation that our staff creates ads and campaigns that really are award-winning,” said Dennis Mitchell, advertising director.

Those receiving second-place honors were: Tomlinson, best news photograph; Lopez, best use of color in an ad; Cindy Whalen, best black and white ad; Duffy Hayes, best agriculture story; Staff, best classified page(s) or section(s); Staff, best daily community website; Staff, best daily content on website; Staff, best daily designed website; Ashby, Garcia, Tomlinson and Brian Harvey, best editorial special section; Sherida Warner, best headline writing; Ashby and Paul Shockley, best news story; Shockley, best sustained coverage; and Erin McIntyre, best humorous column writing.

“Our entire staff takes pride in our online product and are honored by the recognition it has received this year,” said Richie Ashcraft, web editor for

Those receiving third-place honors were: Christy VanDahm, best automotive ad; Dean Humphrey, best news photograph; Nola Svoboda, best black and white ad; Rachel Sauer, best agriculture story; Shockley, best deadline news reporting; Whalen, best restaurant or dining ad; Matthew Berger, best environmental story; Whalen, best real estate ad; Tomlinson, best photography portfolio; Berger, Webb, Gary Harmon, Sauer, Mike Wiggins, best series; Patti Arnold, best sports column writing; Mike Erskine, best circulation promo; Whalen, best health care ad; Erskine, best website promotion; Emily Shockley, best business feature story.


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