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Pilot & Today receives awards

Newspaper recognized by national association

Staff report

— The Steamboat Pilot & Today has won a national award for its series on affordable housing.

The Inland Press Association announced Wednesday that the newspaper won the 2002 Community Leadership Award for “The Great Divide Housing in Steamboat Springs.”

Inland, a nonprofit association of more than 800 newspapers nationwide, recognizes just one newspaper in each of four circulation categories.

“This is a tremendous honor for our staff,” said Editor Scott Stanford. “We spent almost a year planning this series and everyone in the newsroom had a hand in producing it. Publishing a series of this magnitude required a lot of hard work from a staff our size. It is extremely rewarding to be recognized on a national level for that work.”

The Great Divide was published over eight Sundays in July and August.

It included 14 stories, photos, graphics, an editorial and community input.

The newspaper sponsored a community forum and posted video segments from the forum on its Web site.

The series was repackaged in a special tabloid section that was distributed with the Aug. 28 edition of the Steamboat Today.

Reporters who worked on the series included Tom Ross, Christine Metz, Danie Harrelson, Doug Crowl, Melinda Mawdsley, Autumn Phillips and Jamie Hallman. Intern Susan Bacon also wrote one of the stories in the series.

David Taylor designed the Great Divide logo and did the graphics and page design for the series.

Photographers who shot photos included Tyler Arroyo and John F. Russell.

News Editor Brandon Swank and copy editors Jeff Swanson and Melissa Hoppert helped edit the series.

The series is available on the Web at http://www.steamboatpilot.com/section/thegreatdivide

The Steamboat Pilot & Today won in the category for newspapers with circulations of less than 10,000. Other circulation category winners were The Greeley Tribune, 10,000-25,000; the North Andover (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune, 25,001-75,000; and the Detroit News, over 75,000.

“Most important was the benefit of this series to the citizens of Routt County,” said Publisher Suzanne Schlicht. “Still it is tremendously rewarding to be recognized by a national organization.”

The Inland Press Association Award comes a week after the Steamboat Pilot & Today won a similar honor from WorldWest LLC. The Pilot & Today won first place for community leadership in the 2002 WorldWest Awards of Excellence.

The WorldWest community leadership award also was for “The Great Divide.”

In addition to winning first place in community leadership, the Pilot & Today won four other first places awards including editorial excellence, best news project, best promotion and most improved newspaper.

The Craig Daily Press won first place for best advertising project and shared the most improved newspaper award with the Pilot & Today.

The Pilot & Today won best news project for its coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Best promotion was for advertisements created by Taylor promoting the launch of Sound Off last January. The editorial excellence and most improved newspaper awards were for overall newspaper performance.


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