Drum brings home 13 SPJ awards.

Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum
Staff Report
The Southern Ute Drum
The Southern Ute Drum made its best showing ever in a journalism contest in April, winning 13 awards — including five first-place prizes — in the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Top of the Rockies.
Top of the Rockies is the largest regional journalism competition west of the Mississippi, open to all newspaper, radio and TV outlets in four states: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico.
Last year the Drum won five Top of the Rockies awards: a first place, a second place, and three thirds. This year, the staff nearly tripled its take. Editor Ace Stryker traveled to the Denver Press Club on Friday, April 13 to accept the awards.

Composition   Technician Robert L. Ortiz won a first-place award for news photography for his coverage of the opening of the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum, and a second-place award for feature photography.
Photographer/reporter Jeremy Wade Shockley won two first- place awards: one for feature photography for his coverage of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s annual Southern Ute Heritage Train, and one for sports photography for his coverage of last summer’s Rocky Mountain State Games in Colorado Springs. He also won second and third place in news photography, third place in feature photography, and second place in single-story news reporting for his article on last year’s National Congress of American Indians annual convention.
Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum
Between Ortiz and Shockley, the Drum swept the news and feature photography categories, which include all newspapers with circulation under 10,000 in the four-state area.
Stryker won five awards, including a single-handed sweep of politics general reporting with first, second and third places. Stryker also earned first place for public service for his ongoing coverage of Southern Ute elections, and third place in education general reporting.
The staff has also submitted entries for the annual Native American Journalists Association competition, the winners of which will be announced later this summer.

The latest round of journalism awards brings the Drum’s all- time total to 41, including 26 in the past three years alone.

Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

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