Boulder Daily Camera staff receive five awards from state Society of Professional Journalists

Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.
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May 4—Daily Camera staff received five awards for journalism in the Colorado Society of Professional Journalists Region 10 Top of the Rockies contest.

The results of the contest were announced online April 30. It was the second year the results were announced online instead of at an awards ceremony because of precautions in place in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The contest also added several new categories including pandemic reporting, pandemic photography/videography, social justice reporting and social justice photography/videography.

The Top of the Rockies contest for the first time divided newsrooms into four divisions based on newsroom size for the competition. Previously, newsrooms were divided into divisions based on circulation. The Daily Camera competed in the large newsroom division against other news organizations from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming with between nine and 14 staff members with work published in 2020.

The awards, announced April 30, included second and third place wins for photography, and third place wins for stories about mental health and education and a third place win for short form feature writing for individual staff members.

Photographer Cliff Grassmick took home both of the Camera's photography awards, with a second-place win for pandemic photography/videography and a third-place win in sports photography/videography.

Education reporter Amy Bounds won third place in the education: feature category.

Crime reporter Mitchell Byars was honored with a third-place win in the features: short form category.

Katie Langford, the Camera's University of Colorado beat reporter, was honored with a third-place win in another of the new categories unveiled this year, mental health: feature.