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  • By Susan Greene

Much could be said to describe Garrett Ray, Morley Ballantine and Randy Bangert. Some depictions differ, and some overlap. One phrase will always unite them: They are the 2018 Colorado Press Association Hall of Fame inductees.

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  • By Cheryl Ghrist

This Q&A visits with Julie K. Tonsing, publisher at Prairie Mountain Media’s Sterling Journal-Advocate, South Platte Sentinel and the Akron News-Reporter. She is also the former regional financial officer for the Eastern Colorado Publishing Company (ECPC) for many years and most recently…

The 2017 Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest results were announced April 14, 2018 at CPA's 140th Annual Convention, held at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs.

  • Lisa Schlichtman, Steamboat Pilot & Today editor, 2018 Colorado Press Association president

To anyone who follows the news, it would appear the industry itself is under attack. Whether claims of “fake news” leveled by the President or cuts to already lean newsrooms, newspapers and media organizations are now in the rare position of making headlines.

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The Colorado Press Association, in partnership with the Colorado Broadcasters Association and the Open Media Foundation, is proud to be part of Colorado Journalism Week to celebrate and honor the hard work of Colorado’s working press.

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The U.S. Commerce Department has announced two preliminary determinations on investigations, the results of which will impose an import tariff on Canadian newsprint companies.

Welcome to the Colorado Press Association’s inaugural Flash Session. Think of speed dating meets convention learnin’. There are 11 presenters. Your goal is to not only listen but interact in the sessions. The sessions will last 20 minutes each with two minutes between sessions. You won’t be …

  • By LATA NOTT

Report card on the state of the nation’s free press reveals dueling realities. President Trump’s attacks on the media and the actions of his administration have emboldened journalists to pursue watchdog and accountability reporting. At the same time, perceived biases among media outlets have eroded the public’s trust.

  • By NICHOLAS RICCARDI

The rise of social media as a main conduit for news and advertising offers dark spaces to political candidates where journalists can’t observe their campaign activities. Much of what is packaged as campaign-related news on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube is false, and the platforms so far have not disclosed who pays for online ads. News and ads can be highly targeted to specific audiences, making it difficult for journalists to even know what information is being spread.

  • By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press

President Trump’s campaign to discredit the news media has spread to state and local officials, who are echoing his use of the term “fake news” as a weapon against unflattering stories and information that can tarnish their images. The term has become ubiquitous as a signal to a politician’s supporters to ignore legitimate reporting, as a smear to the dwindling local press corps and as a way for conservatives to push back against what they see as media bias.

Retirements at Denver Business Journal, Colorado Community Media and Denver Post; expanded staff and sales territories; and community outreach in the news in briefs. 

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Another year, another change to Facebook feeds. This time, the change is to newsfeeds with a focus of friends and family taking preference. What does this mean for media companies, many of which have spent years developing and building their audiences to help reach the readers where the read…

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  • By Cheryl Ghrist

Linda Shapley is known for her senior leadership at The Denver Post, first as director of newsroom operations in 2011, then managing editor in 2016. She recently turned in her resignation, however, departing The Post after a run of more than 21 years.

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  • Russell Bassett

Looking to find a journalism job in Colorado? Look no further than the Colorado Press Association’s 2018 Job Fair sponsored by Colorado State University’s Department of Journalism & Media Communications.

  • Compiled by Contributing Editor Cheryl Ghrist

Salute and farewell to Carlos Illescas, two-time Pulitzer Prize team reporter for The Denver Post; Lawrence G. Weiss, longtime editorial writer for The Denver Post; Franklin D. Brown, former mailroom supervisor for The Denver Post; Father Daniel Flaherty, former editor, business manager with Denver Catholic Register; Grace Mary Luckasen, former Littleton Independent columnist; Thomas Elbert McElroy, former circulation manager for the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post.

  • Compiled by Contributing Editor Cheryl Ghrist

In this month's Quick Hitters, Denver Post Publisher Mac Tully stepping down, Coloradoan Publisher Jack-Romero has new sales territory, Jacobson heads Greeley Chamber board and joins leadership program, Times-Call answers community’s call by expanding staff, Moorhead retires after 18 years at Chaffee County Times.

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The Colorado Press Association is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors. Interested candidates should submit a formal letter of interest, outlining industry experience, reasons for wanting to join the Board, and what strengths would be added by their addition. 

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  • By Cheryl Ghrist, contributing editor

This issue, “10 Questions” takes a holiday slant, with your own CPA/CPN Media staff. We hope you enjoy this time spent with CEO Jerry Raehal, Membership and Projects Specialist Russell Bassett, Office Manager Jean Creel, Lead Business Development Specialist Judy Quelch, Business Development …

In this month's Quick Hitters: Tribune columnist publishes new true crime book, Aspen Times & Historical Society help preserve politics in cartoon form, more news seekers turning to social media sites, tips on avoiding fake news, and postal rates expected to rise by 2 percent come January

Salute and farewell to Kenneth Everett “Kenny” Kimble, retired from The Denver Post circulation department

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The Colorado Press Association is accepting nominations for 2017 Member Awards through midnight on Monday, Jan. 22. Winners will be announced at the annual convention on April 14 at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs. 

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  • Matt Lubich

Dear Fellow Enemy of the People,

Makes you wince, doesn’t it? None of us got into the business to make friends, but we also certainly didn’t likely get into it to make enemies. We try in our newswriting to provide as much information as possible, with all sides and perspectives represented fairly and accurately, and then let the reader decide. Some are going to love us. Some are going to loath us. We just need to do good work.

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  • By Rob Reuteman


When someone asks me what I’m up to these days, and I tell them I teach journalism at Colorado State University, their responses range from “Are students still majoring in journalism?” to “Why bother?”

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  • By Cheryl Ghrist, contributing editor

This issue, “10 Questions” checks in with Sheli Steele, advertising manager for the twice-weekly Craig Press. Formerly the Craig Daily Press, the publication has reinvented itself to adapt to changes in both its community and the newspaper industry.

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  • By Jeremy Mims

For the first time in a long time,
 we have the upper hand. Amazon Alexa, Google Home,and Apple’s upcoming HomePod are just the beginning of a revolution in voice computing where you will be able to listen, ask and learn in the home, car, on mobile and your headphones.

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  • By Russell Bassett

CPA adopts code of ethics, encourages public to participate in ethics committee. At its August meeting, The Colorado Press Association board of directors unanimously approved a motion to adopt the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics as CPA’s ethical code.

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  • By Jill Farschman

Women, immigrants, science.

We’ve all covered marches for these groups and many others, but we have not championed the underlying mechanism for guaranteeing our right to do so — the First Amendment.

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  • By Russell Bassett

Five years ago, had you walked through The Gazette’s offices in Colorado Springs and talked with staff, you probably would have come away thinking the paper was in dire straits. The owners had recently gone through bankruptcy, revenue was down and morale was low.

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  • By Cheryl Ghrist, Contributing Editor

In June, Editor Vince Bzdek of The Gazette in Colorado Springs – and former political editor for The Washington Post – said he looked forward to the company’s new project driving the political conversation in the state “every day, in every way.” The newly minted Colorado Politics digital and…

In this month's Quick Hitters: Scripps endow CU Boulder student investigators with $2.5 million, ACLU honors Greene with 2017 Civil Rights Award, Former Colorado newspaperman’s new company picks up three pubs, News Media Alliance throws celebration for International Newspaper Carrier Day, and NNA ramps up advertising tax fight

Salute and farewell to Tana Lynn Wedum Bate, former Westword columnist, and James R. “Jim” Egan, co-owner of Egan Printing.

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  • By Cheryl Ghrist Contributing Editor

This month's “10 Questions” checks in with Corey Hutchins, who manages to keep busy as a journalist for The Colorado Independent online news site, a correspondent for Columbia Journalism Review and a visiting lecturer at Colorado College. He’s also well-known as a fount of information on All…

In this month's Quick Hittters: Publisher and investors buy Aspen Daily News, Ralph Routon announces retirement, The Gazette using its Brainworks, News Media Alliance celebrates anniversary, Inland Press revamps Publisher Benchmarks

Salute and farewell to John Clifford “Kip” Dixon, George H. Luby, Tom Mullen, Sandra “Sandy” Merle Stein

In this month's Quick Hitters: Telluride Daily Planet group buys biannual magazine, New publisher takes over at Fort Morgan Times, Aurora Sentinel adds four to staff, and Denver Press Club now on National Register of Historic Places.

  • Cheryl Ghrist

This issue, “10 Questions” checks in with Wanda Artus-Cooper, vice president of advertising at The Gazette in Colorado Springs. A veteran in the industry with stints at Freedom Communications (corporate senior VP of advertising), Harte Hanks Communications (VP of national accounts), Gatehous…

Salute and farewell to Gary Francis Murphy, former pressman for Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post & Denver Catholic Register; Ray D. Sanders, 52-year veteran with Lamar Daily News; John Tracy, longtime Golden Transcript newspaperman; and Randy Mack Wren, longtime member of Denver Advertising Foundation and Denver Press Club.