Sentinel awarded 19 distinctions by journalism group

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel won 19 awards in the annual Colorado Press Association awards contest, including six first-place honors.

The Colorado Press Association recognized The Sentinel’s accomplishments Saturday during the association’s annual awards ceremony. The Sentinel received honors in reporting, advertising, writing, photography and graphics categories.

A group of Wisconsin journalists judged all entries from The Sentinel’s category, which included other newspapers of comparable circulation size.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by our peers,” Daily Sentinel Managing Editor Laurena Mayne Davis said. “It shows the dedication of our employees to covering local news and to our advertisers for helping local businesses grow.”

The newspaper staff won first place for a special section. Individual first-place honors went to reporter Mike Wiggins for news story; graphics editor Robert Garcia for informational graphic; columnist Steve Beauregard for humorous column writing; marketing director Lynn Lickers and creative services director Mike Erskine for best small ad; and graphic artist Greg Campbell for black-and-white ad.

Second-place awards were given to reporter Gary Harmon for a feature story; reporter Dennis Webb for agriculture story; photographer Dean Humphrey for news photograph; copy editor Dave Haynes for headline writing; graphic artist Patty Hoisington for real estate ad; graphic artist Nola Svoboda for best small-space ad; and graphic artist Mike Boger for black-and-white ad.

Third-place awards were given to Harmon for serious column writing; copy editor Carrie Marfitano for headline writing; editorial page editor Bob Silbernagel for editorial writing; Boger for automotive ad; Erskine for circulation promotion; and the staff for layout and design.

On Friday, the newspaper received 15 awards from the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters.


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