Times-Call staff members win four awards in Top of the Rockies Contest

Daily Times-Call, Longmont, Colo.
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May 4—Three Times-Call staff members received four awards for journalism excellence in the 2020 Society of Professional Journalists' Top of the Rockies Contest.

Matthew Jonas won first place honors in pandemic photography/videography for his April 7, 2020, photo of a Mead teenager playing bagpipes on his roof as part of a movement to uplift the community.

Jonas placed second in spot news photography/videography for his photo of a fire that engulfed an empty building at First Avenue and Coffman Street on April 28, 2020.

Timothy Hurst placed second in news photography/videography for his photo of a homeowner standing in the charred rubble of her home, which had burned in the CalWood Fire.

Kelsey Hammon placed second in news reporting-single story for her article about Lyons residents living under a pre-evacuation order during the CalWood Fire, "Residents share fear of the unknown."

The results of the contest were announced April 30.

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

The Top of the Rockies contest divided newsrooms into four divisions based on newsroom size for the competition. Previously, newsrooms were divided into divisions based on circulation. The Times-Call competed in the medium newsroom division against other news organizations from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming with five to eight staff members.

The contest is sponsored by the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalist.