Surveyor wins top awards at annual convention
By Surveyor Staff
The Berthoud Weekly Surveyors staff, writers and contributors were recognized at the 137th Colorado Press Association Awards convention, Feb. 21, for its work in 2014 by receiving 29 awards.
The Surveyor received the nights biggest honor in the Class II publication category; The General Excellence Award, along with the Editorial Excellence Award for receiving 27 individual editorial and advertising awards during the past year.
I am so proud of everyone who contributes to the Surveyor. We have an outstanding staff and group of string writers; several have been with us for many years. The paper is definitely a team effort each week. Special thanks to Surveyor editor John Gardner for his hard work. Winning the editorial award indicates the quality of our news articles and stories. The General Excellence Award is especially gratifying because we compete against 41 newspapers in our circulation class, said Becky Justice-Hemmann, publisher of the Surveyor.
The editorial staff took home 18 awards, with first-place awards in several categories including Best Sustained Coverage for The Floods Aftermath, covering the 2013 floods, Best Editorial Special Section, Summer in Berthoud, Best Agriculture Story, Milking cuteness for all its worth, and Best Series for the Surveyors three-part series on local Ukrainian orphans visiting their biological parents in Ukraine.
The Surveyors sports reporter, Dan Karpiel, is this years MVP with seven individual awards: a first place award for his column about Colorado Rockies retiring first baseman Todd Helton, four second and two third place awards for his coverage of Berthoud High School athletics.
In advertising categories, the Surveyor took home nine awards, including first place awards for Best Advertising Special Section Summer in Berthoud, as well as Best Circulation Promo and Best Advertising Slogan.
First place awards:
Sustained Coverage: The Floods Aftermath, John Gardner, Rudy Hemmann, Becky Justice-Hemmann, Bob McDonnell, Jan Dowker
Best Series: A trip to understand, and to forgive, John Gardner, Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, Robin Ferruggia
Agriculture Story: Milking cuteness for all its worth, Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer
Sports Column: Seventeen years enough for Rockies No. 17, Dan Karpiel
Humor Column: Friending an ex, Debbie Draper
Advertising Special Section: Summer in Berthoud
Editorial Special Section: Summer in Berthoud
Best Advertising Slogan: Here comes the son, Becky Justice-Hemmann
Circulation promotion: Friday the 13th newspaper subscriptions
Second place awards:
Sports Story: Kristina Cavey Player of the Year, Dan Karpiel
Sports Column: Broncos/patriots more than just Manning/Brady, Dan Karpiel
Sports Event Story: Spartans bit by Lions, Dan Karpiel
Education Story: Berthoud students all aboard the holiday express, John Gardner
Feature Story: A trip to understand, and to forgive, John Gardner
Deadline Reporting: The Floods aftermath, John Gardner, Rudy Hemmann, Becky Justice-Hemmann, Jan Dowker
Story/Photo combo: Rodeo Workout, May Soricelli, John Gardner
Agriculture Story: 4H kids receive high dollars, John Gardner
Headline writing: Lady Spartans show Vikings how to pillage and plunder, Dan Karpiel
Small Space Ad: Alyssa Law
Advertising Layout and Design: Becky Justice Hemmann, Diane Wells
Sports Story: Armitage, Royer had dominant pitching season, Dan Karpiel
Health Story: Rodeo Workout, May Soricelli
Headline: Spartans sink Vikings ship, Dan Karpiel
Advertising Campaign: Brick Oven Pizzeria, Alyssa Law, Diane Wells
Black and White ad: Staff
Use of Color in an Ad: Brick Oven Pizza, Alyssa Law
Automotive Ad: B-Town, Alyssa Law
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